Eating in Moshi: El Rancho, Shanty Town

After a long day working on emergencies, I wanted a place that I could rest my body, my mind and where I could have a moment of reflection.  I was hungry so in addition it had to be a place that could serve me a satisfactory meal.
The first place that popped into my mind was El Rancho.  This is probably the most popular restaurant among both locals and tourists. And my favorite item on the menu is their specialty drumsticks. They are crunchy on the outside, tender on the inside (the meat easily comes off the bone) have a sweet ketchup base with a dash of Indian spices and garnished with coriander leaves.

Have you tried the drumsticks at El Rancho?

The environment:

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A large garden overlooks the restaurant building which as an outdoor sitting at the porch and an indoor sitting with a large screen TV so that you don’t miss a game night on a date 😉
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The outdoor furnishing keeps your safari experience alive with canvas chairs and the very famous maasai cloth as table linen.

The bathrooms are conviniently placed at the rare and are satisfactory; have soap, toilet paper and a flash that works.

The menu:

Predorminantly Indian cuisines. The menu begins with starters and ends with beverages,  the price ranges from as low as 2000Tshs for plain chips to 18,000 Tshs. My favorite, drumsticks are at 12,000 Ths.
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This time I added Masala chips as an accompaniment. The chips were somewhat of a disappoinmnet. I expected some lemon and chili in the mix which was missing. So far the best Masala chips I have had are in Chicken liken at fire, Dar-es-salam.
It is worth noting that even though salad is not in the menu they do serve garden salad.

The service:

Not very satisfactory because the waiters spend a lot of time chatting. And for every time I go there I’m almost always disappointed,  what keeps me going though is the excellent drumsticks.
It’s closed on Mondays.
A bonus:

They have a functioning pool table and Foozeball table, providing a great way to unwind while waiting for the food which on peak days may take up to an hour.

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My verdict:

It’s definitely a place to go when you have a large group and in the mood for an eastern experience. The prices are a little steep, you may need to plan ahead and have at least 20,000Tshs per person.

I would love to see them renovate the place because the room with the foozeball table is virtually out of order.

Rating:
I score it at 7/10 for the great outdoor sitting and the attempt to add an element of entertainment.
I’m not really happy with the waiters and I would like to see them do some renovation to the area.
I love the large menu selection which has vegetables, seafood and meat selections.
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How would you rate your experience at El Rancho? Let me know on twitter @rasberry_blush or leave a comment below.

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