Thursday, July 9, 2009

quick stop: Paje Ndame

quick stop: Paje Ndame

Religiously, I pushed the pin right on the spot where Cebu lies in the world map that is spread over the cork board. I see that I am the 3rd Filipino who took the time to mark the map. I know there are lot more of us who actually have passed by this restaurant of Paje Ndame Village, as it is right where the seaweed farms are.

Paje Ndame Village bungalow
a standard bungalow at Paje Ndame

Paje Ndame huts
beachside huts

For one hot afternoon last month, Paje Ndame was where we grabbed a rather late lunch after visiting the seaweed farms. The menu selection is spare and simple - just a few continental dishes here and there with some Kiswahili favorites and seafood basics. We ended up with kingfish in coconut sauce which turned out to be fresh, delectable and with just the right spiciness.

hut at Paje Ndame
like an open invitation to the sun and sea

kingfish in coconut sauce
our order: kingfish in coconut sauce

Fancy is not what you would associate this boutique hotel. The accommodations may not be deluxe but the bungalows boast of a beach view and are definitely cozy and comfortable. Prices start at under $100 too and in a renowned beach such as Paje no less. Now if they’d only offer internet!

Paje Ndame Village view
beachview of Paje

To go: Paje Ndame Village is located in Paje, which is 50 km southeast of Stonetown, Zanzibar or about an hour by road.

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