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Madiba Restaurant

Map & Directions 195 DeKalb Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11205
  • African
  • Sun-Thu 11am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11am-12am
  • All Major Credit Cards
  • Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout, Catering, Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly
  • Brunch, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • Recommended, Accepted
  • No Parking


Village Voice's Description

This South African restaurant, located in Fort Greene, is based conceptually on the Shebeen, or communal dining hall, which sits at the center of a traditional South African township. Its menu highlights seafood sourced from the South Atlantic, as well as a large selection of South African wines. Madiba, named for Nelson Mandela's tribe, is also strong on upscale versions of traditional South African dishes such as bunny chow (a hollowed-out loaf of white bread filled with vegetarian curry), bobotie (baked ground beef, curried and topped with egg custard), and pap, chakalaka, and roti. Offering everything from brunch to dinner and cocktails, Madiba has become a neighborhood hangout, its higher prices mitigated by the diverse clientele and by the owners' commitment to their home country; a portion of all proceeds are donated to South African charities. --Diana Clarke

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  • Village Voice on 12/22/10

    They brought Bobotie to Choice Eats- traditional Cape May curried mince bake (meatloaf) with an egg custard tuppine & shaved almonds. Served with yellow rice and raisins, complimented with sambas. It

  • Antoine (IHMDJ!) on 01/11/10

    We always get the Curry Durban or Roti, its amazing! Havent been terribly impressed with anything else on the menu, but still go back again and again just for the curry.

  • Foodspotting on 01/14/11

    Try the Umngqushu Stambu and spot it on Foodspotting!

  • Spike on 07/24/12

    Owner said to us "you can eat my food or bigger off". Surprisingly, we stayed. An hour later, we're still waiting for the food. Thinking about buggering off.

  • Nadia N. on 10/19/11

    Good food, good vibe, done in true South African spirit!

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    Cobbled together of salvaged wood and Quonset-hut tin, it might be a grog shop in Soweto. There's a shelf crowded with handwoven baskets,... More on Madiba Restaurant »

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