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“Best Food and Coffee in Jambiani for sure..” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Alibi's Well

Alibi's Well
PO Box 210, Jambiani PO Box 210, Tanzania
+255786231988
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Ranked #11 of 27 Restaurants in Jambiani
Price range: $4 - $15
Cuisines: Dessert, Pizza, International, Café
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Description: Alibi's Well is the training restaurant of the Jambiani Tourism Training Institute, set up and managed by a NGO which provides free tourism education to the locals of Jambiani and Zanzibar. The restaurant and kitchen is run by the students who put all their newly acquired skills into the food and service provided to the customers. The restaurant is open for lunch Mon-Fri, 12-6pm, offers fresh juices, snacks, wraps and pizza. Alibi's Well is famous for its desserts and Friday Dinners. Karibuni Sana!
Zurich
2 reviews
“Best Food and Coffee in Jambiani for sure..”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

..and possibly best food and coffee in whole Tanzania (after a two month stay). The restaurant is a training center for tourism and offers free of charge training to local students. They have great wraps at lunchtime (during the week), Thursday is cocktail night and on Friday night they serve amazing dinner. Really excellent. And: don't miss the desserts!

  • Visited October 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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Amsterdam
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56 reviews 56 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“Sympathetic but variable quality”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

Alibi's Well is a well-located restaurant with a great view and fresh wind coming from the wind on the (semi-)exterior terrace.

The service is very friendly here, but if you go eat here you can certainly expect some flaws. It is all in the concept: as the staff consists of students that are learning, you will notice them doing their best but not always succeeding. The staff follows certain steps they have to take, but as soon as something does not fits in these steps you will notice some confusion. For example, when we slightly changed the order it led to some confession.

We tasted different types of wraps here. In contrary with the many positive reviews we did not find them that special. The wraps themselve are quite tasty but the sauce and salad have an asian taste and do not match the taste of the chicken/fish wraps we had. The coffee served as dessert is quite good, although the steamed-milk foam on the cappucino could use some improvement. The apple crumble itself is good, but the sauce too abundant and sweet.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Vancouver, BC
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77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
“Best Coffee in Jambiani.. and more”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

My wife and I stopped by this restaurant a number of times during our recent stay in Jambiani. Would have stopped by more, but it was closed on the weekend. Great coffee and I'd highly recommend the Fisherman's Catch wrap and chocolate cake.

  • 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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Tanzania
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Great Stop for Lunch or Coffee”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2012

We first ate here in September last year and came back again with our family after a good experience. Alibi's offers some food options you probably won't see elsewhere in Jambiani. The wraps are especially good for lunch. The coffee and cakes are great also. It's nice to get real coffee. Service was a little slower with our group of 6 than when we came just as 2, but both times our waiters were very friendly.

If you are looking for this place during high tide, it is a bit hard to find as it can be difficult to reach the front entrance. We searched and asked multiple people where it was until we found the back entrance. It's just north of Blue Oyster which is pretty well marked and close to Kim's.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“Hard to find but a hidden treasure”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

This is the restaurant of the Jambiani Tourism Training Institute. It's a great place, where students do two year diplomas in tourism skills - and they do delicious wraps, pizzas, juices and coffees. A hidden gem, friendly and fun.

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