It’s not immediately obvious which food is Guyanese and which is not when you tour Guyana. We decided to ask the tourist board for the most authentic and real place to try Guyanese food and oddly, it turned out to be a restaurant called “Germans” in the capital city, Georgetown.
Where is Germans?
It’s on 8 Market Street in Cummingsburg, Georgetown. It’s on a prominent corner off a side street about 10 minutes walk from the city centre and about 6 minutes walk from our Guesthouse Rima.
Despite its name, Germans is local Guyanese food! The opening hours can be strict though, it closes early some nights and one of the days we were there (Sunday I think), the place was closed in the afternoon. Not all the food within is typically Guyanese however but we chose the most local stuff they had.
What to Order at German’s
Each day the menu changes so ask at the counter what is the most traditional Guyanese food that day. English is the main language in Guyana so you’ll have no problems.
We ordered a Guyanese starter (soup), a main (chicken) and a drink (Mauby). The prices in June 2014 were as follows:
Guyanese Chicken Soup – 689.65 GD
Guyanese Chicken Chow Mein – 1196.00 GD
Mauby drink – 210.00 GD
Tax – 301.70 GD
Total bill – 2397.35 Guyanese Dollars (£7.50 ish)
There were two of us so we split it obviously meaning your meal costs £3.75 each – not too bad to get to try the local food. There were no other foreigners in the restaurant – it’s very local.
What was the Guyanese food like?
Well the creamy chicken soup was certainly creamy and full of flavour. However I just couldn’t find anything specifically Guyanese that felt new. It felt like I’d had the same type of soup before in Australia, England, Scotland etc.
Similarly the main course was a more Chinese style chicken chow mein to me, a bit of spice though and Guyanese influence no doubt. In fact it was spaghetti like too!
However the drink is Mauby and this was the one thing which was different. It reminded me in some respect of the Moconchinchi in Bolivia but really it has a unique flavour of its own and deserves to be tried.
Overall though it was nice to try something local and tasty even if the flavours weren’t quite as unique as we anticipated. Also while I’m still writing about Guyana I thought I’d mention the other things I did in the country:
– Sloth Island Tour
– Visit to Bartika
– Visit to Parika
– The amazing Kaieteur Falls
Here is a video from our lunch at Germans in Georgetown, Guyana: