Where to go to when the craving for a traditional SA Sunday lunch hits.
While our country boasts numerous different cultures and creeds, Sunday lunch is an honoured tradition we all cherish.
4Roomed eKasi Culture & Food
Though I can still taste the greasiness of the chip roll I capped every Nando’s lunch with on the Sabbath – my dad hiding behind the newspaper and my mom warming a tray of malva pudding in the oven – when nostalgia hits, all I want is traditional food.
No one does umleqwa (free–range chicken) like Mam’ Abi. MasterChef season 3 contestant Abigail Mbalo-Mokoena opened, 4Roomed eKasi Culture & Food, Khayelitsha eatery because she wanted to elevate Xhosa food past the perception of it merely being a spoon of slop on a plate.
Once you’ve tasted her creamy umngqusho (samp and beans) that has been bubbling away for hours, you’ll feel truly at home.
605 Makabeni Rd, Khayelitsha | 076 157 3177
One place that indulges the… erm, carnivore in all of us is this restaurant.
Carnivore grills up everything from ostrich and kudu to crocodile and zebra – pairing them with complementing sauces, chutneys and marmalades.
Waiters will keep bringing food platters to your table until your party surrenders by waving the white flag you’ve been given.
69 Drift Blvd, Estate, Muldersdrift | 011 950 6000
Celebrating 55 years since they first opened their doors, this steakhouse franchise has become somewhat of a local institution.
Hussar Grill in Mouille Point is a particularly special location.
The eatery is accentuated with personal touches that add to your culinary experience. If Chef Wendy isn’t whipping up an off-script canapé to welcome you, a chocolate martini might be waiting for you as you pass the bar on your way out.
163 Beach Road, Mouille Point | 021 433 2081
The Historic Pig and Whistle
You may have heard of Bathurst because of The Big Pineapple. If not the comically large fruit that resembles the lodgings of one Mr. Squarepants, then surely, you’ve attended the annual Ox Braai now in its 37th year? Not ringing a bell?
Well, this tiny town, steeped in history, is home to one of South Africa’s oldest pubs. Pig and Whistle has been serving pot pies and lemon meringues since 1832.
And the delicious traditional Sunday roast is definitely worth the trip out.
268 Kowie Rd, Bathurst | 046 625 0673
Words by Inga Sibiya