Fine dining comes to Dar es Salaam with this revolving restaurant on the top floor of the Jubilee Towers in the CBD. As expected, the views are breath taking though better appreciated in the day time. We booked ahead being a Saturday and were met by the hostess at the door on arrival and shown to the table. As would be expected in a fine dining restaurant the tables are decently spaced apart to allow more privacy. The crockery, cutlery and table settings were of a high standard as befits the establishment. Menus were presented and pre-diner drinks order taken and executed perfectly. The service on the whole was discreet but attentive and there was always a waiter on the floor to watch the tables so well done on that score. I could find no faults with this aspect of the dining experience.
On to the food, the menu was a good mix of items covering all the bases. The menu is mix of modern and classically inspired choices and suites the overall setting of the restaurant. Being a fine dining establishment, the prices of the menu items match, so this is not the place for the budget conscious. having said that however, I felt, (and I say this also as a chef by profession and having worked in many African countries so I am also acutely aware of the cost of good quality ingredients) that you do get what you pay for. Expect to pay about $10 for a starter and up to $25 for a main dish. We started with the beetroot and blue cheese salad and a Ceaser salad. both were good with generous helpings and well presented. We shared the duck as the main which is was tender and tasty. I found the desert menu perhaps a little uninspiring so this could do with a little tweek or two. If I had to knit-pick i would liked to have seen the bread rolls served warm as one may expect in this sort of restaurant. The break between courses was acceptable and overall we did not feel hurried which is as it should be. They appear to have a less formal add on menu featuring gourmet burgers and wraps used for lunch service which is a good call and better suited to a more hurried lunch crowd so that was good thinking on their part.
The furnishings and fittings throughout are of a high standard and the bathrooms spotlessly clean. to their absolute credit there are two small smoking sections cut into the side of the building (kind of reminded me of an airport smoking booth but with better views) perhaps a little single seat chair or two would no go amiss which may take away the "airport feel" however was still grateful that one did not have to go back down the 21 floors to the lobby to smoke so good thinking on their part.
Overall, we enjoyed ourselves and would return again for a special occasion.
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