I hosted a restaurant review for Blunt Squad TV show here.Madiba is an authentic South African -themed spot in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn New York which has been open since 1999.The owner/executive chef, Mark Henegan, gave us a really warm welcome.The restaurant is modeled on a traditional South African 'shebeen' or tavern with the interior paying homage to the great Nelson Mandela.It has memorabilia reminiscent of Africa and even has a 'tuck shop' which stocks South African goodies like Mrs. Balls Chutney, Pronutro and Ouma Rusks.They even sell their own packaged biltong which is a dried meat snack.The food items on the menu are representative of the variety of cultures which can be found in South Africa.We were served with scrumptious meals like Oxtail Potjiekos, which was absolutely amazing, the meat fell off the bone, and was seasoned to perfection.The lamb Chops and boerewors(Farm sausage) were both perfectly flavored.We also tried Chakalaka(tomato relish, SA style) and Umngqusho Stambu(crushed corn and bean stew) which were also delicious.The Mozambican prawns with saffron rice tasted wonderful.I loved the fact that the majority of the food and spices are sourced from South Africa which reinforces the theme of the restaurant and complements the ambiance Mark is also involved in community outreach programs both in Brooklyn and South Africa.
We went back later on that night where the aura is completely different and the place is alive with African music, laughter, and good conversation.They had a Zimbabwean group playing live music
A great place to hang out and have a drink!
In closing, my advice is to pay a visit to this charming piece of Africa in Brooklyn, which is evidence to the rainbow nation and is "proudly South African "-A truly awesome experience
To learn more about this wonderful restaurant visit their website at http://www.madibarestaurant.com
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