Want to get a little bit wild? In the beautiful regional town of Tamworth that is definitely possible. With a respectable number of pubs, cafés and restaurants, Tamworth plays host to a sizable food scene that is belied by it's relatively small population.
On a Friday night, surrounded by farmland, I was in the mood to get wild. So, that night, I tamed my hunger at Safari Club.
Ladies steak with a glass of prosecco.
Owned and run by Elliot Danube who originally hails from Johannesburg, the Safari Club is a larger than life family friendly restaurant that oozes character from floor to ceiling. They also run a takeaway business that is very, very popular if the amount of foot traffic we saw was any indication.
While the décor is not quite authentic, with the stuffed animal heads adorning the walls appearing as if they are watching you and leopard print covered stools coming off as more gimmicky that traditional, it is definitely eye catching.
The boervors plate; a never ending coil of sausage.
One major negative at Safari Club; the service speed. Waiting over an hour from ordering for our mains to arrive was just far, far to long. We were ravenous by the time the food hit the table so it's a good thing our meals were absolutely mammoth.
The waitress thought I was crazy only ordering an entrée and side. However, when my fellow dinners were braving indigestion to finish their enormous meals, I realised that I was in fact the smart one.
While meals are quite expensive it still works out as value for money due to the sheer size and quantity of food. In terms of price and portion size, it reminds me of Criniti's here in Sydney with entrées costing anywhere from $15-25 and the mains from about $25-45. Cheap it isn't, but worth it, it is.
Crocodile skewers with steamed veggies.
The food was amazing. I ordered crocodile skewers with a side of steamed vegetables. The skewers were massive and had an abundance of crocodile on them (a meat that tastes like chicken-y steak) and the veggies were crispy and plentiful, however the dousing of melted butter, while admittedly tasty, was rather unhealthy.
The others ordered the boervors plate with onion rings and a salad, the steak and boervors plate with chips and the ladies steak - a 250g fillet cooked medium to well done. The South African sausage was juicy and delicious, the steak, full of flavour, and the onion rings were nothing like the beer battered calamari you get in a cheap pub. Instead they were thin and crispy - rings of pure awesome.
The boervors and steak plate. Only thing better than one kind of meat is two!
As we waddled out the door, all I could think was how awesome the night had been. With our hunger successfully tamed, we were ready for our next adventure - bed!
Where: 19-23 Brisbane Street, Tamworth, 2340
Why: A delicious foray into South African cuisine.
When: Open for dinner every night.