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“Great atmosphere”

Canimambo Restaurant
Ranked #4 of 24 Restaurants in Graskop
Price range: US$5 - US$25
Cuisines: African, Portuguese
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Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Being a sea-faring nation the Portuguese were intrepid explorers and among the first Europeans to visit the Cape of Good Hope in the 1500s. In the Colonial era that followed they left their mark in various places on the African continent – Angola, Moçambique and South Africa. From the indigenous people they learnt the usefulness of chilies (piri-piri), which they combined with more traditionally Portuguese ingredients such as olive oil, lemon juice and garlic. Where European Portuguese food is delicately flavoured, Portuguese– Southern African cuisine is fearlessly fiery. Canimambo is a family run restaurant, where you can meet Carla, the Mozambican/Portuguese owner, husband Lance, sons Sean and Wesley, daughters Courtney and Nicole and son-in-law Nando. We pride ourselves in authentic cuisine, friendly service and a cozy atmosphere. Look out for the following when visiting us:The breadbasket: Portuguese rolls are an absolute treat and a meal within a meal. Figados de galinha á piri-piri (piri-piri chicken livers) is a local institution. Use the bread to mop up the lovely juices and you will understand why they never go out of fashion. Batata frita - hands down the South African Portuguese make the best potato chips in the country. Double fried with lots of salt and dollops of vinegar on demand, makes it comfort food in the extreme. Espetada de bife - The Portuguese espetada consists of cubes of perfectly aged rump steak, bay leaves and lemon dipped in course salt before landing on the grill. The natural bay leaf flavour permeates the meat and the salt seals those meaty juices in. Charred on the outside and succulent inside, it’s a steak meal with a difference. Galinha piri-piri (Piri-piri chicken) arguably the most popular dish in South Africa served hot, mild or with lemon butter sauce. Camarão grelhado na brasa (flame grilled prawns), sardinhas assadas na brasa (flame grilled sardines) and ervilhas com chourico e ovos escalfados (pea stew with chourico and poached eggs) are some of the other popular Portuguese dishes on the menu.
Reviewed 10 August 2014

We had a very enjoyable meal in a very friendly atmosphere. A very safe choice and very good value for money.

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Lance G, Owner at Canimambo Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 13 August 2014

Canimambo for a great review

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Reviewed 8 August 2014 via mobile

Great place to eat in Graskop. Can stand amongst any Portuguese restaurant anywhere. I had the Portuguese steak which was cooked to perfection. Warm fire place and nice outside fire pit for smokers. Staff are extra helpful and care about your service. Lill hint for those in the know; there is a limited amount of freshly made Peppermint crisp pudding each night and when the dessert tray is brought around This is the first to go. After missing out on the last peppermint crisp pudding on the first night, the second time we visited as soon as we were shown our table we requested that 2 puddings be hidden away in the fridge for us. If freshly made peppermint crisp pud is your thing request yours to be hidden early to avoid disappointment. Management were only to obliging to assist . Thanks Melanie for great service and a great nite.

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Lance G, Owner at Canimambo Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 13 August 2014

Canimambo! wow thanks for excellent review.

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Reviewed 22 July 2014

Gorgeous atmosphere, excellent service and brilliant food.
Spent there two consequitive evenings and more than happy to come back again.

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Lance G, Owner at Canimambo Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 13 August 2014
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Canimambo! excellent review

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Reviewed 21 July 2014 via mobile

Melody Smith was our waiter for breakfast one of the mornings on our way to Gods Window. Her service was excellent. Food wasnt bad either.


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Lance G, Owner at Canimambo Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 13 August 2014

Canimambo! thank you

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Reviewed 13 July 2014 via mobile

Delicious chicken! Add Chillie! Good seafood soup! Fireplace was a saviour on a cold winters night! Thanks a lot!!!!!!

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Lance G, Owner at Canimambo Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2014

Canimambo meaning many thanks

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