(2012-04-12) I had heard that Ponta Mamoli had reopened after being closed for a complete refurbishment, so en route to Ponta D’Ouro with some friends, we decided to stop for lunch and check the place out. There is no comparison between the old and the new hotel, the new being a beautiful international standard 5 star resort.
After looking around the beach bar, other public areas and one of the rooms complete with its own private plunge pool and butler, we settled on the pool bar for our lunch. There are bar stools in the infinity pool where you can sit and order your drinks from the bar, but we sat inside at a long high table.
We were brought the all day menu and the beach bar menu, and decided on the Sticky Pork Ribs, Peri Peri Prawns cooked in Beer served with Hand Cut Chips and a Prawn Caesar Salad. However our minds were quickly changed by the chef Stuart, who came and persuaded us to have the Mixed Tapas Platter to share. The platter consisted of Vegetable Spring Rolls, Chicken Kebabs, Fillet Kebabs, Rissois, Halloumi Cheese, Chicken Prego Rolls all served with Homemade Sweet Chilli Sauce, Peri Peri, Chilli Mayonnaise. The platter was outstanding, and excellent value for money, as was the Salad of Feta Cheese, Chickpeas and Olives.
We chose a bottle of Graham Beck Methode Cap Classique Sparkling wine after we had downed a few cold beers. Then we tried a few cocktails to share, the best being the Chilli Pearl, consisting of vodka, lemonade, ginger, chilli, mint and lemon and the Mai Tai which was made up of Cointreau, Cherry Brandy, Lime and Pineapple. There was a good selection of different wines on the wine list, some which are never seen on wine lists in Maputo.
The Management of the resort, the chef and the staff were seen constantly walking around, but were not obtrusive. The toilets of the Pool Bar were amazing and we all had to go in and check them out!
Ponta Mamoli White Pearl is certainly worth the bumpy drive to get there and a great place to take the special woman or man in your life. If the bumpy ride is not for you, then take a short 20 minute flight on their helicopter from Maputo Airport.
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.