Last night I had dinner at the Darkie Café. I’m writing about it because:

1) The Darkie Café is smack in the middle of downtown Jozi, in the mining district — one of just a few restaurants in that area that are open at night.

2) The Darkie Café has decent food, and it’s fun.

3) The Darkie Café is called the Darkie Café. Only in Joburg will you find a restaurant with such a name. I like it.

Darkie Cafe 2

Thursday evening happy hour at the Darkie Café.

Darkie Cafe 1

Not grungy but not too fancy either. I like the vibe — it’s friendly.

burger

My order: Burger with salsa and chopped coriander. R55 (about $6). It was good. Not sensational, but good. I liked the salad, too.

pita sandwich

Michelle’s order: Cheese and avocado pita sandwich with chips. Michelle pronounced it good, although she wished  it had haloumi cheese instead of mozzarella. 

margatini

Michelle (who is also American) and I had a laugh at this “margarita” that she ordered. This is not a margarita, people. Margaritas are served in big glasses, with ice. This here is a margarita-flavored martini. (A margatini?) Anyway, Michelle said it tasted good all the same.

Most Joburgers don’t venture into the city at night at all, and if they do it’s usually to Braamfontein or the Maboneng Precinct. I’m happy to know that there are fun places to go in between those two neighborhoods. The Darkie Café is a great lunch destination, too. It’s open on weeknights until 9:00 p.m. and on weekends until late.

The Darkie Café is next door to the Ashanti Hotel, at the corner of Anderson and Ferreria Streets in Marshalltown. IMPORTANT NOTE: Most online listings for the Darkie Café show the address as “10 Anderson Street”. This address is not correct. If you enter it into your GPS you will wind up in Mayfair, not Marshalltown. (I speak from experience on this.) Use the street corner, not the address listing.

After dinner at the Darkie Café I spent an interesting evening at the Rand Club, another nighttime hangout in the Joburg CBD. I’ll write more on that in a future post, but here is a little teaser in the meantime:

Rand Club giraffe

Let’s just say that the Rand Club is nothing like the Darkie Café.

Until next week.

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