Tunisian cuisine is a mouth-watering blend of Mediterranean and Turkish influences. Popular ingredients here include seafood, lamb, tomatoes and olive oil. You will find food to be rich, spicy and hearty. Harissa, a potent blend of spices, is added to many dishes, giving them their distinctive flavour. Try brik (fried dough, stuffed with egg and tuna) or merguez (lamb sausage).
A popular local speciality is poisson complet – a whole fish, usually grilled or fried and served with a spicy sauce. Tunisian baklawa (layers of filo pastry with sugar syrup and mixed nuts) is a great way to end any meal.
But Tunis is not just about spicy North African specialities, and you will find plenty of French restaurants and cafés across the city. From budget eateries to exclusive venues, there are options in Tunis to suit all budgets and tastes. Sometimes, the simplest establishments are the best; look out for restaurants serving fresh salade mechouia (grilled tomatoes and peppers with olive oil, olives, garlic and tuna).