The culinary scene is abuzz in Victoria Falls with new chefs in town, new eateries opening and one hotel is welcoming the public to its restaurant for the first time. Here are some of the newcomers to town worth a try …
Three Monkeys is a fun, vibey spot to eat and drink, and is located next to the railway line in the centre of Victoria Falls. South African head chef Greg Paymans seems to have mastered the art of serving simple dishes well. The restaurant is built around an old railway carriage, with diners opting to be on a dimly lit deck under canvas or on a funky fake grass setting under the stars with the unmissable and much-photographed “I LOVE VIC FALLS” slogan as a backdrop.
The River Brewing Co
What can go wrong when the evening begins with a beer tasting? Soon after arrival at The River Brewing Co we are presented with a tasting tray of the six beers, which are brewed onsite by head brewer.
In the secluded courtyard of Elephant Walk’s Walk Shopping & Artist’s Village, Dean’s is an up-to-the-minute café serving breakfast and lunch. It was opened nearly a year ago by Zimbabwean chef Dean Jones, who graduated from Cape Town’s Silwood School of Cookery in 2015. Dean is also known as The Singing Chef, as he hosts private dinners where diners are treated to a three-course meal under the stars, and he often sings.
Stanley & Livingstone
The luxurious Stanley & Livingstone Boutique Hotel opened its restaurant to the public, following the completion of a $4.5 million refurbishment late last year.
Pariah State, a pub-style eatery, opened its doors in Victoria Falls six months ago, offering pizzas, sandwiches, wraps and burgers, as well as steaks, chicken and fish and chips. Its’ spacious and open-air setting oozes “urban cool” – wooden tables and chairs are scattered across a gravel floor, there’s also an upstairs dining deck, and the wood theme is broken up here and there with a splash of corrugated tin.
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