Amanzi – Falmouth

Much as we love to go out and eat giant burgers, sometimes you have to try something outside of your comfort zone. Amanzi, in Falmouth, is somewhere that has always caught my eye while walking past, with its outdoor boerewors (hotdog) stand in the summer smelling delicious. Inside, the restaurant is cosy and decorated to suit its South African inspired menu, with tapestries and wood carvings on the walls.

We visited on a weekday evening and were lucky to get a table as the town was buzzing with tourists and locals. The menu is relatively small and we skipped starters, opting to spend the same amount on cocktails instead. Sadly, the drinks were truly not worth the £6/7 each and we probably would have enjoyed a starter more!

We were told the specials of the day by the waiting staff and manager, who is from Cape Town herself and was very hospitable and friendly.  For mains, I went for a traditional chicken curry, which was served with a variety of side dishes including rice with raisins, lime pickle, a hot and sweet bbq-style sauce, and sliced banana. All very tasty, warmly spiced rather than overpowering, and very generous portion size. Our friend went for babotie, which is the South African national dish of minced mutton mixed with herbs and nuts, topped with a cream and egg mixture. Sounds unusual but absolutely delicious! P went for the rather less traditional rack of ribs, again very generously portioned (overflowing the plate!) and beautifully cooked.  I don’t think P would mind me saying that he’s eaten a lot of ribs, but these definitely come close to the best.

The prices were slightly higher than we were expecting (and I would say slightly over-priced; the food was great but at £16-18 for a main, this is definitely one of the pricier places to eat in Falmouth) and we were all so full that we couldn’t go for dessert which was a shame! Overall, I’m glad we took the chance and tried something new, but Amanzi will be somewhere we only visit when we have a little bit more to spend – and are super hungry!

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