I recently had the pleasure of reviewing AmaZink Eatery, nicely situated in a Stellenbosch township, Khayamandi. I didn’t know about the place until a fellow blogger Ilse of The food fox suggested it to me.
I arrived around 16:00 hours on a Saturday afternoon, the place was still a bit empty with a few locals having drinks and just chilling. Old school kwaito jams were playing in the background. As you walk in from the front you have the bar on your left-hand side, tables and chairs in the middle and the kitchen on your right. You also have an option of sitting at the back where there’s a big tent and that’s where they have their live performances. Dj Cndo was scheduled to perform later that evening. You see stunning views of the mountains and surrounding areas as you are seated outside…
Okay now, let’s talk about the FOOD…..
On the day of the review, the restaurant was only serving a few items off their menu i.e. pap, chops and chakalaka or potato wedges and chicken wings or wors, pap and chakalaka plus there was an option of buying a platter. I had a chat with Loyiso, the manager, who told me his menu varies from time to time depending on the schedule and the occasion. I asked him about several items which I did not see on the menu like dumplings, rosterkoek, steam bread, tripe etc. He assured me they have them from time to time, however, if they are requested for functions he makes it a point they are available. Their pap, wings and chakalaka are exceptional and as I was complimenting the kitchen staff on the food they eagerly asked: “what do you think of the creamed spinach?” Hahaha! I must say their creamed spinach is the best I’ve tasted so far. I’m quite impressed with their cooking and also the fact they are young and enjoying what they are doing. They are such a happy bunch. The service is not bad, the waiters are always at close reach and very friendly but it can always improve.
What else can I say? AmaZink is a place you wanna hang out at…it’s in a township but you don’t feel you are in a township. It has a laid back and relaxed atmosphere….which makes it a perfect hang out for both locals and visitors. I was quite amazed at their prices, they are reasonably priced, no wonder the locals are flocking in.
I saw some locals coming in just to buy takeaways, spoke to a few of them and one said: “sister, sometimes you don’t feel like cooking you see but you know with places like AmaZink you get to buy the soul food that you would have otherwise cooked at home”. So my opinion of the place…..it’s a kasi (township) version of places like Capellos etc…I like it! Nice timers started pouring in around 18:00 hours dressed in all their glamour!
I had so much fun reviewing the place too bad I couldn’t stay for Dj Cndo’s performance.