You may have heard of him as a radio personality, but foodies know Sanza Sandile for Eat Arabi.
While all the African nationalities in Yeoville have great cuisines, Sandile has managed to merge and highlight them in a palatable and exciting way, while still acknowledging all the composite cultures.
In the diverse inner-city suburb of Yeoville, there’s a culinary treasure called the Yeoville Dinner Club. Owner Sandile curates a multisensory experience known as the Pan-Afrikan Plate, showcasing freshly sourced ingredients from a nearby market.
What started as an idea to provide Friday and weekend dinners in a casual space soon became the lively Yeoville Dinner Club where Sandile hosts everyone at his 18-seater table for lunches and dinners every day of the week.
The food is presented on a long wooden table and served collective style, evocative of an African home dining experience, creating a space that encourages the meeting of new people.
Sandile’s distinctive intuitions and cooking skills shape the scrumptious Pan-Afrikan Plate, a meal that features local favourites; Amaqina and soft centred Magwinya with a delightful crunch on the outside, but that is only one stop on the tour.
Pan-Afrikan Plate highlights Sandile’s assortment of palate-pleasing techniques, like flavour packed Mozambican fried fish, cassava, Moroccan red cabbage salad, and falafel with peanut sauce.
His take on West African Jollof rice puts a fleeting pause on the “who prepares it better? Nigerian vs Ghanaian Jollof” debate.
All main course meals are paired and garnished with homemade atchars, vegetable preserves, dips, pickled chillies and a tzatziki made with inkomazi instead of yoghurt.
Meals are then washed down with refreshing African cocktails and hibiscus/beetroot smoothies. For dessert, there’s poached pears with a delicious pear wine reduction and yoghurt.
Whether you book as one, two or more guests, the table will be made up of others too.
The Yeoville Dinner Club, 24 Rocky Street, Yeoville is suitable for vegetarians, vegans, first-time Pan-African cuisine explorers and everyone who already loves Sandile’s Pan-Afrikan Plate.