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 Post subject: Anybody Eaten at Ciao! yet? (Selati)
Unread postPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2014 2:35 pm 
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I'm interested to find out if Anybody has eaten at Ciao! yet at the Selati train in Skukuza since it has been open for over a month now.

I searched the Forum and have only seen on mention of some one eating there, they had given it positive feedback not to much other information...

Is it Fully Italian like Ciao baby cucino or is it a mix of Ciao!'s different brands? How was the food and service etc? :hmz:

I stayed at Skukuza during December but it was really just as a transit camp so didnt have time to check out Ciao!.

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Hi Spargish

We ate there in December, and while the service was a bit hit and miss (I think this was due to the fact that everything was new and they weren't 100% sure of the menu as some of our questions went unanswered) the food was fantastic. My mom and I ate the calamari and my SO had a pizza and all three meals were really tasty and were of good quality. I suppose it is a bit easier with the sterling but thought the restaurant was good value for money and a nice treat whilst in the Kruger. I am unable to compare it with other Ciaos as I have never been to one before visiting the Skukuza branch.

Hope this helps, but would highly recommend it.


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 Post subject: Re: Anybody Eaten at Ciao! yet?
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spargish and hugh, well we visited Selati restaurant 3 times i.e when we stayed at Skukuza on 15 Dec'13 and enjoyed supper, on our way down from Satara to Berg n Dal for lunch and then again when we moved from Berg n Dal to Pretoriuskop.

Each time we had something different and the food was really great. SurfCindy mentioned something about the service, but I know that some of the staff was in training, so some growing pains. Ask for Excellence - great waiter.

With our first visit, I had pizza and SO chicken covered with mushroom, avo, feta and topped with melted mozarella, and deepfried mashpotato and veggies on the side - she raved about it resulting in me ordering it with our second visit. With the third visit I had some delicious pasta and she and my girl some pizza.

I had an interesting conversation with the manager during our third visit as he recognised us when he told me that the restaurant might or is no longer part of Ciao! and they will have their own identity, but will keep the name Selati restaurant. Not sure of the detail re this change, but I guess, the manager will be most willing to obtain feedback from visitors regarding their experience. We enjoyed some refreshing sangria with our meals.

So, besides the pizza - (which is woodfired type) and pasta dishes, there are some other great dishes to try out. I will definitely go back and say - give it try :D .

A suggestion - get your table, place your drinks order and meals and then go and sit in the aircon train coaches, especially when it is a hot day. Once the meals are ready, the waiter will come call you - so, a really great way to relax while waiting for the food.

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WoW That sounds delicious - For sure we will give Selati a try when back at Skukuza on 13.02.13 :dance:

We always visit this restaurant on our first evening when staying in Skukuza and always had a delicious dinner there :clap:

Will for sure report back :thumbs_up:


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I'm glad Excellence is still there, agree fantastic service we had from him on our last visit.

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 Post subject: Re: Anybody Eaten at Ciao! yet?
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This certainly sounds interesting. I am happy to hear so any positive remarks. It has such historical importance, it deserves the best.

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We ate there at lunchtime on 4 January, while waiting to book in. We were very impressed with both the service and the food. Our waiter has been there for some time and was attentive and helpful. In fact all the staff were pleasant. We were told that Ciao is a Pretoria based company, not Ciao Baby.
We split a 37 cm chicken and sundried tomato pizza between us, very nice too. As well as pizza and pasta there was a selection of other meals too.
Suffice to say we will be giving it another visit in March.
By the way, they also offer a delivery service!:-) :-)

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 Post subject: Re: Anybody Eaten at Ciao! yet?
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Good to hear that they serve good food. Wow Isinkwe your braai looks nice. You could start the Kruger Sun- and Moonbeam Pantry. Kruger goers will stand in line for your breakfasts, chops and ice cream.

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Great to hear that the Selati (or whatever name now) is now doing well. Also glad to hear that it is doing lunches - a lot of people want lunches and they used not to do lunches.

The last evening meal I had there - a couple of years ago - was not great in terms of service or food.

Look forward to trying it sometime - sounds great.

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 Post subject: Re: Anybody Eaten at Ciao! yet?
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Kaapsedraai wrote:
SurfCindy mentioned something about the service, but I know that some of the staff was in training, so some growing pains. Ask for Excellence - great waiter.

A suggestion - get your table, place your drinks order and meals and then go and sit in the aircon train coaches, especially when it is a hot day. Once the meals are ready, the waiter will come call you - so, a really great way to relax while waiting for the food.


Could definitely have been Kaapsedraai, whilst they weren't able to answer some questions, all the staff were very friendly and pleasant to deal with.

Love the suggestion, am definitely going to try it out on our next visit. :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Anybody Eaten at Ciao! yet?
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Too bad. There's a sign in reception advising that Ciao is closed until further notice!!!


Very sad news billh! :(

We had dinner there on 12 January 2014, and had a lovely evening! Great food, as well as great, very friendly service! We were a party of 32 people, and each and everyone was very satisfied with their food and the service was excellent, especially if the amount of people to be served was taken into account! :dance: :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Anybody Eaten at Ciao! yet?
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Dear 'Mites;

SANParks can definitely confirm that Ciao Restaurant, formally Selati Restaurant in Skukuza, has been closed until further notice. We apologies for any inconvenience caused to our valued patrons during the closure of this service. SANParks is working hard to restore this service.

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 Post subject: Re: Anybody Eaten at Ciao! yet?
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Any date for reopening? It's only 3 weeks to the closure of the restaurants, then what's going to be available.

Could it be to do with the takeover being done incorrectly?

Hope it reopens soon, we were hoping to have a meal there during our upcoming cricket trip.

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Thanks for the report Les.
Sure there will be an update when one is available.

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I was there on 27 Jan'14 and had a lovely meal, but was surprised to find different Management there - CIAO 's own management. There was some issue which I think is not proper or my place to share, but when I returned to Skukuza 2 days ago, I found restaurant closed and I walk in and found the previous Management there again. It appears the matter is a sensitive one and just hope it can be resolved soon.

The reason why I walked in, was that I shared with both the different managers the importance of them keeping an eye on the Forum as they will get valuable feedback from passionate and loyal customers. I shared with them how to access and what they should be doing as well as they need to treasure the privilege of having a restaurant at such a historical location. :hmz:

Must say, I was looking forward to a meal on my last night at Kruger after 12 days, but I settled for a rump and boerewors on the braai in front of the tent with bottle of the red juice. :D

Just feel sorry for all the mites that were looking forward to a meal and enjoy the historical place. :cry:

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