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“Terrible food, non-existent service” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of Monsoon Restaurant

Monsoon Restaurant
Ranked #25 of 75 Restaurants in Stone Town
Cuisines: African, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Dinner, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Mahale Mountains National Park, Tanzania
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Terrible food, non-existent service”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2013

After seeing Monsoons being highly recommended in several guidebooks and at well known hotels we stopped in for a lunch on the terrace. Granted it seems to be popular for an evening meal with live Taarab music for an "authentic Swahili experience". With all other restaurants we tried in ST we had fantastic fresh seafood and great service. The waiter was more interested in chatting to his friends passing by and took forever to serve us. We live in Africa so are not expecting Western standards, but having only two other customers in the restaurant we would expect to have drinks and food delivered together. The Calamari was a joke - a couple of tough, dried rubber strips on the plate with salad leaves. I shared my small portion of tiny prawns with my partner as we didn't have time to re order or send it back. Seems to be a hit and miss place.
There are plenty of other fantastic options.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Palo Alto, California
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46 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Nice food, great music”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2013 via mobile

Taarab music on Wednesdays really made this a great evening. Pumpkin soup was kind of thin, more like chai, than I expected. Chicken and octopus were both great. Dessert plate was a mixed bag, spiced coffee was strong, made in an ibrik, so beware!

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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great food and attentive service !”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2013 via mobile

My husband and I have been here twice now and the food is gorgeous !

The restaurant is beautifully decorated and the service was great both times !

Monsoon should definitely gave a higher rating !

  • Visited November 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Julie M
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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great Swahili Food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2013

I had the three course set menu. Great value and wonderful food. I would recommend this to anyone seeking a tasty meal with good service and decor.

Visited November 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Average food”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2013

We had the grilled red snapper. No presentation, food was just piled on the plate, must take shoes off for going to bathroom, overall not clean, average food but right on the waterfront.

Visited October 2013
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