I was in town with a large group which included a couple from South Africa who found this little gem of a restaurant and having never tried South African Food, I was more than game to give it a try. We started the meal with the Safari Platter which consisted of Biltong and Droewors (cured, salted and dried beef tenderloin) which kind of reminded me of beef jerky but not as tough, sun-dried fruits and a selection of mixed nuts. We also sampled the Durban Samoosas which is comparable to Samoosas you would get at a traditional Indian Restaurant but these had a bit more curry flavor which I really appreciated. For the main course I had Pap & Vleis which was a perfectly cooked medium rare, succulent rack of Lamb Chops. It came with a side of Pap (cooked white cornmeal) and Chakalaka which is a spicy mix of baked beans, carrots, tomato and onions all mixed together forming an incredible side dish. My girlfriend ordered the Bobotie which is similar in consistency to an English Sheppard’s Pie. However this dish is made with Curried ground beef and has a topping made from egg custard with crisped almonds instead of mashed potatoes. The combination of the savory, lightly sweet and nutty flavors of the almonds is out of this world. Lastly for dessert we split a traditional milkshake which was amazing as well. The meal was not cheap but it was not outrageous either. If you are ever in the area you have to check out this cozy spot.
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