Though Shakespeare might be very famous, they teach you in play-school that you shouldn’t believe everything you read, even if it does come from someone well known. Prove them wrong and see for yourself that sometimes all that glitters really is gold with a 14-course tasting menu, 14-course set menu, a glass of wine, live entertainment, interactive drumming and a Gold museum tour at Gold Restaurant for R200.
They say life is all about experiencing new things and many tourists visit South Africa to squish themselves into a jeep and rattle down a dirt road on the off chance of seeing a stray gazelle. Though seeing a lion or rhino might be exciting, even if you did get close enough to lick one of them, it probably wouldn’t taste too good. Gold Restaurant takes you on a taste-safari with delicious culinary delights with an evening of experiences better than sweaty jeep adventures.
Start off with an interactive drumming experience. For forty minutes, the master facilitator will lead you through the sounds of your very own djembe drum, filling the ancient courtyards with West African beats. Even if you can’t carry a tune in a bucket with a lid on it, the drumming circle helps everyone find their rhythm.
After a soothing hand-washing ceremony to calm you down after the energising start to your evening, enjoy a fourteen course taste of Cape Malay. Start off with spiced tomato soup and south African roostekoek. With tantalising dishes ranging from Cape Malay Samoosas with cream chutney to African Putu Pap with mature cheese, there’s something on the menu that will have even the most daring of taste buds dancing the dance of happiness. Though you’ll also have a glass of wine to accompany your meal, it won’t just be the exiting flavours that will provide your evening’s entertainment. The eclectic African Pulse of Mali provide an energetic and spirited performance with masks, puppets and a healthy dose of singing, dancing and multi-lingual expertise to make the night truly unforgettable.
Sometime during the evening, add some spice to your cultural sauce with a tour through the Gold Museum, which keeps over 350 West African gold artifacts and objects from the ancient gold civilisations of Southern Africa. Whether it’s a pre or during-dinner experience, the museum is a must-see for those who love history, abstract design and all things sparkly.
Situated in the historic Martin Melk building, with dinner served in a courtyard surrounded by ancient trees and steeped in history, comparing the Gold Restaurant experience to just your average dinner is like comparing chocolate to cabbage.
Entertaining Fact: The first dinner and a show was documented in the early 1970’s. Children at a gym in Atlanta were served tortillas while they watched their mothers jazzercise. Apparently, the found this highly entertaining.