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Feast your way through Africa, From Cape Town to Cairo
Food, puppetry, song, dance from 14 African countries
Last updated: Tuesday, 18 January 2022
Gold Restaurant is an experiential delight from the moment you step in: Malian puppets greet you, you’ll taste food from across the continent and hear traditional African drums and music. The whole space is designed to take you on a sensory journey into the colours, creativity and artistry of Africa, from Cape Town to Cairo.
SAVOUR THE 14-DISH TASTING MENU
The set menu at Gold Restaurant is a collection of flavours from 14 countries on the continent. Courses are for sharing, and you’ll learn about the country of origin, cooking techniques and spices of each dish. The whole feast is an experience. A big bonus is all the halaal-certified meat, poultry and fish dishes come with vegetarian or vegan substitutes.
The focus is on African cuisine, served with a twist. Image: Gold Restaurant
BOOK AN INTERESTING SPICE EXPERIENCE
There’s a curated spice experience that explores the history of spices throughout the world; it’s a storytelling adventure told from the perspective of the African waitrons. The story takes you from Uganda to Burundi, the lakes of Tanganyika, and the spice island of Zanzibar.
You’ll discover a different side of Africa through its spices. Smell, taste and identify them as you listen to how an Indonesian island is linked to Manhattan through the spice trade and European wars. The Spice Experience is available for 2 to 10 guests.
The dishes all come with a twist, like the ostrich-and-lamb sausage with tomato smoor. Image: Gold Restaurant
DANCE TO THE DJEMBE RHYTHMS
Dining at Gold Restaurant is not only about the food – the entertainment is exciting. You’ll hear archetypal African stories, which are told during dinner, and the performances include praise singing, Malian puppetry and dancing to marimba percussion and djembe drums. You can even participate: There’s a djembe drumming session every evening before dinner.
The djembe drumming experience is a fantastic and rousing Cape Town experience. Image: Gold Restaurant
GO FOR THE MALIAN PUPPET SHOW
The Malian puppets are remarkable, and showcase the non-narrative, symbolic performance style of the Bamana people and tradition. The dance performances symbolise the strength of African men and women as the warriors and dancers try to impress each other with their acts.
You are also greeted at the door by the Malian puppets. Image: Gold Restaurant
There’s a performance dedicated to the royalty, a tribute to the kings and queens in Africa. The highlight, however, is when the waiters, kitchen staff and entertainers come to sing and dance with you to say thank you for visiting the restaurant. It’s a great celebration of life and community.
African face painters will get you into the local spirit. Image: Gold Restaurant
HOST YOUR OWN EVENT THERE
Gold Restaurant is a multi-venue space and it’s perfect for birthday celebrations or staff functions. Each of the dining areas is unique, with décor sourced from across the continent. Not only will you eat delicious meals that work for anyone’s culinary preferences, you’ll enjoy the traditional African feast surrounded by stunning local artefacts and contemporary artwork.
The queen of Gold Restaurant ends the night on a high. Image: Gold Restaurant
OPENING HOURS & CONTACT DETAILS
GOLD Restaurant is open: Monday to Sunday, from 6.30pm to 10.30pm
Price range: 14-dish African feast, R435 pp (children under 12 charged 50% of fee, 4 and under eat free); optional djembe drumming, R120 pp
Book online: www.goldrestaurant.co.za/bookings
Call: 021 421 4653
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