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Re: Wimpy at Pretoriuskop

Unread post by MATTHYS » Sun Nov 16, 2014 9:01 pm

Good to hear :D , thanks for the feedback, Hippotragus.
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Re: Wimpy at Pretoriuskop

Unread post by Grantmissy » Mon Nov 17, 2014 7:20 am

Good to read this Hippotragus :D Keep it up staff and management of Wimpy, Pretoriuskop :thumbs_up:
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Re: New Franchises for Restaurants from 1 December.

Unread post by Hippotragus » Wed Dec 03, 2014 12:27 pm

We are at this moment having lunch at M&B Olifants. Sweet "trainee" waitress, quick service and tasty food. No complaints at all.
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Re: New Franchises for Restaurants from 1 December.

Unread post by carolv » Wed Dec 03, 2014 3:08 pm

We are just back from our 2014 KNP trip and during the month tried M & B twice at LS and once at Letaba. Delighted to say both meals at LS were very good with excellent service and we enjoyed hav ing a tasty lunch with a fantastic view from the deck. Both times the restaurant was busy and the atmosphere was buzzing so a good experience. Sadly, our lunch at Letaba a couple of weeks ago was very disappointing. I ordered an orange juice and was told after a few minutes wait that they had no orange juice but could offer mango instead. Then we order Chicken and Avo wraps with fries. Waited for a bit then were told they had no avos ( No avos? In South Africa? Really?). Their suggested solution was to put guacamole in the wraps instead. OK we said. Waited a while before the waiter returned to ask if we wanted fries or salad with the wraps. Fries, we repeated. Waited a while again and when the wraps came we were quite hungry. Each plate had a tiny portion of chips (in relation to the portions served at all other M & B sites) and the tortilla wraps were so hard, we just ate the filling. When the waiter returned we queried the 'leather' wraps but were answered with a shrug and they gave us the bill. Do hope our experience was just a one-off at Letaba.
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Re: New Franchises for Restaurants from 1 December.

Unread post by Hippotragus » Wed Dec 03, 2014 3:28 pm

carol - I ordered the chicken and avo wrap at Olifants today and was also told "no avo" and was given guacamole (maybe the avos had gone soft and they "squished" them to make guacamole?! The wrap was very tasty anyway.
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Re: New Franchises for Restaurants from 1 December.

Unread post by carolv » Wed Dec 03, 2014 4:30 pm

Thanks for that info Hippotragus. So glad your wraps were good. Someone in the Park told me that all M & B food came to each location ready made and frozen which I have some doubts about. However, it may explain why Letaba and Olifants had no Avos if they were already supplied made up wioth the guacamole.
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Re: New Franchises for Restaurants from 1 December.

Unread post by skylinelinda » Sat Dec 13, 2014 6:25 pm

Is the Selati (train place restaurant ) at Skukuza open now? coming soon and enjoyed that setting/restaurant in the past. THANKS.
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Re: New Franchises for Restaurants from 1 December.

Unread post by Goggo EJ » Sat Dec 13, 2014 6:28 pm

Sadly it will be a long time before Selati is open again. The Cattle Baron Restaurant though does offer a good choice of meals.
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Re: New Franchises for Restaurants from 1 December.

Unread post by suebfly » Sun Dec 14, 2014 3:40 pm

Don't forget that avo season is coming to it's close - they are getting more and more expensive and are not readily available. In a few weeks there will only be imported ones in very few shops so that is the reason for no fresh avo - it happens in the restaurants in the city as well.

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Re: New Franchises for Restaurants from 1 December.

Unread post by Imberbe » Sun Dec 14, 2014 10:15 pm

Cattle Barron in Skukuza offers some fine dining. I was very impressed with their quality and portions.

Mug & Bean in Lower Sabie is impressive with the best views! I think it is my number one restaurant in KNP in terms of the whole package.
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Re: New Franchises for Restaurants from 1 December.

Unread post by onewithnature » Sun Dec 14, 2014 10:41 pm

I absolutely agree, IB. :thumbs_up: Mugg & Bean was most impressive, and I really enjoyed Debonair's at Satara. The whole franchise packages bring a new dimension to eating in the Park. The only thing I would like to happen now is to have a choice at Letaba, Lower Sabie, and Olifants, where only Mugg & Bean's are situated.
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Re: New Franchises for Restaurants from 1 December.

Unread post by Elsa » Wed Dec 17, 2014 10:48 am

Hippotragus wrote:With all these rave reviews, maybe the restaurants at the other camps further north - Mopani, Shingwedzi and Punda Maria - should also be M&B/Debonairs/Cattle Baron.
The restaurant at Punda recently had a good review and IMO being a small one doubt any of the franchises would go there.
I think they rely on big turnovers.
Mopani is the same enterprise as the B & Dal one and seems to be consistently good.
But I guess any restaurant can have a bad day.
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Re: New Franchises for Restaurants from 1 December.

Unread post by Hippotragus » Wed Dec 17, 2014 2:21 pm

Yes, Elsa, I see your point regarding Punda Maria. And, I agree each restaurant can have a bad day - they just all need to be kept on their toes.
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Re: New Franchises for Restaurants from 1 December.

Unread post by bondm » Sun Dec 21, 2014 4:27 pm

Hi All,
Just returned from SA, so I thought I would give you an early report of our experiences in the camp restaurants.

Skukuza - didn't use the restaurant, but my wife went to the cafeteria, which used to have a nice bakery under the Wooden Banana flag. Unfortunately that has now gone, so ate our own food in stead.

Olifants - M&B - the restaurant has taken on a new lease of life. Had breakfast on the way up the park and dinner when we stayed in the camp, no complaints. Food very good and all the staff were very courteous and friendly - a big change from last year when everything seemed too much trouble.

Letaba - M&B - dinner - had an excellent meal, which is always helped by the setting.

Mopani - Tindlovu - stopped off for breakfast and can only say it was a disaster. The food was cold and the rasher of bacon must have come from a very small pig. My cutlery was covered in egg from the previous user and when I came to use the jam it had already been opened and half used. My wife complained and the chef came out and apologised, but I am sure it was the same chef who came and apologised last year when we complained about the food being cold. Last year they said it was because it was a long walk from the kitchen, but they don't seem to grasp that hot food should be put onto hot plates. Stayed 3 nights later on the trip, but avoided the restaurant.

[P.S. Hi Hippotragus - it was probably me you referred to earlier re. our meeting at the Olifants river viewing point.]

Shingwedzi - Tindlovu - Had dinner and it was good, but the menu could do a change - why no fish course? Also had breakfast later on the trip and no complaints - staff friendly.

Punda Maria - Tindlovu - arrived at 13:00 hrs and after checking in went for breakfast. Breakfast menu only runs until 11:00 hrs? However the chef said we could choose from the breakfast menu if we wanted to. No complaints about food or staff. Decided not to use restaurant for dinner due to uninspiring menu.

Satara - M&B AND Debonaire's - had a lunchtime pizza and surprisingly very good (I am not a pizza fan). Went for dinner and just as we were about to order - power cut. Nothing could be served except grills and salads. Must have lit some candles in the kitchen. Had salads and very good. Perhaps they need a gas oven for similar emergencies as we had several cuts in power supply whilst in the park.

Lower Sabie - M&B - called for breakfast and very good.

Berg-en-Dal - Tindlovu - didn't use.

In the camps where M&B are running the restaurants there seems to have been a big improvement on what they have been like for the past few years, but still think they need a change to their menu, which is exactly the same as in all the M&B's in SA. The only fish course available is fishcakes.
As for the Tindlovu restaurants - some staff training and menu change is needed before they can get back what they were like 10 to 15 years ago, when in the evenings the restaurants used to be well attended.

The only way things change is if you not satisfied with the food or service is to complain. We will see if Mopani has improved next year.

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Re: New Franchises for Restaurants from 1 December.

Unread post by Hippotragus » Sun Dec 21, 2014 5:35 pm

Hi bondm! I just couldn't quite remember your alias (thought it had "bond" in it).

Thank you for taking the trouble to make your comments on the restaurants.

Overall there seems to have been a great improvement with the introduction of the M&Bs. With a little more training and improved menus, the Tindlovo restaurants that have problems at the moment will be improved.

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