And lest the view of the Falls’ spray, which was the highest I have ever seen when we were there at the beginning of June, is not enough, there is a game area below the lodge lawn. Memorably, as we were enjoying our sundowners at the open bar before dinner, our charming waiter Lucky summoned us through the kitchens to the back gate where an elephant was inspecting the dustbins and snacking on the trees at the back of the bedrooms to the great amusement of ourselves and the staff.
The menu and the wine list had been thoughtfully presented to us at the bar so we had plenty of time to consider our options. I do wish that this would be a regular restaurant practice, especially when menus have detailed descriptions, the contemplation of which is an exciting gastronomic experience in itself!
It is a smaller menu than in most fine dining restaurants and as far as I am concerned, none the worse for that, as all tastes are catered for, including, of course, the Falls’ signature dishes of game meats and uniquely in our Falls dining experience, peri peri prawns.
Included in the starters which were very reasonably priced (US$6 – US$12) was ostrich scotch egg and it took us some time to conclude that this was not in fact an ostrich egg which we thought might be over substantial for a starter, but a hen’s egg coated in ostrich meat! My companion chose kingclip fish cake with lemon butter sauce and stir fry vegetables (US$6) and I my all time favourite of crumbed fairview brie with an apple and ginger chutney on a bed of rocket salad (US$10).
Both dishes were exquisite and beautifully presented, without the fussiness which sometimes accompanies fine dining. To follow, I unadventurously chose the marinated sirloin steak with polenta cakes (US$22) and my companion the tilapia en papillote with sweet potato rosti and dill hollandaise sauce (US$24). Both these dishes were faultless and exactly as described. My steak was cooked to perfection!
To finish this superb meal we chose the white chocolate baklava (US$5) and dark chocolate fondant (US$6), both of which were beyond description in their deliciousness.