Here Are The 15 Favourite South African Restaurants All Around The World


The South African community has stretched far and wide abroad, resulting in a wide array of South African restaurants and South African-inspired cuisine cropping up all over the show.

We take a look at some of the best South African restaurants sprinkled around the world.

1. Kozi’s Meet ‘n Eat – Athens, Greece

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Situated in the Northern suburb of Melissia in Athens, Greece, Kozi’s Meet ‘n Eat provides a fusion between South African and Greek cuisine, specialising in steaks and burgers.

Standout dish:
Shambalala: Fillet strips with orange sweet chilli sauce, pomegranate, parmesan and mixed greens

2. Braai Republic – Seoul, South Korea


This restaurant run by South Africans features signature dishes including various lamb chops, their own range of sausages (including boerewors) and freshly-baked meat pies.

Standout dish:
Lamb or Oxtail Potjie: Lamb Shank or Oxtail stew with potatoes, carrots and pap, served in a traditional South African Potjie

3. Madiba Restaurant – Brooklyn, New Yor


From South African kitchens to New York tables, Madiba Restaurant pays homage to Nelson Mandela and some leaker homeland street food flavors.

Standout dishes:
Bushmen breakfast: Bunnychow or English B’fast style- Eggs, boerewors, grilled tomato, mushrooms, bacon chakalaka
Durban style curries – Choose your ingredient (vegetable, chicken, lamb or seafood), choose your style (curry and rice, breyani, bunny chow or roti)

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4. Restaurant JAN – Nice, France

Restaurant JAN serves modern French plates inspired by a South-African heritage and the markets of the South of France.

Standout dish:
Mosbolletjies: Cape seed-loaf | biltong butter

5. Africola – Adelaide, Australia


Africola brings their skills “van die plaas centre stage” to Adelaide, Australia, keeping their mantra, “Bokkies, braai, dop & chop”.

Standout dish:
Over-baked cauliflower and lamb over cucumber and artichoke sauce with kale

6. Pinotage – Beijing, China


Known as Beijing’s premier (and only) South African restaurant, Pinotage boasts an array of South African specialities available in a number of portion sizes.

Standout dishes:
Bobotie Samoosas
Tender pork filet with rounds of roasted pork neck wrapped in parma ham

7. Makhulu5 – Lisburn, Northern Ireland


Food at Makhulu5 is cooked on the coals of an open fire in the centre of the restaurant in order to recreate the ambience of a South African safari lodge.

Standout dishes:
Game Steak Pie: Peppered steak pie cooked with cubes of Ostrich and beef steak and served with chunky chips or champ mash & gravy

8. Serengeti Restaurant – Auckland, New Zealand


While marketed as an African restaurant, the South African-influence at Serengeti Restaurant is hard to miss, with a host of South African dishes stealing the limelight.

Standout dish:
Eye fillet steak

9. Peli Peli – Houston, Texas


Peli Peli’s South African fusion cuisine features “authentic South African delicacies along with American steak, chicken and seafood favorites”. The dishes include marinades, seasonings and spices used in traditional South African cuisine with Dutch, Portuguese and Asian influences.

Standout dishes:
Flavors of South Africa Trio: Filet medallions, Huguenot, Madagascar Peppercorn, Garlic herb butter
Melktart Brulé

10. The Dolphin Restaurante – Lagos, Portugal


This popular South African restaurant mixes authentic South African cuisine with Portuguese dishes and fresh fish.

Standout dishes:
Ostrich Schnitzel
Tiger prawns with mango and a sweet curry sauce

11. Savanna – Munich, Germany

Savanna has a vast range of South African and exotic meats on offer including ostrich, crocodile and zebra. Everything about the restaurant is truly South African from the elephant head at the entrance and other decor, to the food, staff and wine.

Standout dishes:
Grilled black tiger prawn with avocado
Safari plate with steaks of crocodile, zebra and Namibian beef

12. bbar – London, England

cape malay curry

A wide range of international dishes with a “strong South African accent” can be found at bbar. Typical dishes include Springbok fillet, grilled boerewors sausages and bobotie spring rolls.

Standout dish:
African burger – Wild boar and venison, fried quails egg, cinnamon marog and Chakalaka relish

13. El Mandela – Madrid, Spain

El Mandela aims to create a space for cultural exchange between sub-Saharan Africa and Spain through both its characteristic dishes (think Gazelle fillet, camel or buffalo carpaccio) and through facilitating employability and training of Africans in the hospitality field.

Standout dish:
Zebra sirloin

14. My South Africa – Paris, France


My South Africa is a project created by Kobus Botha in which he brings traditional South African food (through his restaurant – My Food) and the concept of the braai (through public barbecues – My Braai) to France.

Standout dish:
Build your own braai : Choose a side (pap and chakalaka or chips with chakalaka sauce). Choose a meat mix (Chicken, pork and boerewors OR lamb, steak and chicken OR fish of the day OR a max mix of everything).

15. The Grand Grill – Dubai, UAE

This award-winning South African steak house is known for its homemade South African dishes and international beef selections.

Standout dish:
Lamb Rogan Josh: Stewed Lamb Meat in aromatic spicy curry sauce, served with Papadum and Raita

Source: The South African

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