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The food is an evolvement of street-food, and includes delicious marinated grilled chicken salad with seasonal melon, a vegetarian burger made not with a patty but instead with chickpea and sweetcorn falafel balls and a lemon mint mayo. Peri-peri chicken wings and a rib and chicken wing platter is something one should share, while the Chesanyama platter includes spiced chuck and boerewors served with pap, tomato relish and coleslaw. They make something they call a ‘Very Important Pizza’ with chakalaka mince, pickled beetroot, whipped feta, fresh coriander, and lashings of wild honey on a roast cumin flatbread. They also serve some inspiring breakfasts such as a fully loaded breakfast flattie or Menatlana (grilled chicken feet) with tomato and chilli salsa. This is modern African food at its best.
They have one or two house wines available, but it is the celebration of African Beer that one must actually go for. Ordering and delivery is not always so reliable, so it is advisable to ask the waiters what is new and exciting. Devil’s Peak Peppermint Crisp stout and their IPA - called Juicy Lucy - are some of the standards that will always be there. They also celebrate Tshwane by serving local beers such as Pretori on occasion, and even some from as far away as Nigeria.
The waiters are efficient, friendly and engaging. This is truly a restaurant of cross-cultural identity where anyone and everyone can feel at home. The idea is to celebrate our continent as a varied and diverse place, but where there is unity and acceptance.
The main hall is large and airy with beautiful floor to ceiling windows that are almost two stories high. A few little interior accents add interest to the space, which is overall clean and modern. Various outside areas accommodate spill-overs, and a smaller back room is ideal for more intimate parties.
They host a massive music, fashion, drinks and dance party - called Tshwanefontein – on the last Sunday of every month. Tickets are sold online and are snapped up within minutes of opening.
This is one of the best kept secrets for amazing celebrations and weddings. The space is multi-functional and can be adapted to whatever event one dreams of. The interior is light and airy and there is a gorgeous courtyard that can be used to welcome guests.
(22 October 2019)
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