Its taken me 6 years to get round to going to Hunter's, I'd heard about its old hunting lodge type decor, trophies, etc and I've not really been a steak house person since my taste and experience expanded beyond the UK steak houses of the 1970s, but wanting to go somewhere a bit different for a special meal and being told by a friends who own a local restaurant that
Hunter's deserved its reputation as the best place for steak we decided to give it a go.
The place is a a bit off the beaten track, down Cement Rd past Tamarind then up a fairly narrow side street, it has a smallish open air courtyard area with a bar and a few tables, a couple on a small verandah.
The staff could have stepped out of a sepia photo of colonial days in their khaki uniform of belted almost military safari tunics and fez type hats. There are skins and horns on the walls, but it isn't quite as I'd imagined, I didn't notice any mounted heads for example. It is not a large space and is quite basically and functionally furnished, again it looks like it has not changed for quite some time.
In keeping with everything else the menu is quite old-fashioned, many old menu regulars from my youth on it. As you would expect from a place with its reputation, meat and especially steaks dominate the menu.
Wor Lass had Prawn Cocktail, a relatively small serving and the dressing tasted of tomato ketchup. The prawns were small (UK style) rather than the larger prawns (that would pass for king prawns in the UK) that she is used to in her favourite prawn cocktail.
As we are both lovers of mushrooms she was torn between her prawn cocktail and the creamed fresh mushrooms on toast, I ordered that so that she could try the mushrooms. I was expecting bruschetta or similar but it was a slice of white toastie bread, but it came with a generous serving of fresh button mushrooms in a very tasty cream sauce.
We had come for steak, I like a fillet steak, and, influenced by the fact that it came dressed with mushrooms, that is what Wor Lass chose as well. It was exceptional quality, perfectly cooked to our requests, mine rare verging on blue, Wor Lass's very well done. It was a big piece of steak, mine being rare had not shrunk during cooking, it was so tender it hardly needed chewing. It was garnished with mushrooms and served with potato croquettes (delicious and perfectly cooked), carrots and green beans and two gravy boats one of pepper sauce which because the pepper had been ground was pretty spicy, and one of bearnaise sauce (though the bearnaise was cold)
The steak was perfect, at 2,100/- it is quite a bit more expensive than a fillet at Mtwapa restaurants, but you could not fault the quality or its preparation.
Wine is a little more expensive than at some other restaurants in the area, but they do sell it by the glass or in a small carafe (about 3 glasses) for around 900/- we opted for this as Wor Lass was driving. The house red was fine.
We were too full to consider dessert, but I rounded off with a small cafetiere of excellent coffee accompanied by a very smooth double brandy.
The service was pleasant, efficient, prompt and attentive without being intrusive.
A couple of days later Wor Lass said she wanted to go back again for the steak, but would have the mushroom starter next time. We will be back.
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