From the moment you reach the door at Africola, you know you’re in for a good night with its colourful and quirky interior, open kitchen and welcoming staff. Add to that the well-stocked bar and smiling drinkers and diners. Africola is Duncan Welgemoed’s (of Bistro Dom) new venture, based on the food and vibe of South Africa.
This was opening night, and they’d been open exactly 1 hour by the time we arrived. We started with the Spiced Macadamias. I never knew macadamias could taste so good – I wanted more! To accompany these, I opted for one of the very interesting ‘cool drinks’– the “Supa Hepi Time” – Banhez Mezcal, Damiana infused Xhosa Honey, local citrus (yum!) – supposedly the house aphrodisiac, but the only thing I was excited about was the food that was yet to come!
I would have opted for the ‘Kitchen Menu’ at $85pp but one of my fellow diners wasn’t hungry enough (next time!) Instead we decided to share a few dishes. To start – curried lamb buns, charcoal prawns, raw bush meats and octopus, and after that – it was meat, meat MEAT all the way! The ‘Braai Plate’ (boerewors, peri peri chicken, potejie, pap/sheba), and the ‘Allegaartjie Potjie’ (slow cooked mutton neck, pork breast, beef shin and [boom] chakkalaka). All washed down with a bottle of Barossa Timaeus Rubbabellus.
I’d be interested to know how many people order the ‘Slow Roasted Cows Head for two’
My only advice… if it’s a really hot night, opt for a table outside. On a 35 degree day, we were sweltering inside, but we were able to move outside for dessert.
All up, a top night. I’ll definitely be back!! YEBO!!!!