Wakanda comes to Epicure
I love the movie Black Panther. I have seen it twice. The first time with my friend Natasha Ramodisa was about a month ago when it first came out and then last week I begged my mum to take me again. This is not even a lot. My friend Dumi has seen it 3 times.
I love the futuristic feel and I love how exciting Black Panther is. The place where the movie happens is called Wakanda and it is very cool. It is very technologically advanced and they have ways of doing stuff that haven’t been invented in other parts of the world. What made it especially cool for me is that I am learning Zulu at school and in the movie the language that the hero speaks is actually Xhosa (although they call it Wakandan in the film) which is close to Zulu so I could understand a lot of the things people said in Wakandan.
And then today I went to Sandton in Johannesburg and I realised that it looks just like Wakanda It is African but also futuristic. The only difference is that there are cars in Sandton. In Wakanda they are too advanced to use cars.
I went to a restaurant in Sandton called Epicure. It is run by a cool chef called Coco Reinarhz he actually comes from Burundi and not Wakanda which is not a real place.The restaurant is inside a building that looks like the Wakandan skyscrapers. To get to the restaurant you go up a very tall escalator with flashing lights. At the top you turn right and get to a garden and a beautiful restaurant that looks very fancy and futuristic but also very African. They had wifi. I always like places with wifi.
All the food and drinks in the restaurant are African from different parts of Africa. The barman can juggle with bottles. He made me a cocktail. It didn’t have alcohol but it was made with a special fruit juice from Senegal that I had never seen before. The juice is from a fruit called ditakh. It tastes lemony so I liked it. My mum had a cocktail made with a red juice called Bissap that comes from Ivory Coast.
Then I ate duck samosas with a peach sauce from Morocco and cassava chips from the Congo. Casava chips are not like potato chips because the texture is firmer. They are very nice. After that I had a Cape Town chicken stuffed with ginger and yellow rice with raisins in. My mum always says I have to try things. If I don’t like them I don’t have to go on but I must try so I did and I really liked it. The chicken was very tender and juicy.
We sat outside and the garden is so big that I asked the chef if he would put goal posts into the lawn so children can play football. He said he would try. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who has seen Black Panther and wants to feel like they are eating in Wakanda.
Central Square 3 Lower Rd, Morningside, Sandton
Phone: 010 594 5336