According to owners Ashley and Sifiso, “The Roving Bantu Kitchen is NOT a restaurant. It is an eatery, a living museum, a Kultural base showcasing and exhibiting all what it is to be African, to be South African, past and present.” The vibe is laid-back and no day at the Roving Bantu is ever the same, they promise. “Our offering is homely and simple, our conversation is controversial and thought-provoking.”
Cooked in-house and prepared with fresh ingredients, their menu consists of wholesome “afro soul food” and features African classics such as Tripa Ala’ Mogodu (tripe), Walkie Talkies (chicken feet) and bull-foot soup (cow heels).
Roving Bantu also hosts regular live music acts and DJs, mostly on Friday and Saturday evenings, as well as documentary screenings, stand-up comedy and poetry nights. On Sundays, they host “Kolor Filim lunches” with deejays playing on the “Brixton Beach”, and every last Wednesday of the month, the Afro Freedom Book Club gathers; all are welcome to join a stimulating discussion, whether you have read the book or not. For those interested in Brixton’s historical background, Sifiso also offers tailor-made “tours with a difference” with stories, anecdotes, and off-the-beaten-track experiences. To find out what the upcoming events are, visit their Facebook page.
Venue: Roving Bantu, 125 Caroline St, cnr Esher St, Brixton, Johannesburg
Time: Thurs to Sat from 6pm | Sun 1pm to 6pm | Or any day of the week for a booking of more than 8 people
Cost: Free entry