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“Gem in Kawe beach !” 5 of 5 stars
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Velisa's
Kawe (Picollo street), Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
+255 763 391 456
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Ranked #32 of 188 Restaurants in Dar es Salaam
Cuisines: Caribbean, Jamaican
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
London
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9 reviews
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“Gem in Kawe beach !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

We spent our evening at Velisa's and it was brilliant with an amazing service (very rare to get Dsm) delicious jamican food with a wide variety of options including veggie, smooth music playing with a beautiful beach view.

The owner is also very pleasant and personally came to greet us and asked us if we needed anything which was a very welcoming gesture.

It is an ideal place for spending an evening with family, friends or even a romantic meal.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Dar es Salaam
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“Tastefully Jamaican”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2012

Velisa's is the latest addition to what has now become a culinary oasis of multi-ethnic cuisine in East Africa: the Dar es Salaam restaurant scene. However, unlike other restaurants that serve their respective diaspora, Velisa's, is the prodigal son who has come home. The big question is, is this part of Africa ready for the return of her wild caribbean child?!

The establishment is situated right on the beach in a quiet residential area just north of downtown Dar es Salaam. It has an island feel and the owner has placed some subtle Jamaican themes in the decor. During my visit, proper reggae (you know, the kind that actually has something to say) was the sound canvass against which our dining was set. All of this created an atmosphere that lent itself well to a dining experience that was truly Caribbean… with just one exception… Velisa's serves Jamaican food haute couture! It was delightfully odd for me to see food that I've always classified as street food, actually being plated. I've never even thought about how one might consider presentation when serving oxtail, jerk chicken, and curried goat. I'm used to eating it out of a styrofoam tray! If you want to see how it's done, you'll have to go there and check it out for yourself.

Atmosphere and presentation aside, the food speaks for itself. I am of Jamaican descent and I also love to cook. The food I ate was the real thing and I especially loved the oxtail. Auntie Betty is a friendly and attentive host and she gave me, my wife, and our two boys an evening that we are eager to repeat.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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