Eating Out in EmmarentiaDistrict Six Eatery
Where? 35 Greenhill Road, Emmarentia, 2000, Johannesburg
When? Please enquire.
How? Call +27 (0)11 486-7226
Cape Town’s area of District Six is one of deep history and culture, where the realities of the old South Africa and the Apartheid regime are offset by the modern vibrancy of the suburb and the warm hearts and smiles of its residents. This is the look and feel that infuses the District Six Eatery in Johannesburg and gives it such special character.
This restaurant, situated in Emmarentia (the well-known home of the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens), is as colourful and diverse as the people that made the original District Six what it was, and what it continues to be today. It celebrates the delicious cuisine of the Cape Malays, and is bedecked in eclectic, colourful pieces in true Cape style.
Panama hats hang from the walls, hurricane lanterns occupy their space on the floor, ornate mirrors and glassware are placed alongside china and old biscuit tins on the shelves; all giving this little hotspot a dynamic life of its own. The dramatic fuchsias, oranges, blues and greens finish off the look to perfection.
Diners wanting to sample the delicious flavours of the Cape will enjoy the comprehensive menu. It comprises starters like smoked snoek cocktail, pickled fish and samoosas. Main courses include oxtail and pumpkin stew, slow-cooked lamb, prawn curry, tomato bredie, bobotie, vegetarian curry and a five-bean curry. South Africans are known for their excellent sweets, and the dessert menu showcases some of the local favourites; such as melktert (milk tart), malva pudding, pumpkin fritters and Malay koeksisters.
Thanks to the great food and even better ambience, the District Six Eatery is very popular. So, it is best to book in advance, especially on weekends. The owner, chef and waitress, Grace Fourie, has a special love for the original District Six and its unique culture, and she loves adding a dash of the hospitality of the area when she spends time with customers, often bidding them farewell with a warm hug. This is the true District Six experience.