Barbecue House Restaurant – Consistently Delicious Food in Dar Es Salaam

By Mark Wiens 7 Comments
Our meal at Barbecue House
Our meal at Barbecue House

Barbecue House, located in the Upanga district, is consistently one of the best restaurants in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.

As the name suggests, they specialize in local Tanzanian style barbecued meats on the grill.

Simple and to the point
Simple and to the point

The owner, has been operating this fantastic Dar Es Salaam dining establishment for quite a few years now, I think around 20 years or so.

And nearly every time I visit Dar Es Salaam, the first restaurant I eat at is Barbecue House.

You can smell this chicken from far away
You can smell this chicken from far away

During the daytime Barbecue House just looks like a normal home, but at night the grills emerge and the chicken and skewers of meat start to smoke away.

The sauces are incredible
The sauces are incredible

One of the absolute best reasons to eat at Barbecue House is for the sauces, four different bowls of house-made sauce that are so flavorful, you’ll want to drink them.

The green chili sauce, the red chili sauce, and the tamarind sauce are all spectacular, but even the red chili sauce (my second favorite of the choices) is trumped by the coconut chutney, a sauce that’s just as good as Sri Lankan pol sambol.

To go with the sauces, they first deliver a huge plate of thinly sliced raw cabbage salad. The salad is merely an excuse to sop up as much of the sauces as possible, and you’ll immediately realize just how spectacular all four of them are.

Don't miss their samosas
Don’t miss their samosas

Being one of the best restaurants in Dar Es Salaam, Barbecue House makes no mistakes when it comes to samosas. These little deep fried triangles of goodness, can’t be missed. The meat, chicken, and even vegetarian samosas are all delightful.

And by this point you probably already known, that with some of the sauce added, they’re even better.

Price – 700 TZS ($0.42) each

Plump piece of spicy chicken at Barbecue House
Plump piece of spicy chicken at Barbecue House

For barbecue chicken, Barbecue House has the normal version and the “hot” version, and to my liking, it really does have some kick to it.

Tanzanian barbecue chicken is similar to tandoori chicken, but it’s usually grilled instead of roasted in a tandoori oven.

The chicken barbecue is excellent at Barbecue House, always cooked fresh, and packed with flavor.

Price – 5,500 TZS ($3.35)

Fish barbecue at Barbecue House restaurant in Dar Es Salaam
Fish barbecue at Barbecue House restaurant in Dar Es Salaam

On my last meal at Barbecue House, I also decided to go for the fish barbecue.

It was a nice sized chunk of fish, I think red snapper. The fish was tender and flaky and marinated in the same red luscious sauce as the chicken. A squeeze of lime, and the fish barbecue was spectacular.

Price – 10,000 TZS ($6.10)

Chips
Chips

To go with the chicken and fish, there’s basically a choice of chips (fries) or ajam, a thin bread that’s somewhere between a naan, chapati, and a dosa. It’s kind of like a naan that’s cooked like a pancake and then grilled, so it’s sort of soft and spongy. After fried, it’s then grilled to give it a nice smoke flavored exterior.

Getting saucy with my fish!
Getting saucy with my fish!

When you’re in Dar Es Salaam and looking for a great restaurant for dinner, Barbecue House consistently delivers satisfying local food. The sauces alone are worthy of being an entire meal, but add some grilled meat to the table, and things get even tastier!

Barbecue House, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

Open hours: From about 6 pm – 10 pm nightly
Prices: You’ll spend about 10,000 TZS () per person, a little more eating fish
Address: Barbecue House is along the small Nkomo Street, just off the main Ali Hassan Mwinyi Road.


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7 comments. I'd love to hear from you!

  • Yasmin

    10 years ago

    Me too from upanga ! I agree ! Awesome food. But try Mamboz in town and BBQ village as well. Oh and Georgian dragon for some amazing fish and chips and good beer. Good to see tourists enjoying local foods.

  • Yash Bhatt

    10 years ago

    Hey. I’m from Upanga, Dar es salaam. I’ve been there more than a thousand times and i get the same, delicious food almost every time i go there! It’s amazing to see people enjoying the local delicacies!

  • Salim

    10 years ago

    Mark, I just want to confirm that the location of this place is correct on google map…
    there used to be a BBQ Hut before too..is that changed to BBq House or is this another BBq place in the same vicinity? if ypu know the owner’s name, please share as well

  • Kobie Coetzee

    11 years ago

    Barbeque House is the best! Worked in Dar and went there at least once a week! Good food, great atmosphere and good prices.

  • Eric

    11 years ago

    Hey Mark, went there with your parents last week while visiting them. I would have to agree with you, great food! My favorite was the meat somosas. Enjoyed reading your review.

    • Heara

      11 years ago

      dude im pakistani and to pronounce pilao is (pill- ow)and u gotta gimme the receipe for the sauce and fish and octopus curry lol but u gotta get samosa too! and kachori! nd tell me how u ordred in lukmann and dar es salam 🙂

  • Paul

    11 years ago

    Grilled meats, fantastic sauce = I need to see a video of you eating this. Then I need to eat some myself. Looks amazing!