Dine In Brooklyn 2010 | Madiba Restaurant


Taking full advantage of the first day of spring, we trekked to Fort Greene in order to indulge in Brooklyn Restaurant Week – “Dine-in Brooklyn” We headed over to Madiba Restaurant.  Madiba, which is named after Nelson Mandela, is touted as the first South African restaurant in the NYC area. The wait was long but I guess you could say it was worth it. The prix fixe Restaurant Week menu consisted of 3 courses: “Departure”, “Mid-Flight” and “Sweet Arrival”.

For the “Departure,” we chose Pap & Wors and Madiba Salmon. The boerewors dish was Melissa’s favorite. The lamb sausage sat atop a heap of paps and chakalaka. The paps, which reminded us of grits, were the perfect consistency. The chakala, a spicy bean relish, added another dose of flavor to the savory dish. The delectable salmon was grilled to perfection and the bed of greens were the tastiest wild greens I’ve ever had. The pearl couscous provided the perfect balance for this light meal.

During “Mid-Flight,” we feasted on the Vegetable Breyani and Bobotie. Golden raisins gave the Breyani – a baked curry rice pilaf – a hint of unexpected sweetness. The Bobotie, an almond-crusted, curried ground beef, complemented the plain yellow rice.  Mango chutney, cucumber mint yogurt, a coconut concoction and what resembled pico de gallo, accompanied the second course. These condiments, a.k.a  “sambals” allowed us to add a little more zing to our dishes.

Then there was dessert… The “Sweet Arrival” was Malva in the Mini, a warm, Cape Dutch pudding made with apricot jam, served with a dollop of ice cream. One word – DIVINE.

The warm weather was perfect for sitting in Madiba’s outdoor space. Although traffic at the restaurant was high, we were able to enjoy an extremely leisurely brunch. Oh… and it was only $20.10/person for 3-courses (excluding drinks, tax & gratuity). What a steal!

Brooklyn Restaurant Week ends tomorrow, March 25th so it’s not too late for you and your friends to enjoy a chic and inexpensive lunch/dinner. Click here for the list of restaurants participating in Dine in Brooklyn 2010.

Bon appétit!

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  1. I've heard so much about this spot. Maybe it's time to check it out!


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