Kamini Pather is at home in kitchens and restaurants alike. Image: Christine Meintjie

If there is one thing that South Africa is getting a name for, it’s exquisite cuisine. But with so many options how do you choose where to go? Guest writer Kudi Maradzika tracked down the most appropriate person to ask, MasterChefSA winner Kamini Pather…

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Kamini Pather – MasterChef SA winner, food-writer, fashion icon and now host of the all-new food-travel TV show, Girl Eat World on Food Network.

Here are Kamini Pather’s favourite food spots, where a delectable menu is seamlessly blended with incredible décor and perfect ambience to create a food experience to remember. Let’s start in the City of Gold, Jozi, which has a thoughtful and layered food culture.

Workshop 55 in action. The locations of restaurants in Jozi could be anything from a basement parking lot to a seemingly dodgy part of town.

City: Joburg | Top Spot: Baha Taco

What Jozi is great at doing is creating spaces that transport a person from whatever street they are on, into an oasis. Baha Taco – the new kid on the Norwood block really is making its presence known with patrons that spill out into the streets. They started as a food truck touring the music festivals to feed the bleary eyed miscreants wielding instruments, as well as a few not-so-innocent bystanders. With crowds cheering for an encore, David and Kat set up what they imagined would be a quiet hole-in-the-wall to serve their traditionally made and locally sourced, organic Mexican food. The churros are rumoured to be fantastic, so be sure to save some space. 
ADDRESS: 38 Grant Avenue, Norwood, Joburg

City: Durban | Top Spot: PARC Cafe

PARC Cafe is a local eatery that has really grown in popularity with the neighbourhood. Their consistent servings of beautifully thought out salads, quiches, soups and sandwiches made with stone ground flour from their neighbour, The Glenwood Bakery, change on the regular. The one aspect that they keep is that everything is fresh and locally sourced. It’s a must for a balmy afternoon, cafe style luncheon in Durbs.
ADDRESS: Shop 2A, Oslo Buildings, 394 Esther Roberts Road (Old Frere Road), Glenwood, 4001

In true Durban style (boardies, sans shoes) restaurants are decorated with a similar too-cool-boet kind of way.

City: Cape Town | Top Spot: Waterkloof Wine Estate

The Waterkloof Wine Estate is one of thee most exquisite estates. The tasting room and restaurant look like a glass cube set in the vineyards with a view of False Bay. The driveway is also lengthy so the approach toward the unveil is dramatic and rightly so. Try the cheese board. Paired with world class wine and that view – it’s an afternoon to remember
ADDRESS: Sir Lowry’s Pass Road, 7130


The food at Waterkloof Wine Estate is out of this world. Image: Christine Meintjes

Cape Town while relaxed, has certain amount of prowess within the restaurant scene. The focus is definitely on finer details of designer elements.

City: Cape Town | Top Spot: Publik Wine Bar

Publik Wine Bar is not about being in your face with the fixtures and the evidence of truly great taste that runs through the space. The signs are in the choice of glassware, the black walls with wooden and copper finishes – they believe that less is more. Walk up to the bar and tell them what you feel like: something pink or bubbly is always a good place to start. Then order a cheese or charcuterie board. Great nights usually start here.
ADDRESS: 81 Church St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000

PUBLIK wine bar in Cape Town. Image: Bernard Myburgh for

City: Durban | Top Spot: The Market

The Market is built around a weeping tree in a gravel-covered courtyard. The small tables add a sense of French proportions to a space that is entirely effortless and modern. Try the Sweet corn fritters with poached egg. Add extra bacon. Their fresh juices are also legendary.
ADDRESS: 40 Gladys Mazibuko Rd, Durban, 4001, South Africa

Bon Appetite!


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UnknownOur sassy contributor Kudi Maradzika is a TV Producer and a freelance writer. Ever curious, bold and passionate, Kudi loves dancing, telling stories and creating memorable content. Find her on Twitter at @kudisco to stay inspired!