Have any of you been to Tunisia? We are maybe going there. My family is lifestyle ovo-lacto vegetarian, and we sometimes eat fish, so I would like to know if the Tunisian restaurant dishes are vegetarian-friendly, as they are in many mediterranean countries?
Or, if you have been there, do you have any absolute cuisine favorites there to share?
Posted by webmaster at 06/08/08 13:37:17Hell Jaakko,... Terve :-)
I've never made it to Tunisia, sorry.
But I hope you'll let us know about their cuisine once you go, and also submit any places you find which have veg food:
btw- I used to live in Finland (1.5 years total), and coming from there I don't think Tunisia will be that difficult. You will likely have a much larger selection of fruits & veggies, so if you have your own kitchen, you might consider shopping at the markets.
Posted by westcornersville at 06/09/08 13:13:20I've been to Tunisia for one day--so I'm not the best expert...but...
Tunisian food is similar to Moroccan food. Couscous is the main staple, which is vegetarian by itself (usually--unless there's meat broth mixed in). However, it's usually served with meat--often lamb. Like in Morocco, you can order couscous with vegetables at a number of restaurants, though that might get old after a few days. You're probably less likely to find a place that will make a vegetarian tajine (if so, make sure it's really vegetarian and not just "with vegetables included"). With Tunisia having a Mediterranean climate, there are of course a lot of fresh fruits available--and very good olives. As a whole, Tunisia appears to be somewhat less vegetarian-friendly than other Mediterranean countries as well as compared with other Arab nations (dishes like hummus and falafel are not very common in Tunisia).
North Africa, including Tunisia, has a lot of Italian restaurants, which usually offer vegetarian options (even more so if you're lacto-ovo).
Have fun on your trip!