The Rock restaurant is accessed by boat at full tide and on foot over a narrow coral embankment when the tide is out. The setting of this picturesque shack perched on a rocky outcrop off the Michamwi Pingwe coast of Zanzibar, justifies its inclusion in many top restaurant lists
And our 90 minute taxi ride from Stone Town!Sipping on a chilled mango and pineapple cooler on the sunny terrace at the rear lulled me into such a dreamy stupor, that all I have to show for our fabulously fresh seafood lunch of crisp fried mixed seafood, queen prawns marinated with garlic and olive oil, and a shared pasta served with crispy prawns spiced with Zanzibari vanilla, is a pile of prawn heads on R’s plate. I recovered in time for my dessert of pineapple flambé with cinnamon and coconut ice cream, but I clearly have no career in food blogging!
A young couple, soaking up the sun on the terrace long after lunch, asked us if this was one of the most beautiful restaurants we had eaten in. It was. I only wished we could have waited for the tide to turn.
Know before you Go:
Prior reservations are recommended through their website.
Dress code is smart casual (for lunch at least.)
Remember to check tide timings before you make a booking. You can do it here.
Don’t wear fancy shoes that won’t stand getting wet. You ‘ll need to take off your shoes to walk across even if you go during low tide or when you get into the boat during high tide.