Having been told by everyone in Dar Es Salaam to go to Beyt al Chai Restaurant, we sat down eager to try the much hyped crab and coconut soup, and we were not disappointed.
The quality and taste fo the food is the best that I have tasted in Stone Town and I would encourage everybody to stop by and try it out.
The only negative was that it took our maincourse 2 hours to come out, but there were several power cuts which would go some way to explaining the delay.
Still definately a must for any true foodie visiting Stone Town.
Beyt al Chai gets a huge thumbs up from me.
The place is wonderfully decorated, with Persian and Indian themes, capturing the spirit of Zanzibar.
There are lots of different seating arrangements, like window seats, cushioned benches, 2, 4, or 6 seaters and they can always push tables together for larger parties.
The sound levels are kept down my the material on the ceiling acting as an insulator.
Every table has a candle, and every meal a bread basket and complementary appetizer.
Its the little things like that, that make Beyt al Chai simply the best restaurant in town.
And the food if anything pushes the beam even higher. The dishes are all well spiced with careful thought into any condiments offered.
I had the beef fillet with buttered vegetables and a caramelized onion chutney.
And everything worked together.
Clearly the chef thinks about these things in the same way a composer looks at an orchestra.
The wine list is extensive, including champagne, sparkling and dessert wines.
The prices for food and drink are a little more than we expected, but I feel it is worth the extra.
The service was wonderful, on the ball and attentive to our needs.
The waiters did not crowd but were there when you needed, a rare thing to get the balance of.
I will certainly be returning