South Africa offers an abundance of culinary delights. I love feasting in different places and, with so much on offer, there is no reason to always dine at the same restaurants or cafés.
Take a look at these incredible places below that give you a fun, memorable experience and an opportunity to try something unique.
- Eat In Traditional African Tents
Gold in Cape Town is the place to go for a Cape Malay meal. Enjoy traditional African cuisine under safari tents, while listening to the beat of djembe drum. The baobab trees inside the giant tent add to the mystical ambience of the restaurant, and diners can watch traditional Mali puppet shows. Afterwards, join an interactive drum circle and learn how to play the djembe drum. Prices may be a tad high, but you’re also paying for an evening’s worth of entertainment, so it’s well worth the money.
- Eat Exotic Game
Carnivore definitely isn’t a restaurant for vegetarians! South Africa’s version of Kenya’s flagship restaurant is based at Johannesburg’s Misty Hills Hotel. Although the menu varies due to seasonality, it always features four types of exotic game. The crocodile meat tastes remarkably like chicken, and ostrich, zebra, gnu and kudu have all been known to feature on the buffets. The best thing about Carnivore is that it’s an all-you-can-eat restaurant. So if you want to attempt to eat a whole croc in one sitting, then this is the place to go.
- Eat Between Two Oceans
The Two Oceans Restaurant in Cape Town has a spectacular view out over False Bay, where the Indian and the Atlantic Oceans meet. Looking out over the edge of the restaurant balcony you can even see a change in colour at the point where the two oceans meet. If you’re lucky you can even spot a whale whilst dining, particularly in September, when they come close to the shore in order to breed.
- Eat With South Africa’s Most Wanted
Pollsmoor Mess in Cape Town and Drakenstein A La Carte in Paarl aren’t prison-themed restaurants; no, these restaurants are housed in genuine prisons! The waiters aren’t just serving food, they’re also serving time and, whilst questions are permitted, you aren’t allowed to hand over cash to your waiter – tips can be placed in a sealed box afterwards. The food at both prisons is fantastically cheap and all the inmates have received qualifications and training in the positions that they hold. However, both prisons are extremely popular so you’ll need to make reservations in advance!
- Eat Under The Stars
The Observatory Restaurant in Gauteng has the largest professional telescope in the Southern Hemisphere. Search for supernovas as you await your soup, or track comets between courses. The food is fantastic: starters include minestrone soup with truffle oil, whilst mains like polenta and haloumi oriental duck prove that astronomy and gastronomy make a very fine duo indeed!