Lazuli

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Shangani District, Stone Town (at Kenyatta Street), Zanzibar, Tanzania

Serves meat, vegan options available. Offers several vegan items, including a chickpea curry, smoothies and juices. Small with a few tables. Chill music. Each meal is cooked to-order in a small kitchen. Located next to Dolphin Cafe and Stone Town Cafe. Open for lunch and dinner, coffee, tea and snacks. Open Mon-Sat 11:00am-9:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Indian, International, Juice bar, African, Non-veg

3 Reviews

First Review by Eclipser

An unexpected winner - Edit

Only three restaurants in Stone Town were recommended to veg*ns. Lazuli was initially the least-favoured as it was principally a non-veg menu. Having said that, we were pleasantly surprised by this clean, bright and homely eatery.

My partner chose a chickpea, avocado and mango salad that looked colourful, fresh and inviting. She devoured the salad with relish. I chose the chickpea curry with rice and it was similarly fresh and appetising.

The juices and smoothies were very good and everything was reasonably priced. It was so refreshing to find a non-veg food outlet whose veg*n dishes were adventurous.

Lazuli was clearly the stand out eatery for vegan food in Stone Town (which is slightly bizarre given the majority of its menu is non-veg). One can only hope that as time passes, their menu will increase in vegan options.

POST SCRIPT:
Hummous is on the Lazuli menu but only after some questioning did we discover that they use cow's milk as an ingredient. Awareness of veganism in Zanzibar seemed incredibly low and was typically equated with vegetarian.

Updated from previous review on 2017-09-11

Pros: Fresh, quality food, Reasonably priced, Relaxed and inviting ambience

Cons: Lack of veg*n selections on menu

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Nice place and menu, but reality a bit different.. - Edit

The Lazuli is highly recommended on TripAdvisor so we had very big expectations, but maybe we were just unlucky.. We ordered some juices and mains. My vegan chickpea burger contained mayonnaise (even though upon order we asked a waiter whether the food was vegan). We had some other challenges such as waiting time which was over an hour only for 4 drinks.

The staff was friendly though, but for us it was definitely not a good experience. I believe we were just unlucky as the place had a such a good reputation. I hope it was just a bad day.

If you still decide to check it out, I would recommend to double-check about the ingredients upon order as it seems that they put mayonnaise in most of the foods. Also be probably ready for a long waiting time. Otherwise the place has a nice atmosphere, it's cozy and the prices are ok.

Pros: good location, cozy place, friendly staff

Cons: too long waiting time, not very tasty food , lack of understanding of vegan friendly

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Nice place, needs more vegan awareness - Edit

Excellent blended juices, try mango + banana. Beware, the hummus is made with mayonnaise.

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