Sunday, January 08, 2012

The Livingstone Room (Victoria Falls Hotel) Zimbabwe 12/2011

“Mr Livingstone I presume” is probably the most famous greeting ever recorded. It was that of Stanley Morton when he came across Reverend David Livingstone, who had not been heard of for 5 years, in the jungle in Africa. The Livingstone room is a grand dining room in the Victoria Falls Hotel. The hotel was built about 150 years ago and has hosted Queen Mary, who was Queen Elizabeth’s grandmother and King George as well as Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret when they were teenagers. It is a fabulous building set in magnificent grounds only a kilometer or two from Victoria Falls, one of the most impressive waterfalls in the world. With the accompaniment of gentle live piano music we enjoyed one of the best meals we had in Southern Africa, Zimbabwe to be precise. The meal began with a cream of parsnip soup with basil cream cheese was rich and creamy, a voluptuous start. A semi dried balsamic cherry tomato and feta cheese salad with organic basil and coriander, cashew nuts, cucumber, pumpkin seed and caper oil came next. They grow a lot of herbs in garden beds around their courtyard ponds so they don’t need to go far for organic herbs. Aged Zimbabwean beef fillet with comfit potatoes, oyster mushrooms, spinach, horseradish crust and bacon jus. I could not have wanted a better piece of meat and thoroughly enjoyed the accompaniments. Chocolate filled doughnuts with cappuccino ice cream could have had a bit more chocolate filling but I’m not complaining. Coffee and petit fours, Chocolate parfait balls completed a meal that I would have enjoyed anywhere. Sandra had a pan fried Zambesi bream with comfit potatoes, oyster mushrooms, spinach and Holllandaise sauce which she did not care for.

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