From Bunny chow to Melktert to Droewors, South Africans sure know how to whip up a decent meal. And while our borders might shut and dining-in might be reduced, these divine African flavours can still be ordered to take-away or delivered to your door. Whether you want to satisfy those nostalgic South African cravings or try something new, check out our favourite spots below.
Fred’s Fine Foods
With a convenient online shop, Fred’s Fine Foods means delicious SA treats coming straight to you. Known for their variety of dried meats, the biltong selection alone is enough for a flavourful browse; offering chilli sticks, grated biltong, traditional biltong, and biltong chips. You can also go wild on their Sweets & Chocolate list, which includes all of SA’s best. From Cadbury’s P.S Caramilk to Beacon’s TV Bar to Nestle’s Bar One, and Chocolate Log, it’s going to be a big authentic sugar rush.
Inside Africa is our go-to chain of South African shops. While they’re located in both Albany and East Tamaki, you may want to check out their online shop to save yourself a trip. From chutney’s to marinades to soups and sweets, you’ll likely be tempted to overload your cart. Out of their wide selection, our personal favourites are their Koo Guava Halves, Spur Durky Sauce, Beacon Easter marshmallow eggs, and their tasty variety of Ouma Rusks.
Rack ‘n’ Roll Ribs
You simply can't go wrong with Rack ‘n' Roll Ribs, especially when it's an Uber Eats delivery away. On their epic menu are several delicious options categorised into racks, chicken, burgers, sauces, combo’s, sides, and something sweet. From a family pack of ribs to a cheese & bacon burger to a classic chicken breast, you can count on these guys to give you your protein fix. With whatever option you choose, get ready to match it with a top-notch sauce, such as their famous Rack 'n' Roll BBQ sauce, a flavourful homemade Tartare, or a simple Cheese Sauce. And with locations on either side of the bridge, you'll be thrilled to know it shouldn't be too hard to get your hands on this comforting SA feast.
The Meat Room
Biltong and Dry Wors-lovers travel near and far to The Meat Room Shop. Although their small Brown’s Bay location is always a lovely stop, many are turning to their recently launched online shop. Offering Beef Biltong, Chilli Stick, Dry Wors, and Wagyu Beef Biltong, it’s a concise but perfected list. With each meat receiving raving reviews, there may be many taste-tests needed before deciding your favourite type.
White Cloud Spur
Identifiable by their iconic Native American logo, Spur is bound to send South Africans down an instant trip to memory lane. Since being introduced to New Zealand in 2016, this steakhouse franchise restaurant has been home to many birthday celebrations, family get-togethers, and weekend treats. On their well-loved menu is a range of mouth-watering dishes, all of which come served as an insanely-sized portion. From Buffalo wings to chargrilled rump to Hawaiian schnitzel, you can expect to finish your meal feeling full. When you combine these meats with their famous homemade waffles and peppermint crisp tart, it’s fair to say this place is a cheat-day dream.
Located amongst the Northcross shops, the newly opened D'urban Delites is a rising star on the block. Dedicated to providing authentic South African street food, you can expect a simple traditional menu — perfect for a quick order ‘n go. Written above the counter, on a big blackboard, you’ll see a selection of meals separated into bunny chow, rice & curry, roti & curry, burgers, curry pies, and snacks. For those who aren’t familiar with the marvellous creation of bunny chow, this traditional SA fast food dish involves a hollowed-out white loaf of bread filled with curry. It may sound simple, but when packed with the right flavours, it’s a dish that can’t be missed. Another popular choice is undoubtedly the vetkoek & mince. With this dish, basically being fried dough and meat, it’s one of these “good for the soul” moments you sometimes just need.
Another SA favourite on the shore is Bushman’s Grill. As their name suggests, this authentic spot has mastered the art of flame cooked meats. Having worked in both Zimbabwean and South African restaurants, you can expect experienced co-owner Shane to cook up some of the best. On their jaw-dropping menu is an extensive range of hearty options. Whether you’re up for a full rack of ribs or a quarter flame-grilled chicken, you’ll no doubt be licking your plate. Save room for dessert, with Bushman’s Grill serving up several traditional desserts including Peppermint Crispy Tart and Malva Pudding.