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Dining at awe-inspiring Hotel Thule

Tue, 12 August 2014 16:44
by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

Once in a while a lady deserves to feel like a princess; dreaming of being carried away on a magical carpet into a castle fit for one who will soon be a queen.
When a girl like me craves for such treatment, a place like Hotel Thule will suffice; with its locality on a hilly terrain that depicts a castle like image.
The Venue
Hotel Thule is sited in Eros, 1 Gorges street and what may have seemed not accessible to many is in actual fact not so complicated depending on what route you use to get there.
I am enticed by the beautiful view that left me in awe as the wind carries me away into the never lands.
Hotel Thule oozes with romance; it is that ideal place that would have any woman wishing her other half would propose to her as they look down on the city whilst admiring the city lights.
The invitation to go to Hotel Thule came about when the Communication Regulatory Authority (CRAN) held a gala dinner that saw the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) praising the Namibian government for growing the Information Communication Technology.
There was a red carpet that led to the Palm View and we had someone to guide us to the exact venue. Inside I was welcomed by a beautifully decorated place with the CRAN colours outlined as they were combined with a peaceful white.
I admired the candle lit chandelier or what looked like a chandelier. Sadly though, Palm View was a tad too small and the tables were clogging; it would honestly not be an ideal setting for a claustrophobic being.
And oh, the chairs were too close to each other, making it difficult for one to move around, since it was an event worth reporting about. Equally worrisome was the fact that camera people were confined to one corner. The bottom line is that, such a high profile event deserves to be hosted in a bigger venue.
I had an opportunity to dine with the who’s who of the country and I met the Minister of Information Communication Technology, Joel Kaapanda. It was an honour to shake the hands of those that I only got to see from afar.
“Please place your order now already because when this place gets packed we might not be able to help you immediately” said our waitress. Now what you should know is that we had an interesting waitress. She engaged us in conversation and tried her utmost best to entertain us with her sense of humour or the lack thereof.
She was however prompt and efficient because my Malawian Shandy came to me within minutes of placing my order and it was just perfect.
The meal
Dinner was served. It was a buffet meal and more than enough food was on the offing. So much that when you feast your eyes on it you automatically became satisfied.
I decided to fill my plate with a lot of protein and starch…I had Marinated Sirloin Steak, Moroccan Lamb Tagine, Osso Bucco Lamb Knuckle in Red Wine Sauce with Green Bean and Potato and Mushroom Bake.
To be frank, apart from the Marinated Sirloin Steak, everything else on my plate was below par. The meat was either too soft – literally falling of the fork – or off-putting in appearance. Not all was doom and gloom though; the Sirloin Steak needed no extra added preservatives as it had all the necessary ingredients and downing it with my Malawi Shandy was a bonus…lovely combination indeed.
For dessert I chose to eat cheese cake and custard and what a disappointment it was…the cheese cake had nothing on my own, the way my aunt taught me how to make it.
Verdict: For its awe-inspiring view and great service, I would give Hotel Thule ten out of ten but the food was an utter displeasure.