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Canimambo Restaurant

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Corner Louis Trichardt avenue and Main street, Graskop 1270, South Africa
+27 13 767 1868
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11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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Hibberdene, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

On 2 different visits we found that the food was exceptionally nice, the vibe fantastic and the waiters (even those in training) were friendly and efficient. The owner is a perfect host which makes you feel like you were just that one customer they were waiting for to arrive.....

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Well. You may find this restaurant as your last option if the other restaurants are close. They do nice cocktails but the food was not to our expectation. They presented themselves as specialists in Portuguese and Mozambican food, but we were not convinced.

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Thank Neide T
Lance G, Owner at Canimambo Restaurant, responded to this review
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Boa Tarde Primeiro eu quero dizer que eu so Portuguese/Mocambicana. Os meus pais sao de Lisboa e eu nasci em... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great live music venue and nice atmosphere, however. Most of our orders both food and drinks where out of stock, so if there is something specific you are after I would call ahead first. Service was friendly if not a little slow, but it was not an issue.

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Lance G, Owner at Canimambo Restaurant, responded to this review

Our menu says "all items are freshly preparedand are subject to availability". It would be wise to make a reservation. More 

Winnipeg, Canada
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22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Portugese cuisine recommende by our host for evening. Certainly was different enough and large portions. Overall good experience

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Romsey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very convenient, in the centre of town. Service in South Africa is notoriously slow, but here it was no worse than leisurely. Good food, decent choice of dishes, excellent value

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Los Gatos, CA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I wanted the sardines but they were already out of it early. Had the chicken which was fine but nothing special. Just ok. Got the job done.

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Lance G, Owner at Canimambo Restaurant, responded to this review

Our menu clearly says "all our menu items are freshly prepare and are subject to availability" More 

Boksburg, South Africa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

The decor and food is plain and simple, nothing fancy. It's a lovely place to just relax and eat something comforting. The owner (?) came around to each table, something you don't see everyday. Despite being very busy, we still received good service.

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Maputo
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

Graskop was very full the day we visited, all restaurants were packed and being ravenously hungry we settled for Canimambo. The waiters were friendly, service was good, beers were cold. We ordered a range of meals off the menu: burgers, toasted sandwiches, grilled chicken, moelas & a house chicken dish (I forget the name). The food was dosed in paprika,... More 

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Lance G, Owner at Canimambo Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, however next time send your food back if you have a problem, don't complain the next day after the fact and don't pop your bottle top caps all over the floor, that's common. The name is Canimambo (meaning many thanks and used extensively in Mocambique) and not Canimambos. The dish you can't remember the name... More 

Midrand, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

A great place to sit and relax with tasty food, good cocktails and friendly service in Graskop. We would definitely visit again, just as we have on previous visits to the area.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

During my visit to the panoramic view, we stopped at this restaurant in Graskop.The food was pretty amazing.Especially the prawns, the owner had told us these were from Mozambique.Much bigger than the average prince prawns you would get at a franchised restaurant in Johannesburg.The prices are mid-range and are good value for money.This is very much a family feel to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 5 - US$ 25
Cuisine
Portuguese
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:00 - 21:00
Friday
11:00 - 21:00
Saturday
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Corner Louis Trichardt avenue and Main street, Graskop 1270, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Mpumalanga  >  Graskop
  • Phone Number: +27 13 767 1868
Description
Being a sea-faring nation the Portuguese were intrepid explorers and among the first Europeans to visit the Cape of Good Hope in the 1500s. In the Colonial era that followed they left their mark in various places on the African continent – Angola, Moçambique and South Africa. From the indigenous people they learnt the usefulness of chilies (piri-piri), which they combined with more traditionally Portuguese ingredients such as olive oil, lemon juice and garlic. Where European Portuguese food is delicately flavoured, Portuguese– Southern African cuisine is fearlessly fiery. Canimambo is a family run restaurant, where you can meet Carla, the Mozambican/Portuguese owner, husband Lance, sons Sean and Wesley, daughters Courtney and Nicole and son-in-law Nando. We pride ourselves in authentic cuisine, friendly service and a cozy atmosphere. Look out for the following when visiting us:The breadbasket: Portuguese rolls are an absolute treat and a meal within a meal. Figados de galinha á piri-piri (piri-piri chicken livers) is a local institution. Use the bread to mop up the lovely juices and you will understand why they never go out of fashion. Batata frita - hands down the South African Portuguese make the best potato chips in the country. Double fried with lots of salt and dollops of vinegar on demand, makes it comfort food in the extreme. Espetada de bife - The Portuguese espetada consists of cubes of perfectly aged rump steak, bay leaves and lemon dipped in course salt before landing on the grill. The natural bay leaf flavour permeates the meat and the salt seals those meaty juices in. Charred on the outside and succulent inside, it’s a steak meal with a difference. Galinha piri-piri (Piri-piri chicken) arguably the most popular dish in South Africa served hot, mild or with lemon butter sauce. Camarão grelhado na brasa (flame grilled prawns), sardinhas assadas na brasa (flame grilled sardines) and ervilhas com chourico e ovos escalfados (pea stew with chourico and poached eggs) are some of the other popular Portuguese dishes on the menu.

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