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“Try the mistress of spices tea blend if you like a little kick”
Review of Mistress of Spices

Mistress of Spices
Ranked #29 of 80 Restaurants in Stone Town
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$3 - US$15
Cuisines: International
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 5 April 2013

The food was well prepared and very fresh. Wonderful favors. Loved the brochettes. Loved the pumpkin mint soup

Thank MissSusan-usais
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Reviewed 30 March 2013

We stumbled upon this fabulous cafe which has a terrific ambiance and encapsulates Stone Town's unique ambiance. The range of fresh coffee beans is great, and these can be flavoured with locally grown cloves, cinnamon, vanilla or ginger. The chocolate brownies are "to die for" and generously sized ... my husband wants to move his office there! The staff were friendly, efficient and attentive. The cafe is part of the Jafferi hotel, so even the trip to the immaculately clean toilets was a cool experience as it takes you passed walls bedecked with prize winning photos by Javed Jafferi himself.
The cafe can get popular in the evenings so, to all those who are quick to critisise the local staff, take the time to enjoy Zanzibar's atmosphere and individuality instead of expecting a latte from Starbucks! Discovering gems like this are what travelling should be all about. We're definitely going back. Loved it. Five stars.

1  Thank Lesley L
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Reviewed 28 March 2013

After a morning spent walking through Stonetown in the Zanbari sun, this restaurant was a great respite from the heat. The town was without power for most of the day but fortunately they had a generator and thus a working aircon which was highly appreciated!
Not a large restaurant, the decor was well done, with most tables in their own alcoves. There was only 1 staff member that we saw the entire time that we were there, but as there were only 2 tables occupied, she was able to see to us without any issues. Although we did wait quite long for our food to arrive after ordering, our waitress was very efficient and friendly.
The food itself was beautifully presented but only average tasting. I had ordered the shrimp biriyani which was recommended by the waitress, while my husband ordered the steak. While generous with the shrimp, I found the biriyani overspiced, especially with too much cardamom. The steak was also average and a bit too chewy.
The menu is priced in shillings, however as we did not have enough shillings at the time, we had asked the waitress to give our bill in US dollars before we ordered. She remembered and our bill was presented in both dollars and shillings (using a very reasonable rate).

Thank Raye81
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Reviewed 25 February 2013

Had a great meal the night I arrived on Zanzibar and a couple of good breakfasts. The restaurant is attached to Jafferji House & Spa but has a separate street entrance. Located on a busy pedestrian only street.

Thank Terrell_msp
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Reviewed 18 February 2013

This is a great place to go to if you need a little respite from the afternoon heat and just want to chill out for a bit. The ambience is cool, calm and relaxing and the place is very tastefully decorated with wooden furniture, mirrors, interesting little bits and pieces and mood lighting. The spiced tea was quite good, the food average and if you want chocolate mousse - don't have it here - go to the Belgian restaurant Lou Lou instead, theirs is divine! The one here, though incredibly large was ordinary at best.

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Thank lisa_om1
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