Restaurant: Gold African Dining Experience

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.

The Food

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)


Main Course

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

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About Author


Thuli Gogela is a Food Technologist with 8 years of experience developing products in food manufacturing. She is dedicated to discovering wholesome traditional dishes and recipes with a distinctive taste from different parts of the African continent. Thuli is well known for her food blog, Mzansi Style Cuisine which was established in 2010. She saw a gap in the traditional food market that people were hungry for. From there, it didn’t take long to build her brand. In 2013, she started writing a recipe column for the Cape Times for and has collaborated with some of the biggest brands in South Africa namely, Knorr, Nedeburg Wines, First Choice and Spekko rice. Not only does Thuli feature traditional African dishes, she’s also open to developing recipes, food consultations and brand collaborations.

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