(2011-07-23) The name is translated literally as Delight of the Gods, and while I’m sure that some of the Gods will be delighted, some others may not. The restaurant has undergone a refurbishment since my last visit, and the inside is very bright and white with lime green walls while the outside is very dark, and was too dark to read the menus.
Inside the restaurant, the banging of the door to the kitchen becomes an irritation especially when there is no background music.
Menus are available in both Portuguese and English and the choices are few which should allow the chef to concentrate on producing a few dishes well. My starter of Marinated Feta with Onion Jam (190Mt) was disappointing as the feta was smothered in garlic which overpowered the onion jam, and it arrived hot, not cold as expected accompanied by old croutons, and my partner’s garlic langoustines were dry and tasteless.
However the main courses made up for the disappointing starters, and the specialty of the house is obviously the Carvoada or the Charcoal Grilled Fillet Steak. A small charcoal braai was placed in the middle of the table and we grilled the meat the way we liked it. It would have been better though to have placed the braai on a lower side table, as the heat from the charcoal was so intense it warmed the wine and raised beads of sweat on our foreheads, while the hot coarse salt on the fillet spat out on our faces from the braai.
The price for 1 person is 800MT or for 2 people is 1,400Mt, and there is also a fillet and prawn option. A plate of sliced banana, melon and pineapple accompanied the meat, though this is not necessary as it did not complement the meat at all.
The Langoustine Risotto was perfectly cooked as a risotto should be and was 580Mt
Wines on offer were very limited and extremely expensive with the markup on the bottle of wine I ordered being 300%! The staff are neatly dressed in brown and white uniforms, but I didn’t appreciate the cooks in their white uniforms dragging a large sack of charcoal past my table at 8.30 in the evening and the ice being delivered at 9pm.
The manager of the restaurant was seen sitting the whole evening at a table chatting to friends on both occasions I was there.
Even though there were no cruets on the table, I was impressed with the salt and pepper battery operated grinders eventually brought by our waiter, with a light so the diner can see how much has been dispensed in the dark!
MANJAR DOS DEUS is located at Av. Julius Nyerere, 162 - Tel: +258 823 054 267.
By Cuisine Queen Quisine Queen is a qualified food critic. S/he works incognito and pays his/her own bill. Quisine Queens culinary appreciation is her own, and does not necessarily reflect the tastes of Club of Mozambique.