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CityPress - - Trending - 125 Caro­line Street, Brix­ton, Joburg

it­u­ated on the cor­ner of Caro­line and Esher streets in Brix­ton, Rov­ing Bantu Kitchen is a cosy, ram­shackle res­tau­rant, painted a warm red in­side. It is dec­o­rated with var­i­ous strange pieces of African mem­o­ra­bilia and bric-abrac. Old the­atre and film posters, news­pa­per head­lines and Spring­bok Ra­dio record sleeves dom­i­nate the walls.

It is the brain­child of Si­fiso Ntuli and Ash­ley Heron, long­time Brix­ton res­i­dents. They were be­hind Brix­ton club House of Nsako, which many Joburg live-mu­sic fans will re­mem­ber with fond­ness.

Ntuli said the res­tau­rant be­gan in­for­mally late last year, but started proper op­er­a­tions from Fe­bru­ary this year. It is open from Thurs­day to Satur­day, from 6pm.

Thurs­day nights of­fer a film screen­ing and dis­cus­sion with your three-course meal, while Fri­days and Satur­days fea­ture live mu­sic or a DJ to get your groove on.

The night we vis­ited, vet­eran maskandi mu­si­cian Bheki Khoza treated us to two won­der­ful sets. It wasn’t just Khoza’s gui­tar work that im­pressed; the man is a won­der­ful sto­ry­teller and re­galed din­ers with hu­mor­ous anec­dotes from his mu­si­cal past.

But it was the menu of what Ntuli refers to as “Afro-soul food” that was the real clincher. The night we dined at Bantu Kitchen, the menu in­cluded a choice of starters from spinach and cheese samoosas to chicken feet or spicy giblets and dip­ping bread.

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