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Dar-es-salaam Restaurants: Dar es Salaam is not a “culinary destination” by any stretch of the imagination, but that does not mean a decent meal cannot be found, there is so much more to the city of Dar-es-salaam, Tanzania than meets the eye. If you know where to look, you can find culinary treasures, from street food to hotel restaurants.
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Epi d’Or is a French-Moroccan bistro known for its pastries and coffee, while Makuti café serves smoothies, wraps, and other healthy options next to an art gallery. Olive Bakery off Chole Road is another go-to for the smoothie and sandwich crowd. For rich poached eggs, fluffy pancakes and other breakfast favorites check out Salt Restaurant in Oysterbay Shopping Center. Salt is also favored for a decadent weekend brunch, as are Karambezi Café in Sea Cliff Hotel and The Hyatt Kilimanjaro downtown.
On the peninsula, Jackie’s and Didi’s on Haile Selassie Road serve local dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Lukas’s Bar on Chole Road also serves nyama choma and other local bites. Options at all three are usually limited to meat (dry or with a sauce), banana (ndizi), beans, rice, ugali and a vegetable. For a wider range of Tanzanian dishes, Break Point Bar (opposite Millennium Towers on Bagamoyo Road) has wild, grilled meats — like antelope from Arusha — stews and other delicacies from around the country.
Even in Dar seaside property comes at a premium and there are only a handful of restaurants with a view of the ocean. Cape Town Fish Market is an open-air seafood and sushi restaurant popular for sundowners and live music. The Waterfront Restaurant at Slipway is another favorite among the sundowners crowd, as are The Beach Club at the Best Western Coral Beach Hotel and Karembezi Café. Meanwhile downtown, Akemi serves Asian-continental is a revolving Best glass restaurant.
Shooters Grill and CTFM are quick, open-air options for grilled seafood on the peninsula. As the Kiswahili name implies Samaki Samaki (Fish Fish) serves primarily seafood dishes and is known for their live music and dancing at night. The covered rooftop restaurant at Alexander’s Hotel prepares a stellar seafood platter. Non-guests are welcome to dine, as long as you have a reservation. Hamu Restaurant is newer to the Dar food scene and has quickly become a favorite for seafood and cocktails.
Dar es Salaam has a large Indian community and, as a result, Indian restaurants are both plentiful and delicious. Shangri La Bar and Restaurant, Flames, Copper Pot and The Alcove Restaurant are options on the peninsula. In the Indian neighborhood of Upanga, the Upanga Club serves dinner and hosts a packed, Friday night bingo popular among the Tanzania Indian community and Expats. The sharing-style plates are tasty and affordable, Enjoy your stay in Dar-es-salaam!
There are some damn good Chinese restaurants in Dar. The Great Wall Restaurant on Haile Selassie is popular among Expats, with authentic Chinese hot pot prepared with prior notice and minimum of two people. On the peninsula, Zuane is considered the place to go for pizza while Bella Napoli is best known for its pastas and gelato. In Mbezi, Mediterraneo is dhow-decorated, beachside Italian restaurant and hotel. The seafood dishes are some of the best in Dar Dar-es-salaam.
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