GOLD Restaurant in Cape Town offers an authentic African experience. So much more than just an African restaurant, a night at GOLD is an immersive experience that will take you on a 14-dish taste-safari paired with traditional Mali puppets and entertainment.
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.
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 :)
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.
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.
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!