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A Traditional Jozi Dinner At Sophiatown – Newtown, Johannesburg

One day after classes my friends Siya, Sipho and I decided to go to Sophiatown. I had been craving Mogodu and uMngqusho for a long time and Siya and I had just never gotten the chance. We got there late afternoon and guess who were sitting at the table next to ours? The one and only Sibongile Khumalo and Khanyo Maphumulo.

The Venue

The restaurant is decorated in the style of the Sophiatown era as the name suggests. The walls are clad in murals that depict the Sophiatown area and how the people lived. There is a bar area but if you are looking for something more intimate, there is also an area with couch seating. The candles on the tables are an extra plus.


The Food

As I mentioned, we decided to go here because of my craving. Siya and I had the Mogodu and Umngqusho which came with a side of pumpkin and spinach. Sipho had a beef stew and we all thoroughly enjoyed our meals. We proceeded to order dessert. I had cheesecake (the have their cakes freshly baked everyday) which was great, but as usual, dessert defeats me. I overall bill came in at R340 which is a total bargain.


I loved the fact that as we got there they were busy putting candles on the table. The food was great and the ambience allowed for us to relax and have great conversation. Our waitress also gave us excellent service but my ultimate highlight was having a plug point to charge my phone right at my table. Sophiatown definitely has a returning customer in Richmond Sajini and maybe the next time, it will be at its Melville counterpart.

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Richmond Sajini is a musician and media entrepreneur in the public relations, television, radio and retail spaces in South Africa. He studied Public Relations and Communication at the University of Johannesburg and has worked on brands such as Coca Cola, Tsogo Sun, Heineken as well as the South African National Roads Agency. He has been told to shut up many times by people who don’t understand that he is in love with the sound of his own voice. For this reason he decided to start his own blog where he would share his thoughts and experiences without inhibition. Visit his blog, and follow him on Twitter @richmondsajini.


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