TRA­DI­TIONAL food at its best topped the new menu which was un­veiled at the Aluta Restau­rant & Lounge, at the Steve Biko Cen­tre in Gins­berg, last Fri­day even­ing.

More than 40 peo­ple came to taste the new African Chic food range from the kitchen of man­ager Kay-Lee Campbell on the glit­ter­ing oc­ca­sion.

Among the guests were Nontsikelo Biko, widow of slain ac­tivist Steve Biko, and ra­dio per­son­al­i­ties from the SABC Trufm stu­dio, as well as reg­u­lar cus­tomers.

Prior to the event, an anx­ious Campbell told the GO! & Ex­press that they had brought some changes to the reg­u­lar menu and would be in­tro­duc­ing them soon.

“The African Chic menu is just a twist on the usual menu with ad­di­tions of South African tra­di­tional foods like beef dom­bolo, peri-peri chicken wings, aluta pap and vleis, um­le­qwa, ulusu, isi­bindi with the ad­di­tion of other con­ti­nen­tal food, such as Cape Malay mut­ton curry and Moroc­can lamb shank.”

Mar­ket­ing and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer for the Steve Biko Foun­da­tion Vuyo Mn­ton­intshi, in her open­ing ad­dress, wel­comed all guests and ex­plained the pur­pose of the spe­cial oc­ca­sion.

“I want to take this op­por­tu­nity to thank you for at­tend­ing this spe­cial oc­ca­sion.

“I have been try­ing the whole day tast­ing this new menu, but un­for­tu­nately could not make my de­ci­sion as ev­ery­thing is de­li­cious,” Mn­ton­intshi said.

Then it was on to the main event, as friendly wait­ers served cus­tomers who had been wait­ing in much an­tic­i­pa­tion to get a taste of the new menu.

Bhisho-based SABC News pre­sen­ter Phindie Ndamase said: “I love the Mor­roc­can lamb steak, it’s plain and orig­i­nal – and my sec­ond choice is the Cape Malay mut­ton curry.”

Phile­lani Manyanesa of Dim­baza is the man­ager at Prime and Mousse Hair and Make-Up Stu­dio in King Wil­liam’s Town. She loves cook­ing and knows the taste of food.

“I like the spices used in the Cape Malay mut­ton curry be­cause it’s not too salty and I can taste the pa­prika, so I just love it!”


GOOD STUFF: Chef Ziphoz­ihle Mondo, left, and man­ager Kay-Lee Campbell show off se­lec­tions from their new menu at Aluta Restau­rant & Lounge

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