Our menu is inspired by the traditional Zanzibar cuisine, which is the mix of African, Arab and Hindu influences. They make a varied, aromatic mosaic of flavours. The most precious culinary treasures of Zanzibar undoubtedly include fish and seafood (tuna, doradas, marlins, octopus or squids); tropical fruits maturing in the sun of the south (mangos, pineapples, coconuts, papaia); vegetables (tomatoes, eggplants, okra) and herbs (lemon grass, coriander). And obviously spices that the island is so famous of. It is incredible how each, even the simplest dish grows more sophisticated when improved with a pinch of freshly ground nutmug, black pepper or chilli, or else with cinnamon, cardamon or cloves.
And everything is fresh, local, with no preservatives. Just picked or fished. And such are dishes in our menu: fresh, healthy and varied. Smelling of spices and composed of seasonal products.
Marafiki is a place created with passion, out of love of travel and encounter with another person. With respect to local community, in harmony with local traditions and habits. Food plays an important part in our culture and taste is one of senses enabling perception. That is why we did our best to make our restaurant an invitation to the sensual travel deep into the richness of the island.
When the richness of the Zanzibar cuisine, in which the taste of curry subtly entwines with the nut aroma of grilled manioc and the coconut milk makes chilli taste milder, is combined with the specialities of the western cuisine, e.g. pasta, oil, pizza dough, different sauces, the idea of confitures, mousse or spreads - it really arouses imagination. It also encourages into making experiments and opens the way to new, surprising combinations of flavours and variations of the same dishes. We also do our best to use local and best quality products and the European aesthetics of serving dishes. As a result, you end up in a culinary paradise where eating is a pleasure for all senses.
Each country has its soup: for the French it is bouillabaise, gazpacho for the Spanish, and żurek for the Polish, and the Zanzibar people have their urojo, sour soup from tamarind or green mango, thickened with flour, spiced wih cumin, kurkuma and fresh chilli. The essence of urojo are its side dishes. The basic ones are: cooked potatoes cut in chunks, fried dessicated manioc, kaczori – spicy potato balls. The rest are the matter of family tradition, the cook's fantasy, the client's appetite. Thus, urojo can also contain: katlesi – meat and potato fries, mini beef skewers, coconut chutney, hard-boiled egg, chopped white cabbage with carrots, figili – chopped white turnip leaves. The soup is nutritious and refreshing at the same time. Once a week, at buffet supper our Marafiki guests can taste urojo, as well as: stewed octopus, rice with spices, red beans in coconut milk, spinach with tomatoes and chilli, manioc fries and other local specialities.
Grilleed dorada or tuna? Perhaps squids or grilled shrimps? Or chicken skewers? Or perhaps home made beef burger? But what sauce should go with it? Hmmm... A difficult choice. These are Marafiki's guests' Wednesday dilemnas when they the restaurant does the evening barbecue under the stars. Our cooks take the barbecue out of the kitchen to put it on sand and prepare meat, fish and seafood in front of the guests. Everybody can choose what they want, a then pick up the ready dish. The guests are also offered extras: various sauces, rice cooked in coconut milk, baked potatoes, salads. And something sweet for dessert.
The joy and satisfaction of the guests are the most important for us. Thus, we are open to satisfy their special requirements and culinary preferences. The menu always includes dishes for amateurs of vegetarian and vegan meals and if needed we will be happy to prepare dishes meeting the needs of alergy sufferers.
We also think of the young ones. Children can expect their favourite dishes, among others spaghetti with the home made tomato sauce, pancakes with bananas, fruit cocktails, crispy French fries or home made chicken nuggets and burgers.
In accordance with the rhytm of the day
To start a nice holiday day we suggest lazy breakfast in the first sunrays. Tropical fruit, fresh juice (e.g. wonderful mango and passion fruit mix), fruit milk cocktails smelling of spices, home made bread and jams give energy. Pancakes and dishes made of eggs kill the morning hunger and wonderful African coffee will delicately wake you up.
At noon, when the sun high in the sky can be tiring and the heat wears you out, we invite you to light lunch based on fish, seafood, salads and simple pasta. In the cool shade of the restaurant at the seaside you can rest and relax with a glass of white wine or cold Tanzanian beer.
In the evening, when the hot day turns into a night we include fried or grilled fish, shrimps, squids and octopus in our menu.
The hotel and its atmosphere is mainly about people. But not exclusively them. The places atmoshere lies also in its location, décor, care about details. We know about it, so we took care of everything. Our restaurant is located on the rock on the seashore with the view on the swimming pool and the ocean. During the day you can hide away from the sunshine on the entresol to contemplate the waste of the ocean water when stretched out in the soft seats. And in the evening, sitting with a drink at the bar made of the local ngalawa boat you can talk about life, exchange your impressions from the day or admire the moonrise. On the other hand, those who prefer to meditate or read in the solitude have a comfortable sofa at their disposal. You will not like to leave this place. And when needed, our attentive waiters and waitresses will deal with everything.