I’ve wanted to review Gold Restaurant, since I started blogging. At one point back in 2011, I sent an email to Cindy the director and she gave me permission. However, for some reason I never reviewed the restaurant.
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What initially attracted me to Gold Restaurant was the fact that they serve African dishes and then I visited their website and listened to the drumming. I knew without a doubt that I needed to visit the restaurant.
I got an opportunity to meet Cindy at the American Express Dining Awards during the year. We had a bit of a chat and I promised to visit again and this time I kept my promise.
I took Andie with me, we were there at 6:30 pm for the djembe drumming session. Facilitated by an amazing drummer originating from Congo Brazzaville, the session was fascinating to say the least. Each one of us had a djembe drum and we were show how to play and make beautiful music. One needs to have bring a sense of humour, rhythm, and energy.
We were offered scented water with towel to clean our hands after the drumming session and led to our tables.
Gold Restaurant is an award-winning African food establishment offering dishes and entertainment from different parts o f the continent. Furthermore, the staff is also from different parts of the continent, Malawi, Uganda, Burundi, Cameroon, Zambia, Congo Brazzaville, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Congo DRC, Ginea-Bissau and South Africa.
Our waitress, Faith, who is Zimbabwean origin, came to introduce herself and took us through the menu and explained what we were to expect that evening in terms of entertainment. The place is beautiful, huge and I’m told it used to be a club. This is how the Gold Restaurant Spring-Summer Menu 2013 looks like:
Cape Malay Pea and Potato Samoosas
Nigerian Beef Suya
Peanut Satay Sauce
Nigerian Cassava Bread
Ethiopian Iab Dip
Mozambican Peri-Peri Chicken Wings
Moroccan Chicken and Almond Pie (Pastilla or Bisteeya)
Namibian Venison Pot
Kenyan Spicy Butternut with Tomato and Coconut Cream
Tanzanian Fried Fish with Spinach and Coconut
West African Gari Foto
Moroccan Tabbouleh with Argan Oil
Moroccan Orange and Walnut Cake
This is what you might find even more interesting, each one of the items on the menu is given a brief description giving you an idea of what to expect. Plus, all of the items of the menu are served. One needs to prepare for a feast. The menu is kept the same for three months and changed thereafter.
In-between each course, we were serenaded with beautiful African sounds accompanied by some dancing. The most interesting part was seeing some of the diners easing it up and losing themselves by participating in the dancing and singing. The crew is very passionate and dedicated to what they do. I became homesick as they were belting out songs from the Xhosa culture. By the time we left we were shimmering with gold dust, bellies full and delighted at the entertainment and experience.
Overall, the food was amazing. The entertainment was lively and energetic, the whole experience made for a great evening well spent, I call it the Gold African Dining Experience.
Gold Restaurant opens 7 days a week and these are their contact details:
Tel: 021 421 4653
Address: 15 Bennett Street, Green Point, Cape Town
Like the Gold Restaurant page of facebook
Follow on twitter @goldrestaurant
Check out some of their videos on YouTube – youtube.com/goldrestaurantsa
Visit their website: www.goldrestaurant.co.za
See what other diners are saying on twitter:
For an ethnic African evening, including ceremonial hand-washing, djembe drums and multiple course meals visit #GOLDRestaurant in Cape Town
— Gillian Mc (@icaterza) February 3, 2012
— Cynthia Simpson (@cynthiahapidayz) August 4, 2012
— sharon knowles (@sharonknowles) November 19, 2013
Pickled fish is a great dish to make in advance when you don't have time for cooking. GOLD recipe: http://t.co/xx7Hzyy59t
— GOLD Restaurant (@GOLDRestaurant) November 29, 2013