It’s custom and almost expected that when you visit another country you have a tentative nibble on one of their delicacies. While you might very well decline a taste of deep fried tarantula in Thailand or fried criadillas in Spain – look it up if your curiosity is as strong as your stomach – breathe a sigh of relief that you’re in South Africa and enjoy the flavoursome foodie favourites of traditional South African fare and Cape Malay Cuisine with a buffet for two people as the glamourous Gramadoelas restaurant for R195.
With South African culture etched in everything from the atmosphere and food to the fascinating people who visit, Gramadoelas is undoubtedly one of Johannesburg’s finest restaurants. While the décor captivates its diners with a theatrical take on an old Cape farm-kitchen complete with copper pans and heavy brass chandeliers, it’s the incredible flavours of the Cape cuisine that truly makes Gramadoelas an unforgettable dining experience.
If you’ve got the balls to try Spain’s fried criadillas – pun intended – then the buffet should live up to your adventurous appetite without alienating those with a purer palate. Served with the spiffiest of spices and prepared with the tender loving care of a maternal Elephant, the buffet table is laden with Cape Malay infused dishes including Bobotie, roasted vegetables, Snoekpaai, curries, Vegetable Briyani and an assortment of hot soups.
While you can celebrate South African culture by having your baby don a Springboks diaper or by changing your name to Biltong Boeries, take a less drastic step when you enjoy the best of South Africa’s cultural cuisine at Gramadoelas – everyone from Charlize Theron, Denzel Washington and Nelson Mandela already have.
Food Fact: The world’s strangest restaurant - as documented by the Big Book of Strange Sports – is a ‘protein lounge’ called Zeus’s Lab. They serve everything from protein-rich nut shakes to banana-peel flavoured milk tart and everyone has to get weighed before they sit down.