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The Clay Oven

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€€ - €€€
Indian, Asian, Balti
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Fajara Booster | off Atlantic Road, Fajara, Gambia
+220 449 6600
12:00 - 23:30
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 23:30
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

This was our first and long overdue visit to this gem of a restaurant. It is situated down a side street in Fajara and easily reached by taxi . We were presented with free popadoms and 6 dips , lime, lemon, mango and chilli chutney plus raw pickles and mint-really delicious and filling. Our shared starter of chicken wings in... More 

Thank Nael C
The Lizard, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal here and the excellent level of service and attention. Our only suggestion would be to have food warmers to keep the food warm whilst the air conditioning cools everything down!

Thank Janet E
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Me and my wife have always come here when we are in Albufeira. We had a lovely meal tonight and the food was delicious. Well recommended.

Thank rmckay25
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4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

Great Food. Good service and friendly host. Introduced to some dishes I had not tried before. Nice atmosphere.

Thank 234chikea
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016 via mobile

This place I go back to every time I'm in the Gambia. Cannot fault The Clay Oven. The moment you arrive through the gardens and ornaments to the front door that's opened by a charming gentleman who greets you with the warmest and friendlies welcomes you are hooked. The service is excellent. The food is excellent and the atmosphere. The... More 

Thank groovybiggy
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5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

Really wonderful evening spent with an interesting group of people from MRC The Gambia. Wonderful for a dinner following a full day at work. Highly recommended.

Thank Boskruiner
Burnley, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016

I visited The Clay Oven with my partner. After being recommended this place, we were very excited to try it. After a short taxi ride away (very cheap), we were very happy to find a nice clean restaurant. Very clean, helpful staff, & excellent curry's. Please try while visiting The Gambia. I hope to visit in the future.

Thank Mark D
Manchester, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

If you love Indian food you have to go to The Clay Oven Tuesday night is sizzler night, great value!!! We visited twice and both times was sooo delicious. HIGHLY RECCOMENDED!!!

Thank JanandJon2
Okehampton, Devon
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7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2016

Love this place. Sat outside in the garden and the food was fantastic. Great ambience and attentive service. Hard to fault. Pricier than most places in the Gambia but not by UK standards.

Thank Adela T
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32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

We visit the Clay Oven every time we are in Gambia service and quality never faltering ❤️ This place, will be returning in December 2016

Thank saz42

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
Indian, Asian, Balti
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Fajara Booster | off Atlantic Road, Fajara, Gambia
  • Location: Africa  >  Gambia  >  Banjul Division  >  Fajara
  • Phone Number: +220 449 6600
The Clay Oven has been open for 24 years, established in 1991 by Vimal Shah. The restaurant has two menu's, a well established Indian menu and a recently well tried Chinese menu.

The Clay Oven takes pride in quality and excellence. There is a large dining area with a semi circular bar, and an outdoor dining area on a wooden deck surrounded by a palm garden and bar. All making a great ambience to dine in under the stars.

"Our own belief is that a truly fine meal is enjoyed not once but three times - in anticipation, in consumption and in remembrance."

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?