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?

Sakhumzi

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.

Chaf Pozi

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.

Nambitha

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.

African Restaurants

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

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!

African Restaurants

Know other great African cuisine restaurants not mentioned above? Let us know below!

Remember that our “Top Picks” are not paid for and are compiled at the discretion of the journalist. We only write about what we love.

A New Take On Live-Fire Cooking!

Enjoy trying new things when it comes to dining out? Well, then you don't want to miss this. Urban moyo invites you to experience a fresh and vibrant take on live-fire cooking. Fire lies at the heart of African tradition, bringing everyone together and igniting the shared experience.

Urban moyo

What's On The Menu

Delicious Cuisine

Their menu showcases a multi-cultural melting pot of flavours from Africa, both bold and refined. The coals prepare beautifully slow-cooked tagines and potjies, a selection of the finest meat, venison, chicken and seafood, as well as an assortment of bountiful platters, vibrant salads and contemporary sharing plates. Each dish is carefully crafted, using only the freshest ingredients, all shaped into a sensory feast. All of their flavours stay true to Africa, with the majority of dishes prepared on an open flame. Urban moyo caters to a wide range of tastes, ensuring that both vegetarians and vegans are equally delighted by their offering of intricate and tantalising plant-based dishes.

Urban moyo

Their Wine List

The wine list is concise, elegant and well-priced. Harnessing the spirit of Ubuntu, Urban moyo has set out to celebrate diversity and synergy by only offering blended wines. You’ll find a selection of boutique wines from smaller vineyards, as well easy-drinking Leopard’s Leap resident wines by the glass and by the bottle.

Refreshing Signature Cocktails

Their signature cocktails offer a lavish take on South Africa’s nine provinces. Using premium spirits brought to life by local juices, fruits, teas and syrups, each served in unique and sumptuous glassware, their refreshing and interesting cocktails are a celebratory experience.

Urban moyo

What's The Vibe?

Urban moyo showcases the finest in contemporary interiors with a plush feature bar and lounge area, perfect for evening cocktails and pre-dinner drinks. The main seating area boasts leather, marble and wood accents, combined together to create a setting that exudes both comfort and sophistication.

Located at 24 Central, Urban moyo is conveniently situated for lunch and dinner in the heart of the Sandton CBD. They also offer a canapé and range of set menus for those looking to book an Urban event experience. Whatever your occasion, Urban moyo invites you to gather and celebrate around their fire.

Urban moyo

For More Information

For more information about Urban moyo, visit www.urbanmoyo.co.za.

You can also contact them on 011 326 5523 or [email protected].

Don't forget to give them a follow or like on Facebook and Instagram (@urban_moyo) to keep up to date with their latest news and offerings.

Urban moyo

If there is something that South Africans are good at, it's cooking and boy do we have variety when it comes to our cuisine. There is a world of bursting diversity to indulge in...

Sakhumzi Restaurant

Sakhumzi restaurant has to be one of the most spoken about African cuisine restaurants in the country. Situated on the most famous street of Soweto, Vilakazi street - this restaurant serves the best of Kasi flavour. One dish that will have hook, line and sinker is the "chakalaka".

I have to mention that the vibe at Sakhumzi is absolutely lovely, with the most welcoming service and spirit of what our country is all about. There is a very rich history behind this restaurant, and if you want the true storytellers to fill you in - best visit them!

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Pata Pata

Pata Pata has to be the most tummy hugging food ever plus it makes for great comfort food too. Situated in the most hip and happening precincts of Joburg, the Maboneng Precinct - rest assured the ambiance will be a on point.

The ambience is a combination of chilled and cosy, but has that electric feeling to it too and you get to enjoy the sultry sounds of Jazz music (I was sold at Food and Jazz). This 60s inspired place will have you feeling welcomed , did I mention that the traditional food they serve is enough to convert any tourist.

And well, its all in the name - Pata Pata was known to make people feel good and enjoy themselves back in the day.

Vuyo's Restaurant

Guys! If there is one place that has a very memorable history in our country, it has to be Vuyo's story. Just Google Hansa Pilsner - Vuyo, this was an advert that showcased a story of how Vuyo's humble beginnings because a massive success. Known for his awesome boerewors which says south African is all ways, you can trust that his restaurant will bring a variety of tasty nibbles and flavour.

The quirky thing about it is the names of the dishes, they have been named using South African languages like Mokopu which means Pumpkin in Sotho (this dish is grilled butternut and morogo (spinach) fritters with corn kernels, caressed with toasted macademia nuts and dressed with lemon-honey sauce). Mouth watering yet?

Lucky Bean Restaurant

Lucky Bean Restaurant is about variety, something new and amazing food. They have amazing South African dishes with a twist so if you are looking for something fresh and new flavour, this is the place.

Authenticity is the word that best describes this gem, situated in the ever so youthful Melville. This area is one that always manages to impress where ambience is involved. Nothing amazing food and jazz music can't fix. They have fine dining elements that make for a super romantic date spot.

Okay! Joburg, let's eat the city away.

 

A couple of years ago, I lived in a little village called Usaka at the edge of Akwa Ibom in South East Nigeria. It was next to the largest palm oil plantation in West Africa. The nearest electricity was 4 hours away and most of the villagers worked at the plantation.

One night we sat drinking Gulder Lager in the ruins of a high school classroom. It was here that the villagers told me a simple folktale ...

Once, there was a brilliant hunter who provided ample food for the village. Everyone loved him. But one season, the elements were working against him and he couldn't bring any meat home. But he kept trying. While tracking antelope, he stumbled upon a lion crying under a tree. The hunter approached cautiously and saw that there was a big thorn stuck in the lion's paw. The hunter took pity upon the lion and carefully removed the thorn. A couple of days later, the hunter came across a herd of antelope but he, once again, couldn't bring down a single one. Suddenly, the lion appeared from the bushes with an enormous antelope in his jaws, which it lay at the feet of the hunter. The villagers feasted on the delicious meat and from that day, the spell was broken and the hunter could, yet again, provide ample food for the village.

What Is It?

With this story about food, feeding and renewed abundance, I'd like to introduce you to the newcomer on the African cuisine culinary scene. The much anticipated Asanka opened its doors in mid-Feb 2017. The two executive chefs have crafted a menu of interesting takes on dishes found all across the continent. The idea was to take recipes from north, east and west Africa and give them a fine-dining twist.

Well, let me mention a few of my personal Afro-fusion favorites. On the starter menu, the oxtail ravioli is by far the most interesting dish I've had in a while. The pasta is handmade and then stuffed with tenderly slow-cooked, shredded oxtail. Another winner is the aniseed poached pear which is drenched in Gorgonzola cream and caramelised yogurt.

For mains, the Moroccan spiced lamb loin is delicious. It is served with apricots, cauliflower mousse and soy marinated parsnips. My companion had the harissa brisket which is served with charred spring onion, potato chips and celeriac puree.

The coup de grâce was the dark chocolate desert.

The entire menu is well executed and offers something to satisfy virtually all preferences. And of course, no fine dining is complete without a varied wine list. Asanka has a bar with a massive patio which sports long couches and comfy chairs on which to enjoy a drink from their extensive bar, which serves some awesome cocktails.

Service was of the highest standard as I was welcomed with open arms. Each of the three waiters that I dealt with was brilliant.

So, what's the story about the lion and the hunter have to do with Asanka? Well, Asanka is the lion bringing the goodness of African food back to the people. No standing ovation for the lame analogy, I know ...

Fine more information about Asanka here.

Have you been to Asanka yet? What do you think of this awesome twist on African food? Also, share this on social media and go have lunch there with friends.

Sakhumzi Restaurant

The best chicken we've had in a while can be found at Sakhumzi in Orlando West. We highly recommend the flame grilled birds on offer at this unique little restaurant. The buffet is great - it's a brilliant way to explore the culinary prowess of Sakhumzi's kitchen. From stews to grills, this eatery is worth a first, second and many follow-up visits.

Details: 6980 Vilakazi Street, Soweto, Johannesburg | 011 536 1379 | [email protected]

Chez Alina

If you're looking for a business or buffet lunch in Soweto, check out Chez Alina. This is a popular spot for both locals and tourists. The beer is always cold and the food always flavourful, so be sure to check out this restaurant the next time you are passing through Dobsonville. The mood is chilled and the well-trained staff are friendly. Add Chez Alina to your bucket list - you won't be sorry.

Details: 33990 Masemola Street, Dobsonville, Soweto, Johannesburg | 011 988 5297

Vuyo's Restaurant

Situated on the popular Vilakazi Street in the heart of Soweto, Vuyo's Restaurant is the place to be. The view is amazing and the eatery itself is within walking distance of many popular tourist attractions. It's all about modern African cuisine at Vuyo's, as they put a twist on traditional meals. It is well worth ending your meal with one of their delicious desserts. The are many cakes on display are worthy of a posting or two on Instagram, for sure!

Details: 8038 Vilakazi Street, Orlando West, Soweto, Johannesburg | 011 536 1838 | [email protected]

Culinary Guide

Robby's Place

The classiest shebeen on the planet can be found in Pimville. Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner inside the dining area or outside in the courtyard - all in a relaxed and friendly environment. This Soweto gem is so popular that pre-booking is essential at least a day before your visit. Robby's is also a B&B, so why not plan a weekend foodie trip to Soweto for you and a couple of friends?

Details: 5634 Mokoka Street, Zone 5, Pimville, Soweto, Johannesburg | Tel: 011 933 7965 | [email protected]

Wandies Place

In Dube Village, there's this really cool spot popular among the locals. Wandies Place is where the flavour of Soweto lives. The dishes include mutton, lamb, beef or chicken - roasted or cooked, served buffet style. While there is a set menu, you can skip straight through to the all you can eat option. Fun fact - Wandies is a personal favourite of Virgin boss Richard Branson.

Details: 618 Makhalemele Street, Dube, Soweto | Tel: 011 982 2796 | [email protected]

By Shawn Greyling

Have you been to any cool Soweto restaurants lately? Let us know in the comments section below. Share this article on social media and the journalist will love you forever. 

Remember that our “Top Picks” are not paid for and are compiled at the discretion of the journalist. We only write about what we love.

Sakhumzi

Next time you find yourself in Soweto, Sakhumzi is a must-try. Trust us. Aside from getting the full Soweto vibe, their menu has authentic African cuisine that will have you craving more, and all to the beats of township music. In addition, wine lovers, you're sorted! Be sure to check out their Wine-Wednesdays.

Chaf Pozi

If you're feeling for shisa nyama, a cold beer and a vibrant atmosphere, then Chaf Pozi is definitely the place to go. Located in Soweto, you won't have a more authentic South African experience than this. Look forward to chicken livers, chakalaka, pap and gravy and even traditional dessert, served up on platters at your table!

Roots Restaurant and Gallery

Connect to your roots and indulge in the beautiful art at the Roots Restaurant and Gallery. Enjoy live performances/entertainment, a cigar and wine lounge, arts and crafts and delicious African meals. From single meals to platters and buffet options, there's something suited for everyone's taste preferences.

South African food

Nambitha

Located on the famous Vilakazi Street in Soweto, Nambitha is one of the most popular and long-standing African eateries in Soweto, offering classics like mogodu (tripe), samp and umngqusho (samp and beans). In addition to their a la carte menu, they offer catering services, conferencing and venue hire, as well as buffet bookings. No matter what the event is, you're guaranteed a plate of soul food.

Mandela Family Restaurant

Owned by Winnie Mandela, the Mandela Family Restaurant on Vilakazi Street serves classic Soweto street food like kotas filled with mince and polony, chips, breakfast sandwiches, burgers, fish and chips, garlic and cheese, and processed meat – all with African flair. It's the perfect venue for a quick bite or casual dining. Bring your family and friends!

Hombaze

Forget about the long trip to your home base. Visit Hombaze for traditional African cuisine that will impress even your gogo. Find quality and healthy food with exceptional service. You won't want to go anywhere else. Hombaze is also rated one of the top African cuisine restaurants in the country, so give it a shot.

South African food

By Cleopatra Shava [assisted by Neo Sesinye]

Know other great African cuisine restaurants not mentioned above? Let us know below!

Remember that our “Top Picks” are not paid for and are compiled at the discretion of the journalist. We only write about what we love.

What Is It?

The annual Mzansi International Culinary Festival is a food show aimed at celebrating the rich culture of African cuisine, celebrated during Africa month. At this event, visitors can expect a variety of African chefs demonstrating and showcasing unique dishes from all over Africa.
The event is suitable for the whole family, with a kiddies' corner where children aged 3 – 11 will be taught the benefits, in a fun and entertaining way, of healthy eating and how to choose their foods.
Book your tickets today.

Where Is It?

Tintswalo At Waterfall, Maxwell Dr, Kyalami, Johannesburg

When Is It?

Saturday, 28 May 2016 - Sunday, 29 May 2016 at 10:00 - 18:00

How Much Is It?

Tickets are R100 per person at Webtickets

For more information, click here.

Nestled in the epicentre of Sowetan tourism is the vibrant and popular Sakhumzi Restaurant on Vilakazi Street! If you're looking for a place with a rich historical background and real township-flavoured cuisine, then look no further!

Vilakazi Street is already synonymous with legendary political icons Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu and now Sakhumzi Restaurant is making its mark. Decorated with ethnic-inspired designs and features, it’s equally inviting to tourists looking for the 'African experience' as well as to locals embracing their roots.

Sakhumzi

 

The Food...

Part of Sakhumzi's appeal is its purely township cuisine with a variety of dishes available such as 'mogodu' (tripe) and ujeqe (steamed bread). For those looking to be spontaneous, there's the chef's choice, which is the wild card of the day and offers options that are not available on the menu. All this yummy food can be accompanied by a great selection of local wines and craft beers.

South Africans really love their food, as diverse as we are in culture so is our food - that is why we have more variety than the word variety itself. However, if you are not about that traditional food life, they also have a wide variety of quite universal foods like hake dishes, wings and more so don't worry - there is something for everyone.

The Vibe...

Sakhumzi is situated on a street that wreaks with so much rich history and South African essence - it's definitely a vibe that will embrace you. Honestly! By the time you leave, you should already feel at home.

And If You Want To Add Some Spice To The Vibe

Sakhumzi also offers a well-stocked cigar bar, which any Cuban cigar enthusiast would highly appreciate – perfect for a gentleman's club or a boys’ night out. This is a great opportunity to pair a good cigar to a beverage (you can gladly ask one of the barmen to assist you if you are not sure.

Don’t fret, there's something for the ladies too, with a newly-introduced cocktail bar on Sundays and on request - you can order a beautiful cocktail that tastes just as beautiful.

Sakhumzi is a must for anyone who hasn't already been and will definitely make a regular patron out of even the most critical customer.

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