There can be few better spots north of the Ruvuma River where you can try the exciting blend of African and Indian Ocean influences that make up Mozambican cuisine. Founded in the 1980s deep in the medieval maze of the old Arab quarter tumbling downhill from the castle of São Jorge, this simple, family-run eatery serves up the delicious, subtly spiced food of Africa's southeastern coast. Signature dishes include Zambezi-style grilled chicken, creamy shrimp or crab curries, and a rich coconut-infused stew of baby goat called chacuti. All are best washed down with cold 2M or Laurentina beers imported from Maputo. For dessert try a mango- or cashew-fruit mousse, or bebinca —a coconut cake of Indian extraction. The son of the late, lamented founder Aziz runs the place, while mom Dona Farida works wonders in the kitchen. Her cooking has a devoted following among local regulars, but newcomers who seek it out in the diverse Mouraria neighborhood are guaranteed a warm welcome.
Cantinho do Aziz
5 Rua de São Lourenço
Our Rating Neighborhood Mouraria Hours Mon–Sat 11am–11pm Transportation Metro: Rossio; tram: 12E, 15E Phone 21/887-6472 Prices Mains around 7€ Cuisine Type Mozambican Web site Cantinho do Aziz