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Food & Dining in Tanzania

Tanzanian food can be bland at times, but despair not – Dar es Salaam is full of good restaurants, from laid-back Ethiopian dining to ubiquitous Italian trattorias.

Msasani is home to the most upmarket restaurants in the city, mostly in leisure complexes like Sea Cliff and Oyster Bay. In Namanga, choose from South African grills, pizza or Croatian seafood such as black risotto with seafood, mostly along Kimweri Avenue; or hit IST corner for great kebabs from local bars.

The Indian restaurants around Upanga are low on decadence – no alcohol, no meat – but high on authenticity and often great food. For western-style fast food and cafes, dine on Independence Street or Samora Avenue. For extravance, the excellent Japanese restaurant at the Kilimanjaro Hotel cannot be beaten.

With residential and commercial areas, Mikocheni feels a touch suburban but it is home to some of Dar's best restaurants. In Regent Estate, authentic Ethiopian restaurant Addis in Dar offers communal hands-on dining; over in Mikocheni B, there are sea views and decent Italian and French food at Mediterraneo.

For a change, grab snacks from Dar es Salaam's ubiquitous roadside stalls, from ‘mandazi' (Tanzanian doughnuts) to ‘chipsi mayai', an omelette made with chips. In sit-down restaurants, service can be slow, so if you are in a hurry, let the kitchen know. Tipping is not compulsory, but if you are happy with the service then add about 10% extra to your bill.

Run of the mill type wines are available from South Africa and this is punctuated with the occasional bright spots heralded by French wines from time to time. Beers, local and a variety of imported are freely available as are most liquors in restaurants and grocery stores.





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