I had been looking at tasting menus for some time to find one that would give a range of new gastronomic experiences. After reading a number of reviews, I settled on the African sampling menu at The Tasting Room. I was concerned that I was only trying to reserve a table with about one week's notice but was lucky that we were visiting from England in the low season. Some of the reviews seemed to indicate that the meal was a victory for style over substance which made me a little apprehensive.
We both chose the eight course option with wine pairing. I was quite surprised that this meant that our first three courses would be the same but the five courses after that would be different for each of us. Effectively, therefore, we could sample thirteen different courses. The menu is kept as a surprise (you only actually get a printed version with your bill) but each course is explained at length in a most engaging way. I can honestly say that each dish not only looked amazing but also tasted fantastic. The portions were sensible - at each course I felt that it would be nice to have more (but then I do like to eat!) but by the end of the meal I felt replete. An extraordinary experience and at the current GBP-Rand exchange rate not too expensive for British visitors.
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