We have longed for some of those South African delicacy’s since we left and the Bushmans Grill transports you right back there with a menu that will be sure to make the boere smile.
From the crumbled mushrooms to the creamed spinach, they haven’t just brought the flavours of SA to NZ they have done so with an authenticity that is truly outstanding.
The restaurant itself is a warm and peaceful place, this is in part to there being a kids play area out the back. The front is moody and more romantic and then the back area is a covered beer garden with room for big groups.
The decor is fairly African with some nice kiwiana thrown in the honour the mash of cultures.
The starters are your staples, buffalo wings, mushrooms, cheesy prawns, etc. But they also include snails and an onion blossom which we haven’t seen in so long. Our group was large and we were able to try most of them and I can honestly say that there wasn’t a bad one there. Prices range from $10 to $20 per starter and they are a great introduction to the meal.
Mains are for meat lovers, and trust me, they do not hold back on the servings. My wife and I shared the 600g T-bone Steak with creamed spinach, Mozambique pepper sauce and Monkeygland sauce (for all non South Africans this is a BBQ sauce, not from real monkeys). Super good! I mean cooked to perfection, condiments were excellent and at $42 for the dish, it was a bargain for the two of us. Other standout dishes from our table were the pork spare ribs and the chicken schnitzel with mushroom sauce. Again, it was very hard to fault the meal.
The experience as a whole was enjoyable for everyone, the kids had a great time in their area and this allowed the adults to relax and enjoy a drink and proper conversation.
For a family of four, with drinks you are looking at between $150 - $200 and you will be taking home some leftovers.
So for those who are from SA and looking for a taste of home or those who are looking for a different spin on those grill classics, the Bushmans Grill will satisfy all your senses and leave you wanting more. You will definitely go more than once as will we.
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