....make sure to stop at the Bakery Dekker!
A "real" German bakery far away from home :-)
The butterflies are the best! In Germany haven't found a Bakery yet which has as good ones as they have.
Also the chocolate milk shake is delicious!
The restaurant has a very big beer garden which is partly covered by the "lapar" a typical roof. But in the evening (in winter time) it gets really cold if you can't get a table inside. The place is decorated all over with very nice things and souveniers. It is a pleasure to look at all.
Back again twice in October 2004! On Sundays they have lunch buffet! I ate so much, that I needed a double espresso. The Namibian way to serve it: Bring to single once! :-)
Favorite Dish: The springboek dish was very very delicous.
I prefer springboek as meat like it is supposed to be ... But also taste the shooter Springboek it is baileys with peppermint liquor and you have to mix it in your mouth before swallowing ....
My favourite is the bushman skewer. You get five types of meat: ostrich, crocodile, zebra, kudu and chicken. Didn't eat the chicken as it was to much for me and as I also get chicken in Germany ...
With great atomosphere and special decoration, it is more than enjoyable place to eat. A lot of foreigners came here to seek real African food, well, I think it's a recommanded place.
Favorite Dish: bushmen sosatie--for first and last visitors, I think it's good to have all the yammy food in the same plate, where there are kudu, springbok, zebra, crocodile and so on. Although it's kinda expensive than other choices but it really worth it.
Fresh Beer from the Tap, lots of Wild on the Menue like: Kudu ribs, Springbock, Crockodile and Ostrich etc.
The portions are very big, too.
The Decoration is worth a look, too. It is very rustical, wherever you look there are things from the fondation of this country. Wooden boxes and buckets, ...
Favorite Dish: Try the Oryx steak or the Spareribs!
Do not forget to order some local beer with it. It is very good.
The food is great. We had lunch there and it was excellent. The pastries are the best. They have everything and it was as tasty as you can get. Not very cheap but absolutely worthwhile. You can get it take-away. Don't leave Swakop without visiting Cafe Anton.
Favorite Dish: The pastries. It is light and tasty. One won't be enough believe me.
Most of the lodges and tented camps in Namibia have pretty good food. But, I felt that the Mowani Mountain tented camp, near Twyfelfontein, warranted special mention.
"Abie", an Alfred-Hitchcock-esque fellow (except for the smile) runs the food and drink concession at Mowani, and it's top rate. From the cooked to order breakfast in the morning until the last morsel of dessert at night, Abie is on the scene and paying attentione to detail. He will appear at each meal to insure that the service and food was "sahhhhhstisfactory". But the truth is this....satisfactory would never make Abie happy. His cuisine and service is outstanding. I would truly choose to stay at Mowani based on the food alone.
Favorite Dish: Our evening table d'hote meal started out with a terrine of duck salad. There followed an outstanding cream of cauliflower and squash soup. The main course included perfectly prepared filet of beef, roasted potatoes, crisp vegetables and a beet mousse. Dessert was an interesting variation of the traditional German-style apfelstrudel, with luscious ice cream. Accompanying each course was another outstanding wine list selection.
It was splendid.
Joe's Beerhouse in Windhoek is really a pub serving food. It's mostly open-air, divided up into smaller 'rooms' for people to sit around huge fires that are burning in the middle. The food is seriously carnivorous, although they have a limited vegetarian menu. They serve huge portions of game and other meats, which are really delicious.
Booking is strongly recommended.
Favorite Dish: I was very tempted by the Gemsbok steak, but had only been admiring them alive a couple of hours earlier, so I went for the Eisbein. This was cooked perfectly, with crispy crackling round the outside and very juicy tender meat inside.
The food at the Raft is very good, and with the fantastic location on the beach, in the lagoon, this is absolutely a place to try out. Watch the flamingos and the pelicans walk around below the windows, as you eat and have bottle of wine at sunset. Lovely.
Where else can you eat fresh seafood in an old Clyde-built tug, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
The large windows give superb views of the beach and the sea, and the bar feels like your on board an old tug (which you are!). The food and service match the surroundings.
Favorite Dish: The seafood platter is excellent, but the whole menu is mouthwatering.
When you drive south from Swakopmund, you have to stop in Solitaire. As the name suggests, there isn't much there. Its so small that if you blink, you'll miss the "town".
But there is one motel-gas station-restaurant. You have to try their apple crumble. It's famous and I think everyone passing by is stopping there to eat some. You can't miss it, it's the only commercial building there.
Price is about 2USD for the apple crumble and a coffee.
The Rostock Ritz is out on the C14, approximately 40 km north of Solitaire. This would definitely qualify as "out in the middle of nowhere". It's kind of a weird looking place constructed of a bunch of igloo-like buildings joined together. It makes for very strange accoustics in the dining room. Not unpleasant, mind you....just strange.
The food is filling simple local fare, with a heavy nod towards the German heritage of Namibia. (hence the name, "Rostock" Ritz). There is also a small lodge, also constructed of these weird igloo buildings. They seemed to have nice air conditioning, and looked comfortable. But, I thought the lodge prices were high for the middle of nowhere. (about US$100 per night for a double). So my advice is to eat and run. : )
Note, this place is supposedly managed by a pub in Swakopmund called "Kukli's". So, you could ask about eating at the Ritz when you're in Swakop.
Favorite Dish: We had a wonderful roasted oryx dish, accompanied by a salad, some crispy vegetables and some terrific homemade spaetzle. The sauce/gravy from the oryx was especially nice on the spaetzle.
There was also cold beer, and for dessert....ice cream and chocolate sauce.
The restaurant is divided in two parts. At the right hand side at the entrance you come to the bar where you can have only drinks. Following to the left you come to the restaurant. Both are very nice decorated with sailing staff and in the floor are some windows that you can see the sea (but when we were there in the evening I coudn't see anything).
The Ojtibamba Lodge is a nicely-run and clean lodge/restaurant located just a few km south of Ojtiwarango.
They have typical Namibia lodge items for your consumption, and everything that we had was very good.
One nice thing about the Ojtibamba was that they actually had a menu, with some choices. Out on the road in Namibia, it's usually more a case of table d'hote. : )
Also, there is a nice outdoor garden area, where you might take lunch if the heat and wind are not disagreeable. There are lots of birds in the surrounding garden trees, and some nice flowers.
Service was efficient and friendly.
Favorite Dish: Everything was good.
I ordered a "vegetable pot pie", which arrived hot and flaky. It had a lovely creamy filling with some cheese and lots of veggies. Very tasty and filling, and inexpensive.
The Ojtitotongue Cheetah Farm and Lodge's main claim to fame is, not surprisingly, their cheetahs. (please see the comment about the cheetah and their program under "off the beaten trail, Namibia")
But, they also have a small lodge, some campsites and a small cafe/restaurant.
We had lunch with the fine folks at Otjitotongue, and the food was quite good. It was simple farm fare, which the lady of the house cooked up fresh just for us. We had tasty and fresh salad and greens, fresh bread, and a terrific rice and beef casserole dish. I specifically admired the excellent job of seasoning this simple dish that was done. I have actually written to ask for the recipe.
So, this is a great place to have lunch out on the C40 between Kamanjab and Outjo. And, out in this dusty climate, it's also a place to nail down a cold Windhoek or Tafel lager!
Favorite Dish: The beef and rice casserole that was served for lunch was excellent home cooking/farm food. The seasonings were quite tasty and it really hit the spot, as we say.
Again, in this hot and dusty climate, I'd also recommend having a nice cold beer with your meal.
The restaurant was as they come everywhere. Playing the pool was something that I had never done before, and the evening turned out to be a very relaxing evening. No heavydrinking, but a good evening out with friends.
Favorite Dish: Pica pau, a plate of small pieces of meat. The sauce is alittle vinegary, but OK. Too salty, though, but then, you can always enjoy one more bottle of beer. Naturally, good Namibian ale.
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