27/10/2013

A peek into one of Dar-es-Salaam's finest dining arenas and food specialties with regards to its cosmopolitan ambience.

FINE DINING POSSIBILITIES IN DAR.

Eating in local taverns has always been more of a relaxing and soothing way of enjoying life and food at the same time, however,when you happen to be living in one of the most exotic cities in East Africa, food regardless becomes a very significant part of your itinerary. Dar-es-Salaam, being a cosmopolitan touchdown, offers a wide and mouth-gasping array of various traditions, cultures, nationalities and ethnicity; all displaying their diversity and oneness in one aspect-food.

Dar-es-Salaam city center offers you and utmost never-ending range of delicacies with various cultural backgrounds. Street food in this case forms an enjoyable and traditional food source and is often localized as "Mama Mtilie." The literal translation is a "food pouring mother." In this case, "ugali," "maharagwe," "mchicha" and "ndizi" are the usual bit. Street food is appreciated by many tourists and some are enthusiasts who prefer to take the recipes back home. Specialized barbecues are a local favorite.




The Chef's is one of the most long-standing local eatery which is very conveniently located and offers classic local cuisine at affordable prices. It features vegetarian dishes, non-vegetarian delights, as well as a few intercontinental meals with intriguing local and foreign twists. Recommended to all the people out there who feel that metropolitan cuisines are far better than authentic versions of the same dishes.

Lebanese delights are as exciting and tangy as inserting a flavor-bursting lollipop in the mouth. Hummus, "shawarmas," "falafels" and "pilafs" are available a few blocks from Samora Avenue at Al-Basha Lebanese restaurant. It is one of the many family-owned restaurants in Dar and captivates a huge crowd over the weekend. Head chef Manssor says that they almost work non-stop on public holidays and Sundays, and that the entire restaurant could be run on one of the most famous menu items- "kheer"- which is an emulsion of saffron-cladded smoked rice with a thick milk and cream mascarpone garnished with pistachios and almonds.

Mediterraneo, an Italian beach side resort and waterfront restaurant is a classic foreign endeavor to change in environment and location. Located on the most famous shoreline in Dar, it brings forth an idealistic combination of Italiano and Spanish dishes that would leave nothing to imagination. The "Ravioli ai Crotacei" is one that tops the Michelin star ratings with shellfish filled internal structure with a cream of Zucchini sauce. 
The friendly staff and the serene sound of the Indian Ocean waves hitting against the depths of the Earth and the warm smiles on the faces of satisfied customers reassures everybody of any worry of disappointment.
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Khana Khazana, situated on the main Old Bagamoyo Road, has ample parking and is rated as the best Indian restaurant in the city. If you seek for a wonderful grill platter of cottage cheese, "Sheesh kebabs" and "Dal Makhani," then Khana Khazana couldn't have been more perfect. The restaurant has a branch next to the Grand Hyatt Hotel that features live entertainment and buffet breakfasts every Sunday. For more details, visit https://www.facebook.com/pages/Khana-Khazana/210686838946973. The Indian Chef management team execute the collaborative effort to make it a worthwhile place to dine on a lovely weekend night. Weekend shenanigan for ideal family jams!  
    
From dining in the streets to dining at executive restaurants, Dar-es-Salaam puts in place exhilarating and at times fruitful eating experiences that remain treasured for a lifetime. With cupcakes and cornfields come endless oceans and contemplations. On this note, we end our first chapter of a new three-hundred-and-sixty-five page book. We hope to write a good one!

Stay suttin',
Megha Sharma and Inaara Gangji, 10A.


17 comments:

  1. Ummm Its a real good blog. Just some spelling errors. Chefs pride name has changed, go check.
    You should add the barbecues we get on every street. Restaurants like Mamboz, Max Fries. Thats cause we get barbecues everywhere and you have not included it.
    Otherwise its all good.

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  2. Thank you for your suggestions! I surely will check on that and I will try to add more about barbecues and other local eateries. @Mohammed Zamin

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  3. The blog is really nice and informative. I like the fact that you have mentioned restaurant names, locations and most of all the dishes they specialize in. It would have been better if you would have added the local food found in one of the most famous place which is Oysterbay. Everything else is impressive.

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  4. I will certainly do so Karishma!

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  5. Your blog is really exciting and mouthwatering! But I believe that if you focused on particular cuisine say the Chinese or the Lebanese, it would be a more detailed post to read instead of the little bits of almost every cuisine that you're already doing

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    1. Thank you Yogesh and Chris. Your suggestions are much appreciated. We will take them into consideration.

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  6. The blog is really interesting and informative as you have mentioned the restaurant names, the dishes of different cultures and also the fact that your blog contains a hyperlink. I would like to correct a spelling error, it is Mama 'Ntilie' and not Mama 'Mtilie'. I would also like to recommend that instead of having a hyperlink that only talks about one restaurant, you could have searched for a website that has the information of most of the restaurants in Dar-es-salaam and if there was one, maybe you could have hyperlinked it to your blog and in my opinion, it would have helped the reader more. Anyways, it is a detailed and interesting piece of work. I would also like to ask that what is your opinion on the different types of restaurants in Dar-es-salaam, like Al-Basha, Khana Khazana and others that you have mentioned above in the blog?
    -Aiman Abdulrazak

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    1. According to my resources, the Swahili grammar allows both "Ntilie" and "Mtilie." The above mentioned restaurants are all elegant and timeless and offer great deals for food. Personally, I really like Khana Khazana because the food is very authentic with a beautiful aroma, and is made with wondrous spices. This is for Indian cuisine however. For Chinese, I'd recommend The Great Wall restaurant and for Italian, Mediterraneo.

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  7. This read is quite tongue-touching ,, as not only did my brain form images of food ,, but so did the saliva dive in my mouth !!
    The way you've explained the location of every place also aids any tourists to reach !!
    Quite helpful !
    -- Vaidehi Parekh

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    1. Thank you Vaidehi! Much appreciated!

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  8. Wonderful piece, very descriptive.However can you please describe to me some more Tanzanian delicacies and where i can try some?

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  9. Thank you and here is an answer to your question. As you know, another delicacy is mishkaki. It is roasted or grilled meat pieces on a stick and often eaten together with spicy tomato (nyanya) "chutney". It is available on the streets, though this isn't quite healthy. A more healthier but less authentic version is available in restaurants such as Zahir restaurant in city centre. Another delicacy with an Indian touch is "sekela" chicken. This is the most delicious grilled chicken you will ever taste. Mostly served with chips and accompanying "chutneys", it is quite a roller coaster of juicy flavours! It is available in restaurants who extend their services onto the foot paths at night time in Dar, which are also mostly run and owned by Indians. I recommend you to try these soon and give us feedback. Thanks!

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  10. Very exquisite piece of writing. My mouth is watering at the descriptions of all magnificent foods found in Dar. I worked up an appetite reading the blog entry. My resources confirm that it is "maharage" not "maharagwe", kindly review that. All in all, it's a very fascinating article that manages to capture the diversity in different foods and cultures that are all embraced and appreciated in Dar.

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    1. Thank you Lorraine. "Maharagwe" I fear is the original spelling and name for the dish, which had its name evolved to "maharage" later on. You could use both I suppose.

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  11. So lets start this way, no place beats Dar in food and this topic you have chosen is one of the reasons why "WAZUNGUS" if i can say, love Dar! Your work is very precise. The ratio of text to images is just perfect. I fell that had you focused on one type of cuisine lets say indian or chinese, it would have portrayed your blog at a whole new level. Amazing work nevertheless, keep it up!

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  12. Thank you Abbasali. These are Yogesh Mundhra's thoughts as well. I'll certainly write a blog about one of these cuisines next time.

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  13. Very outstanding description of food in Dar.

    I wouldn't mind some "mama mtilie" after reading about it here.

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