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“Unexpected Experience”

Canimambo Restaurant
Ranked #4 of 25 Restaurants in Graskop
Price range: $5 - $25
Cuisines: African, Portuguese
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Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Being a sea-faring nation the Portuguese were intrepid explorers and among the first Europeans to visit the Cape of Good Hope in the 1500s. In the Colonial era that followed they left their mark in various places on the African continent – Angola, Moçambique and South Africa. From the indigenous people they learnt the usefulness of chilies (piri-piri), which they combined with more traditionally Portuguese ingredients such as olive oil, lemon juice and garlic. Where European Portuguese food is delicately flavoured, Portuguese– Southern African cuisine is fearlessly fiery. Canimambo is a family run restaurant, where you can meet Carla, the Mozambican/Portuguese owner, husband Lance, sons Sean and Wesley, daughters Courtney and Nicole and son-in-law Nando. We pride ourselves in authentic cuisine, friendly service and a cozy atmosphere. Look out for the following when visiting us:The breadbasket: Portuguese rolls are an absolute treat and a meal within a meal. Figados de galinha á piri-piri (piri-piri chicken livers) is a local institution. Use the bread to mop up the lovely juices and you will understand why they never go out of fashion. Batata frita - hands down the South African Portuguese make the best potato chips in the country. Double fried with lots of salt and dollops of vinegar on demand, makes it comfort food in the extreme. Espetada de bife - The Portuguese espetada consists of cubes of perfectly aged rump steak, bay leaves and lemon dipped in course salt before landing on the grill. The natural bay leaf flavour permeates the meat and the salt seals those meaty juices in. Charred on the outside and succulent inside, it’s a steak meal with a difference. Galinha piri-piri (Piri-piri chicken) arguably the most popular dish in South Africa served hot, mild or with lemon butter sauce. Camarão grelhado na brasa (flame grilled prawns), sardinhas assadas na brasa (flame grilled sardines) and ervilhas com chourico e ovos escalfados (pea stew with chourico and poached eggs) are some of the other popular Portuguese dishes on the menu.
Reviewed May 7, 2014

We have visited Graskop for the first time ever last week - we were hungry and stumbled upon Canimambo quite by accident and what an experience we had! Excellent food, brilliant service and a great atmosphere were what we have experienced. Thank you to our waitress, Lynn Dennison - you make your job suit you perfectly!

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Reviewed May 6, 2014 via mobile

Had a great meal here, it was a little chilly outside so had the Caldo Verde, kale soup was cooked well. Finished off with the pea stew with chorizo, filling and wholesome. Service was very attentive!

Thank Bacchanallian
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Reviewed May 2, 2014 via mobile

Average food, we orderd the smoked chicken burger, it tasted and looked processed? We also ordered a chicken curry that was very average/ mediocre. Service was great though as were the cocktails that were reasonably priced. Prices however weren't very expensive which is reasonable.

Thank RigVeda
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Lance G, Owner at Canimambo Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded May 3, 2014

Yes there is something else to be said! We don't serve any processed food or curry in our restaurant. Even our chips are hand cut on site and fresh. We assume you are referring to chicken chacuti as curry. Chacuti is a blend of spices but does not contain curry. Both dishes can be seen in photos on this site.

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Reviewed April 28, 2014 via mobile

I hadn't been here before. Being told by everyone to visit them I then decided to try.. What a lovely surprise.. Nothing like I expected. One of the most memorable evenings in a long time. The food was without a doubt very well and tasty prepared. The staff came with a loving smile and served us without a doubt that they also enjoyed having us. Special mention HAS to be made to our lovely waitress (host), Lynn Dennison. Thanks everyone..

Thank Ben L
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Reviewed April 28, 2014

What an unexpected pleasant surprise food was amazing and service from our Waitress Courtney exceeded expectation. An overall great experience

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