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GOLD Restaurant

Cost
R380 per person for 14-course menu and live entertainment during dinner
Ambience
Groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Food
African, South African, Vegetarian
Payment
Amex, Diners, Mastercard, Visa
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Critic's review

Food
GOLD Restaurant draws from styles of cooking from the far north of the continent in Egypt through to Tunisia and right down to the Cape, all highlighted in a 14-course set menu. Expect flavours ranging from hot and spicy to soft and gentle. The Xhosa pot breads are heaven, as are the Tunisian potato and garlic briouats, very much like our samosas, nice and crispy. Mozambican peri peri chicken wings are well known to us here, a South African favourite.

Mains include options like Tanzanian mango and lime free range chicken – fragrant with coriander and ginger – and our own Cape Malay seafood curry with kingklip and prawns – which is also available in a vegetarian version – have fans from all over the world salivating when they remember their meal here.

Drinks
The wine list is adequate – well-priced, with some options by the glass, even though beer is the right thing for this kind of cooking.

Service
Warm and friendly in the African manner with just the right amount of pizazz to keep it aloft.

Ambience
Don’t be put off by the obvious tourist slant – this makes a wonderful evening with drumming, indigenous music and dancing. Obviously not the place for a quiet tête a tête but not so raucous you can’t hear yourself speak.

And...
Make up a party – take friends. It's a must for any visitors.

(September 2016)

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User reviews

  • I visited Gold for the first time for a family evening and what an experience. Being in hospitality, I could sometimes be unnecessary critical, but was completely blown away. From the moment you set foot through the doors you are greeted with friendly smiling faces with a genuinely warm welcome. You are taken to your table that was reserved for us. We booked in for the drumming session and thoroughly enjoyed every minute. It was quite impressive how one drum leader can get so many people to play the same beat ad with so much enthusiasm. Sore palms and half an hour later, we returned to our seats where we were explained how the evening works. Very well informed and friendly staff assisted us the whole evening paying attention to the little detail sometimes forgotten when serving tables. Tasting different dishes from around Africa and the environment you find yourself in, with the dancing and singing staff, truly makes you feel that you are in a different world. What amazed me the most was that they were able to cater for me individually as I have a prawn allergy. Then you know the food is prepared fresh and not just bulked out. Being able to cater to individual needs when cooking on such large scale is definitely something unique in this industry. The Ghanaian peanut chicken was a definite stand out as well as the Algerian ginger and cashew briouats. The only downside was that you can order as much more as you want from your favorite dish as many times as you want, meaning I ended up completely over indulging and having to loosen my belt driving home. Think I picked up 5 kg's Can't wait to return.
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  • This is my 2nd time visiting the GOLD restaurant, and if possible, it was even better that the 1st. The Food is mouth-watering, and the entertainment is mind-blowing. Be sure to include the drumming into your ticket, as it really heightens the entire experience. I brought a group of my friends with, including a visitor from London, and they all could not stop raving about the evening. I would highly recommend getting a seat in the "main" seating area, as you are treated to entertainment all night long while working your way through 14 amazing dishes. The service was impeccable, and so elegantly explained by our friendly server, Dokus (I hope I spelled that remotely close to the proper spelling). I will definitely be back to GOLD again, hopefully for their next Menu change in Winter again :)
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  • This is a nice place to dine. Entertainment was great and the band that played thereafter ( sylvster night) quite acceptable. The interior is georgeous, loft-style ! The food is OK, but not more. What could be a culinary voyage trough Africa is mediocre at the best. The only outstanding dish were the " Egyptian Almond Cigars" As for the service, we had a real nice waitress that was utterly incompetent. Too many plates arrived in the same time ( starters even before the apperitif was served !) and were explained in such a hasty manner and low voice that you had to guess what was what. We had 14 "courses", that would better be described as "tapas". All in all a place you should visit but you do not need to go to twice.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
  • Dancing
  • Dinner
  • Eat Out reviewed
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Live entertainment
  • StreetSmart affliated
  • Vegetarian
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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