8 January 2014

Dear Cindy and the whole team at Gold Restaurant

The first thing that must be said is an overwhelming Thankyou for providing the meal voucher as a prize for the StreetSmart charity. I don’t donate money to charity in order to win prizes! But to be rewarded in this fashion was beyond dreams.

Second: I think you will reap just rewards. All 4 of us involved last night were going through lists of people we “must bring to Gold” – from Finland, Netherlands and Cape Town. One was going to put something up on Facebook. I shall certainly make firmly complimentary mention in my own website. (It is devoted to children’s literature but I have a special space for good food and wine!)

Third: WOW what an evening! “Enjoy an evening of traditional …” can be tacky and touristy. (I’ve suffered from similar occasions in Poland, Egypt, USA.) Your presentation and ambience was superb: full of dignity and pride, not over-stated. Food: full of variety and subtle flavours. Extra pleasing to me in not having anything too spicy hot, which Africa can do! Wine: good list, not over-priced. Service: attentive. Never a feeling of being rushed in any way. Everything elegant and not overdone. My guests and myself (fairly experienced diners) were purring with pleasure.

My only suggestion. The steps leading up from the dining area to your drumming auditorium are quite steep and have no hand-rail. This is not needed, but it would be helpful for wrinklies like myself to have someone posted there to offer a hand.

Otherwise, my gratitude to your entire team for an evening, a feast and an experience which I hope to repeat on many future occasions.

Jay Heale (Mr)

8 January 2014

Dear Cindy

I have to admit, I was a bit apprehensive about the idea of drumming. But what a lovely experience. Every aspect of last night's meal was wonderful. The venue is gorgeous. The welcome is warm. Your staff are beautiful in every way - they epitomise the best aspects of Africa without any of the awkward condescension that tourist venues often involve. The drumming was fun and quite magical is some unique way that is hard to pinpoint. The food was delicious. Totally delicious. The service was so charmingly gracious and heart-warming. Our waitress Nouvelle was friendly and funny and beautiful and attentive without ever being intrusive.

Please pat yourselves on the back for creating such a great experience.

Thanks and regards
Penny Park-Ross

11 November 2013

Hi there Cindy

I would just like to let you know that I met with these guests this morning and they ABSOLUTELY LOVED everything at Gold. Thank you so much for all your help and for always looking after our guests so well.

All of the best and have a lovely day further.

Kind Regards/Atenciosamente,
Marilise Hammond

15 August 2013

Dear Cara, Tarren, Charmaine, and Cindy,

Thank you very much for the excellent dinner and evening in the GOLD restaurant. The staff was very kind and helpful. The food was excellent - tasteful and prepared well. The people enjoyed the drum sessions, the dances and the singing. A lot of pictures were taken by the participants and now the name of the GOLD restaurant is going to be known in 10 countries all over the world.

Thank you.

Kind regards

24 June 2013

The Rural Support Network Placements Team - Thank you Gold Restaurant (Click to read more)

13 May 2013

Dr Liz Gwyther - Thank you Gold Restaurant (Click to read more)

24 January 2013

Dear Cindy,

I would like to congratulate you on your stunning new venue, and thank you for a wonderful evening provided to our visitors from New York on Monday. You have far exceeded even your own previous high standards of food and entertainment, and I look forward to bringing many more groups in the future.

Special thanks must go to Beatrice and Annie. They are both very special people, and their attentiveness and concern for the guests is wonderful to see. I wish them both well in their studies.

Kind regards,

27 September 2012

Love the new venue

First visited Gold last year during a short visit to Cape Town and was a big fan of the experience, and we were very impressed when we returned to the new venue last month. Food and staff were top-notch as expected, just a great dining experience.


8 August 2012

“Definitely worthy of a GOLD medal”

This restaurant is a MUST for visitors to Cape Town. We booked to go with our family who were visiting from the UK, not knowing what to expect. What an experience! From the 'unusual' welcome at the door, through the drumming experience and the entertainment, the whole event was memorable. The food was tasty and more than enough for our party of six. And all for a very reasonable price, given that the evening's entertainment was included. The staff were great and enthusiastic. They really put their hearts and soul into making the evening a delight. The atmosphere in the new venue in Bennett Street, Green Point, adds to the experience.

Hermanus, South Africa

8 July 2012

Hi Cindy


For making my 50th birthday a memorable occasion and an absolutely fantastic party!

I was hoping for a good party, but this exceeded all my expectations and dreams.

Thank you to a wonderful team.

Kind regards

18 May 2012

Hi Cindy

Just wanted to drop you a quick line to say thanks and well done, again. I was at Gold last night for dinner with some friends, and it was once again really lovely. It’s was especially nice to be able to relax and enjoy every course, without running around checking on a group or having quick meetings with tourleaders etc etc !

It’s impressive how you manage to deal equally well with a large incentive, as with a small group of private diners, and make all of them all feel equally special!

Your staff are absolutely amazing, and every good crew needs a good skipper – so thanks!

Kind regards,

Nicola Kruger
Project Co-ordinator
Terra Nova

9 March 2012

Dear Cindy

Warmest greetings from Newlands. A HUGE Thank You to you and your team for a wonderful evening!

The group loved every moment and I have no doubt that this will be one of the highlights of their visit to South Africa.

As always it was such a pleasure being there.

Thank you also for the glorious “take away” – it did go to a good home.

Already looking forward to my next visit.

Many thanks and with kindest regards.

Eduard S. Bantjes

1 March 2012

Hi Cindy

Our pleasure – it is we who shall say THANK YOU – it was a fantastic evening and we enjoyed every minute. Nice performance and excellent food.

They were singing for my husband and our friend Tom – very nice indeed!!!! They both have had their birthday recently!!!

Best regards from Stellenbosch!
Anita and Bengt

16 February 2012

Hi Cindy

I just wanted to thank you for our amazing experience last night. We enjoyed everything from the museum tour to the drum lessons to the food and show. The staff were so kind and made us feel very special.

Thank you for contributing to our incredible honeymoon.


Kim and Carl Wickham

17 January 2012

Hi Cindy

I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for hosting our company for our ‘later-than-usual’ end-of-year lunch on Friday. After a very stressful and busy Christmas season – the experience at Gold was a good way for us, as a company, to say thanks to our team. The team thoroughly enjoyed their experience and feedback has been very positive.

The team that served us at Gold were friendly and the service was great- enhancing the experience further. Hope was a great help as well.

I know that some of our team members have mentioned that they will be taking their spouses and partners back to Gold in their own personal capacity.

Thanks once again for great service and a great experience.

Carol Simpson

12 December 2011

Hi Cindy,

I would like to thank you for a lovely evening on Friday. I was most impressed with the friendly efficient service. The special touch of Mildred knowing who I was and calling me by name, offering to help me with the table crackers and chocolates that I put out was a nice touch. She also knew how much we had paid and how much still needed to be paid etc - very impressive.

Both Faith and Mildred truly added to our experience of the evening. Please let them know that I was very impressed with their friendly service.


14 October 2011

Dear Cindy

We visited GOLD RESTAURANT last night. A friendly gentleman came to chat to us at the end of the evening to see if we had a good time. He wanted to know what was the best part of the evening. We honestly could not say, because EVERYTHING was great from the minute we arrived. The décor, the tasty food, the presentation of the food, the friendly service and the stunning entertainment was an experience.

Thank you Gold Restaurant for a very memorable evening.

Warm Regards

12 October 2011

Dear Cindy

A Huge Thank-you from myself and my Family for the great evening we had at Gold recently, you have a spectacular product & really thank-you for all you and your team do for the Tourism Industry, it is inspiring.

Have a great day

01 September 2011

See you the 29th! SO looking forward to it! Last year's group rated you top restaurant out of all the places we ate. So how about that! And I hope you'll be there this time. Would love to meet you.

Have a great day!

12 August 2011

Hi Cindy,

Thank you for the most fabulous evening at Gold last night!

Food, service, ambience, entertainment - it was all outstanding and my guests had an absolute blast!

Warm regards

04 August 2011

Hi Cindy and Tarren

This was my first visit to the Gold Restaurant in Strand Street. My son and daughter in law joined my wife and myself to celebrate our 43rd wedding anniversary. What an evening!!!!!!! The vibrant African atmosphere contributed to an evening we will never forget. Our experience started with the reception of well-dressed African ladies in traditional dresses and ended with the amazing dessert. The song and dance and the beat of the evening must be experienced and cannot be described.

Thanks you for making our wedding anniversary a celebration. You will definitely see us again.

Kind regards
Willem J von Grüning

27 July 2011

Hi Cindy

It was my first visit to the Gold Restaurant and I was blown away by the festive ambience and the outstanding food. Thank you for a wonderful evening.

Best wishes
Mandy Wallace

27 July 2011

Dear Cindy

ust a note of thanks for your kind assistance in respect of our meeting on Friday, 15 July 2011.

I personally value your assistance and the word from everyone was that the setting, facilities and the food was of excellent standard. You have gained some fans.

Kind regards

16 July 2011

Hi Cindy


No words can describe how impressed I am with your establishment, the staff, the experience, the food, the drumming, the entertainment and EVERYTHING.

I am so totally overly impressed and blown away.

My friend and I had a wonder time, the food was so delicious and the staff were not only the most beautiful people I have ever seen but their service was 150/10 and more.

Well done to the entire time, they do you proud.

Regards, Odette butcher

08 July 2011

The Gold Restaurant is definitely a venue to be experienced. On arrival we were greeted by African ladies all dressed up in their cultural clothing and we were given a glass of champagne with a 24 gold carat leaf in as well as a tour of the Gold Museum and gift shop. We were then taken to where we participated in a 30 minute drumming experience which we thoroughly enjoyed. The ladies then washed our hands in warm Rose water and we were served a 12 course meal which was really very tasty and different. Each meal was served with a brief description of what is was. While eating we had 3 shows where there was cultural singing and dancing.

They have a balcony which overlooks the restaurant for private functions that can seat up to 56 people. In the summer they have a retractable roof so that one can dine under the stars. Their juices are pure with no preservatives and absolutely divine, and they also have a fully licenced bar. What I also enjoyed was that the kitchen had large windows in place of walls so we could see the food being prepared.

I would definitely encourage this experience!

07 July 2011

Dear Cindy,

Tuesday night was just so special from the welcome we got from several staff, to the champagne, to the cute addon when the snoek fishcakes were served "proudly supplied by CNC Products we were told". The food was delicious. The ambience was lovely and warm. The entertainment great.
Our visitor and ourselves had a thoroughly good time...was absolutely stuffed.
Thanks so much.

Hope all went well with your meeting.
Love Charlene Shapiro

03 May 2011

Dear Cindy,

My husband, Shiraaz, surprised me with a supper at the restuarant for our anniversary last night, and what an amazing experience!

The food and the atmosphere was great, but the staff was absolutely AMAZING! Their friendliness and talent left me speechless, and by the end of the evening I had tears in my eyes....I was suddenly really proud to be a South African!

Thank you for helping my husband with the arrangements! This was the best anniversary surprise ever!

Haseena Bawa

23 April 2011
Hi Cindy

When I put the students on the bus to the airport yesterday, I still received positive feedback on the Gold restaurant experience.

I will pick up the left over Catherina (red wine) this coming Tuesday, hope that's ok.

Happy Easter!

Marjolijn Dijksterhuis

12 April 2011
Dear Cindy

A note to say THANK YOU for a beautiful evening.

From the waitrons (x2 ladies) right to the end with the final display of singing and dancing was fantastic. There was no need for me to be concerned about anything, the evening ran smoothly with our 2 ladies always available and ready to please.

Everyone had a great time and found the occasion entertaining and different.

Please convey my gratitude to the 2 gorgeous ladies.

Kind regards
Myrna Davids

05 April 2011
Hi Cindy & Tarren,

Firstly, thank you so much for a fantastic two evenings at GOLD. My guests loved the restaurant and were chatting happily about their experience again this morning – always a good sign!

It was a really special treat to have that choir on Friday evening – what a super surprise – thank you!!


04 April 2011
Hi Cindy

Dear Cindy,

it has been a long time since I been in CPT and I never got a chance to thank you.

Thanks you for accommodating us for the dinner and entertainment at Gold on the 26th of Feb. We had a wonderful time and the staff at the restaurant are real gems. It is really a great experience.

Thanks and regards

30 March 2011
Hi Cindy

I just wanted to thank you and your team very much for taking special care with the Absa Cape Epic Media group last week.

We have had some excellent feedback about the whole experience from both international and local media. They were so impressed and never thought such a place existed! I am attaching a few pictures of the evening for you.

So, thanks again for all your trouble, first-class service and warm hospitality.

We believe the Absa Cape Epic Media Dinner was a huge success – without you and your team that wouldn't have been possible.

With much appreciation.

Warm regards

07 December 2010
Dear Tarren

Thank you to you and your staff for a fantastic day on Friday, 3 December 2010.

The drumming session was thoroughly enjoyed by all and was a fantastic way to start the afternoon. The food was excellent, extremely tasty and more than ample.

The service was extremely good, once again thank you to you and your staff.

Kind regards
Vannessa van der Westhuizen
Independent Estate Administrator

25 October 2010

Words cannot express the time we had celebrating my 30th birthday!

From the minute we arrived, the atmosphere was absolutely phenomenal. The presentation of the foods, the décor, the waitresses.. It was all stunning.

The foods with the different tastes ALL worked well together and left us full to the brim until the next morning!

I could not have asked for a more perfect evening.

What topped it off for me was the singing of Happy Birthday and the dancing! THANK YOU very much for playing such an awesome part in saying ‘good-bye’ to my 20’s and HELLO 30’s!

Be assured we are recommending your dining experience to everyone who will listen and we are sure to be back again in the future!

Keep up the good work!

Kind regards
Leigh-Ann Windell-Phillips
Barons Bellville

14 October 2010
Dear Cindy

What a delightful evening at your full house on Tuesday 12th.

The GOWAY agents had an amazing time– just to let you know a few of them actually said it was the best authentic experience they had on their trip!

Well done to your team and especially the drumming team on duty. Thanks again for the hospitality afforded to this group and for going out of your way to prepare a special fish dish for Ali and myself.

Kind regards
Radiefa Williams
Cape Town Routes Unlimited

29 July 2010
Hi Cindy

I swear I can still feel that drum beating in my heart! THANK YOU for an awesome experience!

You have created something so unique as an offering for visitors to Cape Town that we as your fellow Capetonians can be very proud and should be shouting it from the rooftops!

Your team at the restaurant are an inspiration - from the minute we walked in, we were greeted and welcomed with such warmth. Besides everyone being really 'easy on the eye' (beautiful!), the decor and ambience is so great. And then came the food.......omg - loved it! So different and delicious - challenging all the tastebuds!

I will tell my clients that they have not experienced Cape Town if they have not spent an evening at Gold Restaurant!

Thank you thank you thank you - and kudos!!

Ligia de Coito
Wine Desk

26 July 2010
Hi Cindy

There are not enough superlatives to describe how phenomenal you and your staff were on Friday night. Thank you so much for making our last function such a big success.

Thanks again Cindy and I will definitely be singing your praises to everyone looking for a venue.

Warm regards Veruschka

Veruschka Nel
Product Manager

18 June 2010
Good Day Cindy

I would like to take this opportunity to let you know that our guests thoroughly enjoyed the restaurant and kind service they received. They raved about the cuisine and level of service. I will recommend your restaurant to our Executive Assistants as we often get International guests.

Once again, well done and thank you very much for the information and service you have provided.

With kind regards

Alicia Davids
SMIT Amandla Marine (Pty) Ltd

04 June 2010
Hi There

We had such an amazing evening at your restaurant on Tuesday. The food, service and “vibe” was just great. Thanks!

Alana Burger
Group Internal Audit - Finance Manager

27 January 2009
Hi ladies

Thank you so much for an AMAZING dinner experience at Gold. We received the greatest feedback from our Staff who loved the vibe and could not stop commenting on the amazing service!!! Well done on an awesome concept and professional and enthusiastic staff!

Thank you

Najeeba Ebrahim
Events Assistant
Investec Asset Management

08 December 2009
Hi Tarren

Just a short note to give you feedback after our fantastic evening at Gold.

We arrived with 6 and filled one table nicely. We were well positioned and it seemed to us that apart from 2 other tables, the rest of the restaurant was filled with a busload of German tourists. All appeared to have greatly enjoyed the proceedings and the food.

The food was very good, even though it was quite different. I liked the diversity, that there were small but adequate helpings and each dish was exquisitely prepared. The service was excellent and the cabaret participants seemed to enjoy themselves as much as the audience.

The overall impression was very favourable. One in our party is the manager of the Executive Suites at Ellerman House and she said that she would highly recommend Gold to her overseas tourists as being a venue of class and good cuisine.

All the best

02 December 2009
Hi Tarren

I wanted to send you an email – but you beat me to it!!

Yes – we all had a FANTASTIC time!! Lisa said it’s her best birthday ever – she was really spoilt and made a fuss of!

You guys really have a fantastic venue (who knew that there were trees in the middle of town) The staff and performers are wonderful (friendly, helpful and professional) It really made me PROUDLY SOUTH AFRICAN!!

Keep up the good work.
Glenn Gold

25 November 2009

You couldn’t have said it better. Cindy and Team you really did absolutely stunning and more than great Job Cant thank you enough for the willingness and the vibe and enthusiasm of you staff they are a GEM Keep it up guys in all the tiredness one was going through I forgot everything and was blown away

PS: Cindy the roof opening timing was just a master art!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Zuzi Msutu

23 November 2009
Good day Cindy

Hope you are well.

I just wanted to say a huge thank you for all your assistance & planning in making our even such a success. – even if I wasn’t there, I knew that my function was in good hands and that you & Zuzi would run it like a well-oiled machine! I received lots of positive feedback and it seems that Gold restaurant was the highlight of our conference.

Pls say thanks to all your staff.

Hoping we could do business again in the future!

Kindest regards,
Fatima Hoosen

01 October 2009
Dear Cindy and all @ GOLD!

Our two nights of golden djembe drumming and african indulgence at your amazing African restaurant are a thing of the past – and the thank you emails are streaming in. Our guests were simply blown away by your enthusiasm, hospitality, vibe, by the most amazing food and an overall heartwarming experience to remember. I cannot discribe it in any other way but you and your entire staff contingent absolutely outdid yourselves.

All the best further.
Meike Zumpt
Hylton Ross Tours - Marketing

30 September 2009
Hi Cindy

We have been in your restaurant on 29.09.2009. The food was excellent and you knew it was fresh. The staff very friendly. Can highly recommend your place.

Kind regards,
Urs Zwahlen
Trevonan Guest House

24 September 2009
Dear Gold Restaurant

all the guest enjoyed the evening thoroughly! I had only received good, if not excellent, feedback from all of them. It was definitely an evening to remember and an experience to take home with them to London, Australia, Chile, Brazil, North America, Peru, Canada and India.

Thank you for good food, entertainment as well as great service!

Kind regards,
Megan Scheepers

24 August 2009
Dear Cindy & Tarren

A short note to thank you and all the team at Gold African Restaurant for a superb evening last night. The group were extremely happy with all the arrangements and I must say I was particularly impressed with the quality of your food and the experience in general.

The djembe drumming lesson was fabulous and as this was also my first time doing an actual drumming lesson (after 17yrs of living in SA!), I had no idea just how strenuous it is, let along how much you need to concentrate and be coordinated! My special thanks also to Mazuba for her delightful demeanour and who was very helpful and jumped to whenever something was requested.

Kind regards,
Philippa (Pippa) Wordie Cape Encounters CC Corporate & Leisure Tourism

24 June 2009
Dear Mwimbi, Cindy, Jan and all at Gold,

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for the fabulous evening we shared at GOLD on Friday. Meg and I would like to extend a special thank you to Alexandra x.
Everyone had such a marvellous time, the food was incredible and the entertainment was simply fantastic.
The team did an awesome job and we hope that you all enjoyed the evening as well.
Once again thank you all.

Yours faithfully,
Alan and Sarah McSmith and Jonathan Rixon, Sarah Bergs and All at Wilderness Vision

27 April 2009
Dear Cindy

Thank you very much for unforgettable evening, restaurant Gold have made to our guests. The group enjoyed food and entertainment very much, and our middle age people had a feeling like they have been young again. Back in time!

Best regards
Roman Kruger, Owona Tours

19 April 2009
Dear Cindy

Just a quick note to say that we had a really fabulous evening at 'Gold' and it was certainly one of the highlights of the trip. I could not honestly fault a single thing about the whole experience - the staff were charming and very friendly, the food was excellent, the live entertainment was splendid and just the right length - all in all a wonderful evening!!! Many thanks again to all concerned and also to you for your efficient and very friendly messages.

With best wishes
Steve Adby

23 March 2009
Hi Tarren and Cindy

I haven’t had a chance to formally thank you both for an exquisite, well organised event. It was an absolute pleasure hosting our function at your venue. With your attention to detail and your staff’s impeccable customer service, we could not have asked for a more successful day!

Kind regards

04 March 2009
Dear Cindy and Mwimbi 

A HUGE thank you for what I would call a very successful evening - Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves - it was lovely. Everyone's so friendly and the service was exceptional. Keep up the good work.

The agents were still talking about it when we said our good-byes this morning !!!

Thank you again for all your help on this one. Have a stunning day ahead.

Kind Regards
The iKapa Team

13 March 2009
Hi Cindy

Thank you for the amazing evening last night, all of us enjoyed ourselves. 
The interactive drumming was a perfect way to destress after a busy day and to get into the "gold" mood.  All of us eat out often and we were saying that there was nothing that was not brilliant last night.  Your staff work well together, look as if they are having fun and are incredibly attentive. 

We had an extra person join us and a place was added to the table without any fuss. The food was supurb, Im a vegetarian and  there was still plenty of variety for me.  The entertainment was fun - loved the way they involved one of the young girls having dinner, it was probably a night she will never forget.

Thank you once again for a fantastic experience, we will certainly be recommending that people experience "gold".

Thank you and kind regards

12 March 2009
Dear Cindy,

I can’t thank you enough for the lovely evening with my Meetings Africa Hosted buyers.  Everyone was thrilled—the food, the entertainment, and the setting.  It was a great way to start our Cape Town tour.

I love the cookbook.  You can’t have known that I have a passion for cookbooks, I can just sit and read them.  I’m truly looking forward to trying some of the recipes!

Warm regards,

4 March 2009
Dear Cindy & Wendy

A HUGE thank you for what I would call a very successful evening - Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves - it was lovely. Everyone's so friendly and the service was exceptional. Keep up the good work.

The agents were still talking about it when we said our good-byes this morning !!!

Thank you again for all your help on this one. Have a stunning day ahead.

Kind Regards
The iKapa Team

19 February 2009
Dear Cindy,

I trust that you are well.

I must say that I am terribly disappointed in myself for not trying out the Gold Restaurant sooner. That is up until last Saturday. It was my fiancé’s birthday and being Valentines Day as well, we weren’t sure where to go for dinner.

After trying a few places, we felt rather stupid for not making reservations, since everyone was fully booked. I gave the Gold restaurant a call and was fortunate enough to get the last table.

Our company had been invited last year for dinner at Gold, but it was a busy year for us and we never got around to taking up the invite. I also had dealings with the Gold Museum when I worked for another company, prior to the restaurant opening, and always wanted to go there for dinner, but it just didn’t happen.

Anyway I thought I’d send you an email to let you know how much my fiancé enjoyed our dinner. In fact it wasn’t just the food, it was the overall experience.

The staff were friendly, the service was fantastic, food was great and the entertainment, setting and atmosphere was just amazing. Our waiter Mark was a real gem, he even wrote us a poem.
I looked around and also noticed that there was almost and equal mix of locals and tourists so it’s not as if it is a venue for tourists only.

We thoroughly enjoyed every minute at Gold. As my fiancé and I both work in the tourism industry, we will have no hesitation in recommending the restaurant to our friends and our clients. I know we will definitely be back again soon.

Kind regards,
Ashmina Singh 

13 February 2009
Hi Cindy
I would like to thank you and your team for their outstanding performance and excellent service. We really had a great time and will definitely recommend your restaurant to other, we will even be back again. What we enjoyed most was the performance by the staff, my very first experience, it was great, real African. It made one realize how proud we should be of being African. Once again, thanks a lot.

Kind regards

25 January 2009
Dear Cindy, Tarren, the staff who set up and attended at our wedding,

A belated but heartfelt thank you for providing an unforgettable wedding reception for us. From the other side of the world I was never sure that my Mom had made the right choice for us. I now realize that she could not have chosen a better venue for us - your staff and entertainers are gracious, kind, professional, beautiful and most of all the best ambassadors of a united Africa. It was not only a wonderful introduction to Africa for Chris and our overseas visitors but was also a reminder to myself and the expats who came from all over the world to our wedding, of who and why we are African.

Our guests have described our wedding as "magnificent, superb, out-of-this world, magical." and it is thanks to you all and how you made everyone feel at home and a part of the party. The food was divine and we will certainly try to recreate some of the menu from Tortoises and Tumbleweeds that you gave to us. This book had pride of place on our coffee table because of what it represents to us and also because Lannice Synman was a judge in the 1989 "Sarie Jong Kosskrywer van die jaar" that my Mom won!

We have a wonderful collection of photographs, most of which my Mom has on her computer, and she will forward them to you to have a look at. Our wish is that many more bridal couples will have a taste of the joy of Gold Restaurant at their receptions.

Hopefully when we are next in Cape Town our family will be able=2 0to return to feast again with you all.

Take care,
Chris and Kim

5 January 2009
Dear Cindy, Tarren, Mildred and Mazuba,

Thank you to you all for making Kim and Chris's wedding so wonderful. There is nothing I would change (except Tim's late arrival which was not his fault!). So many people, young and old, have called us to say it was the best wedding that they ever been to. I will send you a set of pictures when we have them in - you might be able to use them to show to people. I wish that your restaurant goes from strength to strength and that many more familes share the joy of a wedding with you all.

Take care,

17 November 2008
Dear Cindy

A little delayed but the thoughts and the appreciation are still the same. I/we would like to thank you both very much indeed for the splendid evening you staged for our Codex delegates - they without exception feel it was the best they have experienced countrywide. We are also very impressed by your lovely girls who actually managed to get a group of rather "stuffy" regulators onto the dance floor.

It was a great evening and we do appreciate all the work that was put into it by yourselves and your staff - it was a success "every which way" and has been the talk of Codex worldwide!

With the warmest of wishes to you all

4 November 2008
Dear Cindy

Once again, thank you for an incredible event. Thank you for always going the extra mile for our groups and for giving them a truly unique experience.

Kind Regards

2 November 2008
Dear Cindy,

I win a free meal and can you believe it, it still takes me 3 weeks to get to it. Thank you for waiting for us to arrive, appreciate it.

I would like to say a very big thank you for your hospitality. We had a superb evening at the Gold museum and a scrumptious meal and stunning entertainment.

I am not sure if you heard but I gave my raving reviews on last Tuesday on Solly's show on 567 cape talk.

When we arrived we went straight into the drumming session which was invigorating. My 13 year old son now wants to drum. You tour guide was very knowledgeable and specific, and I must mention patient with all our questions. We enjoyed our tour wit him very much.

The gracious dinner was delicious and the puppet show was truly entertaining. What we loved the most was how all the different African cultures came together in a melting pot of vibration in your restaurant throughout the evening. I was high on the spirit of your gracious and very competent not to mention very entertaining staff.

I must complement you on a very professional and high standards restaurant. We bought the drumming CD and when I sit in traffic these days I press 6- my cd player and I let go of the frustration and flow to my destination.

Thank you for the little things that made me feel like an African Queen, the gold flakes in the champagne and the coffee beans dusted in gold to end off the evening. We would love to come back and you can be sure, the next time we have overseas visitors, your restaurant will be the first stop for us.

Thank you for the opportunity to get onto a magic carpet and fly off to Africa for one night.

Just a note to balance out my delight, and I did not say this on air - the tomato bredie was just a little bit short of one or two more tomatoes.It was a little bland but none the less we had a ball.

Overall the food was very good, interesting and yummy, and we loved the fact that it kept coming without intrusion from our waitress. She just knew when to quietly take the plates away and like a breeze of air the next course would be laid out in front of us.

Thank you for making us feel so special. I will recommend -(have already told all my friends and business associates about your restaurant, some have visited your website from Sweden and even France)- to anyone with an open hart, knowing they will enjoy their evening like we did.

Congratulations for what you have created. I know the success of any restaurant or business depends on the input of the people that work there, your staff seems to own it, which is why they give so much.

PS. The end of the evening's drumming session was UNBELIEVABLE. Sore hands, one bleeding finger but they did not stop. Please say thank you very much to them, and tell them I am telling everyone about their CD.


Audrey de Jongh
Paul Edwards
(Meadowridge Cape Town)

13 October 2008
Dear Cindy and Gold Restaurant staff

Nic and I would like to extend our special thanks to you and your staff for allowing us to host our wedding celebration at your restaurant. The evening turned out better then we could ever imagine - even though it was allegedly one of the stormiest nights we have had, it was truly one of the best times of our lives!

Of course, a special thanks to your staff who dealt with the event in a completely professional and friendly manner. It is such a rare experience to be exposed to people in the hospitality industry who are genuinely friendly and helpful. Our guests have not stopped talking about the wedding, particularly the vibrant atmosphere, the delicious food, beautiful decor, the drummers and performers as well as your beautiful and super efficient staff. They are pleading with us to renew our vows every weekend. The margaritas were also a huge hit - apparently we cleaned out the bar! Please also extend our special thanks to your son who did an absolutely fantastic job.

Cindy, we are particularly grateful to you for being so accommodating. You allowed us to express our individuality by hosting the only Afro/gypsy - vegan wedding that we have ever heard of. It is not everyday that you experience such flexibility at a restaurant - for that, we are greatly appreciative. You have truly set yourselves apart from the rest.

Thanks again...

Kind regards
Sandy and Nic

11 September 2008
Dear Tarren,

Hope you are well?

Thank you so much for an amazing experience at Gold Restaurant last night. The function ran very smoothly and the staff were lovely (and looked lovely too!). Everyone was incredibly helpful and the guests had a fabulous time.

I appreciate your flexibility and assistance through this.

Thanks again and look forward to hosting another event with you some time.

Best regards,

10 September 2008
Good morning Cindy

On behalf of Jorvan Tours we wish to express our sincere thanks to you and your team for hosting the international group at your restaurant last night. The guests thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

Thank you once again for helping make their experience a memorable one.

Kind regards
Jorvan Tours

10 September 2008
Dear Cindy

I would like to thank you and your team for a fantastic evening at Gold last Saturday- You now have 6 new brand ambassadors.

I hope you enjoy(ed) the exclusive edition mystery bottle of wine I left you!

With kind regards,
Karen Veysey

09 September 2008
Dear Cindy,

Very good morning. It was absolutely fantastic last night. The food, the staff and the wines showed very well. They enjoyed the evening so much that they phoned the importer in Brazil and recomended GOLD for the planned future tasting groups.

Dankie en mooi bly,

04 September 2008
Dear Cindy

I have sent a few bookings to your restaurant over the past couple of weeks and the feedback I received from my guests were exceptional. Thank you so much for taking care of them so well.

Kind Regards

01 September 2008
Dear Cindy,

Herewith we would like to say thank you for your kind assistance for our 25 year celebration. You helped to make this event a very special occasion for our clients and Egoli staff. We really enjoyed your treatment and I am looking forward to many more years of good partnership. We did received good feedback from our clients about the Gold Restaurant

Kind regards
Astrid Popken

29 August 2008

Please know that the Surprise Birthday Party was a huge success for Edoardo and his family and every thoroughly enjoyed the evening - Thanks to Taryn and all of the Team at Gold Restaurant.

Best wishes Nadia

24 February 2008
Dear Tarren and Cindy,

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR A WONDERFUL TIME AT YOUR GOLD RESTAURANT. Me, my husband Steve and my German friend Gerd thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Gerd was very touched that the whole staff sang for his birthday and even made him dance!

We loved the variety of food with all the special mixes of spices. The cutlery is also stunningly beautiful. The dresses of all the staff . I could go on and on. Well done on creating a real Gem of a Restaurant in the middle of Town.

Warm Regards,

15 January 2008

I must say we had a most memorable evening. The service was outstanding and whilst I am not particularly a lover of local cuisine, it was extremely well done and delicious.

Kind regards
Desiree Bik

17 December 2007
Dear Cindy,

thank you very much for the wonderful evening we had on Friday. We really enjoyed all you had to offer - from the drumming to the food and the lovely wines on your wine list. We often have guests asking us about African and South African food - we definitely know where to send them now!

Thank you very much,

Kind regards,
Lena and Marco

15 December 2007
Good morning to you both

Wanting to say thank you for a truly unique and wonderful evening! Outstanding... from setting to service to show to, of course, food...

Warm regards

13 December 2007
Hi Tarren

I'm sorry for not replying sooner, but we're having so many events at the moment I can hardly catch my breath!

When we left the restaurant on Tuesday night, my husband said that it was the best birthday he's ever had! That is the highest compliment you will ever get from anyone as he is really hard to please. He is Australian and has put the restaurant at the top of his list for all visitors we'll be getting from overseas over the next couple of months.

Kind regards,

Wow! Wow! We had an absolutely magnificent dinner experience last night... Wow! This is one establishment, I'll be talking about for a very long time. I'd definately recommend Gold Restaurant to my family, friends and business clients! Stunning Ambience! Friendly, and well informed staff! I'm blown away! I'd not the privilege of meeting you last night, but I'd be back... Hungry for more! Great job to you all!

Tanya Dollie

Hi Cindy,

Thank you for a lovely evening last night; the setting was amazing and totally refreshing for Cape Town, Richard and I loved the food and were very impressed by your staff and we will definitely recommend your restaurant to our international guests.

Hopefully see you soon for a drink,
Tobin & Richard

Dear Cindy, again thanks so much for a wonderful evening and dinner, and always nice to see you. You have a way of making everyone feel special when we arrive!

The show has changed slightly from the last time and I think it better and "cleaner" not sure if that is the right expression to use.

Les my friend enjoyed the evening thoroughly, the food, the ambiance, and the Mali puppets. Be sure to follow up with her and she will give you some very good exposure in her publication. Call me if you need contact details.

Thanks again Cindy for your hospitality and we will keep in touch.

Best regards Richard

Hi Cindy,

Just a big thank you for a wonderful and most unique experience. It was truly worth the stalking to go and see the show do the drumming. A great Thank you to all your staff, especially, the drummer Eddy, Tristan and Restaurant Mangeress, Muvenda, ( not sure if I pronounce her name correctly and especially our waitress Alexandra for making our visit so special.

Once again thank you for a truly magical evening, may your restaurant go from strength to strength.

Best Regards and Wishes
Fatima & Rina

Hi Cindy/Mwimbi and the Gold team

I had an incredible birthday yesterday and would like to thank everyone at the Gold Restaurant. You blew my guests and I away with the delicious food, fantastic service and exceptional entertainment. This celebration will be remembered for a long time.

Thank-you so much for the wonderful evening.

I have every confidence that this restaurant will have continued success because of the positive African Spirits and teamwork conveyed by all!!


Hi Cindy,

Back in Jhb after a great time in Cape Town. Just wanted to drop you a quick note to thank you so much for a wonderful night at Gold to mark my father's birthday. We all had a fantastic time and it went down a real treat with everyone. I believe one of my father's friends has already made a reservation to bring some foreign visitors around.

See you again next time I'm down there!


Dear Cindy, dear Nadia I just want to take this opportunity again to thank you for the wonderful dinner and tour that Sarah, Richard and Graham could enjoy at the Gold restaurant and the Gold of Africa Museum on Tuesday evening. Sarah especially enjoyed the singing. We will most certainly send more guests your way. Have a wonderful weekend. With warmest regards, Yvonne

Hi Tarren

Thank you so much for the invitation we had a great evening last night and thoroughly enjoyed the interactive drumming, the meal the puppets in fact everything.

I will certainly be recommending GOLD to clients in my new business.

Many thanks and regards R Martin

Dear Cindy,

We hear wonderful things about your new venture, so much so that guests prefer it to the alternative venues!!!!

Kindest regards

Thanks Cindy, It was a great pleasure to meet you and experience your true African restaurant and your friendly staff, the dishes and entertainment everything was great!

Keep well

Dear Cindy and Tarren,

Thank you for making the evening memorable and unforgettable for all of those that attended.

The venue was outstanding, so was the entertainment and food.

We are looking at having another function.

Can we book the restaurant for the night?


Hi Cindy,

Thanks for the efforts from you and your team on Tuesday, it was a most enjoyable evening and our customers were really impressed. It was a pleasure getting some time to chat with you as we "chilled out" and good luck with your upcoming new venture, also thanks for the lift back to the hotel. I hope to see you again in the future

Kind regards

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