When moms families want to get out the house and enjoy a meal at a lovely adult restaurant, options are indeed limited. The usual suspects in terms of kid friendly restaurants really don’t appeal to me. So when I came across this hidden gem in the heart of Waterfall City, Midrand I was over the moon. I’m talking about Mythos’ sister restaurant Nostimo.
This Greek family friendly restaurant has an impressive Mediterranean menu, which includes great pizzas and sushi. The kid’s menu includes calamari, chicken souvlaki, pizzas and spaghetti & meatballs. Their breakfasts are really great too and fit my eating plan perfectly.
The highlight of Nostimo is the facilities available for the kids. There’s an arts and craft centre and a pottery studio were the kids can create gorgeous pieces of art under the watchful eye of a child-minder. Prices depend on the items selected by the kids (and thankfully payment is required before the kids commence).
There is also a wooden, nature-themed kid’s organic play area which is equipped with a slide, swing, walkway, rocking boat and push bike track. Needless to say that we don’t see much of the kids when we visit Nostimo.
And if all this wasn’t enough there is an astoundingly marvelous variety of luxury, homemade gelato and sorbet, which my kids make sure we never by-pass.
Busy Corner is an African cuisine restaurant based in the heart of Tembisa, Midrand that celebrates the authentic African culture, heritage and lifestyle. From very humble beginnings of a container, this restaurant has transformed into what it is today.
I was introduced to Busy Corner soon after my return to Gauteng. I’m always keen on new experiences and I’m so glad I tried it. This now happens to be one of my favourite places to eat out. This display of the authentic African culture and heritage make this a truly unique South African experience.
It’s all in the name
Imbizo is taken from the isiZulu word biza, which means to call or summon or a gathering of people, and is usually a spectacular affair. Shisanyama is a colloquial word derived also from isiZulu meaning to braai or cook meat over an open flame. Essentially, at Imbizo Shisanyama it’s about family and friends getting together to braai meat on an open fire in traditional African style.
What’s on the menu
The menu comes down to braaied meat, pap, dumplings (african steamed bread), spinach and chakalaka. Oh my word, everything tastes amazing and I’ve never been disappointed. The meat is braaied to perfection. I always order liver which just happens to be something I don’t normally eat, but the braaied liver at Busy Corner is the absolute best and a must try. They definitely make the most amazing chakalaka and as for the dumplings, I really need to get the recipe for that light and fluffy steamed bread. There are other local dishes on the menu like chicken runners or hard body chicken, but everyone seems to stick to the basics for the most part.
You can select your meat from the butcher or alternatively just tell your waiter what you want and the “braai boys” will braai your meat for you. There’s also the option to braai your own meat; take your meat home to braai or have them braai your meat for you to take-away. They have truly thought about everything at Busy Corner.
Beers and ciders are bought by the bucket. Those just keep coming as the day turns into night. Busy Corner does have an extensive list of wines and liquor as well.
The atmosphere is a true reflection of the South African culture. The music starts softly, slowly progressing into jazzy old school tunes that transport you back in time. As the night progresses the African rhythm takes control and the party truly gets started with people dancing wherever they can find space. This place is always packed,with it getting busier as the day progresses.
Kids are welcome but only until 6pm. They even have rides to keep the little ones entertained. My kids absolutely loved it there and on our way home, asked when we can return because they really enjoyed the food.
Busy Corner with its great African identity, excellent service and absolutely amazing food can definitely be described as one of Jozi’s hidden gems. Step outside your comfort zone, get your favourite humans together and head on over to the Ultimate Braai Experience in the township of Tembisa, at what’s been rated as 2017’s best shisanyama.