You may have already heard the term ‘braai’ – it’s one of the most well-known words in the Afrikaans phrasebook, and refers to barbecued meat. Braai may be closely associated with barbecues, but there are regional variations which set it apart. For starters, the meat served at a braai is distinct to the region, with kebabs, sosaties, boerewors, and marinated chicken favoured above burgers and sausages. A braai is also more of a social event than the traditional British barbecue, with whole communities attending a local event in their area.
Several restaurants in Cape Town have set out to replicate the braai experience, with a menu of grilled meats and salad accompanied by a communal, party atmosphere.