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“Never again”

Moonrise Restaurant
Ranked #5 of 20 Restaurants in Lamu Island
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Good for: Families with children, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
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80 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Never again”
Reviewed January 17, 2014

We made a reservation for dinner. Special my friend is very interested in taraab music and is interested in seeing the musicians playing.
We were sitting half an hour when the musicians started. However, we could not see them, because they were sitting outside. Also 2 local guys were "dancing" in front of the musicians and singing very loud. After a little while the owner of Lamu House past our table and asked us if we enjoyed the evening. By that time we didn't have any food yet. We told him that it was okay so far, but that we were a bit disappointed that we couldn't see the musicians and because of the 2 noisy local guys also hardly could hear the musicias.
From that moment the owner started yelling at us and told us we better leave the restaurant, as we, in his opinion, didn't like local people and he couldn't help such people like us.

It was a very strange attitude, special from an owner of such an expensive place, walking around in sort of underpants, and talking to 2 of his guests, who both live over 10 years in this area and know and respect the Swahili culture very well.

This owner doesn't have any respect for the musicians, letting them sit outside where 2 guys are dancing in front of them as if they are in a disco.

After the owner told us to leave the restaurant we did obvious. We had a great dinner in an other restaurant, for less then half of the price, but where we were treated as normal human beings and not as outcast.

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Digby, Canada
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Simple fare but tasty”
Reviewed January 13, 2014

We enjoyed trying new dishes each day and were particularly fond of the seafood. Service was excellent

Visited January 2014
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Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Quiet evening spot, nice food”
Reviewed January 5, 2014

We were in Lamu during the Cultural Festival, and went here on our last night when there were less people around. The food is really good - we had tuna which was delicious, if a little too much! Good value, quiet, and as others have said a nice view of this end of the waterfront.

Visited November 2013
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Kalmthout, Belgium
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“The best food in Lamu Town”
Reviewed January 3, 2014

We stayed as guests in Lamu House Hotel for one month in November (this was our second stay) and we had breakfast, lunch and dinner EVERY day at the Moonrise Restaurant (part of Lamu House Hotel).
Every day fresh (sea)food with lots of variation : salads, pasta's, fantastic tuna (the carpaccio !!!!) and crab dishes, homemade fish-fingers, different vegetables (super avocado), soups,....etc etc.
And the fries were much better than the original ones in Belgium !
Friday-evening dinner is a real culinary experience, with live traditional Lamu-music on the background.
The restaurant is small and cosy, with shade and great views of the water and the daily life on the quay. The service is friendly and personal.
A real moment of peace and quiet during a visit to Lamu Town.
You will not find a better place !!!
We will be back in November 2014 : tickets already booked : can't wait !

  • Visited November 2013
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Kisumu, Kenya
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Fabulous Friday Dinner”
Reviewed December 26, 2013

The prix fixe menu on our Friday visit was wonderful (crab claw, tuna carpaccio, cold cucumber soup w prawns, pasta with pesto, seafood curry with rice and dessert) and amazing for 1500Ksh/each. Made us want to come home and figure out how to make this happen in Kisumu (less often...). The owner was very considerate of the children as well, bringing them soup and a nice pasta early on. Truly one of the nicest dinner I have had in a long time, and a lovely setting. We ate another night, from the menu, also very nice (but hard to beat Friday night, especially with live music as well.) (Not too loud, don't worry.)

Visited December 2013
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