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“Ruins before meal a must”

Monsoons Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 19 Restaurants in Mtwapa
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: USD 20 - USD 40
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood
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Good for: Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Monsoons restaurant stand on an empty pristine beach with views out to sea or back towards the beauty of the Jumba ruins and botanical park themselves. The restaurant offers a delightful range of fresh seafood as well as Italian pasta dishes. It is a place where you want to spend the day with friends, drinking in the views with a glass of wine and a dressed crab or two. An incredible haven only seconds from the chaos of the beaches closer to Mombasa,a wonderful place for families,couples and special occasions Monsoons is to be savored, not rushed.
Reviewed 1 June 2017

The food was nice but not memorable. The staff were excellent and jumped to your every need. The big pull for this visit is the Jamba ruins...spooky and amazing. The beach is beautiful and empty but the garbage on the beach is a disappointment.

Thank debsitar
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Reviewed 19 May 2017 via mobile

We took an Uber from our hotel in Shanzu into the heart of Mtwapa. As we coursed through the semi rural neighbourhood we wondered where the roads would lead to. We found Monsoon Restaurant on TripAdvisor and thought we should try it out after some seriously underwhelming hotel buffet. So when we got to the Jumba Ruins we as asked cautiously at the entrance whether we were really at our destination. The Jumba ruins were a sight to behold. 600 year old baobab trees lined the walkway and ruins of a Swahili settlement beckoned beyond the lush greenery as if untouched for centuries. I could see the sea out ahead of us, waves from miles away crashing on the white sandy beach as they did when inhabitants of the settlement first chose that spot. The exact spot where Monsoon was cosily nestled. Monsoon is a beautiful little restaurant nothing pretentious or over the top from the decor to the staff. Authentic makuti thatched roofs, sunbeds under palm trees. So idyllic, it was like time had stood still for us to savour the moment. Our waitress was impeccable as she took us through the menu. Seafood platter for 3 for the main and calamari & prawns for starters. The calamari was mildly spiced with lemon and pepper and so tender and soft it was like eating clouds right out of the sky; very unlike the fibrous heavily coated rings we find in Nairobi. The prawns were equally delectable seasoned in lemon and pepper as well. Appetites were sufficiently roused. The main course came on a platter crab, lobster, white snapper, octopus, prawns and calamari and some some tasty fragnant rice. Coconut and garlic butter sauces framed the meal so well I rediscovered the meaning of finger licking good. And to crown it all we had the cool breeze from the sea, breathtaking views and the ruin behind us providing the perfect ambience for the afternoon meal. This was my best lunch experience so far. Id recommend any day.

5  Thank Brenda K
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Reviewed 20 April 2017

Just an amazing place
great ambiance.
Pleasant welcome with amazing hospitality.
fresh seafood just recently caught from the ocean.
Fairly priced.

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Thank Sanjeet S
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

To avoid the rush on a Sunday afternoon, when everybody wants to eat at Monsoon a Friday or Saturday afternoon is the best time ti go for a relaxed Lunch. Everybody has time for you, the food takes not very long to be served and the Rose Wine is ice cold.
Finishing a great meal with a real Italian Coffee and a Lemoncello is like heaven on earth.

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Reviewed 28 January 2017

Then I saw the beach white clean sand beautiful beach and a little restaurant two out side tables and four fantastic sun lounger. We sat out side under a beautiful umbrellas made of straw. The waitress was discrete but amazing and efficient and very attentive to all our requirements the rest room whilst unisex was clean and very well equipped we had not intended to eat but such maws the service we felt compelled to sample the food. I don't do fish. So steak was order or the day o m g still in heaven and readable as well at 1300kshs so the owner is on site so I guess that adds to the reason for amazing food and outstanding service us British have lot to learn about good food at restaurants at reasonable prices. Julian

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Thank Julian T
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