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“Reasonable cafe for a break” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Hot Spot Bistro

Hot Spot Bistro
Shangani Street | Kenyatta Road, Zanzibar, Stone Town, Tanzania
+255 774164866
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Ranked #16 of 55 restaurants in Stone Town
Price range: $2 - $25
Cuisines: Café
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
London, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Reasonable cafe for a break”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Dropped in for a drink at this establishment. Reasonable prices for drinks but atmosphere slightly spoilt by tourist tat for sale in the same room

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
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English first
Dar es Salam, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“a cafe, shop, wifi hotspot and tour operator in one!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Great place in stone town, they have maintained the old Zanzibar decor and furniture which gives you a feel of where you are! Great selection of food and rings including coffee and cold drinks. You can buy souvenirs too and arrange a tour at the same time. Wifi is free. An ideal stop whilst in stone town

Visited January 2013
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Sultan Qaboos, Oman
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“masha'allah habeebti betjaniny”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

First of all the setting and the buildings are really beautiful. Arabic style but elegant and nice antique furniture. The setting is relaxing. The restauant decor also does not disappoint and offers a display of deserts and other offerings. Service was excellent and friendly. I ordered a green salad and when it came it first looked like it was only lettuce however once I began eating I found it was filled with green vegetables including aspargus, snow peas, avocado and numerous others . My main meal was a beef fillet on rice and was done perfectly. The beef was tender all the way through and came off the bone beautifully. The taste was lovely and the rice fresh, light and tasty basmati. All as I had hoped and I look forward to visiting again. Excellent tiramisu!! One of the best stone town has to offer! say'ye'a

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Zanzibar, Tanzania
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60 reviews 60 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“New coffee shop with lots of potential”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

A new addition to the tourist strip in Stone Town this venue is a combination coffee shop, tour agent and curio store. The restaurant, in which i have dined more than once offers the usual coffee shop fare with a small menu and cakes, ice creams and the like. Service was attentive and the bathrooms always clean (as was the semi open plan kitchen which one passes on the way to the bathroom). The venue has two levels where one can sit and patrons have free use of the wireless internet. everything I have eaten there thus far has been fine, though i think the menu could do with a bit of tweaking (i'm a chef by profession) and some of the portion sizes i felt were a little small.
Overall however, Hot Spot Bistro has some potential if management can keep things on track. I would more than likely return.

Visited January 2013
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Poland, Maine
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“My kids LOVED the Bistro”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

The restaurant is a treat and my family liked it very much.All the good reviews that I have read about this property are true. The Resort was excellent. We had a wonderful time. The Friday Seafood Buffet was a smash!. The friendliness of the staff seems genuine. I have never seen such good customer service as I experienced in my traveling.you will not be disappointed!

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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