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All 6 Kendwa Restaurants

Essence Restaurant

Amaan Kendwa Beach | KENDWA BEACH, Kendwa, Tanzania
+255 779 941 555
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Ranked #1 of 6 Restaurants in Kendwa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $6 - $60
Cuisines: Seafood
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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Vancouver, Canada
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36 reviews 36 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Took advice from trip advisor and went to this restaurant. Even though it seemed that the Pizza was the preferred choice I decided to get gnocchi with white sauce and lobster pieces and the gnocchi was overlooked and was soggy. The sauce and lobster pieces was great but the fresh homemade gnocchi was really soggy like wet bread. My friend... More 

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Alberton, Gauteng, South Africa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We had a waiter named Abdoul both evenings were there. He is amazing! The management staff were just as good on the issues where he needed to call them, but this was truly one of the best experiences I have ever had at a restaurant. The food was just a great as the service. It is a pity we only... More 

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Zanzibar Archipelago, Tanzania
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

We've been in Kendwa for 2 months - renting a guest house - and Essence is our go to place. First, the place itself is beautiful. Second, the staff is super friendly and seem genuinely happy. Third, Dickson. He is thee most amazing human being. But their food is great too. I really like their pizza, which is great because... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Few nights ago, I been with a coworker to eat at Essence Restaurant. it's a while that I live and work in Kendwa and I was really missing eating pizza. so I asked a friend if he knew a place where I could get a good one and he suggested me this restaurant. for sure, my expectation didn't been deluded... More 

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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I experienced Essence Restaurant in Kendwa last August. The location is very romantic, perfect for couples and honeymoon trips. You can eat looking the wonderful beach of Kendwa and the Indian Ocean in front of you. Excellent and fresh the fish, I suggest the mix of grilled fish and the lobster. The restaurant offers a good level of white wines... More 

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nirvanasha, Guest Relations Manager at Essence Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Ursula, It was our pleasure to have made your dining experience in our Essence Restaurant, Kendwa a memorable one. We (Essence Chef and Servers) always try our best to make that experience last, whether it be your first or as a frequent visitor during your stay in Kendwa. Best wishes, Merry Christmas and a happy new Year More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Ate here twice the food was so good. We went for the 25 euro menu on both occasions. The tuna carpaccio was okay but the lobster tagliatelle was incredible, my boyfriend is a chef and has worked and eaten in Michelin star restaurants and says it's the best pasta he's ever eaten. The sea food platter that then followed was... More 

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Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Was visiting Zanzibar and stayed at Kendwa Beach and stumbled across this gem while walking on the beach with my wife and decided to try it. We shared the seafood platter as it was a fairly large portion. Strongly recommend this restaurant if you are in the area. The food is great and the staff takes it the extra mile.

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014 via mobile

We came at 22:30 when all the restaurants were closed, including this one. When we asked if they were open, they said no but the chef overheard us and insisted on making us dinner even though they were closed. He said it's his job to feed people. We had the burger. And it was better than anything I've had in... More 

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Zanzibar, Tanzania
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33 reviews 33 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

It was a dinner we had and met the Indian Chef. The Biriyani we tried was nice, but they could not offer us the accompaniment of Raita as chef said, the yoghurt was not available. However We found the place good. Nice attentive Staff and good ambiance. The quality of food was also good.

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Babylon, New York
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72 reviews 72 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 via mobile

We ventured out one night with our rather large tour group to this restaurant which was two resorts over from where we were staying. Our group of 20 wandered into this seemingly empty restaurant. Service: Considering our group (and a smaller group of 6) was THE only groups in this restaurant I was shocked by the lack of service. We... More 

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Address: Amaan Kendwa Beach | KENDWA BEACH, Kendwa, Tanzania
Phone Number: +255 779 941 555
Location: Africa  >  Tanzania  >  Zanzibar Archipelago  >  Zanzibar  >  Kendwa
Average Prices: USD 6 - 60
Cuisine: Seafood

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