It is a fine, warm and shiny Saturday afternoon. At Birdnest Resturant, by Maqalika dam about five kilo meters north of Maseru city, here guys have gathered at the joint not only to enjoy good music, but also to relax while having trout fish braai.
“This is the beginning and we have planned to hold it often,” said Keketso Lawrence, a chef and one of the restaurant management staff.
According to Lawrence Birdnest has a long term plan to develop today’s trout fish braai to an annual event.
For many people in Lesotho, fish does not form part of a common meal. In fact Basotho, the people of Lesotho are not fish eaters.
However, with one year experience of selling trout, Birdnest staff is confident that trout fish’s taste is enjoyable to many of their customers.
Though situated about five kilometres north of the Maseru, Birdnest has been receiving orders from all the parts of the city. They deliver trout fish for lunch to many offices in the city daily.
Trout fish in Lesotho is produced at Ha Lejone, at the Lesotho Highlands Water Project Katse Dam about 200 kilometers from Maseru and it is mostly exported to neighbouring Republic of South Africa.
Trout fish demand is becoming higher daily in Maseru and it costs about M68 (US$ 6.8) a kilogram, making it a very prestigious meal.
Although it is very difficult to get, trout fish, Birdnest is adamant that it should form their brand.