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“An insight into African Culture” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Gold Restaurant

Gold Restaurant
Ranked #14 of 1,135 Restaurants in Cape Town Central
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $34
Cuisines: African, Tunisian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Kids, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Tuck in to a 14-dish set tasting menu inspired by dishes from all over the African continent. Learn to play the djembe drums with one of our patient, friendly facilitators. Enjoy live African entertainment with stories told through music and dance.
Towcester, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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“An insight into African Culture”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2014

Good food - not top notch but with the great staff, entertainment and drumming session this was an experience we all enjoyed. Would recommend to visitors.

Visited July 2014
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Newport Beach, California
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58 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Lots of fun for the family”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2014

We got to taste a variety of local foods on a fixed price menu, and the food was quite good. The atmosphere was very fun, with African dancing and singing entertainment throughout the meal. Our family enjoyed the overall experience.

Visited July 2014
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Thank Tara B
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Cape town
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“I'd rather have gone to Moyo”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2014

Went to Gold to celebrate a friends birthday and with the tag line "opulent African cuisine" and the R400 set meal price tag, we were all excited about the prospect of African-inspired fine dining as well as the various entertainment options advertised.

Although the initial Djembe drumming was fun (despite a rather tetchy instructor), the food was a complete let down with small, over-cooked dishes of things that were numbered to allow for a "one each" policy.
I'd like to say that the lack of food was a problem but after tasting the meagre quota of (mightily tough) little kebabs and (long-time dead & frozen) prawns served with (frozen) florets of cauliflower and broccoli, it wasn't really particularly more-ish.

The main course was some strips of chicken in a sloppy sauce that - along wih everything else- was plonked down on the table in small bowls for us to dish ourselves. It had the same frozen-vibe and although perfectly edible, was a long way off the "opulent African cuisine" tag promised in the literature.

The entertainment portion of the evening was ok, and we all thought the performers were very good. If we weren't locals, we might have thought that this was a nice genuinely South African element to the evening- most of the other guests were foreigners so seemed oblivious to the mish-mash of tenuously African links that the acts were based on.

Basically, the standard of food really lets this experience down - for R400 pp without wine (as anyone earning in Rands can tell you, no small sum) Gold would need to go much more upmarket and invest in decent ingredients, tastier dishes and buck up their presentation. Otherwise there's plenty of other "African" eateries that outstrip this by a mile (moyo

  • Visited July 2014
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GOLDRestaurant_12, Owner at Gold Restaurant, responded to this review, July 31, 2014
Dear reviewer

Thank you for posting your feedback and comments on TripAdvisor. We welcome all comments, good and negative. However, there are some inaccuracies in your feedback that I would like to correct. The meal price is not R400pp. It is R275pp for our set menu and live entertainment. Djembe drumming is an optional extra and is R95pp. We do not have frozen food on our premises and make a huge effort to serve fresh and organic at all times – both our venison, beef and chicken is delivered fresh and sourced from organic farms. I am happy to provide you with my suppliers' details. Our vegetables are definitely not frozen either! So I am sorry that you did not have the experience that you were hoping for or expecting so please contact me directly to arrange for a complimentary tasting of our new menu in a months time. Cindy Muller Owner.

Warm Regards

Cindy Muller
Director
GOLD Restaurant
Cape Town
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Sydney, Australia
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18 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“A great night out”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2014

Went to gold on our last night in Cape Town to experience some African food and entertainment .
We weren't disappointed . The drumming lessons start at 6.30 pm . They go for half an hour very enjoyable . The teacher has agree sense of humour for those of us who can't keep time . Then went on a safari with a 12 course tasting meal with food from all parts of Africa . The wait staff where very friendly and efficient in describing the food and where it had originated from . Throughout the evening there was traditional musical entertainment . At the end of the evening all the staff including chiefs , and kitchen staff joined in the entertainment for about 30 min to finish a great night

  • Visited July 2014
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2 Thank Sue G
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GOLDRestaurant_12, Manager at Gold Restaurant, responded to this review, July 31, 2014
Dear Reviewer,

Thank you for your kind words and thank you for the review.

We look forward to welcoming you back in the future.

Kind Regards
GOLD Team
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Los Angeles, California
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33 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“A blast!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2014

The food was quite good, the setting was beautiful in an old brick warehouse, and the entertainment of live music, singing, and dancing very fun. It was a bit touristy, but everyone there loved it.

Visited June 2014
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Thank Keith000
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GOLDRestaurant_12, Manager at Gold Restaurant, responded to this review, July 22, 2014
Dear Guest,

Greetings from the team at GOLD Restaurant.

Thank you for your feedback regarding the restaurant.The comments
And kind words is greatly appreciated.

We look forward to welcoming back in the future

Safe Travels

Gold Team
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