Magnificent Meals by Moffat – Elephant’s Eye, Hwange’s Head Chef

Tales from the Bush

Magnificent meals by Moffat our head chef. At Elephant’s Eye we pride ourselves on attention to detail and above all making sure our guests are happy for the duration of their stay. They may not have come to the bush expecting gourmet meals but that is what we offer. Vegetarians and other dietary requirements are also happily catered for. We would never send guests out on an empty stomach on their game viewing activities, even if it means having everything ready before the break of dawn. After a day out in the bush observing animals eat or be eaten they often return ready to partake themselves, although dinners at the lodge are a rather more lavish affair.

The food at Elephant’s Eye, Hwange always receives rave reviews. At the lodge, you can expect a mixture of set menu or a la carte, for variety. As we are a sustainable lodge it’s important that the ingredients for our delicious meals are sourced ethically, either from local community projects such as an organic vegetable garden in Dete or similar initiatives in Victoria Falls. We try to use local food as much as possible, without compromising on quality.

A recent guest gave us this glowing review:

Also worth special mention are the two chefs. The food was delicious! Every one of the three courses every evening was high-quality cooking that was imaginative and clearly care had been taken to use high-quality ingredients. Moffat, in particular, produced the level of cooking I’d expect of a high-quality restaurant so every dinner was a treat. To top it all off there seemed to be an uncanny knack for the elephants of the park to turn up as dinner was served, which is an experience I’ll treasure, to watch up to one hundred elephants drinking from the pool and waterhole as I ate my dinner is special.

It’s all thanks to our magnificent Chef Moffat who makes magic in the kitchen. Moffat has a real passion for cooking, coming up with new dishes and creating new recipes brings him great joy and is his favourite part of the job. Moffat hails from Victoria Falls and has been working at the lodge for almost a year now. His signature dish is Braised Oxtail with Parmesan Shavings and Basmati rice, it’s also his favourite dish to make. He strives to provide top quality meals to our guests and makes everything himself including sauces and ice cream, no prepackaged store-bought ingredients for him. He also likes to interact with guests and discuss the ingredients of his meals with them, as well as find out what they like. His favourite Zimbabwean meal is Mopani worms, a local delicacy, which he likes to sprinkle with some chili.  

Why not book a holiday at Elephant’s Eye, Hwange and taste his delicious food yourself.

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