A friend and I had dinner there after reading that a special Thai menu was being put out for the week (the ad appeared in the local newsletter). However, the waiting staff did not seem to be aware of this special menu, vehemently insisting that it was available. Only a call to the chef for clarification produced an A4 sheet with the specials printed out on it. Not an auspicious start.
We ordered both a starter and a main, and a prawn dish was one of our starters. Seafood is tricky to prepare at the best of times, and on this evidence, the chef failed badly. The prawns came out looking like kitten sphincters they were so overcooked. Rubbing salt into the wound was that the prawns were overseasoned, as was everything else we had ordered. Despite my asking for my steak to be medium done and plain, it came out well done (well here referring to how overcooked it was as opposed to a measure of its excellence) and slathered in a brown sauce of questionable origin and taste. The saving grace for this rather lacklustre and uninspiring plate of food was the seasonal vegetables which were fresh and crisp.
My friend's plate of food was significantly less than a dog's dinner since even her dogs refused to eat her steak leftovers. So I don't think I need to go into any further detail.
On the plus side of this 'dining' experience: the staff are attentive and courteous (although some slightly more ripe-smelling than others due to an underwhelming response to personal deodorising). The location is stunning, although our view of the mountain was completely obstructed by a marquis planted squarely in front of the restaurant. The plastic chairs in the restaurant area are a jarring reminder of the fact that This Is Tanzania, where the Empire of The Plastic Chair is headquartered. It seriously detracts from the general genteel tone of the establishment.
We had a look at one of the single rooms, and for the price, they seem a pretty good bargain.
Overall, there are some positives to be had but the food is not one of them.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Arc Hotel opened in August 2009. It is a modern international level hotel. It is located at the outskirts of the city of Morogoro, approximately 2 km from the city centre, close to the main road to Dar es Salaam, Dodoma or Zambia. Arc Hotel offers comfortable double or single rooms/suites to meet the needs of both professionals and vacationers. All rooms on the upper floor have access to a private balcony looking out on the Eastern Arc (Uluguru) Mountains. The Arc Hotel 'Mikumi' restaurant offers a wide variety of dishes and indoor as well as open air services for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu includes local, as well as Indian, Chinese and international specialties. The open air service area also comprises the bar. Families with children are always welcome. An outdoor playground is available. Our staff will be happy to connect you with local tour operators for transport to the local attractions. The hotel is conveniently located close to Mikumi National Park, Udzungwa Mountains National Park, Uluguru Mountains and Selous Game Reserve. ... more less
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