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Saturday Spot: And a Glorious Evening at Gold Restaurant…

June 16th, 2013 · 9 Comments

There are very few things to get us moving off the couch during a Cape Winter… but an invitation to the whole family to visit Gold Restaurant, to try out their new winter menu just could not be ignored!!! We have been invited to Gold Restaurant before… and we just love it there… From our first visit, a wintry visit and a hot summer night visit. This place just can not be beaten!!!


This is nothing like your traditional restaurant, the whole visit is an experience of Africa. The tastes, the flavours… but it isn’t just about the food. The evening is a show and you are part of it… you begin with your drumming lesson and as plates of delightful food are placed in front of you, so the show unfolds… dances are danced, drums are drummed. Our family is so warmly welcomed as we arrive and the service so superb… honestly it is one of those places where you feel totally at home, even though everything is new and exciting and different and not very like home at all… the drumming, the dancing and the feasting… you can’t help yourself but join in!!!
Gold Restaurant is a very good place to visit, if you arrive there in the cold and the rain – never fear, you will soon warm up… when you begin to drum for your dinner!!!


And those who were cold, quickly become warm…

Here’s our gang…

Loving the drumming…

With a friend all the way from Lesotho who was staying with our family for the week… I am guessing they were loving it…

Somebody needed to know when to pause!!!

And a photo with our friend the drummer…

Look at all these drums, a quiet little addition to any home!!!

Onto the hand washing ceremony…


Warm water to freshen up…

And we were shown to our beautiful table…



And so much to look at in every direction…



And one of us headed straight for the kitchen…


As one does…
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And plating up…

Is serious business…

I just can’t help loving all those colourful plates…
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Dinner in waiting…
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And dinner was served: Spiced Tomato Soup; Xhosa Pot Breads; South African Biltong Dip…


Lots of new flavours to try…
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And… Moroccan Prawn Briouats; Cape Malay Pea and Potato Samoosas with Creme Chutney…

And then the dancing began…



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Kalahari Venison Pie…


Everybody loved that…

Followed by: Moroccan Chicken Tagine; Creamy Pap with Corn; Tanzanian Mchicha Wa’nazi and Malay Lentil Dahl…

And did I say dancing…


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And then one small person vanished… we found them in the kitchen surrounded by lovely cooks… serving an extra dish of dessert!!! You can see why: South African Malva Pudding with custard.


And then a moment of preparation…


A story will unfold…

Puppets will circulate…



And faces will be painted…



And Gold Dust will be dusted…


All in preparation for the last dance and there is no holding back my kids…

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And the final drumming showdown…




And eager dancing feet… ready for more action…



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And another fabulous evening at Gold Restaurant…


And yes it had to end…


I think this happy face from our friend, from the hills in Lesotho, who has never seen anything like this before, sums it up for all of us!!!


Dear friends at Gold Restaurant, we can’t thank you enough for another magical evening!!!

While we were invited and treated to a complimentary dinner and we received a wonderful evening for our entire family from Gold Restaurant, we were not paid to write this review and the opinions expressed are entirely our own.

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9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jillian In Italy // Jun 16, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Looks like an absolutely magical evening. What an experience!

  • 2 se7en // Jun 16, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Hay Jillian, You can safely put this on your “must do when we visit Cape Town” list… I think most folk think of it as a great place for tourists to visit and they don’t realize how family friendly it is and how fantastic it is to take kids there to experience all sorts of flavours and fun from all over Africa!!! Just totally brilliant!!!

  • 3 jacqui // Jun 16, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    That looks like so much fun, what a great night out!

  • 4 aunty muffin // Jun 16, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    still on my wishlist……..!

  • 5 se7en // Jun 16, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    Thank you jacqui… It isn’t often that a family with eight kids kids treated out to a night out on the town – it sure was fabulous!!!

  • 6 se7en // Jun 16, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    Oh Aunty Muffin, Keep wishing – it is well worth the wait!!!

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