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“Had drinks but did not stay here”

Livingstone Room at Victoria Falls Hotel
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed 11 February 2012

I had drinks with two fellow Americans I met staying at another hotel with me. From what I saw of the hotel, it was amazing! It was clean and the service was great! I have told other people that if they wanted to have a wedding in Africa, this is the place to do it! It is not that far upstream from Victoria Falls, but you can barely hear them! If I had the money, I would have stayed here!

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Reviewed 8 February 2012

It is Africa so we were not expecting a great meal but this fell well short of great or even good for that matter. Head out for a drink and the view but not for the food

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Reviewed 6 January 2012

You enter in the hotel passing those victorian room and reach a terrace with a biiiggg garden facing the gorges of vic falls.Nice pic.Then you sit and you have a nice menu with lot of good food.Also here in this place like in the others in town the menu doesn't change,so after a while...but is ok.By the way the last time the "Fettuccine al pesto where made without pesto".....Forgiven...

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Thank beppeamato
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Reviewed 18 December 2011

This November we fulfilled our dream of seeing the Victoria falls from the Zimbabwe side. We had a couple of dinners at the Victoria falls Hotel, which is the oldest one in the area.
It was built of wood and opened its doors in 1904. It was rebuilt , improved and extended during the course of the century and has retained that calm colonial luxury comfort .
We had our first meal there, on the terrace as the main fine dining room was taken by a private function. We started with a choice of delicious breads served with various home made dips like guacomole and tomato relish, home made and very tasty. and a cold Spicy Tomato soup which hits you by the freshness of the tomatoes and the distinction of the spices. this was followed by a delicious Thai Ostrich salad fresh and crispy and the softest steak you could hope for, served rare to perfection with wonderful chips. Two glasses of De Toitskloof Shiraz 2010 were a reasonable accompaniment. the service was helpful and discreet.

As we had a lovely dinner experience that evening, we decided to dine in their fine dining room on our last night.

The Linvingstone Room (what other name could it have for fine dining?) is sumptuous, full of cristal chandeliers and Belle Epoque features, without being ostentatious. We decided to indulge the Six Course Degustation Menu "to experience a selection of our Chef signtaure dishes" for $40 (yes $40!!!) and also to take advantage of the sommelier's choice of wines for each course, at $26 extra. We started with a

very japanese sushi with all the trimmings including chopsticks
Moreson Blanc de Blanc
followed by
Hand Dived Loch Fyne Kings Scallops Pea Puree, organic salad and lime dressing
2009 Jordan Unoaked Chardonnay- Stellenbosch - SA

Cream of Parsnip and Fennel soupwith Basil Cream Cheese
2008 Rudero Robusto Chenin Blanc- Stellenbosch

Aged Zimbabwean Beef fillet with confit new potatoes,oyster mushrooms, baby spinach horseradish crust and bacon jus
2008 Bellfield Magnifica Cabernet Sauvignon- Elgin S A

The Livington Room (European) Cheese Trolley (amongst which blue cheeses and stincking bishop)
2006 Bon courage Vintage port Robertson S A

L'assiette à Desserts (Trebina Ice Cream, All Chocolate Muffin, strawberry coulis
2007 Du Toitskloof NLH- Rawsonville S A

Coffee and teas with today petits fours.

Unlike other restaurants in hotels in that area or elsewhere, the menu has no fancy description, and is exactly what it says; So no need to embroider pedantically.it was delicious and beautiful in its form, interpretation, taste and freshness. We just wondered how could the scallops keep so fresh all the way from Scotland, the cheese so deliciously fresh from Europe. the meat although rare, so amazingly tender and kept warm.

Richard Ovens is the young Scottish Chef who was working in Edinburgh , then Mozambique and now at the Victoria Falls Hotel. He just loves what he does and it shows.
Philimon Msinbo is the very knowledgeable Sommelier who took consructive criticism (like serving Port with cheese?) with great interest.
A lovely experience, certainly "vaut le detour" and...What amazing value for money!!!

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Thank Sonia B
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Reviewed 4 October 2011

The restaurant is very elegant and formal, but not stuffy. Though we did dress for dinner we didn't go overboard and felt very comfortable. There was a pianist to quietly entertain throughout the meal. We chose the 6 course formal dinner with complimenting wines. The courses were: amuse bouche of sushi, scallops, parsnip soup, fillet steak, cheeses and trio of desserts, followed by coffee and truffles. All for $66 each ($40 for the meal $26 for the wine and port). The food was excellent and we could not fault anything that we ate. It was all cooked to perfection. We both enjoy eating more than anything else and we were in our element. The courses were not overfacing but quite sufficient to be pleasantly full by the end. The wines were chosen with the food in mind, including port with the cheeses and dessert wine with pudding.
We spent 16 days in Zimbabwe and South Africa and didn't have a bad meal at all - but this was by far the best!

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