At some point, every weary traveler has been there. You arrive at your destination dog tired and hungry as can be. The hotel kitchen has long since closed and the only option the front desk can give you is pizza delivered to your room, but you’re craving something else. If you only have a night or two in a city, you may want to try something local and something unlike what you can snag at home.
In our case, we had decided to take a last minute visit to Neuschwanstein Castle (it was swarming with tourists, but totally worth the trek), thankfully for us after screeching into town via the autobahn and barely making our car rental drop off time, we stumbled across Ambiente Africa in Stuttgart, Germany.
We arrived in Stuttgart at 10:00pm, on a Sunday night and to say we knew our options would be slim is an understatement. Like a mirage in the middle of a dark black night filled with locked restaurant doors, Ambiente Africa called out to us like a beacon of all that is tasty yummy food in the world.
Despite it being late in the evening, Ambiente Africa’s owner, Daniel Tesfamariam gleefully greeted us at the door. (Ambiente Africa is run by a mother, son and daughter trio who all hail from Eritrea in East Africa.)
Reading the menu is a bit like taking a mini trip across the African continent. There are more familiar options like couscous, rice and spice, but there are also loads of unexpected dishes like gari (a mashed starchy tuber that comes from cassava) and ingera (a soft pita like bread that’s made out of millet).
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There are also exotic dishes made out of everything from antelope, crocodile, kudu, oryx, ostrich, rattlesnake and even zebra meat.
Since we aren’t picky eaters, but weren’t quite up for deep fried silkworms that evening, we asked Tesfamariam for a suggestion. Without hesitation he asked the kitchen to whip up an order of the house speciality for us, the #51 shikor patata sga.
We were so glad we ventured out. Tesfamariam’s team execute the sweet potatoes in a way that perfectly compliments the lamb.
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The spicy tomato sauce mixed in with the eggplant, carrots, peppers, fresh tomatoes, chili, garlic and sweet banana in the most delicious way possible.
Even if you’re not an adventurous eater, Ambiente Africa’s delightful cocktail menu can be a safari for your tastebuds. The drinks feature everything from amarula cream liqueur to Dzama rum straight from Madagascar.
Our personal favorite was the mama Africa which consists of Dzama rum, coconut, melon liqueur, Triple Sec, orange, passionfruit and pineapple juice.
If you’re looking for drinks, food and service that will fill both your heart and your soul, even if it’s late in the evening, Ambiente Africa is worth making a visit to.
Address: Werastrasse 1
70182 Stuttgart, Germany
Hours: Tuesday Through Saturday 5:00pm Until Late, Sunday 3:00pm Until Late *Kitchen stays open until 11:00pm. Closed on Mondays.
Phone:+49 711 2365511
Pricing (All in Euros): Specialties €12.60 to €16.50, Exotic Meat Platters €27.90 to €37.90, Appetizers €5.50 to €12.60, Salads €5.80 to €8.10, Meat Dishes €12.60 to €12.90, Fish €14.50 to €18.90, Vegetarian Dishes €8.90 to €12.90, Dessert €3.90 to €6.70, Beer €2.50 to €3.20, Cocktails €8.00 to €9.50