By Penda Jonas Hashoongo
June 2016

Perched aloft the Atlantic Ocean stands a restaurant named the Jetty which is internationally renowned for its seafood in equal measure as its reputation for creating a unique seaside experience for its guests.
Prime Focus Magazine managed to secure a table at one of the most revered restaurant along Namibia’s coast to sample its culinary offerings.

First Impression:
As is the case with most things, the first impression usually defines the rest of the experience and The Jetty was no different as it offered a unique blend of local food connoisseurs and tourists alike along with a team of tardy waitresses who will tend to you almost 15 minutes after showing you to your table. After eventually taking you drink order, the waitress would take another 5 minutes to get back with the drinks; an experience that would force most to order two or three drinks at a time so as to avoid having to endure the long wait.

Starter: Fresh Oysters
After overcoming the disappointment of the slow start to the evening, the waitresses pick up the pace and bring out an elegantly presented starter dish comprised of three large fresh oysters that offer as much pleasure for the optical senses as they promise for the aural senses.

The Oysters themselves prove to be as fresh as any restaurant can offer and coupled with Tabasco sauce provide an electrifying start to what would otherwise be described as an incredibly chilly evening. The fresh Oysters more than make up for the ineffectual waitress who appear to be overwhelmed by the number of guests they have to cater to.

Main Meal: Flambéed Fillet Steak
The main course of Flambéed Fillet Steak with veggies and chips comes as though a dish put together by Leonardo Da Vinci himself as it offers much in the way of presentation. One slice into the steak, however, will make one understand why Da Vinci never ate his art. While succulent and tender, the meat oozes of so much blood that one could easily be forgiven for confusing it with a vampire’s midnight snack. Despite a request to have the meat well done, the meat would easily pass for raw at any steak ranch worth its name.

The inedible steak notwithstanding, the rest of the meal is quite enjoyable as the veggies are fresh while the chips is soft and very well prepared. The entire meal however could be described as deceptive owing to the promise that its aesthetics offer when the dish is first presented in contrast to the bloody mess that one leaves behind after finishing.

Dessert: Chocolate Volcano
Sticking to the consistent theme of churning out food that is aesthetically pleasing, The Jetty’s dessert, in the form of a Chocolate Volcano is perhaps the best part of the meal as the conservative shape and design of the doughnut-shaped chocolate ring does not tell the full story of the amalgamation of ingredients which melt in your mouth with the same intensity as ice cream, without compromising on the genuine sweet taste that it offers. The only blemish to the otherwise excellent dessert is perhaps the portions that may be regarded as a bit too generous for one to genuinely enjoy the Chocolate Volcano however this will only apply to those who believe in the possibility of having too much of a good thing.

The combination of wine and steak is one that has the potential to make any meal a resounding success. In the case of The Jetty however, the wine, natural sweet rosé, was more favourable than the steak as it was smooth and consistent to the conventional taste of wine of its nature.

While walking out Prime Focus Magazine had a quick opportunity to engage the restaurant’s Manager, who explained that they are always fully booked something that can explain the tardy nature of the waitresses who appear to be spread too thin. Those visiting The Jetty should head caution about the bloody steak if they want to have a fulfilling experience at this establishment, perhaps a choice of prawns and conventional seafood will provide a better outcome for them as it will only make genuine the feeling of having a meal aloft the Atlantic Ocean.