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.
AFRICAN AGENDA Roving Bantu Kitchen offers uniquely local flavours