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“Best place for Indian food” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Alcove Restaurant

Alcove Restaurant
Sea Cliff Hotel | City Centre Branch, Haidery Plaza, 2nd Flr, Near Holiday Inn, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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Ranked #40 of 161 restaurants in Dar es Salaam
Cuisines: Chinese, Indian
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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“Best place for Indian food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

You will get the best indian and indian style chinese food right here. The chilly paneer is out of this world and quantity is also quite decent. Be careful about the parking since it is not very safe and dont hang around outside the restaurant once you are done. Just get in quickly and drive away.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Pretoria, South Africa
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“Excellent Food...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

We walked here from Harbour View Suite, food was excellent and well prepared!! Would go there again!!

Visited September 2012
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Very good vegetarian food at a reasonable price”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

When we finally found Alcove, we enjoyed it. The food was of a high standard and very reasonably priced. There was a reasonable choice of wines in a town where many restaurants are alcohol free.

Visited July 2012
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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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“Can't go wrong for Indian food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

Alcove Samora has been around since 1987 and is one of the best restaurants serving Indian food in Dar Es Salaam. A recently opened branch at the Sea cliff Hotel is more posh and probably pricier, but the food is equally good.

Caution however, if you are not used to spicy Indian foods, or are looking for authentic Chinese - this is not the place to be.
Highly recommend their Triple Schezwan and the Alcove special Paneer.
They serve their sizzler's differently, more like a sizzling plate to be shared amongst diners as opposed to a full dish for a single diner - but try it all the same.

A good place to entertain business teams for lunch, or family dinners during evenings.
Can be quite noisy at times, so if you expect reasonable calm - book a table accordingly in advance.

A website with the full menu online, exists for the Sea cliff branch, definitely maintained by the Hotel and not the restaurant.

The Samora branch could do with a little brightening up and renovation - an AC has been leaking there for over a year now.

Both branches accept Cards(Visa/MC) however may be prudent to confirm this if you are relying totally on card based payment.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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“Good vegetarian selection, average quality.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

We stopped here (the Samora Avenue branch) on account of Lonely Planet's comment that it has a good selection of vegetarian dishes (which it does).

From the outside the building looks run-down, but inside is warm and inviting. The staff were friendly and promptly took our orders and served drinks.

We shared a dhal, a vegetable curry, a naan and a paratha and thought that overall it was average. The dhal was good, but the paratha was heavy (we ended up leaving it), the naan plain and the curry a little lacking in spice.

It wasn't a bad meal, but it could have been much more exciting!

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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