I don't know if I just hit the restaurant at a bad time but this was one of my all time favourites and their peri- peri chicken has always been brilliant to awesome. On my recent holiday to Durban I made a point of travelling out to Ballito just for their chicken and while all the usual trappings were there and the wonderfully rustic décor that oozes ambience was just as I remembered it, I was disappointed with the peri peri chicken. It was good, no doubt about it, but it lacked the brilliance that I have associated with the restaurant.
Thinking that the cook just had an off day, I travelled out there a couple of weeks later and again ordered peri- peri chicken, this time I was even more disappointed, it was a very average chicken, still fairly good by most standards but average by theirs. It was smaller than usual and lacked the punch of peri-peri that used to bring tears to my eyes. The chips weren't bad though but I didn't go there for chips.
Maybe my experience could be seen as being a bit one dimensional as I only had the chicken, as did my friends (also disappointed), other reviews rave about their other dishes so maybe they deserve their No 1 Ranking in Ballito, all I can say is in my opinion, their peri peri chicken lacks the magic of old but I cant wait to return to Ballito sometime in the future to test them out again and see if they have recaptured the taste and quality I remember.
Service was good, efficient and friendly with a choice of seating either inside in the rustic wooden setting or outside in the courtyard dominated by Kingsley Holgate's dhow which he sailed up the East African coastline distributing potentially life saving mosquito nets to combat the rampant spread of malaria.
It hurts me to only rate this restaurant as being average, they can and have done so much better in the past where "excellent" wouldn't have done them justice but I can only rate on this visit. Hopefully my experience was an isolated one, they deserve support and Mo-zam-bik is definitely worth a visit.
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