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“Treat yourself” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Emerson Spice

Emerson Spice
Ranked #2 of 75 Restaurants in Stone Town
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $45
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Restaurant details
Good for: Scenic view, Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Description: Emerson Spice have two Restaurants: The Rooftop Tea House Restaurant - The Seafood Based, Set Five Course 'Taste Safari' Degustation Menu is prepared daily by our Zanzibari Chefs. The Sunset Hour is an integral part of the experience, so Diners are encouraged to arrive at any time after 5.30p.m. to enjoy a 'Sundowner' before dinner, which is served at 7p.m. Reservations Recommended. The Secret Garden - set amidst lushly landscaped hidden 'Ruins', open to the skies, it has a Zanzibari inspired A La Carte Menu. Look out for live music performed by The Dhow Countires Music Academy. Open for Lunch and Dinner.
Johannesburg, South Africa
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26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Treat yourself”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2012

This restaurant is fantastic. The beautiful roof terrace is perfect for a pre-dinner drink and the food was just wonderful. Friendly, prompt, easy service. Not cheap, but perfect for a splurge. In a lovely old building on one of Stone Town's atmospheric little winding streets.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Tehran
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3 reviews
“Great foooddddddd”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2012 via mobile

Everything is greate but you may not get full......
Nice food and place
You should try it......
The roof restaurant is open just for dinner

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Thank Danskk
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Toronto
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147 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“It was so good, we had to go back a second time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2012

We started out with a glorious sunset over the whole of Stone Town right out over the Indian Ocean a first unmissable experience. Then we ordered cocktails at US$5 a piece - delicious and great value. But then the piece de la resistance was the five-course dinner. It was really a very complex tasting menu introducing different elements and flavours, elegantly combining sweet and sour, bland and hot - all of which blended together to form a coherent whole. The dinner was served by very friendy staff who patiently explained the ingredients and cooking methods. Wonderful! Here's a sample of the menu on November 11, 2012:

Vumi’s Salad
Edna’s Spinach Roll
Duck Stuffed Tomato
Bungo Fruit Cevice

Turmeric Calamari
Cassava Reaz
Nyanya Chungu

King Prawns Butterfly
Grilled Pineapple
Garlic Bamia

Mama Tuna’s fish
Watermelon Salad
Mbirimbi Pickle

Stafeli Saffron Givré
Passion Fruit Tart
Cardamom Coconut Banana

So good, we went back two nights later. Irresistable. Don't miss it!

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Sue C
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Good atmosphere, average food”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2012

We decided to try Emerson after reading all of the fantastic reviews on tripadvisor.

We were welcomed with impeccable service and one of the most beautiful views you will see of sunset. Make sure you get there early at 6pm to sit and enjoy the sunset spectacle.

The ingredients used were fantastic and were cooked very well. Our main issue is that the flavours often didn't mix well didn't work as complete dishes. It could have been much much better. We felt that this was the same in each course - it's like they chose expensive and delicious ingredients and threw them on a plate without much thought to planning a great and complimentary menu.

Overall a lovely experience but probably wouldn't go back again (of course this is all personal opinion based on the menu of the day).

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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London
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“The most amazing meal ever - a feast. Wow!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2012

Just had the most amazing 5 course dinner at the roof top restaurant in Stone town Zanzibar. Just the most amazing food ever! 5 briliantly prepared fish dishes , a total asult on the taste buds and friendlty service with drop deal georgeous views over the old town of Stonetown. The owner Emmerson was on hand , and very hospitable. The hotel rooms look teriffic too. Should have michelin stars. At $30 worth every cent.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank andy c
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