Sympathy’s Restaurant and Takeaway

90 Claim St.
Hillbrow, Johannesburg, 2001, South Africa

Bourdain ate: fried chicken, greens, pap (sticky porridge made from ground cornmeal).

Lunch date: DJ Les, musician and nightclub promoter.

Mawilies Inn

2442 Langa Road
Rockville, Soweto, Johannesburg

Bourdain ate: beer, fire-roasted sheep’s head, pap, dumplings made with flour and yeast.

Dinner dates: BLK JKS rock band, members Mpumi Mcata and Tshepang Ramoba.

Neighborgoods Market

73 Juta St.
Johannesburg, 2000, South Africa
(+27) 81 416 2605

Bourdain had: a Balkan Burger; ground beef with kashkaval and mozzarella cheeses, cabbage, tomato, onion, lettuce, hot peppers.

Lunch date: Percy Mabandu, author of Yakhal’inkomo: Portrait of a Jazz Classic and journalist.

(Photo by Diane Schutz)
(Photo by Diane Schutz)

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Eat Arabi

28 Rockey St.
Yeoville, Johannesburg
(+27) 83 447 4235

Bourdain ate: beef stewed with melon and pumpkin seeds, basmati rice with rose water, pickled aubergines and mangoes, cassava, futu (cornmeal porridge).

Lunch date: Sanza Sandile, chef and restaurateur.

Mazondi Restaurant Zwangobani

Bourdain ate: brisket, sausage, heart, and salad.

Lunch date: Mdu, Soweto minibus driver.

Hunting party

Bourdain hunted and cooked eland, the largest antelope in the world with chef Andrea Burgener, Dionne, a local hunting expert, and Prospero Bailey, game farm owner Bailey is the son of Jim Bailey, publisher of the slyly subversive “Drum” magazine, the first of its kind during apartheid: a black-oriented investigative magazine slickly disguised as glossy pop culture. 

Ramadan meal

Bourdain broke a day of Ramadan fast with Joey Rasdien, a standup comedian, wife Cindy-Lee Rasdien, and son Hakeem. They had shakes, barley soup, cheese and beef samosas.