The drums of Angola and the Congo beat an invitation. The feet of the Xhosa and Congolese dancers tell the story of Africa. The unaccompanied singers sing songs from all over the continent. It is this soup of African influences which welcome you to Gold – the Cape Town restaurant with a difference.
Located in the heart of Strand Street, the inviting venue opens its arms to local and international guests every day for lunch (a paired down version of the extensive dinner menu) and dinner which features the full African food journey through southern and central Africa. Add to this a healthy dose of Cape Malay cuisine and you have the freshest, most interestingly African menu in the Cape.
Served efficiently with the friendly smile to which foreign visitors have become accustomed on their travels to this continent, Gold manages to seamlessly combine the gastronomic and entertainment elements of Southern, Western and Central Africa and the Cape into a dining experience which is as easy on the palate as it is on the pocket. The fact there is no couvert charge for the excellent Malian puppet theatre, dance and drum troupe put together by UCT dramatist Janni Younge is a bonus. You could be in Congo or Senegal but you quickly forget you are within 5 minutes of the Cape Town waterfront.
Between sampling a wide range of starters and the superb selection of main dishes, each with their own African or Malay tradition but served with the chef’s modern day twist, the dancers and drummers slowly cajoled the diners into a unique dinner experience. The interactive djembe drumming and acapella singing of the highest quality ultimately had the most reserved of guests either on the dance floor or singing along to the infectious rhythms.
Expect to find such interesting combinations as Bobotie Samoosas with Chutney Cream, Maize Nut Fritters with Apple & Mint Raita and West African Peanut Chicken on the menu.
While affording a wonderfully personal dining experience for each table, the venue is also well suited to larger group bookings and, being easily convertible, is also well set for functions and private occasions with international World Cup soccer tours having already booked well in advance. A tour through the adjacent Gold Museum is also an option.
While Gold should be on the list of any foreign visitor to Cape Town, locals (who would perhaps not usually support a restaurant with an African theme) should not miss the opportunity to savour something truly Cape/African in taste and flavour, and who knows: you may just be reminded of the amazing culinary and cultural experiences there are to be found on our doorstep at the foot of Africa.
Driving into Cape Town City on the Nelson Mandela Boulevard (N1 / N2), turn right into Riebeek Street changing into Somerset Road. Turn right into Cobern Street and left into Prestwick. Continue towards Bennett Street on your right.