Out And About: Sakhumzi’s Restaurant – Vilakazi Street, Soweto


When I started blogging I did a couple of restaurant reviews, i.e. restaurants offering South African cuisine, your Shesa Nyamas etc.  Now, I’ve been getting a lot of requests to suggest restaurants Cape Town and in Joburg.  I thought I would bring it back. So here it here is.  Back by popular demand…

A friend of mine, Mbasa, (my Jozi restaurant guide), from Alexander in Soweto knows all the hip and happening places around that area.  Whenever I’m in Jozi I ask him to recommend a restaurant.  He recommended Sakhumzi’s Restaurant in Orlando West, Soweto.

Sakhumzi's restaurant, vilakazi street, soweto
Thuli at Sakhumzi

Sakhumzi Restaurant is nestled in the heart of Soweto in Orlando west’s famous Vilakazi Street. The Street has a rich historical background that boasts two Nobel prize winners namely: Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu who happens to reside right next to the restaurant and former president Nelson Rholihlahla Mandela who’s former house -turned museum is just a stone’s throw away. A few minutes walk will also lead you to the Hector Pieterson Memorial.” ~Sowet.co.za

First and foremost, one thing I noticed is the guys looking after the cars they are friendly and not demanding.  Pardon me but I’m used to the guys outside Mzoli’s telling you “I’ll look after your car for R20 upfront”.  Not hearing that was refreshing!


Our waiter was a guy called Zimvo, was attentive and had his eye on our table without being on our faces.  I am told it gets full at times but on that particular evening, it was quiet and just chilled.  The music was on point.  They played the old school jams, which was good for a weekday summer evening.



The buffet is R120 per person and its Umngusho (samp and beans), Ujeqe (steamed bread, chakalaka (very spicy), Ulusu/ Mogodu (tripe), stews, Pap etc.  Basically, one has a lot of dishes to choose from and its all soul food!



For dessert, they had a selection of Ice Creams, Jelly, Custard and a Hot Sponge Pudding.  They serve typical homestyle food, good food!

Have you been to Sakhumzi’s?  What’s your opinion? Did you enjoy the food?  The vibe?  The service?

Visit them at 6980 Vilakazi Street, Soweto

Call them at 011 939 4427

Check out the site: http://www.sakhumzi.co.za/


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.

Comments ( 8 )

  • Soweto and Alex are two different townships…Sakhumzi is in Orlando West which is in Soweto and not Alex.

  • How much are u charging 4 Buffer I want 2 bring some friends over on the 28 of September as I’m celebrating my Birthday.so I will love 2 come n Celebrate it there

    • Hi Nonhlanhla,

      Thanks for visiting the blog. Please contact the number at the end of the blog post and see if the guys at Sakhumzi can accommodate you. Hope you have fun on your birthday!

  • dineo

    I like to know what tym is your lunch?? From wat tym to wat tym, do I hv 2 book for lunch??

    • Hi Dineo,

      Please contact them, their details are as follows:

      Tel: 011 536 1379
      Fax: 086 692 7065
      Email: dine@sakhumzi.co.za

      • Robert

        I am proud of south africans who run their own enterprise’s, our south African food brands are so appetizing, how thuli if you can adopt kasi pizza and and a vegan dishes or diet in your house-restaurant. Am willing to support you, there are now millions in south Africa who are pure vegetarians, perhaps they might love to come taste your food, are they welcome? Think also of breakfasts.

        • Hi Robert,

          I appreciate your comment. I am working on something – watch the space!

          Thank you for your support.

          Thuli Xx

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