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Make like Rafiki, go to Afrika

19 Sep 2013 • 9 Comments


One of the newest joints in Wellington, Afrika is officially a restaurant, but owner Barika Darboe says it has become so much more than that. It’s known to stay open until 2 or 3am on Fridays and Saturdays, where it turns into a very funky dance club. Barika happily refers to these evenings as “funky times” (I like this guy) and says it’s largely due to the live music they pump out every weekend.

It’s very refreshing to see this place is genuinely African. The interior and atmosphere is warm and cosy and is decorated with tribal masks, cave style paintings and colourful flags. Even though it’s not a live music night when I visit, traditional African music still pumps through the sound system making my seat vibrate slightly.


Now, let’s talk about the food, cos I know that’s what ya’ll really wanna read about. The food is from all over Africa, with a particular emphasis on the Gambia area.  And let me just tell you, it is so-o-o-o-o-o good!

Not known for my efficient ordering skills, I really struggled with this one. What to get?! Spicy goat curry? Yassa chicken wings? Beef stew in a groundnut sauce? (What are groundnuts you ask? Not sure, but they taste kinda like peanuts).

In the end I settled on the lamb stew served with orgali. Orgali is sort of like polenta, it’s ground maize flour that has a texture similar to mashed potato, and it is awesome for soaking up delicious stew juices.

It was the sort of meal where you want to go straight home afterwards and get into your PJs to really luxuriate in that stuffed-full-of-good-food feeling, and I did do just that. But not before engaging in some of Afrika’s in-house entertainment… board games! There are shelves full of games and one whole table is a giant scrabble board that we had a good go on, before I put down a questionable word and “ruined it”.

All in all, a really superb place to hang out, listen to music, eat good, rich food and muck about with board games in a cosy, Lion King-esque environment. You might see me there next Saturday night, getting funky on the dance floor.



Sharing the values and wealth of Africa with Wellington.

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  • Jenny 23/01/2014 4:58pm (4 years ago)

    And if you fancy some Ethiopian food, there's a new place opened on Tory St opposite Moore Wilsons called The Meeting Tree, which has great food, including a good choice of vegetarian dishes (all vegan actually) and coffee roasted fresh, ground and served in the traditional manner. Recommended!

  • Hannah 24/09/2013 7:48pm (4 years ago)

    Hey Caro. Mains are up to $18 so very reasonable. On Ethiopian night, I think the doro wot might be up to $22. Delicious food.

  • Caro 22/09/2013 6:33pm (4 years ago)

    What are the prices like?

  • becky o 21/09/2013 2:01pm (4 years ago)

    What an amazing place, fantastic friendly service, to die for food. I recommend the goat curry, delicious!

  • Greta 20/09/2013 9:31pm (4 years ago)

    You can find Afrika at 18 Cambridge Terrace - you can click through for all the details

  • Liviu 20/09/2013 6:43pm (4 years ago)

    cath:see the address here

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