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MLILO at Time Out Market Cape Town

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  1. mlilo (Photograph: Bruce Tuck for Time Out)
    Photograph: Bruce Tuck for Time Out
  2. Mlilo (Photograph: Bruce Tuck for Time Out)
    Photograph: Bruce Tuck for Time Out
  3. Mlilo (Photograph: Bruce Tuck for Time Out)
    Photograph: Bruce Tuck for Time Out

Time Out says

Chef Vusi Ndlovu delivers a refreshing change of pace here with a focus on culinary traditions from the continent.

For all of the creativity in Cape Town’s restaurant landscape, a common complaint – often justified – is that indigenous African cuisines and culinary traditions are sidelined in favour of fine dining that looks to Europe, Asia and North America for inspiration.

But not so at MLILO 'Fires of Africa', where chef Vusi Ndlovu brings a truly pan-African experience to the menu, interpreting the many ways that cultures across the continent have incorporated a lick of flame and kiss of smoke into their cooking.

At MLILO you’ll find an elevated take on the traditional Zulu shisanyama barbecue, a taste of Senegal in the lamb didi, or the Kenyan classic nyama choma – thinly sliced beef – with a fresh kachumbari salad. It’s a brave and bold new approach to creating world-class cuisine imbued with the unmistakeable flavours of Africa.


uMbhona R65 (Classic street corn grilled, inspired by the streets of Mombasa)

Broccoli R65 (Charred broccoli, miso pickled peanuts,  drizzled with maafe sauce)

Brochette of Dakar R110 (Baguette filled with Yassa onions, grilled chicken dusted in kan kan spice, chilli & lettuce)

Pepe wings R110 (Grilled chicken wings seasoned with the flavour of pepe)

Pork/Chicken Suya R110 (Grilled pork/chicken skewers marinated in homemade suya spice blend and brown butter served with plantain ketchup)

Nyama Choma R110 (Thinly sliced beef with chunky kachumbari)

iPlate R195 (South African braai plate: beef chuck/lamb chop, chicken wing & boerewors)

Lamb Dibi R180 (Flame-grilled lamb pieces served with black pepper & citrus sauce)

Whole Fish (serves 2) R280 (Grilled fish of the day with Shito dressing)

Puff-puff R80 (Spiced doughnuts with hibiscus sherbet)

Sides (R45 each)

Garlic Roosterkoek

Fried Plantain


Bisto (Onion & Tomato Relish)

Green Salad

Richard Holmes
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Richard Holmes


Time Out Market Cape Town
19 Dock Road
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Cape Town
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Closest parking is in the Portswood garage of the V&A Waterfront.
Opening hours:
Sunday to Wednesday: 11am-10pm; Thursday to Saturday: 11am-11pm
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