Dorset enjoys taste of Southern Africa from this Friday

Zim-Braai Owner, Andy Lennox and the team.    Photograph RoutePR
Zim-Braai Owner, Andy Lennox and the team. Photograph RoutePR

Diners are going on a tastebud safari from this weekend with the opening of Zim Braai, a new Dorset restaurant which features dishes from not only South Africa, but also the Seychelles, Malawi, Zanzibar, Madagascar, Zimbabwe and Cape Town.

Now taking bookings for breakfast, lunch and dinner, this new venture at Ashley Cross, Parkstone, has been launched by Andy Lennox, founder of the Koh brand, to introduce the public to a spectacular range of food found throughout southern Africa.

Building upon the popularity of various international cuisines, Andy has adapted the recipes, flair and cooking style of the world's second largest and second most-populous continent to suit the UK.

Andy said: “On my travels I had one of those lightbulb moments and realised the UK restaurant sector was missing a great new opportunity, yet diners are eager and highly receptive when it comes to international cuisine. I’ve explored Southern African food and I decided I wanted to deliver it as a new proposition.”

“It’s an exciting cuisine – featuring fish, meat, vegetables and lots of flavours – there is something for everyone and it offers a tantalising new foodie frontier for the tastebuds! It’s not just South Africa, but Southern Africa, and that encompasses a lot of styles, recipes and ingredients.”

“When we travel we try new things. Specialisms differ widely in one country, let alone the southern half of a massive continent. There’s a first time for discovering new food, often it is memorable and goes on to become a firm favourite.”

Open all day, Zim Braai offers a tasting menu at £29.50, small bites, From the Braai (grills and more), For the Potjie (stews and curries), salads, rice and soups – not forgetting The Bobotie, the iconic national dish of South Africa, which is a delicious mixture of curried meat and fruit with a creamy topping (not unlike moussaka).

For more information visit the restaurant is open Friday 7th December

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