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GOLD Restaurant
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Cost
R355pp for 13-course menu and live entertainment during dinner
Ambience
Authentic culture, Contemporary cool
Food
African, South African
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Greg Landman

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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  • Priscilla Urquhart

    Food
    As the restaurant’s website suggests, Gold takes your taste buds on an African adventure as the menu traverses north, east, south, west and bits in between to bring you a wonderful mix of spices, flavours, textures and colours. Take the South African tomato soup served with salted masala bread twists – to add more “zing” as our waiter calls it, the soup is concocted with crushed green chillies, garlic and ginger. Gazpacho it’s not! From Zambia, you can expect Kandolo balls, which consist of sweet potato prepared with ground spices and rolled in sesame seeds. The menu consists of the entire 14-course tasting experience (individual and sharing portions) and before you think it too long and wieldy, the evening is interspersed with pulsating African entertainment, from dancers to theatre to a little bit of magic. By the fifth course, you’re well into your African taste safari! Other notable dishes include the Congolese spinach (stewed with tomatoes, green and yellow peppers), smoked fish frikkadels served with a mint and apple relish; a Cape Malay signature bobotie made with ostrich and lamb, and the Ghanaian groundnut chicken stew is very more-ish. Gold caters for those with nut allergies as well as vegetarians, with great substitutes such as the Ghanaian vegetable curry or Kenyan coconut curry. Dessert arrives in the form of the Cape Malay “boeber”, a milky galaxy of vermicelli, sago, sultanas and roasted almonds liberally flavoured with cinnamon, cardamom and vanilla. Gold is ideal for a night out with a big group of friends and family, and highly recommended for international visitors. The menu is seasonal and dishes change throughout the year, so don’t feel disappointed if some of the dishes you’ve read or heard about aren’t featured anymore. The magic of Gold is exploring a new country each time a new dish is introduced on the menu.

    Drinks
    A small wine list features several wines from the Rickety Bridge estate as well as other well-known labels such as Meerlust, Diemersfontein, Paul Cluver and Springfield. Prices cater for all budgets, ranging from R110 for a bottle of Hartenberg Weisser Riesling to an average of R35 if you’re having wine by the glass.

    Service
    Excellent: warm and friendly, with service staff dressed in beautiful African attire and delicately painted faces.

    Ambience
    Striking African detail adorns walls and various sections of the restaurant. The split-level design of the restaurant shows off the ambient lighting well. There’s also good flow in this vast space considering the traffic of waiters, entertainers, giant Mali puppets and of course, diners.

    And …
    Get there early for the drumming showpiece, followed by the traditional hand washing before the feasting commences.

  • A full-on extravaganza with an interactive drumming session and hand-washing ceremony. African and Cape Malay cuisine features fragrant game dishes and little local treats like samoosas.
  • Food
    African-inspired but adapted for Western palates, the four course set menu offers a selection of interesting dishes and tastes. Standout items include the game sosatie with rooibos-poached apricots, corn and beans (a Nigerian version of the local samp and beans) and the samoosas with cream chutney.

    Wine
    A very small list features mostly Rickety Bridge wines as the restaurant shares the same owner.

    Service
    Friendly waiters with paint-decorated faces and dressed in traditional African garb form an integral part of the experience.

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    The experience at Gold restaurant is not just about the food, they provide entertainment too. Drummers lead traditional African dances and the life-size Mali puppets provide plenty of photo opportunities. This is a perfect night for tourists, and locals will find themselves enjoying the experience more than they anticipated.

    And...
    Arrive early to enjoy an interactive drumming experience before your meal. (DV, October 2012)

User reviews

  • 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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  • What an amazing experience it was too - so very unexpectedly "different" with beautiful African decor, African influenced menu (all 14 items on it!!) and playing the drums with these fine musicians was quite fantastic - when we finally got to "get the beat" if was such fun; how extremely talented they are from playing various instruments, singing and of course their amazing dancing. The kitchen staff rounded off the evening with their instruments and flair for singing and dancing that had many of the patrons in the isles up and dancing with them. And all of them were so friendly - all coming from all parts of Africa, Congo, Cameroon, Ghana and and many other countries in Africa. We really enjoyed it so much and thanks to Gold for the amazing evening.
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  • Huge thanks to Cindy and her team for making a 21st memorable for one of my group of 18 from the USA. The whole group was treated to a drum session and they thoroughly enjoyed the rest of the show and the food. What was really outstanding was the way Cindy managed to cater for one of the group with really awkward allergies to their most commonly used spices. Most of the dishes had to be different and my guest really loved every one. Well done the Gold team!
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  • The drums beat an invitation. The feet of the Xhosa and Congolese dancers tell the story of Africa. The unaccompanied singers sing songs from all over the continent. It is this soup of African influences which welcome you to Gold.Located in the heart of Strand Street, the inviting venue opens its arms to local and international guests every day for lunch (a paired down version of the extensive dinner menu) and dinner which features the full African food journey through southern and central Africa. Add to this a healthy dose of Cape Malay cuisine and you have the freshest, most interestingly African menu in the Cape.Gold manages to seamlessly combine the gastronomic and entertainment elements of Southern, Western and Central Africa and the Cape into a dining experience which is as easy on the palate as it is on the pocket. The fact there is no couvert charge for the excellent Malian puppet theatre, dance and drum troupe put together by UCT dramatist Janni Younge is a bonus. You could be in Congo or Senegal but you quickly forget you are within 5 minutes of the Cape Town waterfront.The interactive djembe drumming and acapella singing of the highest quality ultimately had the most reserved of guests either on the dance floor or singng along to the infectious rhythms.Expect to find such interesting combinations as Bobotie Samoosas with Chutney Cream, Maize Nut Fritters with Apple & Mint Raita and West African Peanut Chicken on the menu.While affording a wonderfully personal dining experience for each table, the venue is also well suited to larger group bookings. A tour through the adjacent Gold Museum is also an option. While Gold should be on the list of any foreign visitor to Cape Town, locals (who would perhaps not usually support a restaurant with an African theme) should not miss the opportunity to savour something truly Cape/African in taste and flavour, and who knows, you may just be reminded of the amazing culinary and cultural experiences there are to be found on our doorstep at the foot of Africa.(Review shortened).
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  • I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Gold Restaurant. You are dining in beautiful surroundings where you feel that you are outdoors in the heart of town. It is complemented by fantastic and very friendly service by mullti-talented waiters and waitresses who are also involved in the African festivities for the evening. The food is a delight for the taste buds in terms of the variety and the flavours that complement all parts of Africa.
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  • What an amazing restaurant! The food was delicious, service excellent and ambience truly African.Upon arrival we were greeted by the friendly hostess and shown to our table. Alexandria, our waitress, was always nearby to refresh our wine glasses and deliver the fourteen different dishes. It was difficult to choose a favourite dish but the Bobotie Samoosas with chutney cream and the West African peanut chicken deserve a special mention.The highlight of the evening was the African dancers which performed a story, which was explained by Alexandria.Thank you GOLD for a memorable evening.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
  • Dancing
  • Eat Out reviewed
  • Functions
  • Halaal friendly
  • Licensed
  • Live entertainment
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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