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Tanzania is not particularly well-known for its culinary delights, but there is so much more to the city of Mwanza, Tanzania than meets the eye. If you know where to look, you can find culinary treasures, from street food to hotel restaurants. We list the 10 best places here for some really great food.
There are a few options for pizza in Mwanza, but the margarita pizza at the Mwanza Yacht Club is by far the best. A thin crust pizza with a flavorful sauce, fresh tomatoes and mozzarella. The Yacht Club is a prime Mwanza location right on the shores of Lake Victoria, a perfect spot for a sunset and a sundowner before pizza. The Yacht Club does charge an entry fee for non-members, but at only 2,000/= (approximately $1 USD) it’s well worth it.
The butter chicken at Ryan’s Bay is positively delicious and by far the best in town. The complexity of flavor far outweighs the other options available in Mwanza; a rich, creamy sauce, full of mild spices, ginger and garlic. Pair it with some naan bread and it’s a definite delight. Ryan’s Bay Hotel is right on Lake Victoria so the view is just as good as the food.
Ryan’s Bay Hotel, Station Rd, Mwanza, Tanzania, +255 (0)28 254 2347
Victoria Palace Hotel is up in Capripoint, not far from the lake but without the view. However, the food makes up for the slight disadvantage in location, especially if you order the Zanzibar fish; two fish fillets covered in coconut tomato sauce. You can choose what you accompany the fish with, so if you’re interested in sampling ugali (a typical Tanzanian dish, made from corn flour into a stiff porridge-like starch), it’s available and well prepared. You can also choose chips, rice or ndizi (fried plantain bananas) to go with your dish if ugali doesn’t quite strike your fancy.
The tepanyaki grill at Tilapia Hotel has grill tables that can seat about 10 people and a grill chef who cooks in front of you, serving your meal in small courses. Start off with a vegetable potato patty, followed by a mix of seafood, fish, chicken and beef. The meat and seafood is accompanied by fried rice and the meal is finished with ice cream. Be sure to make a reservation in advance.
Mwanza boasts an abundance of fresh fruit, and Kuleana Pizzeria takes full advantage of this. The fruit platters piled high with pineapple, papaya, bananas, watermelon and avocado are delicious. Try one of the fresh fruit juices (individual fruit or mixed cocktail juice). It will come without sugar so you can add to your taste or drink it as nature intended.