The unsurpassable Dros Restaurant
DRIVING to the North, my eyebrows shot up at the sight of a Dros Restaurant sign board on the right hand side of the road, a few hundred metres from Tsumeb.
It is exactly a year since I first learnt of Dros’ coming into Namibia; a year since I had written them off for choosing Tsumeb as one of their business destinations.
“How can a giant South African company in the form of Dros choose Tsumeb for business?” I had wondered.
My argument was that Dros would never make the grade in Namibia, especially in Tsumeb as they are not many people in the copper town as compared to Windhoek.
This month, while driving back from the North, our Prime Focus team decided to detour and try one of Dros breakfasts. It was not only about trying the food but investigating how Dros Restaurant has managed to establish themselves in Namibia.
We were more curious to discover the South African giant’s troubles and challenges in setting base in Namibia.
It was around 10am and the northern heat was already sweltering in this part of the country so our breakfast was more of a brunch-meal.
Besides the quality always associated with Dros abroad, I was astonished to learn that despite its weight and high profile billing in the hospitality industry, Dros Restaurant in Tsumeb is a place that one can go without prior reservation.
All of a sudden, it struck me as a central, convenient and not likely to be too crowded for not only Tsumeb’s who’s who, but high profile Namibians and wannabes using the Tsumeb- Oshakati, Tsumeb-Katima Mulilo via Grootfontein highways.
I found a table for two, on the patio facing a giant Olympic size swimming pool and volleyball court which are in the Kupfer Quelle Resort, the building housing Dros.
I did not wait for service which took less than a minute for one waitress to show up, and when I ordered my breakfast, I also requested to see the manager.
She disappeared into the womb of the restaurant and reappeared with my apple juice — being on a long drive I shunned my usual chocolate milkshake — to avoid constipation behind the wheel.
The seemingly confused manager came within five minutes, and I could tell he was expecting to solve a customer-waitress dispute, yet all I wanted was permission to take pictures around the restaurant.
In the meantime, I had ordered Dros John Wayne Breakfast: which is 150g ground beef, three rashers of bacon, chips, and hard boiled eggs, pan fried mushrooms, grilled tomato, baked beans and two slices of toast with jam and butter served with another fresh fruit juice - an apple.
My colleague went for the Traditional Dros Breakfast: Sirloin steak, three rashers of bacon, two fried eggs, chips, pan fried mushrooms, grilled tomato and two slices of toast with jam and butter served with free coffee.
Interestingly, none of us paid more than N$50 for this meal, which was more of breakfast and lunch- brunch.
I requested for two extra slices and they came within seconds.
Every meal served at Dros comes with condiments, packed with sauces such as the Helga Chippenaise, Sweet Chilli Mayo, Helga’s Secret BBQ and Dros Tomato Sauce.
It was a great breakfast and the waitress (Felicity) had the most beautiful of manners.
One thing particular about Dros; none of the four tables filled that morning was ever asked if they had been served.
I think it is to Dros’ advantage not to ask such a question and shows how fast and efficient the service is.
I only had a query with the fact that with most tables empty since the restaurant had just opened doors that morning, the other waitresses were unprofessionally grouped around the front desk computer.
Later, I learnt it costs an extra N$50 to swim in this 4metre giant pool for the whole day and loosen up the heavy foods by playing volley ball on that same amount.
Eating breakfast or lunch while watching people swim, might be distasteful to some and tasty to others, but thats arguable.
Otherwise, it is a great place for a semi-formal lunch and a very formal dinner.
Expect to spend no more than N$150 for dinner with a doggy bag to take to those at home.
Dros can accommodate up to 260 people and their à la carte menu caters for all tastes and includes grills, pizza and pastas, mouth watering burgers, salads, seafood, desserts and original Dros specialities.
Currently, they had a Special T-Bone 500g plus a free Black Label for less than N$100.
Opening at 10am till 7pm, Dros is for the elite, for tourists and for anyone with a taste for good food.
It’s beautiful scenery, viby atmosphere and large bar area all in the traditional black and red is matched by the resort it sits on as camp sites of tourists are just a stone’s throw away.
There is a kiddies’ area with five Play Stations Three games and other forms of fun that can keep them entertained while parents dine.
Dros has got a market in Namibia, and with almost a year old since they opened their doors in this country, they might be here to stay.
Value for money—fair