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“Special Place”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Boma Restaurant

Boma Restaurant
Ranked #84 of 159 Restaurants in Knysna
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Scarborough, Maine
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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“Special Place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2014

We visited Boma on my wife's 50th birthday to experience something special on our So African trip and were not disappointed. From the ride up the hill from the parking, to the drinks and ordering from the menu on the deck outside with the wonderful view at sundown, to the cozy African-style restaurant we really enjoyed this evening. The staff even came to sing Happy Birthday with the first verse in Afrikaans and the second in English! The food was also very good and the wait staff was very pleasant.

  • Visited March 2014
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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“A very different venue”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2014

The main attraction of this restaurant is its character and atmosphere. Modelled on a tree camp in the African bush, I cannot think of a restaurant in South Africa the ambience of which screams "Africa!" louder than this one.

Accessing it is not the easiest. Step one is to locate an off-road car park entered through a security gate that is opened on request relayed by intercom. There is then a wait for a vehicle that transports one to the facility up the hill. The journey passes through an indigenous forest which in daylight is quite stunning but which is unfortunately largely invisible when arriving for dinner at most times of the year.

Guests are first taken to a lounge area that has great views but these too are lost soon after sunset. Selections from the menu are made here, over drinks, after which one proceeds to the surprisingly small restaurant. The open walkways from the vehicle drop-off to the lounge, and from the lounge to the restaurant, are slatted boardwalks between the trees that are definitely not stiletto heel territory.

The menu is touted as a six-course affair, but in reality was a three-course meal served between a few spoonfuls of soup, a sorbet and the world's tiniest cheeseboard (a garnished small piece of cheese served in a spoon). There were three of us, and each had different choices for each of the three courses proper. All nine dishes were pronounced very good but not really outstanding.

The wine list was good, the service excellent. Although the cost was advertised online as R600 per person before tip and without drinks, our bill for three meals, two bottles of quality wine and tip was marginally lower than the quoted price for the bare meals.

For visitors from abroad staying overnight in Knysna, this venue is surely a must, just for its ambience. The food is good; although there may be one or two restaurants in Knysna where the food may be thought to be better, the Boma at Phantom Forest undoubtedly merits a vastly higher rating than that assigned to it by Trip Advisor. Presumably its current lowly ranking is due solely to the small number of reviews received.

  • Visited March 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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“Interesting place, food a bit disappointing”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2013

Came here to try something a bit different in terms of food as everything in the area is relatively similar. Menu looked exciting, but overall found the food was lacking a little bit of flavour. Also the fact we were tucked away in the back room didn't helped - no view and also were not attended to as well by the staff as could be wished on occasion.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank Dan M
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Ashby-de-la-Zouch, United Kingdom
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“NOTHING PHANTOM ABOUT PHANTOM FOREST”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2013

Think about it you park at the bottom of a steep hill, get collected by a people mover, guided through the trees and the bush to the restaurant reception area. If you can take your eyes of the menu which is discretely handed over, the Knysna River is below you meandering out to the Heads through the Lagoon. On the night in question there were two rainbows hovering on the hills opposite. One should have started where we stood as things just got better. The menu is brief and to the point but provides sufficient choice including vegetarian. It comprises six courses three of which you get to chose, the other three being set by the restaurant. Quality and presentation were both excellent and made remembering that it is being consumed up a hill on the Indian Ocean coast of Africa hard to believe. Wine lists come and go and are so often over long and full of ridiculous comments, what is nice about this one is that it is dedicated to South African wines. Plus of course the Champagne which is French.

The staff are to be complimented and could teach the surly individuals in Europe a thing or two.

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1 Thank Trev N
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Dublin, Ireland
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“Fantastic food at the Boma Restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2013

We didn't actually stay at the reserve but ate dinner at the Boma restaurant here one night while staying in Knysna. It was a little hard to find and a little confusing when you arrived there (you had to park your car then walk to a building where you had to use a phone to call someone to collect you... none of which was signposted or explained very well on our reservation). But once we arrived, it was worth the confusion!

The car drove us up a very steep incline to the welcome area of the restaurant where we were given our menus. The menu choice was fantastic, four options for each course (even on the vegetarian menu!). The view from the welcome area was beautiful as we watched the sunset before being taken up to the intimate restaurant (only about 10 tables I think). It was perfect for a special occasion (our honeymoon). The food was fantastic, better than we expected actually!

While it is a bit of a drive from central Knysna I would not hesitate to recommend a trip here, especially for a special occasion!

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