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African English dinner

28th October 2010

We have decided to treat ourselves and eat a three course meal in the restaurant.

We are told that we would be picked up in the bar. The bar is a cosy roundhouse lit by candlelight. When I ask for a gin and tonic, the bartender points at a plastic pouch with local gin and says he can serve this with soda.

I am not adventurous enough to try this concotion, so decide to forgo my usual anti-malarial drink.

The bartender brings us to the restaurant, lighting the way with a kerosin lamp. Even though we have now been in Africa for 2 weeks, it still surprises me how quickly darkness falls.

Our arrival is greeted with a drum.

I am looking forward to finally seeing properly what I am eating rather than trying to decipher my food in the light of an unpredictable windup torch. However, the restaurant is in semi-darkness, as it is only lit by kerosin lamps. I like it though, as the atmosphere is cosy and romantic – or would have been if it had not been for the English couple who keep answering their mobile phone during dinner.

The only area where electricity appears to be used is in the kitchen in the evenings, which leads to the strange phenomenon that my camera batteries are handed to the kitchen staff for a recharge.

The food could have been served in a good English restaurant. The only difference is that we have an African waitress whose Swahili is probably better than her English.

We have tomtao soup, lamb steak with new potatoes, spinach, red cabbage (prepared sweet-sour with raisins German-style) and sugarsnap peas followed by chocolate cake with either tea or coffee (They even offer a selection of herbal teas. I can choose between peppermint, chamomile and hibiscus).

Once again we have to be walked back, as it is so dark despite the „proper“ night sky with thousands of stars.

Posted by TTraveller 01:20 Archived in Tanzania

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