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Delicious group meals in South Africa

For many, an unforgettable holiday can be measured in good meals shared with good friends. After all, there’s nothing quite like feasting upon exotic game as the sun slowly sinks over the horizon, or enjoying dinner in an establishment where the waiters aren’t just serving food, they’re serving time. Delicious meals However you choose to whet your palate, South Africa has something to offer every inquisitive taste bud. We have been busy scouring the country to find the best, most interesting restaurants in South Africa, and have been astounded by the culinary gems uncovered. But these secrets are best shared, so read on and get planning your next South African holiday. Most wanted cuisine If you’re seeking a truly unique dining experience then you’ve found it at Drakenstein A La Carte. It’s not just the food here which makes the restaurant stand out, but its staff. The waiters and chefs are all convicted criminals, currently serving time in Drakenstein prison. Drakenstein A La Carte is an inventive way of providing inmates with a strong work ethic and the opportunity to show diners how criminals can be rehabilitated. All of the inmates have received qualifications for working in the kitchen, and possess a natural flare for fixing up some mightily delicious meals. Order from a menu stocked with delights such as burgers, chicken schnitzel and rump steak, chased down with a beer or local wine from the Cape. A meal at Drakenstein A La Carte is sure to have you all talking for years to come. Another shrimp on the barbie South Africa is renowned for its barbecued meats, from beef to boerwurs (meaning farmers’ sausage). However, at Die Strandloper Seafood Restaurant, it’s the catch of the day which is fired up to perfection. Die Strandloper There is no menu at this shack-cum-restaurant. What you order is dictated purely by what the fishermen have caught that day. But you can usually expect delicious dishes of mussels and lobster, all grilled over driftwood fires of course. With an extremely casual dining space, Die Strandloper is the perfect venue for a relaxed dinner with friends and family, where you can gather around and reminisce as the earthy aromas of smoke and sea salt fill your lungs. Feasts of beasts If you’re travelling with a pack of bloodthirsty meat-eaters then you will surely relish a meal at the aptly named Carnivore. Carnivore The flagship restaurant in Johannesburg serves an array of rare and unusual meats, from crocodile to impala. Its menu changes seasonally, ensuring that only the freshest game is served, with salads and baked potatoes to accompany the delicious meats. Carnivore’s dining experience is a truly unique and social one, as serving staff will continue to bring plates stacked with meat to your table until you “surrender” by lowering the flag on your table! Not only does this mean you won’t have to worry about going hungry, but you can dedicate your time to discussing how zebra tastes compared to giraffe with your companions, without having to waste time poring over a menu. Matthew Coe is Online Marketing Manager for Wanderforth. If you would like to be a guest blogger on A Luxury Travel Blog in order to raise your profile, please contact us.

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  1. Hi Mathew,

    Thanks for this round-up of select restaurants in South Africa.

    I haven’t visited the country yet, but I’ll get there within the next couple years. I will definitely keep in mind the Drakenstein A La Carte! what a cool way to employ prisoners and help them establish useful job skills.

    As for Feasts of Beasts, I feel quite differently. I do eat meat, but I’m not quite sure of the ethics about eating such exotic animals as giraffe and zebra. And I cringe to think of what endangered animals might be on the menu. I tend to believe such restaurants should not be allowed to exist.

    Do you know anything more about the restaurant’s policies on which animal meats they serve and where it comes from?

    cheers, Lash

  2. I wouldn’t call this is a round-up – there are far more than three restaurants that offer excellent meals for groups.

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