On a windy terrace overlooking the sea, an exclusive ambiance for lunch or dinner. Now open at external guests,the very interesting cuisine is a mix of Italian and Swahili, using only organic and selected products like extra virgin olive oil from a little farm in Tuscany, whole flour for the home made bread and pasta, brown sugar with selected fruits for the desserts. Reservation is required, but you can come also for a sunset aperitif.
The service is extraordinary and the ambiance too !
Favorite Dish: We liked the fresh made "parmigiana di melanzane" (eggplant with parmesan cooked in the oven) and the fantastic homemade "gnocchi with basilpesto" . But we tryed also "tuna carpaccio" with avocado mousse and king fish fillet in a coconut sauce.
The final apoteosis was the iced mango mousse with chocolate biscuits !
I call this Bollywood Grill, but it actually has no name. The owner is a nice man who runs a hygenic place to eat at a great price and the sodas are ice cold. He actually has a grill outside of the restaraunt and a grill man (pictured in the corner). Everything is covered and made fresh. A large plate of meat, salad and fries will cost you about $1.
I call it the Bollywood Grill because the owner has decorated the walls with Bollywood movie posters.
A little hard to find but worth it.
Grilled chicken & beef skewers, salad, french fries and an ice cold soda!
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The outside looks like a French-style veranda from New Orleans with cushioned seat and lush mini-gardens keeping the tables cool. From this little oasis of tranquillity you can oversee the harbour and nearby islands. This is an excellent, but not cheap, place to enjoy a cold tropical drink. The daily specials are written up on a chalkboard at the door.
The inside is lavishly decorated like an Arab home. Low tables are accompanied by a myriad pf cushions to sit on the floor. The walls are decorated with different art objects and lighting reminiscent of North Africa. The only problem? It is VERY HOT inside. Dress in shorts and t-shirts would be in order!
Service is good quick and friendly. Some night they have Arab-style music. Menus vary, but do contain many African dishes. They have a 3-course meal for about $10. If you order wine, be specific! If you ask for red wine they just bring the most expensive one.
The 3-course specials are good value and quality. Check the board at the entrance for the specials.
The Chavda Hotel has a nice rooftop bar with great views at Stone Town. We often came there for a drink and snack during the day or in the evening. It was a relaxed place and there was always a breeze.
Favorite Dish: At this rooftop we enjoyed also a fantastic buffet dinner on occasion of the birthdayparty of a friend. There was a good choice of soup, fish, meat, vegetables and desserts.
This restaurant and entertainment venue is located inside the Old Arab Fort. Open everyday between 8am and 10pm, they have a large menu serving local and international food. They have a special 'Night At The Fort' every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday between 7-10pm. The night includes a special Buffet Barbeque with a variety of seafood, meats, salads and fresh fruit (plenty to eat for vegetarians),
'A Night At The Fort' offers Zanzibarian entertainment. Tickets are sold at the front office and are $10 for BBQ and show and $5 just for the show only.
Close to the beach of Stone Town you can find the restaurant Mercury's. It's a good restaurant with International food. The restaurant is named after Freddy Mercury, the singer of the rock-group Queen. He was born in Stone Town.
It was a show inside the restaurant the night I was there, and was very fun to look at. A band played local music and two women were dancing. They were shaking their ass in a very sensual way. I didn't believe that was alowed to do in a muslim society. But the men around just smiled and laughed.
The Palace is a place in making. We accidently found this very nice cafe/restaurant. The owner is busy changing the place into a small hotel.
It is a very nice cafe, with friendly service.
They also have an internet cafe on the premises.
This restaurant, named after Freddy Mercury, is a very nice place. The food and service is very good. It is a great place to sit and have one of the local beers, watching the sunset.
The location is great, with views of the waterfront, beach and the harbour.
Favorite Dish: Masala Masala – you can choose beef, prawns, fish or chicken
Halua – a local sweet
Enjoy octopus, shark, king fish, chicken, and more. Every night in Forodhani Gardens large tables of food are put up and the stallholders all have a barbecue grill on the top. You choose your dish and they heat it up. They will put a 'curry' sauce on, but not too much! It is more of a hot pepper sauce. Prices are negotiable, but watch out. Some tables will try and charge you 10 times what the next table will ask for the same thing. Negotiate a price for one piece, then a lower price for 2 and so on. If there is a tourist cruise ship in the harbour, a lot more table appear and they prices can be just the same as an indoor restaurant. Find someone who will give you reasonable prices and stay with them. Small pieces of meat or a kebab stick should be about 500-700 shillings. It is recommended not to eat shellfish in low tourist season. If you ask you can find the man who brings you cold beers to you for 1000 shillings each. This is an event in itself and not to be missed!
Favorite Dish: Octopus with some spicy sauce and an ice cold beer! And the beer man finds you!
The Emerson & Green roof top restaurant is probably the best place in town. Situated on about the highest roof of old Stone Town, enjoying the sunset and overviewing the city, the maximum 20 guests are seated on the floor side-by-side all around. Before entering the restaurant, you are supposed to take off your shoes. Food is served on small, low tables. The food is local and of good quality, though not exceptional.
On Friday nights, traditional Zanzibar dancers will appear between the courses of the menu (about 3 times). In general I don't particularly like that kind of arranged performances for tourists, but I have to say that this one was very nice. The dancers and most guests definitely enjoyed themelves and the dancers had a great sense of humor.
Access to the restaurant is via the hotel, and the stairs from the third floor to the roof top are pretty steep and narrow. There is no elevator.
Favorite Dish: There is no menu, you simply have to do it with what they serve you; which is a five course local menu for US$ 30 per person excluding drinks. Bottles of wine are around US$ 20, cocktails around US$ 6. An adjusted menu is available if you are vegetarian or don't like fish etc.
Though not a unique experience, there is nothing wrong about the Kidude restaurant. It is very well furbished, has nice food, good quality service, airconditioning, a clean bathroom and all of this in typical Zanzibarian style. What elso do you want on Zanzibar?!
Prices are reasonable, though a bit higher than average. A starter, main course, desert and drinks will cost you maximum US$ 15 per person.
Archipelago is situated on the first floor and offers a nice view on the beach, ocean and harbour. The restaurant is very basic and lacks atmosphere, but the quality of the food and speed of the service are very good. Tables are 'sold' at least twice a night, so the restaurant is not suitable for a relaxed all-night dinner.
Because of its location on the first floor, you're not disturbed by people selling cashew nuts and souvenirs; which is a big advantage compared to some other restaurants.
Costs for a starter are between US$ 2 and 4. A main course is between US$ 4 and 6. A fresh fruit juice or a 1.5 L bottle of mineral water will cost you around US$ 1. The restaurant does not serve alcoholic drinks. However if you ask for it, they advise you to buy a beer or wine in the bar downstairs and take it back to your table!
I planned to have dinner in Monsoon restaurant, but it appeared to be very necessary to make a reservation (at least in July 2006), so I ended up having a lunch there just before departure back to Dar es Salaam.
Monsoon has a spacious terrace with lots of shadow, and two dining rooms. One dining room has 'ordinary' tables, the other just offers cushions on the floor around low tables. The terrace -- though very close to the beach -- only offers a view on the (quiet) road, as plants and parked cars block a wider view. When sitting outside, people selling cashew nuts and souvenirs will disturb you every other minute, which is irritating.
The quality of the food was fine, but the service was very slow. Costs for a main course are around US$ 5. Drinks are relatively expensive at US$ 2 for a fresh fruit juice.
The Africa House is an old colonial hotel in the heart of Stone Town with a great terrace overlooking the ocean, where the restaurant is located. A perfect location to enjoy the sunset. In the past it used to be the island's British Club.
Favorite Dish: All sorts of fish meals are good - but allow yourself plenty of time, as service is really slow, even if you are the only diner there.
The dining room at the Themba hotel serves local dishes, curries and seafood. The seafood platter was great value for money, but the house speciality - beef with green banana - was not a hit with us. No alcohol is served here