Do you ever visit a restaurant and fall completely in love with its food & drink along with its atmosphere?
I totally did this over at Amanzi a South African restaurant based in Falmouth, after being introduced to it by my other half Matt it was following our numerous visits that I decided it was time to write about it and it’s totally quirky and like nothing I had experienced before restaurant.
As we entered Amanzi from the busy Arwenack street in Falmouth, we were welcomed with a friendly face of one of the wonderful owners Caroline checkered our booking and took us to our allocated table, whilst her husband and co owner Ian works in the kitchen. We then sat admiring the decor of Amanzi, surrounded by wooden statues of African animals along with cute salt and pepper pots and animal print cushions and perfectly placed cutlery, giving off a warm and cosy vibe teamed with adventure. Whilst browsing the food menu I gazed above me to board which housed the cocktail list and quickly I choose a beautifully made Amaretto, rum and tropical fruit cocktail for myself called Zombie and a home made ginger beer chosen by Matt, something you definitely have to try if you love ginger beer. As we browsed through the wood covered menu, Matt in excitement was instantly drawn to his usual choice of Espetada -Braaied (char-grilled) and marinated juicy rump steak cubes on a skewer with peppers and shallots, served with chunky chips and garlic butter which is absolutely perfect, to which we released we hadn’t picked starters yet!
So back flicking back to the starters I chose deep fried crumbed Brie with pomegranate molasses, and Matt chose Trinchado Bunny Chow which is a Durban and Mozambique inspired Cornish beef dish which is slow cooked in garlic, chilli and red wine placed over a sourdough roll, in his words it was outstanding. On to the main course, I went for the seafood platter having not eaten much in the day I decided this would be perfect, not realising just how big it was until it came out leaving me open mouthed and shocked. It was wonderful a selection of king prawns, calamari and hake with a creamy garlic sauce to cover along with wonderfully cooked saffron rice.
After being completely overwhelmed with our food, we sipped our drinks and relaxed, over hearing another customers comment to his wife of “This will be the fourth time I have been here, and it has been spot on every single time, it never fails to disappoint” which in our books is another reason for you to go to Amanzi. When it comes down to dessert myself and Matt don’t normally indulge but being the night before valentines we thought why not lets go for it.
We followed on the evening with a Coffee Mud Pie – a chocolate and coffee flavoured pudding with Van Der Hum chocolate sauce, clotted cream, vanilla ice cream and spice kumquats and a Cape Dutch Melkert a milk tart dusted with cinnamon on a coconut base with fresh fruit both were absolutely amazing.
If you are looking for something different and unique to your usual go to restaurant and are wondering as to whether to head over to Amanzi then I highly recommend it. They don’t just do evening meals they also have a wonderful lunch selection. They also dry and cure their own Biltong.