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D6 District Six Eatery

D6 District Six Eatery
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Cost
R150 avg main meal
Ambience
Authentic culture, Comfy & casual
Food
Cape Malay, South African
Payment
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Critic's review

Zodwa Kumalo-Valentine

Food
Home cooked Cape Malay-style curry is what keeps patrons coming back and regulars calling D6 their “second home”. Creating mildly hot yet rich, spicy curries is the main preoccupation of chef-owner and waiter, Grace Fourie. She has tweaked and personalized each of the dishes to perfection. As a result, the lamb curry (the most popular dish here) is fall-off-the-bone sumptuous, served with two generous bowls of steaming rice. Sambals include a sweet and sour sauce, a refreshing cucumber salad and beetroot to offset and complement the rich flavours of the lamb. Other specials include tripe curry, sourced (as a favour) by Famous Brands for the restaurant, waterblommetjie bredie (which is a seasonal offering and also contains lamb, apple and potatoes) and boboties served in quantities fit for a very hungry giant. Only if you’re ordering the main meal to share – or already have plans to enjoy leftovers later – should you order the flavoursome Malay samoosas as starters. Then perhaps you’d also have space for the milktert and warm, freshly made koe’susters (two per serving) as an after-dinner treat to be enjoyed their strong cup of coffee. The pumpkin fritters (two in a portion) also come highly recommended, the recipe for which has been published by a national newspaper – and mounted as a talking point alongside family photographs and glitzy Cape Carnival costumes.

Drinks
The rather meagre line-up of wines on the menu includes a selection from Arabella, Wolftrap, Welgemoed and Porcupine. Beers and spirits are also on offer.

Service
The warmth and friendly service by Fourie, and the obious pride in what they serve, makes you feel like you could be breaking bread at your aunt’s house.

Ambience
It’s an authentic homage to the Cape Malay aesthetic. The décor is colourful and festive with a vibrant palette of lime green and orange.

And…
No oil is used in the preparation of the curries – rather, a slow cooking method is at the order of the day, which makes for healthier eating, proven to tenderize tougher cuts and bring out the full flavour of the meat and spices.

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  • Hennie Fisher

    Food
    Starters are of such a nature that one can easily share a few per table, such as the traditional Malay samoosas, which are slightly milder in flavour than Indian samoosas. Other starters are the smoked snoek cocktail (which resembles a Russian salad with fish added), and the obligatory – and delicious – pickled fish. Main courses are all served with white or yellow rice (rotis may be ordered at an additional charge) and a little tray with four sambals: beetroot, tomato, chutney and a chilli paste. Apart from the regular main items there are a number of lovely specials including smoorsnoek, crayfish curry, trotters and tripe, waterblommetjie bredie (with green apple, potatoes and lamb) and buttered chicken. Bobotie is served in quite generous portions, while the highly spiced lamb denningvleis is worth returning for again and again. Apart from a legendary melktert, other desserts include the ubiquitous malva pudding, but also lemon fridge tart, Malay koesisters and pumpkin fritters.

    Drinks 
    As is the case at most eating houses, there is a large beverage cooler at the back of the restaurant where you can view what's available. While the selection of wines is not big, it does include some solid choices such as Porcupine Ridge. A small espresso machine lurks in the back for those that can't leave without a caffeine fix.

    Service
    This is one of those little places where a table close to the kitchen will be occupied by a group of family and close friends of the owners, enjoying a Sunday lunch. The flamboyant owner/hostess Grace Fourie seems to be able to seat guests, take and deliver orders, and even accompany guests to the loos without batting an eye. Grace might introduce herself rather formally on your first visit, but rest assured that there will be hugs and kisses by the time you leave. She is as colourful and fun as the décor and the food, which is a valuable part of our cultural heritage. District Six understands what hospitality is all about and while they have stated open times, they really only close when the last guest has had enough and feels it is time to go home.

    Ambience
    The service counter at the back of the room is filled with a lovely collection of teapots and other crockery, tables are dressed in vibrant plastic tablecloths and a large chandelier overhead provides gravitas. Walls are decorated with all sorts of memorabilia: a row of red fezzes; some bright and shiny Kaapse Klopse uniforms; and a block of framed photos of friends and family. This tiny restaurant is located among other shops that should excite any food lover, such as the fantastic spice shop and grocer across the street.

    And…
    While a framed restaurant review proclaims that Districts Six serves the best milk tart in Johannesburg, some may go as far to suggest that theirs may be the best in the country. Expect a generously proportioned slice filled with luscious folds of cinnamon custard with just the right amount of quiver, and enjoy it to a soundtrack ranging from Barry White to gospel.

    (July 2014)

  • Cape-Malay food unlike anything you’ll find elsewhere in Johannesburg. The wise-cracking owner, Grace Fourie, is always a treat, as is the retro-kitsch ambience. This is also the perfect place to take international visitors, with its wide selection of bredies (lamb, chicken and vegetarian), curries and desserts. Great for a vibey Friday or Saturday night. Highlights: waterblommetjiebredie, ouma onder ‘n kombers and outstanding milktart. (EO mag 2014)
  • Food
    You are instantly transported to Cape Town’s District Six in this wonderful neighbourhood establishment in which owners Clarence Swartland Gorlei and Romano Gorlei pay tribute to Clarence’s childhood in District Six. It celebrates Cape Malay classics such as bobotie, green bean bredie, smoorsnoek and lamb curry. Recipes come from Clarence’s mother and ouma – and they are clearly made with love. The tomato bredie is scrumptious – you’ll clean the last drop of gravy from your plate with your finger! Leave space for the desserts: you have to try the melktert, hertzoggie tarts, pumpkin fritters and koeksisters.

    Wine
    Not licensed, so BYO. They are applying for a licence so check in advance.

    Service
    So friendly that the waiters even give you a hug. You can’t help but feel happy after leaving this buzzing establishment. To them, you’re in their home.

    Ambience
    It’s eclectic, gorgeously garish and uniquely South African. The music will also get you into the groove.

    And...
    They should sell the pineapple pickle that accompanies the curry separately. (JW, October 2011)

User reviews

  • The food here is good, if pricey. But I booked for a Friday night and wasn't warned about the nightmarish karaoke experience, not covered by this review. If you want to experience it for yourself, go to D6 on a weekend. Forewarned is forearmed.
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  • Distric Six is a gem of a restaurant with wonderfuly tastyl south african dishes, great host and staff, Mort the entertainer was an added bonus. We felt very welcome, and the attention given to us as first time customers will certainly have us going back again and again
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  • I can't say I was impressed. The so called cultural atmosphere is a little crass and smutty and the toilets are an all-time low. I cannot think when last I have had to stumble around in the dark after paying so much for a middling meal!
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  • If you love Cape Malay food, you have to visit District Six Eatery. My hubby and I decided to use our Zomato voucher today for lunch. Oh my gosh, what an unbelievable experience!!! We arrived just after 12. We were the only clients, but it didn't matter. The restaurant only has about 8 tables, but the decor is vibrant, colourful, quirky and fun. I adooore bright colours, so the decor made me feel welcome and cosy. Grace Fourie is a petite lady with short hair streaked with gold and a fantastic bubbly personality!!! (She's on the photo.) Since I grew up in the Western Cape and both hubby and I are Afrikaans, we had a fantastic time chatting with Grace. It is lovely to have a limited menu, not 10 pages you have to browse through. Every day they also have specials - today's specials were crayfish curry and tripe. Starters were 1 mince samoosa and smoorsnoek for me. Grace looked at Hein and said, that's your starter? 1 Samoosa?? I had a bit and wow, the crispy samoosa was gorgeous and the mince filling was really flavourful and delicious! It came with a chilli/tomato dipping sauce - gorgeous. My smoorsnoek starter was also my main. It was smoorsnoek, flaked and mixed with mayonnaise, served with cucumber slices and grated red cabbage. The portion was big enough for me and it was really flavoursome. Hein had the bobotie - a HUGE chunk of bobotie, served with veggies on the side and a whole pot of white rice! A whole pot!!! Then Grace brought out 4 little accompaniments - sweet pineapple pickle (TO DIE FOR!!!!!!!!), beetroot, chutney and chopped tomato-onion. And everything is made in the kitchen. I had several bites of the bobotie and wow, it is Cape Malay curry extraordinaire!!!!! I decided to try the Cape Malay 'koesusters' - its almost like an oblong doughnut, spiced with All spices and cinnamon, fried and rolled in coconut. Not too sweet, but very tasty. I asked Grace about the milktart and she brought us a slice. Oh gosh, that flavour of the milktart was heaven!! Then I decided to 'stuff' my 'koesuster' with some of the milktart filling - and that was just amazing!!!! Grace just looked at me. The prices are really reasonable, the portions are generous, Grace is just the perfect hostess and the decor and ambiance is really good. Grace said it does get very busy over the weekends and at night ... They don't have a liquor license yet, but you can take your own booze. They do have soft drinks, coffee & tea. I want to go back, cause I want to try the 'denningvleis' (that is lamb cooked for hours in tamarind), the oxtail in pumpkin (wonder if they cook it in a whole pumpkin) and the tomato lamb bredie (stew). After we've paid, we said goodbye and got hugged by Grace - cause that's what they do.
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  • Love this place! A real gem... Can not go wrong with any of the lamb dishes (Denning Vleis, Lamb Curry and Tomato Bredie). Will definitely be back for the rest of the menu!

    Thanks Grace!
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  • We had the most fabulous evening at this special place. The food was spectacular. An experience from beginning to end x
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  • As a Cape Townian in Jo'burg I can only say: "Yes!"
    I eat at D6 at least once a week. Delicious!!
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  • We were pre warned not to order the table salad which apparantly gets charged at R40 per person.

    The over familar waiter who also took a seat at the table a few times offered the table salad to us. We checked with him that the table salad was in fact not R40 per person, he laughed and said not to worry.

    The salad arrived, a oval plate a bit larger than a sideplate (nothing special). Something that would correspond to the salad platter on the menu for R90.

    However when the bill arrived we were charged R235,which was in fact R 47 per person which does not correspond with anything on the menu. We were furious with the waiter who had a long lip,after he said that he would pay it.

    The owner then changed our bill to 2 table salads which got charged at R185, which is actually still unacceptable for a few leaves, onion, tamatoes and a few pieces of avo.

    Also as toilets are in a back yard with lots of furniture and ominous looking shapes in the dark, with no light in the toilet and no toilet paper , I suggest taking a chaperone.

    The food was nice, but after the salad saga not a experience which i would like to repeat.





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  • So it started like this: I read a review on the internet, and came to the place. It's small but comfortable. It's got the most amazing curry I've had in a long time (prawn curry) - everything is fresh. Tasted amazing. The roti is to die for. Really happy. It's like being in Cape Town without the snobs.
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  • The most wonderful evening. My first visit and most definitely not my last, it was like visiting my family. The food is delicious and the atmosphere fun and vibrant. We happened to pick an evening when there was entertainment and he was brilliant. Superb night and a great experience!!!
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  • Most delicious food ever! Loved the warm homely feel! Thanks for a wonderful evening!

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  • Had the most magnificent dinner at D6 in Emmarentia last night - food was deliciously spiced and served with love and care and great attention to detail. The Denningvleis was so tasty and the best melktert I've had in years and years! We'll be going back there very soon.

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  • Had the privilege of dining at D6 Eatery in Emmarentia last week. The owners Grace and Emmanuel are warm and friendly, and the food is honestly life-changing. Good wholesome meals cooked with love and attention, a warm and cosy restaurant where you actually feel welcome, a nice change from the sterile environments you often experience in most modern restaurants.

    Will definitely be back, and will be recommending to all my friends.

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  • Our local favourite - great personal service, excellent no nonsense food and if you are looking for some entertainment, book for a fun Friday night of a mix of stand-up and songs...a Jozi gem.

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  • District disaster is the only way I can describe the experience.
    Our waiter presented the starter consisting of the house salad with a variety of samoosas. We had a verge retrain amongst our party who asked about the vegeterian options on the plate and his response was that , "they plate it and I serve it can't tell you which is which and it's a hit or miss thing ma'am". Then only to find out that the waiter is actually the owner. Should have known after a comment like that that the culinary experience for the rest of the evening would not pan out well. The boboetie that I ordered was presented on my plate as a globular mass of fatty meat, the quality of which was attempted to be diguised with an incredible amount of spices and was ineddible. The stemmed veggies that accompanied the boboetie were equally ineddible, the baby marrows were clearly old as they were bitter and spoiled the rest of the veggies.
    Topping the distastrous tour of the Cape Malay cuisine (not that you could call what we ate cuisine) was the dessert platter - the koeksisters were stale approaching rancid, the Malva pudding was dry and lifeless and the custard was the equivalent of what is served at a boarding school mess!
    The only redeeming thing of the evening is the fact that's it's BYO - however the good quality wine was spoiled by the sub-standard quality of food that was on offer!

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  • A really great dinner. Fantastic cosy environment! Makes me homesick , but in a really good way. The samoosas were sublime, the tomato bredie was excellently flavoured and the Roti literally melted in our mouths! Proper Cape Malay koeksisters finished off a great meal. We will be back!

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  • The food is brilliant, best curry in Johannesburg. Don't come here for a rushed meal, take your time and eat all there courses. The samoosas are the best ever and the salad is super. Highly recommended.

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  • Jutta Berns
    22-Sep-2011
    Dear Jutta. You must have had a bad night out. I'm sad that you had such an unsatisfactory experience at D6 Eatery. Clarence and I make sure that our customers leave fulfilled. I'm sorry that your bobotie was 'dry and overcooked'. I'm not sure why you felt that way. You should have told us. Out of interest sake we do not have a microwave in our kitchen in order to 'nuke' food and we do not serve any frozen food in our restaurant, we do not even have a freezer that can accomodate such frozen items. Our coffee is not filtered and brewed and watered down but is made from fresh Napoli Coffee beans supplied by Caturra, which we then grind as required by customers and made in our DeLonghi Espresso coffee machine. Next time say that you like it strong and we make it strong, or extra strong. We make to your liking. Call me so that we can discuss your 'bad' food experience. Looking forward to hearing from you. Romano (Co-owner) D6 Eatery, 082 337 2187 / 011 486 7226

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  • I really hope this was just a bad night for the restaurant, but the meal that was served up last night probably ranks among the worst I have eaten ever. The bobotie was dry, overcooked, nuked beyond recognition (the custard had long collapsed on itself), served with frozen vegetables. The coffee must have been brewing on the hot place all day and thinned down with some boiling water before serving! If it hadn't been for the great service and the great vibe, we would have left after the already disastrous starters. Please tell us that this really was a bad night - it would be a huge pity for such a great little place to go down in the culinary hall of shame.

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  • I celebrated my birthday there on 26 August and Clarence and Romano were the perfect hosts and the food and service were excellent!

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  • Absolutely great atmosphere. Clarence and Filida are great hosts and i felt at home. I would recommend it to Cape Tonians who feel a little homesick!!
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  • Wow, wow, wow! One of the best evenings weve had in a long time. Food is excellent and the vibe and music even better. Thank you Clarence for the type of place Joburg craves!
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  • Wonderful, tasty Cape food! Yummy!
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  • Very very rad. Wonderfully warm and welcoming. Yummy food. No corkage. Highly recommended.
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  • Unbelievable atmosphere, waitresses full of life and food absolutely delicious!
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