Review: Explore Boma on Bree’s shared-plate adventure

Fast Facts

Restaurant Name: Boma on Bree

Address: 107 Bree Street

Contact details: 021 109 0039; 

Opening times: Wednesday to Saturday from 1pm 

The average price of the main meal: R300 

Corkage fee: No BYO 

Parking situation: Parking lot 100 Shortmarket Street 

Food type: Global open-fire cooking 


The shared-plate menu option makes ordering easy to allow yourselves an opportunity to taste a variety of the concisely-put-together menu, and dishes are served as and when they’re ready from the cooking coals. There’s something for everyone – from askoek (ash bread) to start, alongside whipped chicken fat butter, or tender grilled lamb ribs with black pepper yoghurt – you cannot miss.


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The open-fire cooking lends itself well to the robust flavours in each of the dishes, and although Boma describes itself as “Sub-Saharan African” in its approach, the ties seem rather more closely linked to a Mexican-Peruvian feel in the offerings and décor. 

The sharing plates will have you fighting your partner for every morsel of the tender leeks lovingly cooked over wooden coal with grilled mushrooms and rich cheddar, cut with the acidity of a lemony crumb crunch. A charred beef rib-eye steak with its sidekick of racy chimichurri will give you just the kick you need to be thankful for Argentina’s culinary condiment, and the crispy squid with blistered grapes, almonds and Italian guanciale (cured meat prepared from pork jowel) will have you crunching so loud that you won’t be able to hear yourself think.  

Desserts are limited, but the highly recommended cinnamon-dusted Spanish churros with a velvety pumpkin butterscotch dipping sauce is a must to zealously indulge in. 


The beverage menu is concise and offers a refreshing selection of tequila and mezcal-based cocktails that are wonderfully curated and lovingly prepared with detail, with cold Boma beers also served on tap. The wine list is balanced and well curated, offering a little something for everyone by the glass or by the bottle.


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The service is relaxed and familiar with staff dressed in safari uniform to guide you through the menu and beverage selection, offering up some personal favourites and recommendations.


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There’s no missing the brightly lit luminous cactus to indicate the entrance to the latest eatery on the popular Bree Street restaurant scene. Greeted at the entrance by a smiling hostess and making your way through the sunken bar area into the quirky earthy-toned restaurant space you immediately feel a vibey warm welcome. 


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There’s plenty to keep your eyes busy and wandering in the décor of the restaurant space, with cacti and other desert plants dividing the two spaces of restaurant and bar, two colts rearing up towards one another on the far side of the room, with old horseshoes aligning the roof beams, and native hieroglyphics etched above the kitchen window.  

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