A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of dining not once, but twice in the same day at the superb Hamiltons Restaurant in Malelane. Located just outside the well known Leopard Creek Golf Estate and named after Stevenson Hamilton, the first Kruger National Park ranger, Hamiltons offers good quality food prepared with fresh, local ingredients.
Originally a trading store and now a family run restaurant Hamiltons is a firm favourite with both locals and visitors alike…
Our first visit of the day was for breakfast. As the only customers we had our pick of tables and to take advantage of the sunny weather we chose a table on the deck which overlooks beautifully landscaped gardens and a lawn makes an ideal, shady play area for children to run around while their parents sip on a gin and tonic!
I must admit I didn’t spend much time perusing the breakfast menu; a bout of blood poisoning after a bite from a cockatoo called Sebastian and the need to get my first dose of antibiotics into a full tummy added to the speed with which I placed my breakfast order!
Having said that though, I didn’t have any complaints with my Italian breakfast which was a hearty portion of two poached eggs on Ciabatta bread, accompanied with mushrooms, spinach and Parmesan shavings. Washed down with a piping hot coffee it set me on the path to recovery!
My second visit of the day was for dinner with three of my friends. Armed with a bottle of Veuve Clicquot we settled down for the evening (as only girls can do!). Id booked a table on the deck and I must say we were grateful for the overhead fans that whirred throughout the evening … wow, the Lowveld must get stinking hot during the summer months.
We started our meal by sharing two salads; a mozzarella salad with generous slices of cheese and an equally yummy Haloumi salad with Parma ham. For main course three of us chose the recommended slow roasted pork belly which is served with mashed potato and stir fried vegetables. What a fantastic choice; it was delicious while the fourth member of our group ordered the lambs neck which looked wonderful.
To end off our evening we shared two crème brulee portions. I’m a sucker for a crème brulee and these hit the spot!
Other items on the menu include venison carpaccio, pasta marinara, buffalo pie, deboned chicken, perfectly cooked steaks, Mozambique prawns and a selection of wood fired pizzas. These can be accompanied by a range of wines from the excellent wine list Hamilton’s offers.
The service at Hamilton’s is attentive and friendly and the meal prices are very reasonable. Both my meals at the restaurant were tasty and well presented; I would definitely return again.
Address: Hamiltons Restaurant, Riverside Farm, Malelane Gate Road, Malelane, Mpumalanga
Telephone: +27 (0)13 790-3421
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