Want to get a little bit wild? In the Beautiful regional town of Tamworth, that’s definitely possible. With a respectable number of pubs, cafés and restaurants, Tamworth plays host to a sizable food scene that is belied by it’s relatively small population.
On a Friday night, surrounded by farmland, I was in the mood to get wild. So, that night, I tamed my hunger at Safari Club
Owned and run by Elliot Danube who originally hails from Johannesburg, the Safari Club is a larger than life, family friendly restaurant with character that just oozes from floor to ceiling. They also run a takeaway business that is very very popular if the amount of foot traffic we saw was any indication.
While authentic it is not, With the animal heads adorning the walls watching you it, it’s very out there. Furthermore, it’s the first time I’ve seen leopard print covered stools used to enhance decor rather than detract.
The only negative, the speed of the service. Waiting over an hour from ordering for our mains to arrive was just far far to long. We were ravenous by the time they hit the table so it’s a good thing our meals were absolutely mammoth.
The waitress thought I was crazy only ordering an entree and side. Turns out I was the smart one. My fellow dinners braved ingestion to finish theirs. You certainly pay a lot but it’s value for money. In terms of price and portion size, it reminds me of Criniti’s here in Sydney. The entrees cost anywhere from $15-25 and the mains from about $25-45. Cheap it isn’t. Worth it, it is.
The food was amazing. I ordered crocodile skewers with a side of steamed vegetables. The skewers were massive and had an abundance of crocodile on them (a meat that tastes like chicken-y steak) and the veggies crispy and plentiful but covered in melted butter which though tasty, was unhealthy.
The others ordered the boervors plate with onion rings and a salad, the steak and boervors plate with chips and the ladies steak- a 250g fillet cooked medium to well done. The South African sausage was juicy and delicious, the steak full of flavour and the onion rings were nothing like the beer battered calamari you get in a cheap pub. Thin and crispy, they were rings of pure awesome.
As we waddled out the door, all I could think was how awesome the night has been. With our hunger successfully tamed, we were ready for our next adventure – bed!
Why: A delicious foray into South African cuisine.
When: dinner, 7 days
Good for kids: yes
Take away: yes