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Saturday Spot: Se7en Visit Gold Restaurant – A Wonderful Taste of Africa…

March 7th, 2012 · 20 Comments

I don’t think I have ever posted two outings back to back – but sometimes something so special happens that you just can’t wait to post it!!! Indeed some outings are just too good to be true!!! Last week we gathered ourselves for a very long awaited outing… to Gold Restaurant!!!

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At the Gold Museum in Cape Town… A place that glitters with history and excitement… and treasures at every turn…
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We first heard of this restaurant when we reviewed Justin Bonello’s Cook Book: Out of the Frying Pan. Since way back then… we have been dying to go to Gold. And now that we have been I have a feeling that more than a few of you will want to pay a visit too!!! The kids were so ready for this adventure and so excited about eating out, looking forward to trying all sorts of new and exotic flavors not to mention a whole evening of “the show must go on.” We got there with so many words tumbling out of their mouths…they may have been a little bit overwhelming…

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And take a look at the beautiful welcoming committee…

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And before our little crowd could overwhelm anyone with their enthusiasm… we were taken straight to the courtyard for a drumming session… yup, haven’t done this for years and I am so thrilled that all my kids have had a chance to do this now!!!

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Boom di di boom, boom di di boom, boom di di boom…
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Boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom…
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Yea!!!
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YEA!!!
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And now I am going to let you into a secret about this magical place… seriously I have never been anywhere like this: The service is supreme… As soon as you think of something they have already done it for you!!! Even before you think about something they have a solution… So we finished drumming and I am thinking I am going to have to trail eight kids through the bathroom to wash their hands before dinner… and look what what was waiting for us as we went into the next courtyard… These lovely gals were waiting to wash our hands with warm water and petals!!!
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Our young celebrity chef was whisked straight into the kitchen… gone, busy, working, thrilled!!!
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Making friends…
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Making edible delights – mango’s, chutney, chili and all sorts of delights went into that dish!!!
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We only had to make one decision the whole evening and that was what we were having to drink…
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Decisions made…
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Drinks poured…
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And we were ready for a feast… Here you go… feast your eyes… I wish we could blog tasty smells!!

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Cape Smoked fish Pate and Roostekoek

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Pastries: Moroccan Prawn Briouats; Cameroon Corn Cups; And Samoosas

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Zambian Kandolo Spears – My kids loved these… gotta learn how to make them!!! Sweet Potato mixed in delicious spices and rolled in sesame seeds…

And hear is the thing… It wasn’t just the food that was magical…
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There was a simply amazing show going on around us… One look at this guy and our littlest girl was flat on the floor under the table!!!
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But she quickly warmed up and totally loved the dancing and singing… And while we weren’t looking the chef wandered off to help with the next course…

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South African Chicken Pie – isn’t it beautiful!!!

He never got his chicken pie!!! Because back he went to the kitchen for more action…
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And again while we weren’t looking at all…
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Lamb Tomato Bredie, Spinach with Tomato and Pumpkin Seeds, North African Couscous and Moroccan Pumpkin Marak.

And some more dancing…

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I tell you it was this boys dream night!!!

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Then we went for a little amble around an Old Cape Building…

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And the drums…

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And their drummer…
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And a birds eye view…
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Meanwhile someone was making Moroccan Mint Tea…
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And these two guys were helping…
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To plate up dessert…
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Ethiopian Coffee And Chocolate Dessert with Vanilla Ice Cream.

And somebody sweet-talked extra ice-cream…
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And here comes the Moroccan Mint Tea…
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Don’t you love the tray and the tea pot!!!
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And the tea… sublime…
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And the live show went on…

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And then a surprise…

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And a final fantastic dance…

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And more photographs…

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And hugs good-bye…

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And thank you Gold Restaurant for a lovely lovely evening…

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If I was visiting Cape Town I would definitely make time for a visit to this restaurant, they will provide you with a feel and a taste of Africa. The drumming and the surrounding show are all part of the fabulous experience. The service was joyful and unbeatable, really I didn’t think of anything or have to ask for anything the whole evening – we were just taken care of!!! I have to say they went so far out of their way to make sure that we had a brilliant evening and there are not many restaurants where you all hug your waitress good-bye at the end of the evening!!! Honestly, it is pricy but the food is excellent and the service brilliant. This is not a restaurant that is only about the food and service and a show while you are eating – this is really a whole experience. You will spend the evening getting a taste of what Africa has to offer, visiting with friends from all over the continent… Really a journey of discovery. Thank-you Gold for a fabulous and unforgettable evening, we were so excited to have finally visited you!!!

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20 responses so far ↓

  • 1 TJ // Mar 7, 2012 at 7:20 am

    I love your outings and thank you for sharing and making us feel a part of it. It looks divine! I want to visit Cape Town more and more when I read your blog!
    TJ´s last blog post ..Judge Not, Thyself

  • 2 se7en // Mar 7, 2012 at 7:55 am

    Hi TJ, So glad to provide you with a virtual holiday!!!I know that if I didn’t live in Cape Town then it would be the first place that I wanted to visit!!! Hope you have a great day!!!

  • 3 Granny Ant // Mar 7, 2012 at 11:33 am

    WOW! What a wonderful night out. This visit sounds like absolute bliss. Well done GOLD for producing an evening that is the absolute tops.

  • 4 aunty muffin // Mar 7, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Wow, too! what an amzing experience you all had! Looks great, and sounds delicious! will have to visit it sometime!

  • 5 se7en // Mar 7, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Hay Granny Ant!!! It was indeed a wonderful night out!!! And we would do it again in a blink!!! Have a great week!!!

  • 6 se7en // Mar 7, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Hay Aunty Muffin… It was a great experience and I would definitely recommend it to overseas visitors!!! Hope you are having the best week ever!!! Lots of love!!!

  • 7 Corli // Mar 8, 2012 at 6:44 am

    Also have to say WOW! And all those beautiful smiling faces and colours too – makes me feel like I have had a taste of the Beloved Country!

  • 8 se7en // Mar 8, 2012 at 7:40 am

    Hay Corli, You guys would totally love Gold Restaurant…totally!!! It is indeed like taking a journey and I know your family loves exploring!!! Hope you have a great week!!!

  • 9 cindy muller // Mar 8, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Hi Hoods
    My staff asked me to let you know that they are the ones who feel special after your visit. They are still talking about your children and said that they were so proud to be able to look after them.
    please send them our love
    cindy

  • 10 se7en // Mar 8, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Oh Cindy that is so special… We can’t thank you all enough for the wonderful experience and special evening we had in your restaurant… Gold in every sense of the word. Lots of love right back!!!

  • 11 Tammy // Mar 8, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Wow that looks like such an experience!

  • 12 se7en // Mar 9, 2012 at 1:50 am

    Oh Tammy, It was totally the best!!! Hope your week gets better and better!!!

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  • 14 Kirsty@Bonjour // Mar 19, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Fantastic, what an awesome kid-friendly restaurant. Pity it’s so far away from me! Thanks for sharing your great night out.
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  • 15 se7en // Mar 19, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Hi Kirsty, So great of you to stop by!!! I don’t think that it is a traditionally “Kid venue” at all but as soon as we settled in and by the end of the evening, everyone had changed their minds!!! There were quite a few folks that said they wish they could bring their kids and hadn’t thought of it as a spot for their kids!!! It was so great and so fun the kids really embraced the whole event!!! I love your post about the Abbey, we visited a few when we were in Europe and they are so huge and awe-inspiring – just to imagine them filled with choirs singing hymns – wonderful!!! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great week!!!

  • 16 Sandra // Mar 19, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    I lived in Cape Town for two years back in the day – Rondebosch for my first year and then Oranjezicht for the second year. Also travelled a lot in Bots and Zim. How I miss southern Africa!

    Once my daughter is a bit older (she’s six now), we will visit as a family. I want her older not because of any safety reasons but to be old enough to appreciate the bush part of any trip we make!

    Such a fun restaurant – I know that she would love it.

  • 17 se7en // Mar 20, 2012 at 9:21 am

    Hi Sandra… Small world – all the way from chilly Vancouver to sunny Cape Town!!! I must say clear blue African skies seem to have a special magnetism and folks always want to return!!! Thank you so much for stopping by – I am loving Design Mom’s series and visiting around the world!!! Have a great day!!!

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