Ali Baba is one of the many restaurants in Monastir geared to tourism, with a traditional Tunisian menu, but without dishes that might be too "exotic" for tourists. However, their prices are very affordable and from the restaurant the views of the city and Ribat of Monastir are incomparable.
The Alhambra restaurant is directly opposite the [poi = 153771] Official Craft Centre [/ poi] on the corner of [poi = 152981] Governor's Square [/ poi]. It has a nice terrace where we sat down to eat. The menu is large and varied. As well as the typical Tunisian dishes like couscous or tajine, they also have pizzas, pasta, salads, meat (for example, schnitzel, steak, chicken) and fish (bream, squid or grilled fish of the day etc). We were not very hungry because it was only midday and we had to eat something quick before leaving for the [poi = 152671] airport [/ poi] to go back home so we ordered a pizza, and it was actually quite tasty. The prices seemed very cheap (but it's really cheap to eat in Tunisia), the pizzas are between 4 and 7 DNT (from the 2.50 €) and are a good size.
It was the last day of our holiday in Tunisia, and we were feeling fed up with the same old food over and over again (coleslaw, chicken, and orange) in hotel buffets and restaurants, so we decided to try to eat something a little different. We didn't have a long time - we'd be going to the airport at 3pm - so we ate in the Lala Kahlia restaurant, the a la carte restaurant located in the Hotel Monastir Center, where we were staying. The restaurant is in a small building, separate from the main hotel, and right across from the pool.
We were the only customers, and the chef paid us a lot of personal attention, perhaps thinking we were rich tourists! The menu offered several options of meat and fish. We had octopus and calamari, which were delicious, to start, followed by a grilled sea bass (OK but not amazing) and a beef tenderloin (although it was tender, it had too much gristle). The funny thing was dessert: I wanted a variety of fruit, and the chef offered us what I thought was a fruit salad, but when the chef brought it to our table, it was ... an apple, three oranges, a banana and a few strawberries. Whole pieces, unpeeled! The truth is that this is not a cheap option in Tunisia, a country where you can eat for 3 or 4 euros. We paid 20 euros a head, but we ate pretty well, and you have to keep in mind it's a la carte restaurant of 4 star hotel in one of the touristy areas of the country. We also ordered a small bottle of white wine, and alcohol in Tunisia is very expensive. The service was great, and very attentive.