I decided at the beginning of 2017 that I will be bold. That I will learn to ask for what I want and that I will believe that I deserve it too. So I took the bold step to reach out to Cindy at Gold Restaurant and ask to be involved with the restaurant launching its new space and new menu.
Gold has been in a few locations. They started off at the Gold Museum at the top of Strand Street. When the space got too small to accommodate the many many people who wanted to experience the combination of Delicious food, excellent entertainment and warm, friendly service they moved into the Trinity Building in Bennett street, De Waterkant.
The space, originally built to house a 3 floor club-slash-restaurant-vibe, served a purpose for a bit but Gold soon found that it was time to make the space truly their own. A temporary move into the Rockwell for a few months as they worked tirelessly to create this space.
Now back in their building (with a few more surprises still in the works) Gold has their own space and a delightful new menu (The menu changes every few months) The stage for the drumming has been centered and what was a bit of a claustrophobic space has been opened up for a really accommodating room for large groups of people.
The food itself is a journey through the African continent. From Cameroon to Malawi, South Africa to Egypt, little bites to stews, salads to dessert and even the cocktails have a continental twist.
The evening is a whole experience. You place your drinks order before you head over to the newly renovated main hall for the 18:30 drumming session. Enthusiastic participation is encouraged and there are even little drums for little hands. Once you are done, you get to have your hands rinsed with rose-water. The lovely Nanki was on duty on our evening out.
When you get back to your table, your drink is waiting for you, your server comes to introduce themselves and give you a preview of your evening, a run through of the menu and entertainment. Rejoice from Zimbabwe was our waitress for the evening and she radiated warmth.
The menu is a set menu and you don’t need to choose from all the amazing options. A lot of the items are vegetarian and for the others there is always a vegetarian alternative.
The first items to grace our table were the Cameroon Benne Salad, the Sierra Leone Pepper relish and the Xhosa pot breads. The salad was too good to leave alone and I probably enjoyed it too much.
While we relished the first few dishes we were welcomed in with song and dance. Puppets and song and drums warmly invite you to enjoy your evening and the echos of the troupe throughout the restaurant can be heard as they move from group to group.
To follow were a few tasty bites, Malawi Sweet potato cakes, Lamb and Ostrich babootie samoosas and Tunisian Briouats with a creme fraiche and chutney dipping sauce. The Little Prince enjoyed his samoosa while The Husband and I tucked into the rest.
The dancing troupe were back with an emotive and energetic dance and song where the male dancers were trying to win the hearts of the woman they loved. The Little Prince helped them out by picking up what they dropped during their fevent dances.
By then though he was very tired and sensitive and when his dad took his tiny drum away and spoke to him a little firmly there were tears. Now normally I wouldn’t tell you about my son bursting into tears but for this review it’s relevant because of the amazing way the staff handled the situation. Mildred whipped him off to help her put in a drinks order and Rejoice and Kyle had him help with putting straws, teaspoons and other small things on the trays for all the drinks order and brightened up all our nights.
The last of the mains was brought to the table and by then I was so full! I highly recommend not doing what I did and rather having a little bit of everything so you can taste it all. The highlight for me was definitely the Tomato Bredie and the Timbuktu Tabouleh. The Springbok in the Bredie melted in your mouth and there was a simple, zesty freshness to the Tabouleh.
Dessert was really pretty with the 24k gold dust but I am a sucker for Pumpkin Fritters so The Husband got the 3rd cigar and I got the 3rd fritter, these were totally just after the taste as I was ready to roll down the stairs.
The night is capped with a heart warming Thank you performance by the troupe and the staff sending you off into the night, tummies full and covered in Gold.
Thank you Gold for taking me up on the offer and giving us an excellent night out as a family.
Overall: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Price: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Service: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Menu: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
The set menu is R355 per person and our drinks, 3 cold drinks and a cocktail didn’t even come to R90.
The staff is all very welcoming and warm from when you step out the car till you roll back into it. There is staff there that has been around for a very long time so you know they are treated as well as they treat you
The venue can accommodate small tables to large groups.
If you are looking for a quiet night out, this is not it. The troupe noise is sporadic and linked to the performances but the energy in the place is high so people tend to have animated conversations, play with the drums and sing along to the tunes in the background.