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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Floating Rock Restaurant in Zanzibar, Tanzania

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Perched on a rock in the middle of the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Zanzibar, Tanzania, is a tiny seafood restaurant simply named The Rock Restaurant. The one and only Rock Restaurant is not distant from the shore of the beautiful Michanwi Pingwe beach. Depending on the tides that day, you can go walking, swimming or even by boat.

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The Floating Rock Restaurant in Zanzibar

The restaurant serves a wide variety of sea food with a distinctly Zanzibari twist as well as a a selection of wines, beers and soft drinks. Selections include delicacies like Fish Carpaccio, Calamari prepared with prawns and zucchini, or familiar treats like Lobster Spaghetti and more. The seafood is always fresh there.

The Floating Rock Restaurant in Zanzibar

The restaurant itself can accomodate 14 people and includes a beautiful wrap-around terrace boasting panoramic views of turquoise water. Built entirely with rustic, local materials, the structure easily adapts to the ever changing nature of its environment. When the tide is low, an amazing tiered staircase greets visitors, leading them to the main dining room. Higher tides that call for a boat ride to the Rock, allow visitors to tie up or get dropped off at the floating oasis.

The Floating Rock Restaurant in Zanzibar

The owner, a local fisherman, serves whatever he catches (including lobster and prawns) and prepares delicious authentic recipes with local ingredients. The cozy hut also offers an extensive wine menu, making it a hot spot for romantic dinners and special occasions. A once in a lifetime experience in itself, dinner at the Rock is a must for anyone traveling the Tanzanian coast.

The Floating Rock Restaurant in Zanzibar
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