Johannesburg-born Duncan Welgemoed’s interpretation of African cuisine hits all the marks at Africola. Having conquered Bistro Dom, Chef Welgemoed’s new challenge is to introduce Adelaide to the strong, bold flavours of his homeland. Walking into the restaurant, you are bombarded with mouth-watering aromas from the grill and colourful designs jumping off the walls. Friendly and attentive staff members welcome you, share their knowledge and explain the sharing menu.
The seasonal menu is simple, yet it covers all the bases from vegetable dishes to grilled and smoked meats. A signature dish of the restaurant, peri-peri chicken boom!chakalaka is pure umami joy. The fiery sauce runs through the gamut of flavours, from garlic to lemon. Seafood lovers will enjoy the grilled octopus with charred avocado and salted jicama. Cured overnight, the grilled tentacles are soft and well combined with hot pickles.
PSST! Finish off your meal with the rose-scented rhubarb mess – a beautiful combination of tart yoghurt, pomegranate sorbet and crisp meringue.