Fabulous meat and perfect people watching potential combine in this township chisa-nyama barbeque spot deluxe. The place to see and be seen in Johannesburg’s oldest African township.
11th Avenue Alexandra, Johannesburg, Gauteng. Tel: +27 (0)11 443 8943.
2Mawetse Fine Dining
When only the best will do. The elite of Polokwane do deals and celebrate their successes at Mawetse Fine Dining. In addition to its French menu and private cigar bar, Mawetse's cellar has wines and champagnes sought after by connoisseurs.54 Jorissen Street, Polokwane. Tel: +27 (0)15 297 3136.
Beautiful décor, local flavours and the best chakalaka in South Africa. Don’t miss the kliptini ginger cocktail or the Sunday all- you-can-eat barbeques with live jazz.
Walter Sisulu Square, Kliptown, Soweto. Tel: +27 (0)11 527 7300.
Aimed at stylish Soweto 20-somethings Nambitha's has people watching opportunities galore and carnivorous plates piled high. Steak, chicken and spare ribs, but also lighter fare like hamburgers and tramezzinis. Hearty mutton curry and mogudu (tripe) is always on the menu.
6877 Vilakazi Street,Orlando West, Soweto. +27 (0)11 936 9128
This chisa-nyama steakhouse hums with high spirits and stylish locals. Plump loin chops, giant ribs and huge T-bones are the order of the day.
Shop 3 NY115 & NY108, Gugulethu, Cape Town. Tel: +27 (0)21 638 1355.
If it’s African cuisine you’re after try moatwana chicken foot stew and sip on mqombothi beer. If you fancy Euro-centric comfort food, the roast potatoes are crunchy morsels of heaven.
165 Monroe Street Atteridgeville, Pretoria, Gauteng. Tel: +27 (0)12 373 7804.
7Jeya Jazz Corner
Noxolo Sume serves ‘ngudus’ (local slang for beer quarts) and plays jazz and blues to adoring fans. If you get peckish there are traditional Xhosa and European style light meals.
Sheya Kulati Circle, Cnr Ferguson Road, Avenue A, New Brighton, Port Elizabeth. Tel: 041 454 7567.
8Max’s Lifestyle Club
Max Mqadi’s regulars include politicians, wealthy socialites and celebrities so dress to impress. It may be a chisa nyama (town ship barbeque) but everything from Cuban cigars to Moet et Chandon champagne is offered.
Area Drive, Section V, Umlazi, KwaZulu-Natal. Tel: +27 (0)31 907 0461.
9Molakedi Bush Pub
Buck Molakedi serves BaSotho classics such as fermented sorghum Ting and Sechu sa Khoho stew. All menu items go well with beer and good company is always on the menu.
Pub 219 Mochera Street, cnr Ngcayiya Rd, Bloemfontein. Tel: +27 (0)51 564 0733.
10Alida Bikane Catering and Tavern
Alida Bikane offers both western and classic BaSotho food at her charming tavern in the mountain hamlet of Ladybrand. Service is small town charming and the food is delicious.
1390 Ramohapi Street Manyatseng, Lady Brand, Free State. Tel 082 7109714