The past year has been lacking in chances to celebrate life – so when they came along now I’m all about taking the opportunities and running with them!
Recently it was my daughters’ 11th birthday and I received an invite to visit GOLD restaurant in Cape Town around the same time… so it felt like a perfect coincidence to celebrate her life with an evening of celebration at GOLD.
We were all SO excited to be dressing up and heading in to the city after dark. I can’t tell you how much I have missed the thrill of dining out…
It was also a total treat for my kids (aged 11 and 14) to be joining us for this memorable outing and they were also excited to discover more about what the night would hold.
GOLD Restaurant in Cape Town offers an authentic African experience from the incredible African decor to the immersive drumming workshop to the delicious African cuisine and the exciting live entertainment.
This is much more than just an African restaurant, a night at GOLD is a night to remember!
The evening started off at 18:30 with the African djembe drumming experience where we were shown to our tables aka drumming station and joined an enthusiastic drum leader learning to follow the rhythms and beats that that are at the heart of Africa. All initially a bit intimidated, the joy shared by the leader along with the hypnotic vibrations meant we all got into our groove and loved learning something new!
Once we’d worked up an appetite we were not left disappointed as 14 delicious dishes to share were steadily delivered to our table for an amazing taste-safari.
With flavours from around the African continent, we were treated to some of the most incredible dishes from various corners of the continent, including favourites such as the peanut butter chicken from Ghana and Tanzanian Fish Curry.
The starter course served up South African Seared Ostrich Salad along with Xhosa pot breads and Ethiopian Iab. Then it was time for a modern Malawian staple, the sweet potato cake, along with Tunisian Prawn Briout parcels and Cape Malay Samoosas. The Mozambican chilli chicken wings were also a hot hit!
Then it was time for mains with the fish curry and chicken mentioned above served with Ethiopian Pilau Rice and Moroccan Butterbean Tagine. Finally, after we had reordered a few more servings of our favourites, it was time for dessert and we enjoyed a taste of the Spice Island with some Zanzibar Cardamon Ice Cream and a few pumpkin fritters dusted with gold!
There was so much food! and it was all delicious. I must admit I was a bit nervous that African food might not be to my taste (especially a set menu), but I was proved entirely wrong. We all loved every dish. (The good news is that GOLD’s kitchen is Halaal-certified and they serve Halaal-certified meat, poultry and fish dishes as well as vegetarian or vegan substitutes.)
Between each course we were treated to the most exciting entertainment including praise singing and dancing to the rhythms of the marimba percussion and djembe drums. It was wonderful to once again see live entertainment. We’ve been starved of it for so long!
I loved watching the performers just having the very best time doing what they love on stage – dancing, singing and playing music. There was even the occasional surprise like a traditional Malian puppet!
Every member of staff we met was attentive, warm and friendly and it felt so lovely to be eating out knowing that our choice was giving this lovely group of people an income again.
Our evening at GOLD Restaurant was not what we expected – it was so much more!
We loved spending an evening “travelling” around Africa and exposing our kids to all that this incredible continent that we call home has to offer.
It really did feel like we had experienced Africa dining amidst the unique African décor, enjoying a traditional African feast and being entertained by beautiful people giving us a glimpse into their unique cultures.
Mesmerising and memorable, we soaked in this experience as a family from beginning to end and left feeling lifted!
Address: 15 Bennett Street, Green Point, 8005
Tel: +27 (0) 21 421 4653
Cell: +27 (0) 82 414 9663
GOLD Restaurant is currently open every Friday and Saturday night. They will open on any other evening should you have a group of 15 or more.