With the stillness of the African night, the leaves and the trees stand motionless, as if locked into a snapshot. A faint breeze brings the steady distant roar of the mighty Victoria Falls, as if the soul of river is speaking out.
From across the planet, travellers arrive at the Zambezi River to behold the magnificence of Victoria Falls, and to savour and enjoy the sights, tastes and sounds of this friendly African town.
Nam Took, an Eastern Fusion Restaurant, adds to this cosmopolitan mix, and offers those from the East a touch of ‘comfort’ food, and to others, a ‘taste’ of the East. Chef Toy, originally from Bangkok, has created a superb menu that is fast receiving acclaim from locals and visitors alike.
“Freshness of ingredients is essential,” says Toy, “combined with the finest of local and imported spices and herbs.”
All dishes are cooked to order, and she enjoys, when free, to come to the table to advise on what’s good to eat. Her spring rolls are already a local favourite, and the Tom Yum Prawn Soup is a testament to her culinary skills. The menu is varied and large, and caters for a variety of tastes. The use of fresh vegetables and herbs are the essence of the kitchen, and every morning the junior chefs are busy cleaning and preparing them, and placing them in dishes. Ginger, fresh coriander, garlic, spring onions, chilli, lemon grass, mushrooms, pak choi and other ingredients sit waiting to be added to the wok, to be blended into the texture and flavour of each dish.
Nam Took has become a firm choice of the local Victoria Falls community, and is fast being discovered by overseas visitors . Tour groups and large parties are offered a variety of planned menus, and have the option of ‘dishes on the table’ to be shared and savoured, giving a variety of the fare on offer.
800 hundred meters from the Falls, Nam Took resides under a tall traditional thatch roof with brightly coloured Chinese lanterns hanging from large wooden beams, and an open view of the riverine trees and bush, presenting a backdrop to the ‘spray’ of mighty Falls, rising into the blue sky., There is a sense of light and space, yet cool and calming from the harsh African sun. Local clay pots and colourful Chinese umbrellas add to the fusion of the ambience.
Nam Took was conceptualised by well known Hotelier John Gray and chef Toy, combining years of experience in the hospitality industry. They had met and become friends many years before in Bangkok, and the friendship became lifelong when Toy had John ‘released’ from the famous ‘Bangkok Hilton’, where John had been detained for overstaying his visa requirements. Joining the ‘team’ is Andy Falk, a well known restauranteur. Andy and John, started their careers together way back in the early 70’s at the well known Windsor Hotel in Harare, doing service in the famous ‘Colony’ restaurant. Cindy Pietersen, with a wealth of business and logistical experience brings additional depth to this experienced team. Backed by motivated kitchen and restaurant staff, Nam Took is geared to provide a memorable and happy visit.
Nam Took Restaurant, is centrally situated above the popular Elephant Walk Shopping & Artist Village, close to the CBD and hotels. Open from 12 midday, all day until 9 pm, seven days a week, it is an ideal venue for a quick afternoon lunch, a dinner with old friends, or a party spot to celebrate something special.
Oh, and don’t forget to round off your meal with the banana fritters!