Their website states: “The Kitchen is NOT a restaurant, it is an eatery. A gathering place, it’s your grandmother’s kitchen.” Roving Bantu is exactly that: an eatery/venue that offers live music and film/documentary screenings paired with cuisine that’s quintessentially South African. (Most nights see a homely three-course meal on offer.)
Think samoosas, soups, vetkoek, stews and curries. It’s hearty, wholesome and made with love. Each night sees slight changes to the menu, depending on what’s available and what tickles the chef’s fancy, but the usual starters fall somewhere between spinach-and feta-samoosas and a spicy butternut soup – both of which are scrumptious.
There are four options for mains, including stalwarts like the delicate and aromatic butterbean-and-chicken curries and the occasional Jamaican goat curry and African beef stew. The curries are simple and comforting, served in enamel plates with sambals and crisped rotis.
For dessert its masala-spiced pineapple skewers or koeksisters.
They serve the basics in terms of wines and beer – you’re not going to find a list dotted with boutique or extravagant vineyards, but they’re always open to you bringing something of your own if you pay a small corkage fee.
It buzzes: an evening here feels like an evening well spent. The venue is vibrant and eclectic, dotted in historical and political memorabilia, kitsch collectables, newspaper clippings, Shweshwe bunting and other fabulous paraphernalia. It’s a space that celebrates our stories, past and present. The music and food offering is fantastic value for money so most nights it’s packed to the rafters. (Booking is essential.)
Warm and welcoming, casual and jovial. The owners and waiters are always near and love a good chat and a catch-up.
A great night out, dinner and a show; something different.
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