The best restau­rants

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Tri­pad­vi­sor lists 80 restau­rants in Wind­hoek alone. We couldn’t test them all – and you al­ready know about Joe’s Beer­house. Here are some other op­tions, all of which demon­strate that Wind­hoek’s food cul­ture is not al­ways what you’d ex­pect.

Am Wein­berg

This house was built in 1901 and is a na­tional mon­u­ment. Am Wein­berg has been one of the best restau­rants in Wind­hoek since 2004. While it’s cer­tainly not the most af­ford­able – a Tafel Lager (R28) is cheaper than an Ap­ple­tizer (R33) – the menu is one of the best Namibia has to of­fer. How about gems­bok cooked in mer­lot and served with an apri­cot and honey sauce (R190)? The bal­cony has a lovely view of Klein Wind­hoek and Lud­wigs­dorf. Treat your part­ner to an an­niver­sary meal here if it co­in­cides with your Namib­ian hol­i­day. Where? 13 Jan Jonker Street When? 11.30 am un­til late. Con­tact: 00 264 61 23 60 50;

www.amwein­berg.com

Craft Café

This café in the Old Brew­eries build­ing fo­cuses on healthy foods and has lots of op­tions for veg­e­tar­i­ans. The fruit juice is freshly squeezed – try the lime and ginger (R34) or or­ange and car­rot (R35). The spinach and feta quiche with salad (R90) and the ap­ple tart (R39) are pop­u­lar choices, and the cof­fee is ex­cel­lent. The “milch kaf­fee” (R32) is a gi­ant cup of milky cof­fee. The ve­randa is lovely and the café has free Wi-Fi. The Namibia Craft Cen­tre on the same premises is a good place to sniff around for sou­venirs ( namib­i­acraft­cen­tre.com). Where? 40 Tal Street When? Mon­day to Fri­day from 9 am to 6 pm; Satur­day and Sun­day from 9 am to 3.30 pm. Con­tact: 00 264 61 24 9974;

craft­cafe-namibia.com

NICE

The Namib­ian In­sti­tute of Culi­nary Ed­u­ca­tion (NICE) not only trains chefs and peo­ple in the hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try, it’s also home to one of the top restau­rants in Wind­hoek with its own or­ganic veg­etable gar­den for the fresh­est pro­duce. Whether you make a quick stop for cock­tails at the bar (called Theo’s) or if you stay to or­der sushi or a Moroc­can lamb shank with green-pep­per cous­cous (R120), you’ll def­i­nitely have a nice time. Where? 2 Mozart Street When? Lunch: Mon­day to Fri­day from noon to 2 pm; din­ner: Mon­day to Sun­day from 6 pm to 10 pm; sushi: Tues­day to Satur­day from 5 pm to 10 pm; Theo’s: Mon­day to Satur­day from 4 pm to 2 am. Con­tact: 00 264 61 300 710; nice.com.na

Cor­ner of 62nd

This restau­rant opened its doors in 2013 af­ter own­ers Peter and Ruda Hoch re­stored the old house dat­ing from 1938. Peter is a chef and spe­cialises in “ex­per­i­men­tal cui­sine” from Namibia and abroad. Try the Green Thai bean stew (suit­able for veg­e­tar­i­ans, R75), Chef Peter’s Choice (beef fil­let wrapped in ba­con and served with prawns in gar­lic but­ter, R145) or the Sweet African Dream (Amarula dessert, R55). They also of­fer cooking classes and wine and whisky tast­ings. Where? 62 Bis­marck Street When? Mon­day to Satur­day from noon to 10 pm. Con­tact: 00 264 61 246 288; cor­nerof62nd.com

The Stel­len­bosch Wine Bar & Bistro

This restau­rant in the heart of Klein Wind­hoek is run by, among oth­ers, Jean En­gel­brecht from Rust en Vrede near Stel­len­bosch. It has an ex­ten­sive wine list and dishes like pork belly served with chilli-ginger caramel (R97), Nor­we­gian sal­mon with stir-fried veg­eta­bles and sweet potato (R160) or a beef burger with camem­bert, red onions and pick­els (R99). They of­fer reg­u­lar wine-tast­ing ses­sions. Where? 320 Sam Nu­joma Av­enue When? Mon­day to Satur­day from noon to 10 pm. Con­tact: 00 264 61 309 141;

thestel­len­boschwinebar.com

Andy’s

If you want to party like the lo­cals, try this Ger­man bar. The walls are cov­ered in old num­ber plates and mem­o­ra­bilia and you’re guar­an­teed some fas­ci­nat­ing con­ver­sa­tions. They sell a variety of icy beers and Andy’s pizza is known as the best in the city. The ser­vice is some­times slow, but be pa­tient and or­der an­other beer.

Where? 324 Sam Nu­joma Av­enue When? Mon­day to Sun­day from 11 am to 11 pm. Con­tact: 00 264 61 401 516

Haiku Sushi Lounge

If you’re look­ing for sushi with a twist, visit the Haiku Sushi Lounge at the Auas City Ho­tel. The menu has items like sal­mon with ap­ple, avo and a chardon­nayand-wasabi sauce (R150) and a sushi pizza with a rice base (R130). Go on a culi­nary ad­ven­ture! Where? Auas City Ho­tel, Cen­tau­rus Street (next to the Maerua shop­ping cen­tre) When? Mon­day to Satur­day from noon to 10 pm. Con­tact: 00 264 61 246 956;

haikusushi­namibia.com

Yang Tze

“I sold my stove. I’d rather eat here,” says one pa­tron in this Chi­nese restau­rant. The menu has ex­otic dishes like jel­ly­fish (R45) and pork kid­neys (R85), plus safer op­tions like chicken and cashew nut stir-fry (R100). Where? 351 Sam Nu­joma Av­enue When? Daily from 10.30 am to 10 pm. Con­tact: 00 264 61 234 779

Fish­mon­gers

Tommy Kell­ner and Marco Eck own the best seafood restau­rant in Wind­hoek. They sell fresh fish for you to cook at home or you can sit down to a meal of hake in beer bat­ter with chips (R60). The sushi is de­li­cious, es­pe­cially the crunchy prawn tem­pura roll (R85). Where? 14 Adler Street When? Mon­day to Fri­day from 9 am to 6 pm; Satur­day from 9 am to 2 pm. Con­tact: 00 264 61 304 583;

fish­mon­gers.cc

NICE

AM WEIN­BERG

CRAFT CAFÉ

ANDY’S HON­ORARY MEM­BER. Jaap Hunze is a reg­u­lar at Andy’s bar. Have a beer with him while you wait for your pizza.

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