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A Foodie Guide To Cape Town’s Best Cultural Restaurants

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September 21, 2016 / African / By
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South African cuisine has many influences that make it so special from English, Cape Malay, Dutch and Indian. Due to the amazing mix of flavors, South African cuisine is referred to as the “rainbow cuisine”. The best place in South Africa to taste the continent’s delicious food and to experience the African culture is Cape Town. The South African city is an amazing place for discovering the South African hospitality, to learn interesting things about the country’s culture and to explore the culinary delights of the entire continent. There are many places in Cape Town that offer all of these and not only food so we invite you to use our foodie guide to Cape Town’s best cultural restaurants before visiting the wonderful South African city.

aMadoda Braai

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Inspired by Woodstock, aMadoba Braai creates an atmosphere where people, food and culture come together in a friendly and fun environment. The place welcomes both tourists and locals with great food and fun events.

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The menu offers a great African barbecue experience with a variety of meat dishes that satisfy even the most pretentious customers. From beef and pork to chicken and authentic African dishes, such as Shisa Nyama, aMadoba Braai is definitely a Cape Town restaurant that deserves a visit.

The Test Kitchen

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From a relaxing Woodstock atmosphere we are moving to a world-class dining restaurant that invites its clients to see the chef at work through and open-plan kitchen. The industrial style with roof pipes and brick walls create a great décor for the delicious food dishes.

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The menu includes a variety of vegetarian dishes and a dinner gourmand experience that makes a great pair with the amazing wine selection. The dishes have a little bit of French magic and a little bit of art in them and they create an amazing gastronomical experience for customers.  

Mama Africa

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Mama Africa has recently celebrated its 21 anniversary. The renowned restaurant offers a unique experience that includes African music and food. The friendly staff and the charming atmosphere are inspired by the thoughtful behavior of an African mother. Also, if you want to experience the African lifestyle, the live music will provide the perfect soundtrack for dancing and having fun. If dancing is not your thing, you can explore the art gallery that features authentic African art including paintings, wooden carvings and other art forms from local artists.

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When it comes to the menu, Mama Africa does not hold back, the platters are huge and the food is as delicious as it can get. The menu has many popular dishes among customers, such as lamb and chicken curry, Zimbabwean Dovi, homemade raisin bread and exotic dishes for adventures foodies like crocodile, ostrich and venison sausages.

Moyo Kirstenbosch

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Situated in the National Botanical Gardens that offer the background for a warm, friendly atmosphere with relaxed African charm, Moyo Kirstenbosch welcomes its guests with traditional pre-meal face painting ceremony and various African performances for an amazing cultural experience.

The menu includes many popular dishes that the African continent is renowned for including Morrocon slow-braised lamb, Senelagalese fish, Cameroonian beef suya sandwiches, Zimbabwean pumpkin and peanut puree (nhopi dovi) and various picnic and buffet options for the visitors who plan to visit the Botanical Gardens.

Africa Café

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The delightful Africa Café celebrates the diversity and rich African culture in a friendly place that is  the perfect spot for discovering the heritage of the African continent and the delicious flavors of Malawi, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Botswana, Zambia and, of course, South Africa.

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The menu includes dishes made out of fresh products and it changes every season. You can find various meat dishes seasoned with a mix of African spices and, by the way, the spicy food is really spicy!

Gold Restaurant

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Gold is a restaurant that offers an amazing introduction to the African lifestyle. With Mali Puppets that dance around the tables in the restaurant accompanied by drummers, singers and dancers, the visitors will feel the heartbeat of the African continent. Guests can also be part of a drum circle and they can learn the sounds and different rhythms of the djembe.

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When it comes to food, Gold Restaurant treats its guests with an authentic 14 course African menu that incorporates all the amazing flavors of Africa.

Marimba Restaurant

Marimba Restaurant

Marimba Restaurant is a place that incorporates the taste, the sound and the look of Africa in a marimba themed décor. While at the restaurant, visitors are able to listen to South African, Mozambican and Congolese live music.

Marimba Restaurant

The menu includes communal meals with scrumptious meat dishes and decadent desserts.

La Colombe

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Those who prefer a fine dining experience should pay a visit to La Colombe. La Colombe has many awards that speak about how amazing the place actually is: best restaurant in South Africa in 2008 and 2009, second place in Top 10 Restaurants in South Africa in 2015, second best fine dining restaurant in Africa in 2015 according to Trip Advisor and Scot Kirton received the Eat Out S. Pellegrino Chef of the Year in 2015. The décor of this fine dining restaurant is classy but comfortable.

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The restaurant’s cuisine is a mix of French classics and Asian influenced dishes that are made out of fresh local products. Even though the menu is a French Asian fusion, the hospitality is definitely South African. Customers can try a variety of elegant dishes including smoked springbok, green pea risotto, champagne poached oysters and many other gourmet specialties. To accompany the food, the restaurant has an excellent wine collection.


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