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“Exquisite architecture, great drinks, friendly staff & good food” 4 of 5 stars
Review of 1908

1908
AV salvador allende, Maputo, Mozambique
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Ranked #20 of 89 Restaurants in Maputo
Price range: $0 - $15
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Nairobi, Kenya
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“Exquisite architecture, great drinks, friendly staff & good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

When cruising the streets of Maputo one is witness to a raging battle between beauty and ugliness. There are still many architectural marvels from different periods but they have been and are increasingly swallowed up by shoebox style concrete monsters that remind one of the saddest days of eastern European misery. One such early 20th century colonial architecture jewels with steel colonnades and standing in a small city garden was entirely rehabilitated and turned into a trendy and stylish lounge bar cum restaurant right next to the central hospital on the corner between Mondlane and Allende avenues. It is not the kind of place where you would normally go with kids (4 and 7) as it has more a night-on-the-town fashionista athmosphere but here we were for a look around at 6 pm. The welcome was great and we moved to the bar for cocktails, obviously non-alcoholic for the kids, a mix of fruit juices and vanilla ice cream that they greatly enjoyed, and the staff was very friendly and helpful and the kids were enjoying themselves with a large helping of icecubes to fool around with. So yes, let’s have dinner here. One of the great attractions of Maputo is also that many places have a wonderful selection of Portuguese wines and, after the classic cocktails we went for a 2008 Cabriz Réserva Daõ. When you go for one of the more uppity wines you get to lounge in the white sofas of the garden where the kids got their chicken burger with fries while we were shown a selection of rock lobsters (“langoustes, lagosta”) of different sizes. We chose a 900 g one that came back grilled to perfection. Meanwhile the little ones tucked into the home maid ice cream. All in all such a pleasant evening that we came back for more the next day. This time it was very crowded with some posh and fancy-dress business event going on but we were still perfectly taken care of and enjoyed French style beef tartar (sliced up raw beef with egg-yolk and various spices and condiments). Not cheap all of this but very much worth it.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Great food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

The service is very attentive, The menu has a good variety and the portions are good. It was a chilly evening but the heaters were placed in good positions so that guests were kept warm. This is a good upmarket classy restaurant and bar.

Visited August 2013
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Dar Es Salaam Region, Tanzania
Top Contributor
94 reviews 94 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“Trendy spot”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Trendy spot so put on a nice dress and enjoy some champers. Food good although can be a little on the pricy side. Ambiance great

Visited April 2013
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Crowded and terrible music, outside can be OK”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

1908 is a sort of pseudo-chic hip bar in Maputo. It is pricey, terrible music, and always packed inside. Unfortunately with the way Maputo is changing, the clientele is usually a mix of creepy (older expat extractive industry workers) and professional.

With so much great music from MZ, SA, and AO, surprised that 1908 continually relies on horrible mixtapes/mashups of American pop / hip hop and European dance.

On the upside, serves a great burger. Also can be a nice beer garden for hanging outdoors during the day when the place is completely empty.

Visited July 2013
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Maputo, Mozambique
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6 restaurant reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Drinks & snacks”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

1908 is very stylishly decorated. We had drinks and some of their delicious snacks. We did find 1908 to be very expensive in comparison to other similar places.

Visited August 2012
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