Restaurant on the island of Zanzibar

SeVi Zanzibar’s restaurant not only enchants with its rustic and traditional style, but also with its view of the beach and the sea – a romantic place and a culinary destination at the same time.

The décor at SeVi Restaurant is simple and unassuming, with simple wooden tables and chairs and an array of handcrafted artifacts made by local villagers. The menu is based on the treasured flavors of Zanzibari spices and herbs, with fresh fish sourced regionally from fishermen in the neighboring village of Kigomani. Most of the ingredients used by the talented kitchen team are also sourced locally. A matching wine from the handcrafted coral stone (wine) cellar, served with your meal, offers you the wine enjoyment you deserve.

sunset restaurant sevi
romantic honeymoon island

A culinary journey

The À-la-carte restaurant invites you on a culinary journey of discovery through legendary flavors and bold creativity, inspired by international and local cuisine. The restaurant is located slightly elevated directly on the beach and enchants guests at any time of day with its breathtaking view of the azure blue ocean all the way to Mnemba Atoll.

The daily changing menu offers a balanced and varied mix of seafood, meat, vegetables and local Swahili specialties that combine the diversity of culture, history, geology and fauna on the plate to create an incomparable taste experience.

The culinary culture of the island of Zanzibar is primarily influenced by its exciting history and centuries of Arab rule.
Indian merchants have contributed their recipes and so today an Afro-Arab-Indian mix is on offer. Culture that can be felt on the plate.

The island’s spices are used in abundance and lend the dishes an exotic aroma. Pilau rice and biryani, a chicken or beef stew slowly cooked in a mixture of spices, are particularly popular.

Chicken or beef skewers, called mishkaki, are sold on every street corner and are of course a must at our barbecues. Octopus is also plentiful and is offered in various forms: grilled, as a masala or as an exotic salad with fresh coconut and spices.

A rich and intensely flavored soup is the urojo soup, which makes a full meal with potato croquettes and fried cassava strips. Falafel and samosas, with coconut salsa, hummus and baba ghanoush are served with the spices of Zanzibar in a particularly tasty way. An omelette made from chips and eggs – called Chipsi Mayai – is typical of the island and is also a popular brunch dish.

The rewarding end to the meal is completed by the various sweet baked goods and pastries made from deep-fried dough, called caimati and mandazi, served with honey or spiced syrup.

Local specialties & international cuisine

Pure exoticism on a plate
buffet team sevi

Marco Pohlner, the talented chef of the SeVi Boutique Hotel on Zanzibar, celebrates the island’s culinary diversity with passion and creativity. His dishes pay homage to the Afro-Arab-Indian mix that characterizes Zanzibar and are characterized by the generous use of the island’s exotic spices. Highlights include aromatic pilau rice, slow-cooked biryani and versatile octopus, all of which reflect the complexity of Zanzibari cuisine.

In the à la carte restaurant at SeVi Zanzibar, Marco Pohlner invites guests on a culinary journey of discovery. The menu, which changes daily, offers a balanced mix of seafood, meat, vegetables and local Swahili specialties that combine culture, history and nature on the plate. The restaurant’s rustic ambience, complemented by handcrafted artifacts and simple furnishings, creates a warm atmosphere where fresh local ingredients and carefully selected wines make for an unforgettable dining experience.

Your chef

Marco Pohlner
Kuechenchef Marco Pohlner scaled

Your chef

Marco Pohlner
Kuechenchef Marco Pohlner scaled

Marco Pohlner, the talented chef of the SeVi Boutique Hotel on Zanzibar, celebrates the island’s culinary diversity with passion and creativity. His dishes pay homage to the Afro-Arab-Indian mix that characterizes Zanzibar and are characterized by the generous use of the island’s exotic spices. Highlights include aromatic pilau rice, slow-cooked biryani and versatile octopus, all of which reflect the complexity of Zanzibari cuisine.

In the à la carte restaurant at SeVi Zanzibar, Marco Pohlner invites guests on a culinary journey of discovery. The menu, which changes daily, offers a balanced mix of seafood, meat, vegetables and local Swahili specialties that combine culture, history and nature on the plate. The restaurant’s rustic ambience, complemented by handcrafted artifacts and simple furnishings, creates a warm atmosphere where fresh local ingredients and carefully selected wines make for an unforgettable dining experience.

Enjoy the culturally diverse regional cuisine and indulge in the delicious international dishes in the restaurant of the SeVi Boutique Hotel Zanzibar.