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“Not to be missed!!! Very genuine kitchen with pure and homegrown ingredients, everything freshly home cooked by mama,”
Review of Mzansi

Mzansi
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: African
Description: Experience the Township of Langa at this traditional African restaurant. We cater to tourist and locals alike wishing to have a positive experience in Cape Town’s oldest township. Our kitchen is run by longtime Langa residents that have worked to put a modern twist on recipes that have been passed down through the generations. As you enjoy your locally sourced meal, a live Marimba band will entertain you with traditional African music (tipping is encouraged). Your support helps us to provide jobs and to empower our community. We kindly ask that you make a reservation/booking in advance for, we cook to order and are not a walk-in restaurant. Open for lunch and dinner, we request that you call 24 hours in advance or early in the morning. PLEASE NOTE: Our Restaurant will be closed September 19th-October 3rd, 2017 for holiday. We apologize for any inconvenience.
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Description: Experience the Township of Langa at this traditional African restaurant. We cater to tourist and locals alike wishing to have a positive experience in Cape Town’s oldest township. Our kitchen is run by longtime Langa residents that have worked to put a modern twist on recipes that have been passed down through the generations. As you enjoy your locally sourced meal, a live Marimba band will entertain you with traditional African music (tipping is encouraged). Your support helps us to provide jobs and to empower our community. We kindly ask that you make a reservation/booking in advance for, we cook to order and are not a walk-in restaurant. Open for lunch and dinner, we request that you call 24 hours in advance or early in the morning. PLEASE NOTE: Our Restaurant will be closed September 19th-October 3rd, 2017 for holiday. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Reviewed October 11, 2018

Having been at the Chef's Warehouse in Beau Constantia for lunch, we were not quite keen on having another heavy meal for the evening. But Mama's food is far away from being heavy, fatty and swimming in sauce. She uses very light, tasteful and pure ingredients and makes simple dishes cooked with love and happiness. You can find lentils, mushrooms with spinach, chakalaka salad, coleslow with raisins, broccoli salad with cranberries, beef stew, chicken, crispy potatoes, black pudding with cream. When we there she cooked 15 mains, 12 of whom were suitable for vegetarians. To die for!!! While eating, a local band plays african and continental music, also very genuine and groovy. The restaurant also houses a very giftet painter from Angola who makes pictures using beach sand and paint, giving traditional african scenes a funky twist. Much better to buy from him then from one of the overpriced shops at V&A or long street.
As to logistics, it is better to leave your rental car at home, not because Langa is dangerous (it really isn't), but because Harlem Street is narrow and does not have parking space. We took a cab from Camps bay which charged us R 150. This money will easily be saved on the food / Drinks because these come at a very good price.
Your hotel, B&B host might discourage you from going to Mzansi because they think it is dangerous but it really is not. It is at the outskirts of the towship, 2 min away from the motorway. Just take a taxi and you are safe.
Mama, the hostess personally looks after the guests and makes sure they have everything they need. She is a very authentic person and tells the story of how she started the restaurant. She really deserves the support from travellers because the locals will not go to a township because they think it is dangerous (it really isn,t).
Don't think you can't get a place just because this place has good reviews. There is a lot of space there and you can get in even when booked at the same day. Just make sure you book, because mama prepares everything fresh every day.
This place was one of the best experiences we had in Cape Town. And we have done quite a few Super Chefs!

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed October 9, 2018

We decided to experience Mzansi based on the reviews and were not disappointed! This is a must do experience when visiting Capetown. The atmosphere, food and entertainment was outstanding and it was great to share the meal with other travelers from all over the world. We arranged a taxi to take us out and wait for 2 hours while we ate then take us back to Capetown it was easy and we felt completely safe.

Date of visit: September 2018
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Reviewed October 5, 2018

The restaurant is essentially in the home of the owner. The food was fantastic and authentic. The place is out of the way but well worth the trip.

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed October 4, 2018 via mobile

On our first day in South Africa we ate dinner at Mzansi because we were told it was an authentic South African eating experience. The hotel kept trying to send us to a big tourist restaurant with a show but we decided to follow the Mzansi recommendation. We were not disappointed to say the least, we were enchanted. The food was fantastic. The entertainment was amazing and the atmosphere was real South Africa. Yes this restaurant is in a township. Yes townships are dangerous but when at Mzansi we were safe and treated like family. Don’t be scared out of this fabulous experience.

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank Mark J
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Reviewed October 2, 2018

We loved every minute of our evening at Msanzi. The atmosphere is so warm and welcoming, the music was wonderful and the food was absolutely the best African food we ate in Capetown. I especially like that the owner and hostess is entirely engaged with guests throughout the evening and really treats you like family. She also uses locally sourced ingredients from the community gardens in Langa and provides a lot of employment for the people of the township. We met people at our guesthouse who were advised not to go into the townships but we never felt at all threatened going into or out of Langa. Once at the restaurant we were greeted by staff who also called for and saw us to our taxis on our departure. If you want a real African family style dining experience while visiting Capetown, be sure to go to Mzansi.

Date of visit: September 2018
1  Thank Peggy9075
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