Get SF Weekly Newsletters
Pin It

Amawele's South African Kitchen: Expand Your Lunch Horizons 

Wednesday, May 22 2013

Spicy and sour is a seductively simply combination that couldn't be more alien to what we think of as typical American food. Its dominance in the food at Amawele's South African Kitchen is explained in a helpful blurb that describes the provenance as an amalgam of various African cultures with British, Indian, Afrikaner and Malaysian influences. Yum.

"The twins" in Zulu, Amawele's — that is, "ah-muh-WAY-lay's" — has a menu that approximates what you usually find at a food truck these days. It's a good selection of hot, $8-ish things with basic drinks in cans, but instead of tooling around town on four wheels, it's planted in the Rincon Center food court best known for the dim sum queue at Yank Sing. And you don't have to shout upwards through a tiny window to place your order with these two friendly women.

For plates, there are Cape Malay Curry Quinoa and Curry Rice, as well as the "Chicken Bunny" bread bowl; variations on a sandwich comprise the rest. If you think veggie-heavy South African food is sounding a bit delicate for you, veer towards the Vetkoek & Mince curry (translation: deep-fried bread & ground beef) or the Frikadella Slap Chip Roll — basically, a meatball sandwich with the best name ever.

The Chicken Durban roti wrap feels almost like a gyro, except with fresh ingredients in lieu of that reconstituted/freeze-dried astronaut leather stuff that sometimes passes for meat. We don't remember the last time we enjoyed lima beans so much — enough to ignore the dulcet tones of mall security guard walkie-talkies, even.

About The Author

Pete Kane

Pete Kane

Pete Kane is a total gaylord who is trying to get to every national park before age 40

Related Locations


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed


  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"