Basis of Tunisian cuisine - Harissa (harissa), more or less pungent paste of red pepper and olive oil. Seasoned with parsley, garlic and cumin, she served almost all dishes. With white bread and olives is good appetite.
Snacks: meshuya (mechouia) - Salad of roasted peppers and tomatoes with tuna or sardines, eggs, olives and capers and olive oil. Brick (brik) - thin, almost transparent, spring rolls with tuna or crab with parsley, capers and black pepper. Ozhzhey called refined vegetable stew: this shrouded in steam mass just before serving, and add another egg.
Meat and fish dishes are different from similar foods in Southern Europe in the first place garnish and condiments. Thus, it can be lamb with lemon juice and mint, fish in garlic sauce, chicken with lots of Harissa. An excellent side dish - rice flavored with pine nuts.
Couscous - Tunisian national dish, is a steamed semolina with meat and very sharp and bold sauce with vegetables. Couscous can be made from lamb, shellfish, fish, chicken, or even be a vegetarian - no meat. Good couscous - the pinnacle of "gastronomic research" of the country, especially if, as is common in Tunisia, couscous is from a common dish.
Sweets: Tunisian sweets - such as honey and a variety of baklava pastries, smelling orange blossoms, with almonds, pistachios, dates and honey - not for those who guards the figure. The meal is better to complete a glass of mint tea with pine nuts or coffee with cardamom.
Drinks: there oranges and grapes squeezed just when you offer juice on the street on every corner. Everywhere is also proposed mineral water from Tunisian sources - Safia (Safia), Oktor Ain (Ain Oktor) and Ain Garci (Ain Garcie).
Despite the fact that alcohol is forbidden by Islam, most restaurants can be very pleasant to the taste of the beer brand Celtia. Easy to drink white muscat from Cape Bon (Muscat de Kelibia). Above all praise and subtle Sidi Saad. Bellied bottle this wine available for sale only in upscale restaurants. It should also try buhu - local gin from figs. There is nothing more refreshing than a strong tea with mint. In southern Tunisia should try palm milk.
Narghile - the privilege of men who met in a cafe, enjoying their pipes suck and philosophize, talking about fleeting life. Women here, including tourists, unwanted guests. In consolation can report that women can try to nargile cafes and Moorish cafe where visitors squatting on rugs or mats. These cafes are available in the hotel zone, and in the open for tourists neighborhoods.
It is difficult to recommend restaurants in the small, non-tourist attractions villages. When you travel to the interior of the country must be satisfied or very simple food, or take packed lunch. In tourist areas, there are many restaurants with reasonable prices (between 15 and 20 TD for lunch). Dear same temples of fine taste, or a little-known good restaurant with reasonable prices can hardly be found anywhere except in the capital.