I recently had dinner at Kaia Tani to celebrate a birthday and what a wonderful evening it was. The restaurant is under a lapa which is shielded from any wind by canvas walls and heated by those tall gas heaters. (not that Phalaborwa is ever really cold!)
We started however with a drink at the bar, which overlooks the pool and the well looked after gardens, giving you the illusion you are in a little oasis and not in town! (which you are as Kaia Tani is situated in town, only 1km from Phalaborwa gate!)
Donald, the manager had set up a lovely table for us decorated with flowers. Kaia Tani doesn't offer a la carte but has a set menu which is discussed with you when you book. But they are very open to change a course if you happen to dislike it or have certain preferences.
After fresh ciabatta bread we were served a delicious starter of home made pasta. Our main course was a well presented T-bone with potato wedges and fresh vegetables. My friend went for a delicious chocolate volcano for dessert. All of this accompanied by a good bottle of pinotage. They have a wine cabinet where you can choose a bottle of your choice.
Donald and owner Daniela were wonderful hosts, always there when you needed them but never obtrusive. My friend and I were still chatting away when the other guests had already gone to bed. But never did we feel that we had to leave, being the last people there.
All in all a lovely evening with good food and wine in a wonderful ambience
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kaia Tani is an exclusive guesthouse, situated 1km away from the famous Kruger National Park. Besides 1 Suite/Honeymoon, 3 twin-rooms and 2 family-rooms, all equipped with bath and traditional african furniture, a luxurious garden including a beautiful pool is waiting for you. In the evening, let yourself be regaled by our kitchen. We offer a mixture of mediterranean and african dishes. ... more less
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