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Traditional cuisine is highly influenced by Cape Verdean and Portuguese cuisine. Fried fish, often served with fruta pão (breadfruit) or plantain, and the tropical fruits (avocado, pineapple, bananas) are used a lot in local cuisine. The national dish is calulu, a rather spicy dish made with chicken or smoked fish, palm oil and various vegetables. All around Sao Tome's main market, you will be able to buy bread rolls, stuffed with sausage or salami, imported from Portugal.
Unless you eat at somebody's house, it is difficult to try typical dishes. The best restaurant is Filomar, located near Marlin Beach, on the road to the airport. Do not miss out either on Roça São João, in the South of the island of Sao Tome, an old plantation, transformed into a restaurant and a contemporary art centre. The menu consists of only the plantation products.