TZ Restaurant Review: Black Tomato (Dar es Salaam)
I’m in Dar es Salaam for the first part of a feasibility study (more later) and headed over to Black Tomato for lunch. Black Tomato — “where food matters” — is a restaurant in the Makutano compound. I found it on Google Maps as a restaurant nearby Coco Plaza, where I had an afternoon meeting, so figured I could eat there before heading over. It’s an interesting place, which seems to cater to Wazungu (not just Black Tomato, but Makutano more generally). There are beautiful [and expensive] arts and crafts (including dining sets made of gorgeous dark wood), a playground, and some young Maasai men standing guard at the gate.
The menu (and the food I ordered) reminded me of a hipster Cambridge locavore cafe. I ate a roast chicken avocado sandwich, served on brown ciabatta bread and accompanied by fresh-from-the-fryer, perfectly salted shoestring fries. It was delicious! I also ordered a coke, with ice and lemon — something I wouldn’t have thought to do myself, but it was pretty refreshing considering the Dar heat.