1Cargo Hold, uShaka Marine World, Durban
For a dinner date with a bite, book a table next to the shark tank at the Cargo Hold restaurant on the Phantom Ship at uShaka Marine World. Watch the sharks, watch you, sink your teeth into a menu full of South African favourites.
2Moyo Restaurants, Jo’burg, Cape Town, Durban
Ethno-chic décor, Xhosa face painting and African troubadours who’ll serenade you as you feast on fare from all over Africa. Be sure to book in advance for this King Solomon’s Mines meets Out of Africa experience.
3Die Strandloper Restaurant, Langebaan
One of SA’s best eat-on-the-beach venues, socialise with your feet in the sand, a cold beer in hand, and savour out-the-sea-onto-the-braai fresh seafood at this famous open-air restaurant in Langebaan on the West Coast.
4Carnivores, Muldersdrift, Johannesburg
Enjoy a beast of a feast at this African barbeque venue. Curious carnivores are guaranteed 15 types of meat, including 5 game meats, at this all-you-can-eat banquet carved at your table off Massai spears.
5Lekgotla, Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton
Billed as ‘Africa’s dining’ room, taste from haute braai food to Tunisian curry in this Afro-chic boma on the piazza. It’s all drums, Afro-balladeers and designer Nguni cattle skins. If there was an African equivalent of the Hotel California – this would be its lobby.
6Bientang’s Cave, Hermanus
Once the dwelling of a Koi strandloper (beachcomber), feast on seafood and watch mating whales flirt in the bay just metres from your table.
7Evita Se Perron, Darling
Take in a splendid meal at this old train station and be entertained with live performances by one of South Africa’s most famous satirists, Pieter Dirk Uys.
8Roma Revolving Restaurant, Durban
See 360 degrees of Durban as you fill up on Italian specialities at this restaurant that’s been around (no pun intended) since 1973.
9The Sandbar, Kenton-on-sea, Port Alfred
Operating from a barge permanently anchored on a sand bank in the Bushman’s River, this local watering hole specialises in seafood, and the chef won’t object if you fish off the deck.
10Goblins Cove, Magaliesberg
Feast with the fairies in this fantasy garden eatery. The head Goblin (the chef) serves up seasonal produce with a little magic from some the wee folk helping in the kitchen. Pull up a toadstool and tuck in.