It is not always easy to pin-point what South African cuisine represents, but the Cape, where the wine regions are, has a very distinctive cuisine culture.
When the Dutch settled in South Africa they proceeded to bring slaves from their other colonies, all the way from Indonesia, Malaysia, Bali, plus other area like North Africa. These slaves brought a wealth of recipes with them and over the centuries a very special Cape cuisine was formed.
For the rest, South African cuisine overall is as diverse as our nature and people. The respective cultures that live in South Africa all contribute to a very interesting and unique dining experience. However, one common denominator across all these cultures is – we love meat!
Our meat tastes different to other countries, because our livestock eat other plants like karoo-bossies, little bushes that are very herbaceous resulting in very tasty herbal-infused lamb for instance! We are blessed by the sun and fertile soils where we grow fresh, organic and delicious fruit and vegetables. South Africa is also known for our top restaurants where our locally-grown produce is used to create dishes of world standard.