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Mistress of Spices

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170 Gizenga Street, Stone Town NONE, Tanzania
000255773740888
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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I did not get to stay here but visited with the family for a meal. Firstly let me start by saying this place smelt incredible, I was drawn in from the main street by its beautiful scent of mixed spices. Once inside we made our way to the back court yard - what a hidden gem. The walls are covered... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 8, 2015
JennaC_NZ
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

I did not get to stay here but visited with the family for a meal. Firstly let me start by saying this place smelt incredible, I was drawn in from the main street by its beautiful scent of mixed spices. Once inside we made our way to the back court yard - what a hidden gem. The walls are covered... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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54 reviews 54 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We had a great morning learning to cook 5 Swahili dishes with one of the Mistress of Spices chefs. To add to the fun, the lesson is given over two charcoal braziers and using glazed clay pots. Swahili curries and pilaus have carved out their own identity and all foodies should add this to their repertoire. Afterwards, the food is... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Our first restaurant on stone town and loved the food. The decor was fantastic too. The inside area has air conditioning for those hot days and the friendly waiters make you feel right at home.

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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

A refreshing lunch break after a long heated tour of Stone Town. Loved the food and staff 💓 The decoration of the place is really excquisite.Awesome photography :)

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London, England, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Probably the most "local" of the restaurants we visited in Stone Town. I enjoyed the octopus salad and beef curry with chapatis and we finished with spiced coffee and a small platter of sweetmeats. Portions are generous. It's not licensed but the fresh fruit juices are very good.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

We booked a cookery course at the restaurant. Chef Yusuf patiently teaches you to prepare 4 dishes in the courtyard - Chicken Paka, Spicy Pilaf, Green banana curry and chapati. The food we prepared is then arfully plated and presented to us as our meal in the restaurant.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

Well I must say that the decor and ambience is part excellent no doubt we just sat there admiring the magnificent decor but though the food was great the portions were slightly small comparatively The waiter was also great

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

The chef at Mistress of Spices is incredible. He catered for our wedding reception canapes and dinner and came up with the most exquisite vegan dishes, so much so that our non-vegan guests didn't even realise the meat was missing! We also had the most exotic breakfasts served daily 5 days in a row and the chef ensured that every... More 

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Zanzibar, Tanzania
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

i enjoyed the enviroment and i went with my wife so i got nice time with her before.the food was served.

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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

The food was well prepared and very fresh. Wonderful favors. Loved the brochettes. Loved the pumpkin mint soup

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 170 Gizenga Street, Stone Town NONE, Tanzania
  • Location: Africa  >  Tanzania  >  Zanzibar Archipelago  >  Zanzibar  >  Stone Town
  • Phone Number: 000255773740888

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 3 - 15
  • Cuisine: International

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?