The name says it all, Kwantu, because it means the place of gathering. If it's South African flavour you're after, Kwantu is a great place to start. Who needs a knife and fork when their food will leave you licking your fingers? Dishing up with the best beef stew, tripe, umngqusho (samp and beans), dombolo (dumplings) and chakalaka in town, the flavours are authentic and delicious. If you like a good, hearty meal, Kwantu is for you. Check them out on their Facebook page.
Let's travel to Addis Ababa! With aromatic spices and flavours like these and an authentic dining experience, you'll feel as if you're no longer in Joburg. The Queen Sheba Ethiopian Restaurant serves quality traditional dishes, paying special attention to vegetarians, vegans, the health conscious, and the adventurous eaters among their customers. Visit this website
to find out more.
I'm pretty sure you've heard about this amazing place. Another Ethiopian cuisine hotspot, Little Addis on Fox Street is a must-try. Serving their famous meat and veggie combo injera platters, as well as several traditional Ethiopian delicacies, the kitchen is open from Tuesday to Sunday. And their food is simply soulful.
It's strictly vegetarian this side, guys! But even if you're not a vegetarian, we promise you will enjoy the amazing food at Exotically Divine Ital. It's hip and happening here too. Stating that they're believers in the power of Ital – the secret in healthy food, that magic, the zing – and the many benefits of a vegetarian diet. With that said, ladies and gentlemen, Ital is vital. Let's embrace healthy, vegetarian African food. Visit their Facebook page or this website for more information.
If it's a unique African dining experience you're looking for, make sure you come to Moyo. Inspired by the traditions and values of its African roots, Moyo is a celebration of our beautiful continent. The menu offers dishes from across its countries while the South African dishes all have a unique Moyo twist. The ambience embraces art, music, culture and cuisine making the Moyo experience an unforgettable one. Check out both venues at Melrose Arch and Zoo Lake. For more information on Moyo visit this website.
Okay let's get one thing straight, The Roving Bantu Kitchen is NOT a restaurant. They define themselves as an eatery, a living museum, a 'kultural base' showcasing what it is to be African, South African, past and present. They promise an experience that's unique but familiar and as many have said, you feel right at home in their kitchen. It's all about afro soul food and while their menu changes often, you'll always find some of your favourites when you go there. Check them out here for more information.
What do the millennials say? I think they say, "Issa vibe." And at Sakhumzi, they really do have a vibe. The restaurant is in Soweto, in the hip and happening Vilakazi Street, the tourist Mecca of Soweto. Opening its doors to everyone who wants an authentic African experience from the drinks to the food to the overall atmosphere, it's a popular place and highly recommended. Visit their website for more information.
It's not an African restaurant list without a place that offers chisa nyama. And Chafpozi is where you want to go as they do it the Mzansi way. So you can be sure it's amazing. This place reflects how vibrant Soweto is, so rich in culture. Make sure you visit at least once, take our word for it, you'll come back for more. Visit this website for more information about Chafpozi.
I get hungry just looking at their website. Check it out, you'll understand! If you visit Soweto, Vuyo's is a definite must-see, must-eat kind of place. We did mention that it's also on Vilakazi Street, the trendy hub of Soweto? We didn't? Ok, let's rephrase… the whole of Soweto is hip and happening but Vilakazi is just where it's at.
Let's end the list with one BIG BANB! HomBaze gives you the whole continent in one place. Serving traditional dishes from particularly the East, West, Central and Southern Africa, this is an upmarket place and you'll find them in Parkmore, Sandton and also in Pretoria. Visit their website for more.