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Enjoyed a great lunch with a group of friends, both local and visiting. The food was excellent, and the atmosphere engaging. We were helped by a couple of local friends who made sure that we paid a reasonable price.
We ate in maputo some 5 years ago at the old fish market further inland in Maputo. here the prawns were so big (I have never seen such huge prawns and for just a few dollars I go a packet of 6 or 8 prawns)....This was to feed three of us with some left over as they were so big. All of the seafood was 'flapping" in the big concrete tubs in which they were on display for purchase. They were all huge in the huge tun. The "small' pnes were bigger thean the large very dead prawns that I was presented with on our recent visit to the new "ripp-off" market. They were trying to charge us 4,000 Meticais to cook our meal and provide what they claimed was 1,000 meticais of chips - supposedly 5 portions.
We guessed that the prawns were pre-frozen and thawed to look like fresh prawns (none of the prawns were "flappin", rather they looked a little on the old side). on top of the prawns there were 4 huge looking ones (still nowhere near the size we used to see here when they were brought straight out of the bay into the fish market), and the big lady with short hair kept picking up the largest prawn as was my selection and then slight of handing a small one underneath into the bag!! I do some card tricks and slight of hand myself and she should be on stage, because it was very impressive to watch her at work. Funny, that all the prawns were exactly the same size, which leads me to believe that they aren't even LM prawns but brought in frozen from South Africa. They certainly would be a lot cheaper to have bought them from a supplier in Durban!
When walking from the market to the "restaurants", we chose the first guy on the right. He blatantly overcooked the prawns and some of the prawn meat was "floury", a good indicator that they are "old" prawns.
I have been back to Maputo 3 times now (this being the third), and I have only come to have the most amazing prawn experience of the fresh LM prawns that were flapping fresh from the ocean for only about 5 dollars for a meal for 3. And about $5 again for the cooking, salads and garlic butter, peri peri and lemon butter sauces.
I am sorry to see that this experience is no longer available. I am guessing that along with the fishing rights that the Chinese have secured from the Mozambiquans, that they are shipping all of the fresh prawns to China. How sad!!! I will not be going back there. You will get cheaper and fresher prawns cooked by real chefs and with good hygiene in Durban.More
The new Maputo Fish Market was really a great experience! On our arrival we were greeted by a number of enthusiastic representatives from the stalls who were eager to get our attention and business. After finally choosing a representative we went along with him to...the market where we had to pck the fish and seafood we wanted to eat. The selectionn was then prepared by the staff of the stall which we picked. It was excellently prepared and went down well with our favourite beer 2M.More
We experienced the local advantage of choosing your own seafood. We were descended upon by the locals to have our food cooked by a certain stall number as well as hawkers. Just be prepared to ward them off and enjoy the experience
Please take care when eating at Maputo’s Fish Market – some of the eating establishments are less than honest when dealing with clients. After a pleasant few days spent at Ponta do Ouro, we decided to treat ourselves to a nice meal at Maputo’s Fish...Market, before driving back home.
On arrival, we were immediately accosted by a very friendly and persuasive man named Moses (see photo), who promised to provide us with a very good meal at his eatery at Stall 40 – second on the right on entry. However, it turned out that our large and tasty meal would cost us an arm, a leg and a few other extremities! As no menu is provided, you have to make do with a large, central menu fixed to one of the walls, where everything is sold by the kilogram. A lot of creative interpretation is also employed in taking one’s order – one large fish eventually becomes two, a portion of chips becomes four and the prawns get heavier as you eat them!
On being presented with our bill, we were shocked to find out that everything got multiplied to the extent that the four of us could each have enjoyed a large seafood platter at the Polana Hotel, with money to spare! After a lot of shouting, cursing and re-calculation, we managed to shave a thousand Rand off our initial bill – but we still got ripped off. A take-away order of three crabs also turned out to be only two when we got home.
In short, make very sure that all parties know exactly what everybody wants to eat and what it is going to cost you, before placing your order. And avoid stall 40!!!More
We're in town for business and our local friend brought us here. At the market we picked fish, prawn, and calamari and the rest are just french fries and salad. There were four us and we were shocked that bill totaled about USD 245!!
And...the taste was not even great!
Everyone, especially tourists, should beware of this place.
The see food is excellent, probably the best of Maputo, but be prepared to spend more than 45 minutes waiting for the mean. The cleanest is basic. If possible get a local person to advise which ‘barraca’ to go
This is a great market and restaurants. However be aware of people trying to rip you off.. I sat at stall no 5 (Salim + biddies) and was charged more than what I would have paid in a top restaurant in London. Especially if you...are a tourist who doesn't speak Portuguese. The table next to me had 4 people eating basically the same with way more drinks and yet my bill was more!More
Response from Joao_Das_Neves_MZ | Reviewed this property |
For large scale you need to have both health certificate and import customs clearance into south Africa. Normally to do it you will need an export invoice. I think that for this purpose you would better contact Fishing... More
For large scale you need to have both health certificate and import customs clearance into south Africa. Normally to do it you will need an export invoice. I think that for this purpose you would better contact Fishing Companies at the Fish Harbour near the Fortress downtown. There is a limit a passenger can take it as traveler, I am not sure what. (2 or 4 Kgs for kind of. if I am not wrong). You can also verify it at Ministerio das Pescas e Aguas interiors which is located next to Hotel AFRIN side by side with Maputo Shopping Center or near by Catembe Ferry. Good luck.
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