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“Fabulous fine dining”
Review of The Bay Leaf

The Bay Leaf
Ranked #35 of 111 Restaurants in Arusha
Price range: US$30 - US$40
Cuisines: Contemporary, International
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Good for: Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, After-hours, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Victoria Falls
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Fabulous fine dining”
Reviewed 6 June 2014

We had originally planned to stay at the Bay Leaf Boutique Hotel on our recent trip to Arusha, Tanzania but a friend swung us a good deal in another top hotel in the city and advised us to dine at the Bay Leaf instead, to which we obliged.

The Bay Leaf is a beautiful hotel with lovely manicured gardens and a fine dining restaurant. The restaurant has a fairly elaborate menu with an equally decent cocktail list. Our orders were promptly taken, I settled for a steak as did my partner our traveling companions settled for risotto which was looked good and they enjoyed it. Our steaks were tender and presentation was top class, however the service staff missed that mine was meant to be medium and the other well done. We overlooked that as the food was good and our compliments to the chef

However as we arrived around staff changeover time, the service was not as seamless as we expected as the waitress who took our order handed over to another waiter leading to a delay in food delivery as well as a bit of confusion and in who had ordered what item. Note-withstanding this the food was great and the ambiance first class. We will certainly dine there on our future visit

  • Visited May 2014
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Parallel menus of Western dishes and Indian specialities”
Reviewed 15 May 2014

The Bay Leaf restaurant is a nice change of pace from hotel food. It offers a superb selection of Indian dishes and a limited selection of more Western-oriented standbys. Virtaully everything is cooked to order. so allow time for the kitchen and the chef to perform their magic.

This is Ausha, so don't be put off by the rutted dirt road approach to the restaurrant. And, don't be surprised if you and your party are almost the only ones there on a given evening.

This is an Arusha restaurant that is a small splurge and a well appreciated treat.

Visited May 2014
Thank James W
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87 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Good But Not Great”
Reviewed 8 May 2014

Our group of seven considered their entrées to be good to very good, but no one rated their meal as a "wow." The staff was very courteous and the wine selections were few but appealing.

Visited May 2014
Thank Mark B
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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23 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great food if you aren't in a hurry”
Reviewed 5 May 2014 via mobile

9 of us @ a conference dined here. The food is delicious, generously portioned, well cooked & presented but takes ages. The menu does warn of a 25 minute delay. Double that and add some hence not 5 stars. Allow 2-2.5 hours if you want to eat here. Still worth the experience and the food is almost worth the wait.

Thank Peragro-ergo-sum-100
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Arusha, Tanzania
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Nice for small plates and dinners”
Reviewed 5 May 2014

This is a great place to go for a light dinner of small plates. I am not keen on their lunch menu which is a bit heavy and uninspired, but love their figs, rocket and parm salad, and green prawn starters.

Visited May 2014
Thank mamatumi
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