As part of our Restaurants In Johannesburg series, we're proud to take you on a culinary tour of African cuisine in and around the great city of Johannesburg. Let's get started, shall we?
Best known for their delicious tripe, Sakhumzi is a definite must try the next time you find yourself in Soweto. Aside from getting a full Soweto experience at the restaurant, their menu is full of authentic African cuisine that will have you going back for more! To top it off, if you love wine with every dish, you're sorted! Be sure to check out their Wine-Wednesdays.
If you're feeling for shiza nyama, a cold beer, and a vibrant atmosphere with township music to set the tone, then Chaf Pozi is definitely the place you need to go. Also located in Soweto, you won't have a more authentic South African experience than this. Some of the menu goodies you can look forward to including chicken livers, chakalaka, pap and gravy, and even traditional dessert!
Roots Restaurant and Gallery
Connect to your roots and indulge in some beautiful art at the Roots Restaurant and Gallery. You can look forward to live performances/ entertainment, a cigar and wine lounge, arts and crafts, and more importantly authentic, delicious African meals. From single meals to platters and buffet options, there's something suited for anyone and everyone's taste preferences.
Located on the famous Vilakazi Street in Soweto, Nambitha is one of the most popular African eateries in Soweto. Serving soul food while offering catering services, conferencing and venue hire as well as buffet bookings; no matter what the event is, you're guaranteed a delicious plate of satisfying African cuisine with a touch of a la carte menu options.
Mandela Family Restaurant
Owned by Winnie Mandela, the Mandela Family Restaurant, also located on Vilakazi Street, serves classic Soweto bunny chows with chips, breakfast sandwiches, burgers, fish and chips, garlic and cheese, and processed meat – all with an African touch. It's the perfect venue for a quick bite or casual dining with family or friends.
Hombaze African Cuisine
Forget about the long trip to your home base and just visit Hombaze located in Parkmore, Sandton for traditional African cuisine that will impress even your gogo. Offering quality and healthy food paired with exceptional service you won't want to go anywhere else. Hombaze is also rated as one of the top African cuisine restaurants in the country so give it a shot.
The Roving Bantu Kitchen
A thing of legend, the Roving Bantu Kitchen is a small setup ran by passionate individuals. The menu is small but is always fresh and wholesome, cooked in-house with love and fresh ingredients. The Roving Bantu Kitchen serves up Afro-soul food. Patrons can expect to find mogodu, peanut and coconut chicken, cow heels, and samp and beans on the menu. Vegetarians and vegans are also catered for. Try Sifiso’s African risotto, a combination of samp and beans cooked long and slow with pork hocks.
Little Addis on Fox Street is a must-try food experience. Serving their famous meat and veggie combo injera platters as well as several traditional Ethiopian delicacies, Kassa’s kitchen serves up delicious and hearty meals from Tuesday – Sunday. Little Addis has become a flagship meeting point in Maboneng Precinct with Kassa still preparing all of the dishes himself and a regular list to be proud of so come on over and have a cup of coffee with Kassa when you are next in the area!
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