Rain Forest Sundays Can Get You Down
This was a fantastic Sunday. I went with three friends to spend a day at the Rain Forest Lodge in Mabira Forest. I blogged about stopping by there on the way back from Jinja after the hash relay there two weeks ago. I still think the place is stunningly beautiful. We spent the day pool side; the water was icy, but jumping into the cold water after spending time in the sauna was very refreshing. Lawrence, the guy by the pool, was a big help and very friendly. If only the rest of the staff were that useful… Lunch was more stressful than it was worth. A set menu: set soup, set salad, choice of a main course, set dessert, 30,000 shillings, done. Simple, right? I wish. The incompetence of the staff in the restaurant was almost bad enough to ruin an otherwise great day. After waiting an hour for the meals to be prepared, they still came incomplete, then either the waiter or the chef tried to change the price and add charges. Apparently they were not prepared to accommodate the crowd of today, so some parts of the meal either did not come at all or the portions were significantly reduced. True to my fashion, I insisted on seeing the manager. He was friendly enough, but I felt his response to my concerns seemed to rehearsed and fake. I could almost accept this as just a fluke, a bad day in the kitchen, but I was warned about the restaurant by a friend of mine before I came. His sister was there in the past and also had a horrible experience. It’s quite a shame because the place is so beautiful. The food that we did get was well presented and tasty.