Swahili Food from a local Arusha Restaurant
This small local restaurant is located in the Sanawari area in Arusha and is run by a middle aged mama and a dada (female assistant). Lunch is served starting from about 12.30 pm until supplies last every Monday through Saturday. Most customers are local fundis (craftsman and skilled workers) that labor in the vicinity but are too far away from home to eat with their families.
The menu remains the same every day and the following main dishes are served:
- Pilau – Also called Spice Rice or Pilaf with beef, spinach (mostly mchicha), beans, potatoes, vegetables
- Wali Maharagwe – Rice with beans, spinach and an optional separately served beef meat sauce
- Ugali Dagaa – Maize dish (Ugali, somewhat similar to Italian Polenta) with Dagaa (Silver Cyprinid from Lake Victoria)
All dishes should be pepped up with a very very spicy and hot pili pili – chili sauce (if you dare). This freshly prepared sauce is truly fantastic and deserves a special mention. For a small extra cost you can order your food together with avocado slices. All dishes can be mixed according to your wish. As the owner of the restaurant is catholic, meat will not be available on certain days (i.e. Good Friday).
The restaurant also offers a delivery service to the local businesses in the area. All dishes cost the same price, a very moderate 1.500 Tanzanian Shilling each (yes that’s right, less then $1). This includes free potable water and the a fore mentioned pili pili sauce. You will have to pay extra for avocado slices, fruits for desert or if you order a soft drink. When our Safari guests ask for a true local dining experience, we love to bring them to this place.