Al Basha is a Muslim-friendly restaurant located in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania which is known to serve a fabulous selection of delicious vegetarian and non-vegetarian Lebanese dishes. Please note that only alcohol-free, fresh, Halal and natural ingredients are used in the dishes. ...more

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania



Al Basha is a Muslim-friendly restaurant located in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania which is known to serve a fabulous selection of delicious vegetarian and non-vegetarian Lebanese dishes. Please note that only alcohol-free, fresh, Halal and natural ingredients are used in the dishes.


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Old Bagamoyo Road, Mikocheni, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

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