People can often tell you all sorts of random facts about foreign countries, like the fact that Italians think it’s lucky to wear red and eat lentils on Christmas and Swedish people associate pea soup with Thursdays. While this head for cultural facts makes them great for dinner-table conversation about whether or not Marie Antoinette really said let them eat cake, ask them about South African culture further than vuvuzelas and Table Mountain and they stare at you blankly. Get a cultural infusion and save 50% on a traditional South African meal for two and a glass of wine at Sophiatown Bar Lounge.
When you’re looking to kick back and bask in some culturally-inspired splendour, there’s probably no better place to do it that Sophiatown Bar Lounge. Flavoured with the Afro-chic of Sophiatown’s good old days, a healthy sprinkling of classical jazz and a cosy location in the heart of Jozi’s cultural-quarter, the lounge is high-energy with even higher standards of quality. While you know that the atmosphere is going to have all the quality of the swish restaurants you read about in the glossies, that would be more useless than the ‘ay’ in okay if the food wasn’t delicious enough to match.
The Mogudu meal, served with vegetables and samp is the local equivalent of tripe and, served the traditional way, is one of the best ways to enjoy a taste of South Africa’s rainbow cuisine. If Mogudu really doesn’t float your boat, take your taste-buds on an adventure they won’t soon forget with the rolled-crocodile meal, filled with dill garlic and served with crocodile sauce. Alternatively, the three-course meal combines all the traditional South African flavours without venturing too far into adventurous-cuisine.
Start off with either giant black mushrooms topped with creamy spinach and cheddar, or the Amasonja – Mopani worms simmered in wine with garlic butter and chilli sauce. Dolly’s Lamb Shank topped with napo wine provides the main course and dessert makes its appearance in the form of South Africa’s favourite – malva pudding with either hot custard or ice-cream.
Each meal is served with a glass of wine and a dash of foot-tapping Afro-chic, making a night at Sophiatown Bar Lounge ideal if you’re looking for all the tastiest of SA’s culinary treats in a trend-setting locale.
Cultural Cuisine Fact: A restaurant in New Mexico attracts its customers by serving up its cuisine in a rather strange way. Every week, they advertise cuisine from a different country, but customers are never quite sure what they’re going to be eating, as they are blind-folded before their food arrives.