In Namibia, most restaurants offer meat in their menus and some fish and seafood. It is not usual to find vegetarian food, since a large part of the fruits and vegetables that is consumed comes from South Africa, and therefore, it has its price. However, it locally produces quality oranges and pumpkins.
At Windhoek, you can try different meats that are part of the local diet, such as zebra, kudu or crocodile at Joe’s Beerhouse.
If you have time, I would go to lunch or dinner at The Stellenbosch, where the food is delicious and the service is very good. The meat melts in your mouth and the desserts… my favourite one is the cheesecake.
The typical Namibian dishes are:
- Mahangu: it is a type of millet, a staple food of the ovambo. It is usually made in a soup with fish or meat and rice.
- Melon nara: endemic plant of the desert.
- Oshifima: porridge made with mahangu flour and cornmeal. It is accompanied by chicken or ekaka (spinach spicy).
- Potjiekos: meat and vegetable stew cooked in an iron pot called potjie.
Among the drinks, we can highlight the mataku (melon wine), the oshikundu (fermented millet) and the walende (palm distillate).
The colonial past is also present in its kitchen. There are several typical German dishes:
- Apfelstrudel: apple pie.
- Chucrut: white cabbage fermented in brine.
- Landjäger sausage: air cured sausage with smoked flavour.
They say that the best apfelstrudel of the continent is eaten in the bakery that is next to Solitaire, the most famous gas station in Namibia, since for years it was the only one before entering the Namib desert.
“Geniet jou ete” – Enjoy your meal!