A big part of any holiday adventure is the culinary experience. Food, at any holiday destination in my opinion, can either make or break your trip. Here at Londolozi our food philosophy is ‘simply sophisticated’ with our chefs cooking up hearty and familiar favourites. Our team of 36 chefs are led by our Executive chef Chane Devonport, who is doing a fantastic job of keeping Londolozi’s food standard very high at the young age of 24. In this case the saying that age is just a number has never been more true as Chane is making waves in the Londolozi kitchen by bringing her own flare to the menu and keeping the food up-to-date with the latest food trends and flavours. So lets take a look at some of the highlights you can expect when dining at Londolozi.
Breakfast at Londolozi
Breakfast is often referred to as the most important meal of the day and whether you believe that or not, breakfast at Londolozi is not to be missed. You can order anything from bagels to Benedict or the firm staff favourite; the breakfast burrito. This unusual breakfast comprises of scrambled egg with melted cheese and onion, bits of salty bacon and kidney beans all brought together with creamy hollandaise sauce and wrapped up nice and tightly in a toasted tortilla wrap, with the added rocket for freshness. This delicious feast can be enjoyed spicy or not spicy – we highly recommend added a bit of chilli to this meal as that’s the best way to traditionally enjoy a burrito!
Lunch at Londolozi
Lunch at Londolozi is probably my favourite food offering as everyday the menu changes and there is always something mouth watering to choose from. There are four options on the lunch menu daily, fish or seafood, meat, chicken and plant-based (vegetarian) as well as a delicious charcuterie and cheese board every day. Some of the highlights on the lunch menu would be the salmon poke bowl; it’s light, healthy and a very popular type of dish all over the world at the moment. The cold smoked salmon tastes extremely fresh, and the soy dressing its marinaded in makes for a perfect combination. The Asian noodle bowl has to be the best vegetarian option on offer, another on-trend dish thought up by Chane. It consists of thin vermicelli noodles tossed together with an assortment of fresh and crunchy fruit and veg namely, carrots, peppers, pineapple and apple which all come together with a tangy Asian dressing and topped with crunchy cauliflower, honey and soy glazed cashew nuts.
My top two favourite lunch dishes however have to be the lamb kofta and flatbreads, and the other contender being the crispy chicken bao buns. The lamb meatballs are so juicy and full of flavours of cumin and coriander, with deliciously creamy hummus and fresh tzatziki, all alongside the warm toasted flatbread. So this is a build your own flatbread affair which is a fun and interactive way to eat your meal, as well as being able to choose all the bits you want to include in your flatbread sandwich. The other mouth-watering option is hard to say no to. The crispy crunchy texture on the outside followed by soft and succulent chicken on the inside is really a crowd pleaser. This delicious chicken is stuffed into a soft bao bun, accompanied by delicious spiced aioli with a mix of fresh slaw to cut through it all.
Afternoon Tea at Londolozi
Before you embark on your afternoon adventure in the bush, you are treated to afternoon tea. You are greeted on deck with a selection of beverages comprising of iced coffee, flavoured waters or homemade lemonade and iced tea. Every day a new cake or afternoon treat is on offer and you can expect things like a coffee and walnut cake, mini milk tarts or a pastels de nata (Portuguese custard tart).
Dinners at Londolozi
Once you are back from afternoon drive, the sun has set and the day is drawing to a close, but not before you taste the delicious three-course meal the chefs have prepared for your dinner. Each night you are presented with three choices of starters. This is usually a simple salad, where the greens are harvested from our very own veggie gardens, a soup, or something a little more substantial. Thereafter you have three choices for mains which usually comprise of a fish or chicken option, a meat option and a plant-based (vegetarian) one. It’s very hard to choose a favourite from the wide variety of delicious meals presented every night, however I can never turn down the succulent slow-braised beef brisket with homemade parpadelle or the tamarind braised duck leg, or chicken tikka masala. By this stage of the night you are probably feeling quite satiated and most likely going to turn down dessert, but if it happens to be an apple and walnut crumble with a miso caramel ice cream and miso sauce, you should always say yes!
Now that you’ve seen and heard a little more about the cuisine at Londolozi, it’s now time to try it for yourself. For those who have visited us recently, let me know what your favourite dish was in the comments section below…