For a taste of authentic Cape Malay cuisine, visit the Bo-Kaap Kombuis nestled on the slopes of Signal Hill in the former Cape Malay quarter. The restaurant is lovingly run by residents, Yusuf and Nazli Larney, who warmly invite locals and tourists to experience not only their delicious food, but the culture, heritage and beauty of the area. Taste the exotic flavors and wholesome goodness of Cape Malay cuisine in an array of traditional dishes such as bobotie, butter chicken, lamb penang curry and denning vleis, to name a few. The restaurant is situated at the top of the neighborhood and offers breathtaking views of the city and Table Mountain.
For the ultimate South African experience, a visit to Mzoli’s is a must when in Cape Town. Every Saturday and Sunday, locals and people from all over the world descend on the vibrant outdoor shisa nyama (braai) in the township of Gugulethu. You’re offered a choice between beef, pork, chicken and sausage which you purchase raw from the on-site butchery, and then take your meat to the braai area where it’s grilled to perfection. Drinks are bought from a nearby liquor store, or you can bring your own. Once your meat is cooked, you head over to the outdoor seating area and eat with your hands (no cutlery here!). The atmosphere is energetic and festive, with music blaring and people eating, mingling and dancing. However, don’t expect five-star treatment; here anything goes so it may be a cultural shock for most, but it’s one experience you’ll never forget! We recommend going in a group and arriving early to avoid the long queues. Also, bring your own side dishes.
Ny 115, Gugulethu, Cape Town, South Africa, +27 21 638 1355
Mama Africa offers diners a unique African experience in a rustic, laidback setting. The staff are friendly and attentive while entertainment in the form of live African music will have you tapping your feet. For starters, try a platter of Mozambican chicken livers, game kebabs, East Coast mussels and homemade veggie samoosas. For mains, the lamb curry, Moroccan lamb pot roast and the game potjie are popular choices. If you’re an adventurous eater, try Mama’s Wild Game Mixed Grill which consists of ostrich, crocodile, springbok, kudu and venison, and don’t forget to sample their delicious vetkoek and sweetcorn bread. At 8pm each evening, a live Marimba band takes to the stage to perform a variety of music until late.
178 Long St, Cape Town, South Africa, +27 21 426 1017