Dining in South Africa

Overview by Globlatrade.net:
Categories of Restaurant
  • Traditional African Food Restaurants
Serve traditional foods like grilled meat and vegetables like beetroot, carrots, cabbage, potatoes & all kinds of maize products. One such famous restaurant is the chain of Moyo restaurants.
  • Cape Malay Restaurants
Cape Malay cuisine was introduced by Dutch settlers who founded the Cape Colony in the 1700s and brought their Muslim servants and cooks with them from Java in Indonesia – then a Dutch Colony. This type of cuisine is full of flavour but milder and sweeter than their Indian cousins. For more information, visit : Tourism Capetown.
  • French food Restaurants
South Africa has some of the excellent French food restaurants, but the prices are in the upper price bracket. These restaurants are available in most of the big cities in the country. For more information, visit: Eatout.
  • Sea food restaurants
South Africa has a large Greek and Portuguese population which are very much fond of sea food and have opened many seafood restaurants. For more information, visit : Dining-out.
Rules For Eating Out
Some restaurants remain close on Sundays or Mondays. ‘Liquor stores' are open weekdays 0900-1800 and Sat 0900-1300. Supermarkets are permitted to sell wine but not beer or spirits. No alcohol can be sold from shops on a Sunday.

All restaurants and bars/cocktail lounges have waiter service and you pay your bill at the end.

It is customary to tip waiters; normally 10-15% of the bill amount, if service is not included. By law, hotel rates do not include a service charge.


Price Indications

Economy Meal R 20-50
Medium Price Meal R 50-80
Good Quality Meal R 80-120
Food Specialties
South Africans like to eat out so. This has resulted into creation of a wide range of restaurants. Fruity and sweet Cape Malay cuisine can be found in Cape Town, while the Indian influence in Durban provides some authentic Asian food on the KwaZulu-Natal coast, and Mozambique peri peri spicy chicken and prawns are popular all over the country. Braais (barbeques) are hugely popular and every campsite. Meat is a well-loved staple in South Africa, although vegetarians are offered at least a couple of dishes in even small-town eateries.
Legal drinking age is 18. Some of the most common drinks in South Africa are:


• Umqombothi: a home-brewed sorghum beer.

• Excellent local red and white wines (including chardonnay), sherries and brandies.

• Rooibos: a red-leafed tea grown in the Western Cape.

• Amarula Cream: a sweet creamy liqueur made from the fruit of the Marula tree.

Table Manners
South Africa is a diverse country, so table manners depend on who you are dining with. however, here are some of the general etiquette tips:

- do not cut bread rolls. Instead, break them into small bite-sized pieces on a side plate.

- don't leave food on your plate when you're done eating.

- cross your knife and fork on your plate to indicate that you are still eating.

- place your knife and fork closely together next to your plate to indicate that you are done eating.

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