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Urban jungle meets African desert on Bree

Boma: Cactus plants, frozen cocktails, horses and…jaffles?

Last updated: Tuesday, 15 August 2023

The best stories, food and moments are found in the glow of an open fire. This we know, as South Africans. A new hot spot on Bree Street (where La Parada used to be), recreates that very ambience. Come sit around the fire, and grab a plate as you’re transported from Karoo to Kalahari at Boma. 

Boma is open for lunch and dinner. Image: Boma


This desert-themed restaurant and cocktail lounge brings the African desert to the urban jungle of Bree Street. It’s decorated with natural wood and accented by red lighting, green walls and cactus plants. The kicker are the nooks showcasing life-size horse statues.

Boma is the latest urban wonder of The Firm, the restaurant and bar gurus behind SurfaRosa, Village Idiot and more. Image: Boma

When the kitchen door closes at 10pm, it turns into an oasis of weird and wonderful possibilities: A music experience with genres ranging from country and western to lo-fi hip hop and anything in between (strictly 25 and over). 

Boma is situated on one of the hottest corners on Bree Street. Image: Boma


The decor isn’t the only thing nostalgic about Boma. The restaurant takes you back to family braais or tuckshop lunches. Taste centuries of flavour with dishes like skaap rib, chopped beef sando, chakalaka or tomato rice. There’s also sharing plates for big friend groups (great to try for starters). 

Boma’s unique dishes are laced in flavour and flame. Image: Boma

Then there’s the classic jaffle – a dish so simple, and so nostalgic, you can’t help but want to try it again. It’s served with 90-day-aged comte, tomato, blatjang and onion. And for dessert, there’s a karoo honey cake, pumpkin churro, and kaas. Yes…kaas

Most of the food is made on a custom-built wood burning grill. Image: Boma


The desert theme stretches over to the drinks menu too with specialties like Dusky Desert Delight (Grey Goose, Rooibos tea, roast pineapple) and Cactus Sunset (Tequila, mango, pineapple, camomile tea). You’ll also find classic cocktails, beer and wine. 

Boma has its own lager on tap. Image: Boma


Boma is open: Wednesday to Saturday, 12pm - 2am
Find it: 107 Bree Street, Cape Town City Centre
Price range: From R50
Book: via Dineplan
Contact on: 021 109 0039,
Follow on Instagram: @bomaonbree

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By Lara van Zyl



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