The Microwave Battle-Genie Meal would be the perfect way to stop munch-time boredom; once you perforate the plastic wrapper, you’re faced with a malevolent genie and you must engage in a to-the-death thumb-war before your food can be consumed. Unfortunately, seeing as no one has invented the Battle-Genie Meal yet, mankind has had to find other ways to entertain themselves during dinner. Experience one of the best of their ideas with a four-course dinner and show for R157.50 at Casta Diva.
It seems like all good things start with a starter, whether it’s old-school Pokémon games or the evening entertainment at Casta Diva; though unlike an evening at Casta Diva, Gameboys don’t taste very good.
While you soak up the cosy ambience of the Charisma restaurant, indulge in the decadence that is the Haloumi Cheese starter – though they say there’s nothing better than a toasted-cheese sandwich, the perfectly grilled and mildly salty Cypriot cheese tops it by miles. As well as the deliciously grilled cheese, there’s the Consommé: a clear vegetable soup created with garden fresh vegetables and as charismatic as politicians during election time.
When the last crumbs of the starter and intermezzo have been wiped away, the Beef Stroganoff makes its appearance with a supporting cast of rice and vegetables. Served in a creamy mushroom and bell-pepper sauce, the combination of flavours is enough to warrant a standing-ovation from even the most critical of taste-buds.
Before you rush off to be lulled by a talented and soulful performer, the encore to your meal arrives in the form of Anna Pavlova – a light and crisp crust with a soft, marshmallow-like centre. Charming to the eyes and hypnotising to the taste-buds, it’s a dessert designed for a prima-ballerina.
At the after-dinner Vissi d'Arte Theatre, you’ll be treated to the soulful stylings of Ndima Richard Ndzombane. With a voice more versatile than Velcro and a talent for everything from classical to R&B, the performance is bound to leave you breathless.
Theatrical Fact: Dinner and a show was a concept designed by the Macedonian Royal Family to keep their children from starting food-fights to entertain themselves during supper-time.