Our first dinner in the resort dining room was just hours after we arrived, enjoyed a three hour game drive, a half hour wine-tasting and the effects of jet lag were kicking in. I didn’t take any photos as the setting was so civilized, I didn’t want to mar it for anyone else. But for the curious amongst you, this is what we ate: appetizers included roast pork salad with fruit and greens, a salad with cheese and a salmon tartare. For our main course we had gnocchi, loin of springbok (antelope) and a pan seared king clip, a white fish that was incredibly delicious.
On our second evening, after the amazing experience viewing the cheetah, hyenas and lion, we returned to the resort and headed straight to the boma or outdoor enclosure for a braai or barbecue. The setting was gorgeous. Gas lamps hung from trees, candlelight elsewhere, tables covered in red fabric and woven cloths, a central fire, and buffet tables groaning with food and a well-stocked bar.
I must have been slightly intoxicated from the setting and wine, as I can’t recall everything we had that night… but I know we had carpaccio (possibly of venison), venison with green pepper sauce, game sausages, king clip, salads, couscous and some sirloin steaks. They also had a more native mixture of maize and cabbage with tomatoes. It was all a whirlwind after a long and exciting day but again, an unusual setting with delicious food and drink.
Notice how our plates seem to have a broad selection of items, but in increasingly small portions as we just couldn’t eat that much anymore…
…self-restraint was necessary if we were to sleep soundly AND rouse ourselves in the wee hours of the next morning!
The staff dressed up to regale us with song and dance during dinner…
…think bayanihan dancers meet the bush.
The following evening, our last at Singita, the hotel set up a private dinner near the swimming pool. In a little “cave” warmed by candles and a space heater due to the nippy weather, our butler aided by another waiter served up a wonderful meal.
We started with an eggplant dip with baby vegetables with warm bread and crackers. The sommelier had sent two bottles of wine and we enjoyed both immensely.
This isn’t a good photo of the setting, but imagine 30-40+ gas lanterns hanging from a tree, reflecting on the surface of the pool. Nearby, our porter remained on call, with a powerful flashlight, to occasionally pan the bushes to ensure there was nothing “lurking” out there. Honestly, at this point, I wouldn’t have screamed if a leopard appeared at the other end of the pool, but I wouldn’t know what to do other than have another glass of red wine…
Starters included Mrs. MM’s lamb tortellini…
…while I had a SUPERB deep-fried soft-shell crab set on a bed of citrus noodles with a light mayonnaise sauce. Go figure, right, soft-shell crabs in the middle of the bush, clearly frozen, but tasted spectacular. Could have had a second one if I hadn’t been eating like a fool for the past two days…
…then I had a perfectly cooked beef fillet, rare. With some roasted potatoes and some mushrooms. Seems like such a simple thing. But when grilled to perfection and barely putting up a fight with the knife, it was the perfect match for the red wine sent our way that evening.
Our daughter had a hunk of tuna, a bit on the dry side as it’s won’t to be, but she really enjoyed her appetizer of duck breast with puffed boursain balls with a balsamic reduction.
Mrs. MM had the same dish for her main course. For dessert, we had some berry sorbet with muscatel, a berry bavarois and a quince tart.
They almost had to roll us back to our villa, but like real troopers, we found a reserve of space and a half hour later sat at the bar testing out several of the unusual beers they had on offer. Fantastic settings, fantastic food, and superb drink. You could easily forget the main reason you were here was to see animals in the wild!