If you are like me and love authentic African food, then Shisa African Restaurant is definitely a place you need to check out.
Situated in the Port Elizabeth Harbour, it has secured a steady clientele since officially opening in mid-August.
With its unobstructed view of the harbour, Shisa does not only dish up on the food, but also delivers stunning vistas and an easy-going vibe.
Owners Zoliswa Majodina-Nkosi and her husband, Sbusiso, are originally from Cape Town.
They saw the vacant building while visiting a friend at the harbour and immediately made inquiries to Transnet when they got back to the Mother City.
The couple researched the Port Elizabeth harbour and realised there was no place offering iTshisanyama or authentic African cuisine here.
And so they came up with the idea of combining the two and submitted a proposal to Transnet, which was accepted.
They are by now very much known for much-loved African dishes such as umnqusho (samp and beans) with tripe, pap and lamb stew and also umleqwa (free-range chicken) served with dumplings.
Shisa African Restaurant also has a super seafood platter as well as salads.
And if you feel like a nice authentic braai, pop in over the weekend because there is a wide selection of meat you can choose from that can be braaied for you while you enjoy a nice cold beverage.
If you stop by on a Sunday afternoon, you will be entertained by Bay jazz powerhouse Asanda Mqiki and her band out on the deck.
The restaurant with its glass panelling and sleek, modern décor is the perfect hangout for friends who have busy work schedules but have that longing for some proper African home cooking.
But who has the time nowadays to wait hours on end for these hearty, slow-cooking dishes to materialise? Shisa makes it so easy.
My personal favourite was the samp and beans with tripe. It’s not often one gets to eat this outside the home and the tripe was beautifully soft and clean. The word clean is mentioned because it takes a certain touch for one to properly and thoroughly clean tripe.
For a taste of home, to make new memories or simply to see what authentic African cuisine is all about, Shisa African Restaurant is worth a visit. Children’s meals are also available.
- For bookings and more information, contact Shisa on 073-343-0457.