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The Sizzle of Shisanyama

The Sizzle of Shisanyama

Indisputably local, Shisanyama started out, as most street food does, as a meal of convenience. Buy and Braai… True to tradition, vibrant barbecue stations are often situated just outside butcher shops, as a service to patrons looking for a quick bite to eat, often during a lunch break. As appetites ignite, braai fires are lit and vigorously fanned into flame to prepare the coals for shoppers as they emerge with their parcels containing chops, boerewors or chicken. This is often a teary-eyed affair, accentuated by loads of laughter and gesticulating, animated conversation and the odd burned finger. Meat is spiced or marinated, prepared to taste and served on paper plate.

Feast with family and friends… A far slower culture of Shisanyama takes place at social occasions, especially family gatherings. Unlike the street-food version, meat is prepared with all the traditional trimmings, including pap (refined maize-meal porridge, similar perhaps to polenta).

and tomato & onion gravy – there are many versions of this sauce, which is sometimes spiked with fresh chilli to add even more “shisa” to the Shisanyama experience. Other popular side-dishes include chakalaka (a spicy vegetable relish), dombolo (dumplings) bread and coleslaw.

There are a number of fashionable restaurants and taverns in- and around Durban that offer exceptional Shisanyama. You can opt for a traditional fireside Shisanyama experience, or if you are in the mood to dress up for a more sophisticated occasion, minus the smoke and running mascara, you can opt to enjoy Shisanyama at one of the top-notch lounges, popular not only for their food, but for their live music. The braai’d meat is traditionally served in a communal platter, from which diners can select their favourite cuts.

Authentic Shisanyama is best enjoyed Kasi-style, amid laughter, clanking glasses and great music. It is more than mnandi (very nice), it is eish! Mnandi (amazing!).

Tate’s Kasi Grill

Where? 433 North Road, Mvuzane,
Clermont Route 6
When? Mon – Thu: 7:30am – 8pm
| Fri & Sat: 7:30am – 10pm | Sun: 7:30am -12pm
Connect! 083 246 5634 / admin@buhlebekhaya.co.za

Max’s Lifestyle

Where? 328 Mbe Road, Umlazi
Route 8
When? Mon – Thu: 7am – 8pm | Fri – Sun: 7am – 12pm/late
Connect! 031 906 1393 / www.maxlifestyle.mobi

Eyadini Lounge

Where? 3 Peace Road, Umlazi
Route 8
When? Mon – Sun: 7am – 12am
Connect! 031 906 1395 / www.eyadiniumlazi.co.za

Nuz Vegas Lounge

Where? Phambili Road, Umlazi
Route 8
When? Mon – Thu: 9am – 8pm
| Fri & Sat: 9am – 2am | Sun: 9am – 12am
Connect! 031 906 9881 / 072 281 0068

Metro Tavern

Where? B277 Dhekani Dlamini Street, Umlazi
Route 8
When? Mon – Wed: 10am – 10pm Thu: Bookings only
Fri & Sat: 10am – 12pm | Sun: 10am – 10pm
Connect! 031 906 6546 / 074 266 3608

Legacy Meats

Where? A1068 Sihle Mooli Road, Umlazi
Route 8
When? Mon – Thu: 8:30am – 5pm | Fri & Sat: 8:30am – 8pm
| Sun: 8:30am – 5pm
Connect! 078 519 8453 / hlopeclive@yahoo.com

Artizen Lounge

Where? 106353 Street, KwaMashu
Route 4
When? Mon – Thu: 10am – 10pm | Fri & Sat: 10am – 2am
| Sun: 10am – 12am
Connect! 082 970 7475 / afrizenlounge@gmail.com

Under The Moon

Exclusive Lounge
Where? 53358 Curnick Ndlovu Highway, Indanda
Route 4
When? Mon – Thu: 9am – 10pm | Fri & Sat: 9am – 2am
| Sun: 9am – 12am
Connect! 031 519 0841 / 082 888 3444
gideon@phungulainc.co.za / www.underthemoon.co.za

Hlabikhefu Cafe & Restaurant

Where? 1106 Zazi Road Clermont,
Route 6
When? 8:30am – 9:30pm
Connect! 082 5515 798 / sbu.mthembu@telkomsa.net

Comfort Zone Jazz Lounge

Where? 48 Madondo Road, Clermont
Route 6
When? Fri – Sun 2pm – late
Connect! 061 319 6314 / steve@thecomfortzone.co.za

One & Only

Where? E943/44 Sidiya Road, KwaMashu
Route 8
When? Wed & Thu: 10am – 8pm | Fri – Sun: 10am – 2am
Connect! 082 964 3289 / dineotshabs@gmail.com