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“Swahili specialities”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Two Tables

Two Tables
Ranked #50 of 76 Restaurants in Stone Town
Cuisines: African, Fusion
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating
Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating
Zanzibar
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41 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Swahili specialities”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2013

What a privilege? to sample some fine Swahili home cooking in a genuine Swahili home...

The "restaurant" is actually on a pleasant balcony of a family home overlooking a garden area. There are just two tables - so at busy times you can expect to share with other guests.

Booking in advance is almost essential. It is worth mentioning if you have particular dietary requirements when booking as usually they will shop and do much of the preparation before you arrive.

Some of the dishes look familiar as street food - but bear in mind the ingredients and preparation is of home-cooking quality / freshness - personally prepared for you - and so likely to be far superior to what you would get from a cheap street vendor.

In any case, part of the experience is to visit a typical Swahili home, see the furniture, decoration and curiosities from past times. Enjoy some peaceful surroundings with time to enjoy your food - away from the hustle and bustle of hawkers and traffic.

The dishes are numerous and portions are generous. My companion and I were quite full, well before the main course arrived - so definitely plan for this to be your main meal of the day.

One word of warning. I did not ask the price in advance and was rather shocked when I got the bill. Of course it is hard to put a price on such a special experience - but all the same I recommend you inform yourself of the price at time of booking.

This restaurant has been going for more than 10 years.

  • Visited March 2013
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Terrible!!! Avoid!!!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2013

Shabby, and food is pretty awful. Do not think that since this is billed as having authentic home-cooked food in someone's home that you will have any kind of positive experience. After a long walk to this home, we were shown in and told to wait is a weird mess of a room. Finally shown upstairs. We only saw a younger man and finally a young girl ( who did not sing for us). Food was unappetizing, to say the least.

  • Visited January 2013
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Geneva
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“interesting but overall nothing extraordinary”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2013

As already reviewed by other travelers, you eat in some one's home where 2 tables are set in a veranda. The people are very nice and we got a welcome song from the little girls. We were the only ones eating there that lunch, but for some reason we were made to wait over 10mn waiting for other people (who never showed up).
Food is good but frankly nothing exceptional and frankly we thought it was a bit expensive for what it was.

  • Visited January 2013
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Portland, Oregon
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47 reviews
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“Fun and odd - tasty meal”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2013

Two tables on the deck of a local man's house - the same meal served every night, which you share with whoever shows up at your table. Bizarre, but tasty experience.

Visited October 2012
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New York City, New York
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“Authentic local food, fun experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2012

Will it be the best food you find in Stone Town? No. It might be the most memorable and authentic experience though, and it is well worth it.

It is quite literally two tables on the screened-in veranda, and you walk through the living room to get there. The food is fairly simple, but everything was delicious, and it doesn't get much more authentic than some good home cooking. The owner's daughters come in and sing a couple of songs during your meal. We had a group of 4 couples, and we all had a great time.

One word of advice though - there is no alcohol, which we didn't think about until we sat down. The owner is fine with you bringing your own, and I think he also said that if you told him in advance, he'd get beer or wine for you. But if you don't plan ahead, you won't have any booze. Which doesn't matter so much, because the house juice mix he makes is pretty amazing. Although in retrospect, if we had known to bring some vodka or gin, it probably would have made a pretty amazing cocktail as well.

  • Visited October 2012
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