We enjoyed welcome drinks as the small crowd of about a dozen people gathered, then Food & Beverage Manager / Executive Chef Susan Coetzee reminded us that if you want a good meal you need to check out the chef first. ‘If she’s stick-thin, stay away,’ she warned. If she’s well-rounded, she obviously enjoys good food so you can assume you’re in good hands. We happily noted that Susan wasn’t stick-thin – a good omen.
Those who overindulged on the main event were sorry when the puds arrived, an artist’s array of cheesecake, strawberry & granadilla pavolva, and a caramel & cream torte with melt-in-your-mouth pastry. Small wonder one or two people went walkabout to make room for more!
Kudos to Susan and Mosu Restaurant’s team of six. Apart from the Golden Gate Hotel, it’s the only SANParks restaurant that’s not outsourced. ‘We work hard to try and set a standard for all the parks,’ said Susan.
Well-fed and happy, we leaned back in our chairs to admire the firelight glow, the multitude of stars. Everything was just perfect. Earlier, a Cape Serotine bat chinked and a rufous-cheeked nightjar flew overhead with a soft chuk-chuk-chuk. Now black-backed jackals started to complain in the distance, reminding us how lucky we were to be sharing this space with them.
I’ve celebrated many a New Year, most of them long forgotten. But this Mokala celebration will live on as a very special memory.
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