The name says it all, for an African dining experience that authentic, amazing and pure gold, you need to put this venue on your itinerary.
Dive right in and explore the 14 dish set tasting menu, which lavishly explores the best the continent has to offer and is simultaneously served in individual and/or sharing portions. Take the culinary tour from the Tumbuktu Taboulleh to the Tanzanian Fried Fish with coconut and spinach, dig into Xhosa Pot Corn bread and challenge yourself to some Mozambican Chilli Chicken wings.
You can taste your way around the menu, and order more of the items you enjoyed most, so everyone gets their fill. To top this off, there will be several live performances beginning with a traditional praise singer to introduce the evening and including Mali puppets, singers and dancers.
You will have an opportunity to learn how to play the traditional African drum, the Djembe (meaning 5, because there are five different sounds a skilled player can coax from it) from one of the patient instructors. An evening of vibrancy, excitement and immersion awaits!
To round off your day with panache, we are heading to The Rockwell Hotel to enjoy a show at their fabulous theatre. Since its launch 2015, The Theatre at The Rockwell hotel has featured some of the best live shows in Cape Town. This venue seats 150 for dinner and a show, the sound and lighting is amazing and the line-up is always phenomenal.
Grab yourself a Mezze platter to share, with Lamb koftas, BBQ-dunked chicken wings, cheesy chili poppers, beef satays & fish goujons ( served with homemade toasted pita bread).
Keep an eye on their facebook page (@rockwelltheatre) to stay up to date on their 2017 calendar. In the past acts have included top SA entertainers such as Arno Carstens, Monark, Jimmy Nevis, The Rudimentals, Watershed, Barry Hilton & Larry Soffer (and many others). Bursting with colour and a riot of vibrant urban African décor, this venue will stun you with its look, then seduce you with its entertainment.
Address: 32 Prestwich Street, Greenpoint, Cape Town, South Africa
The name is derived from the old French word “Mes” which is a portion of food, and portions here, are meant to be shared. Expounding on the social eating trend, The Mess delivers astounding plates in a homely yet stylish environment, that never cease to amaze.
Must haves on the sharing menu include squid and chorizo (charred baby squid, chorizo sausage, ponzu glaze, pineapple and red pepper salsa) and the Chefs recommendation, Beef tataki (seared angus beef tenderloin, ponzu dressing, mooli & cucumber salad). The service is attentive, yet low-key, allowing you full enjoyment of your company, the food and the extensive wine line list. This venue has established itself as a go-to spot for pre-theatre meals and drinks, as well as just generally being a damn great meal in a beautiful environment.
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 18h00 till late and Friday lunch 12h00 – 15h00 (lunch during summer)
Location: 110, The Rockwell All Suite Hotel, 15 Napier Street, De Waterkant
Smooth Jazz, Soul and Blues, a hint of bohemian flair, a taste of the old and some of the new, wrapped in a fantastic experience and accompanied by great food. Sound good? Oh it certainly does, and sound is a key word here. Whether you are sitting in the bar room with the fireplace, in the cosy dining room watching the musos or up on the balcony, enjoying the Waterkant views, the music is everywhere, and it’s wonderful. The entire venue is kitted out with a state of the art Rotel sound system and a wildly talented roster of artists (http://thepianobar.co.za/musicians/). The menu and cocktail list is seasonal, so there is always something new to nibble on, something exotic to indulge in (their vegetarian burger is delicious). The area has been a focus of city gentrification and its’ cobbled streets and artisan eateries exude an old world/new world feel.
Around the corner from the historic Victoria Junction in trendy De Waterkant, you will find a little gem of a restaurant tucked away at The Rockwell. Everything on the menu is a must have, necessitating a return trip (or two) to enjoy the entire breadth of their fantastic menu. Ranging from traditional to uniquely non-traditional Japanese dishes, the chef/owner Arata Koga (formerly sushi master at Tank and Genki) pays homage to the roots of his craft, whilst elevating it to an art. Along with a great selection of Asian beers and sake there are a few notable items on the menu, for instance the sublime Nabe Yaki Udon (beautiful prawn tempura, shitake mushrooms, spinach, tofu bean curd and a poached egg) or the refreshing and slightly piquant Tataki Roll (seared tuna and avo). A great experience in a small corner that reflects the chef's delight and passion in food.