Eating Your Way Through Soweto
Five restaurants you have to try
When foreigners think of South Africa, many couple the country’s image with the idea of Nelson Mandela and Soweto. If you’ve ever engaged with her yourself then you’ll understand why Soweto is illuminated so much.
For those who have lived there, they carry her with them forever and those who have just popped in for a visit are equally as charmed by her character. She is everything and has many faces, some of which are poles apart but all so wealthy with diversity. She is both a tourist attraction and a book of South Africa’s history. She is the backbone to many struggle stories and an oasis of blooming prosperity today. She is home to so much potential and a rich selection of restaurants, here are five great restaurants to try out the next time you’re in the mood to feast on gold.
Nambitha means 'taste' in isiXhosa. The eatery first opened its doors in 1999 and is the brainchild of Khulani Vilakazi. They’re well known for their mouthwatering sticky wings and hospitality which will make you feel right at home. You know when you’re keen to chill with your people, demolish a plate of something yummy and indulge in the best of being in Soweto? Then Nambitha is where you need to go.
However you look at it naming your restaurant after one of the most famous streets in Soweto suggests that you’ve got a hell of a lot of confidence in your brand and the owners of Restaurant Vilakazi have done a pretty good job at reaching the benchmark. Channeled by their passion for treating their guests to authentic local dining experiences through a rich variety of traditional and urban dishes they pour heart into each meal. In as much as the menu is rich with local urban and traditional foods they also have a loaded selection of Mediterranean inspired dishes which is a spectacular display of Soweto fusing with the world.
Sakhumzi is a restaurant and a prominent tourist attraction as well as the place to go if you’re in the mood to catch a dope party. It came to life in 2001 and although relatively young, it’s created a name for itself as one of Vilakazi’s best. Whether you’re craving a buffet or you prefer an a-la-carte menu selection you can’t go wrong with anything curated in their kitchen and paired with the constant presence of live entertainment you’re bound to always win.
Vuyo’s Restaurant was inspired by the fictional story from the Hansa Pilsner and SAB beer advertisement, remember the entrepreneur from the township who made it “beeg” selling boerie rolls. The real life tale isn’t exactly the same with the boerie rolls and all but at the end of it all it ends with the same “beeg beeg dream” and passion for composing unforgettable moments complete with delicious food.
The restaurant is the breakthrough of Soweto-born entrepreneurs who pooled together the dream of creating an urban Afro diner that appeals to a range of adventurous eaters. The word, NexDor, is colloquial; a fusion of two words next and door and on Soweto’s streets is used to refer to a nearby location. NexDor has an upstairs balcony which avowals a striking view of Soweto and will go nicely with any one of their meals. They serve a little bit of everything with dishes as simple as fish and chips to fancier ones like a delectable cut of lamb shank with mash.