We stayed at A'Zambezi River Lodge for a second time and enjoyed a buffet dinner, a buffet breakfast and an a la carte dinner from Amulonga Restaurant.
As always, the atmosphere was really calm and relaxed, which we love.
The buffet dinner is good value for money, considering the vast variety of dishes. I highly recommend the warthog and crocodile from the grill section. We missed the Almond Terrine which we had during our first visit in March, but the other desserts were equally delicious. Some locals perform a singing/dancing show and if it's your birthday, they'll come sing to you at your table. Great fun! The buffet dinner is definitely the highlight of the restaurant.
Buffet breakfast is always a good option, especially if you're heading out for some adventure (like we did) and you need a meal with substance to kick-start your day. Paired with local Tanganda tea, this is my second-favourite restaurant breakfast on the planet.
We were disappointed with the a la carte dinner service, though. A few things on the menu were out of stock, so we opted for other dishes. We weren't very impressed when the food arrived: the onion rings were measly and not at all the crispy, round rings one would expect, and my warthog medallions were served with mixed roasted veggies and potato wedges instead of the mashed potatoes and butternut as stated on the menu. I had to explicitly ask for it, and was then informed that the kitchen ran out of phyllo/filo pastry so they're serving the potatoes and butternut in a pancake (crepe) - which confused me because a pastry or crepe isn't supposed to be part of the dish.
If you'd like wine with your meal, I'd suggest you buy it in town and take it with to the restaurant, rather than buying a bottle there.
The service was good, though. We knew a few of the staff from our previous visit and it was really great to see them again, especially the always-smiling Charles Sibanda and Knowledge behind the grill.
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