The Heinitzburg Hotel, housed in a castle on the hill, is an iconic Namibian landmark, and the restaurant serves some of the finest gourmet fare in the country. Beatte Raith and her son Tibor are the owners and hosts at the Heinitzburg, and it is their mission to treat you like royalty.
You can enjoy the five star ambience of Leo’s at the Castle, or you can also eat in the Knight’s Room in the original castle with its cozy cubby holes, authentic local paintings, and a suit of shining armour. The wine cellar with its 13,000 bottles of hand picked South African wine is a great place for small groups, and the Garden Terrace provides one of the best views of Windhoek in the city.
Tibor is the executive chef, and his skill and creativity make the Heinitzburg unquestionably one of the top restaurants in Namibia. Tibor trained at the world renowned Bareiss Hotel in the Black Forest in Germany. After his apprenticeship, Tibor went on to the Brandenburger Hof Hotel in Berlin, and then completed a further traineeship at the Gasthof Post at Lech am Arlberg, Austria, where he qualified as a Hotel Manager.
Thank goodness Tibor then finally came back to Namibia to join the family business. Tibor’s gourmet menu showcases his mastery of flavour combinations. His menu features brilliant and unlikely pairing like a paw paw salad with a bleu cheese and rocket espuma, forming an amazing contrast, empowering the sweetness of the fruit. The Springbok fillet is tender enough to cut with a fork. And if asparagus is in season, try the asparagus variation: asparagus soup, mousse and a simple asparagus wrapped in parma ham.
The Heinitzburg exemplifies a German tradition of excellence through proper training and demanding standards. Their discipline and dedication is ultimately what brings you the relaxing and delightful experience you come to expect. Tibor also brings a sensibility and creativity which takes the standard a notch higher still. This is what true gourmet food is all about, and it is how you, too, can dine like royalty.