Duration: 3 hours (approx)
1900 – 2200, Tuesday through Sunday
- a feast of communally served dishes from across the African continent
- long table dining, sharing with a diversity of people, local and international
- Zulu gingerbeer!
- Inkomaas smoothies
- 8 course meal
- wine and beer
- mineral water
- English speaking guide
- Transfer from accommodation to venue and home in air-conditioned mini-van
- discretionary gratuities
- suitable for vegetarians or vegans (probably the best vegetarian and vegan dining in South Africa!)
- suitable for all ages
This dining experience, hosted by Sanza Sandile, most famous for being one of Anthony Bourdain’s favourites in South Africa, is unrivalled.
Sanza serves up a feast of dishes from across the continent. What he serves will depend on what is freshly available from the marketplace, but expect food from South Africa, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Cameroon, Tanzania… as the name suggests, Sanza serves a variety of Pan Afrikan dishes.
The plates are served communal style, on a beautiful long wooden table that serves 20 diners. There are no separate tables. Guests from different parts of South Africa and the world get to know each other as they together share in this collective culinary experience. This is a dinner best suited to those who want to meet interesting people in addition to enjoying an incredible meal.
Everything Sanza serves is made himself: the sauces, the atchars and the preserves, and he even uses his own cultures in his yoghurt.
Sanza presents the meal as a form of theatre: he is the narrator, the server, the analyst and the historian. In this experience, food is political, and you can expect the conversation to move through global and local politics, food security, African sporting heroes, the history of radio in a post-apartheid South Africa, growing your own kale… all the way through to music trends on the continent and the future of Yeoville. Especially Yeoville. Yeoville is Sanza’s heart.
In short, it is an experience that is enriching on every level.
The programme for the evening runs something like this:
- Your guide collects you at your accommodation between 18h45 and 19h15.
- On route, the guide introduces the evening, sets the expectations, provides insight into local cuisine, contemporary and traditional.
- By 19h30 or so you are at Sanza’s place in Yeoville.
- Dinner is a leisurely affair, lasting a good two hours or so, sometimes longer.
- When it is time to go, your guide will get you back home happy. Usually by around 22h00.