The concept of 'restaurant'
does not exist in Walata culture. Nevertheless, if we order it,
any of the guest houses and even some private homes can prepare
an appetising dish of their staple food: a mixture of meat
with cous-cous, rice or thick noodles. The meat can be
goat, lamb, beef or camel and is prepared stewed with a sauce of
tomato, onion and spices.
We can also try the 'mechoui', a grilled lamb which
is prepared on feast days, and the region's most typical dish: pigeon
stuffed with dates. And leaving to one side the meat dishes...
there are some delicious little biscuits of millet dough.
Walata, and the whole
of Mauritania, also has typical drinks that will
help us hold off the thirst from the intense heat of this land.
'Zrig' is one of the commonest. It is made by mixing
equal parts of water and fermented camel or goat milk and adding
a good helping of sugar, and will be offered to us at every house
and nomad camp. Also much appreciated are camel milk
and 'singuetti', a typical drink in Walata, a form
of zrig to which millet is added.