One thing about the Cape is that it never changes. Same weatherbeaten motels, same clam shacks, same lobster joints. You got your Egg and I, your Pop n Kork, your Poit's, your Arnold's, your Lobster Pot. So, how does a South African restaurant end up in Eastham? Who knows, but Karoo is a great addition to the Cape culinary scene. Karoo serves South African comfort food in a lively, friendly atmosphere. Obviously the decor is African. The menu is fascinating -- there's even a detailed explanation of various terms (i.e. there are no actual monkeys in the monkey sauce.) We had drinks at the bar. For dinner, my wife started with carrot/pumpkin/peanut soup, which was wonderful. There are tons of appetizers on the menu and you can get a ``poo-poo platter'' type combo of various Samosas, falafel balls, etc. I had a couple of Samosas, which were great. The menu also has a bunch of clearly marked vegetarian, vegan, gluten free items. I ordered bobotie (curried meat loaf over rice with chutney). It was hearty, delicious and puts my meat loaf to shame. My wife had salmon cakes, which were also excellent, and we had plenty left over to take home for later. Of course, we did find room for dessert -- a decadent chocolate cake with a caramel interior. All in all, a great, filling meal, not too expensive. Avoided another Cape dinner of fried clams and onion rings. And my wife even managed to buy a bracelet of elephant hair. (anytime she can buy a bracelet, the restaurant goes up a couple of notches in her estimation.)
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