Wednesday, July 25, 2007


Nestled in the shopping strip behind Staples downtown, Shebeen has been serving up South African fare for years. Founded by a South African with a menu developed by a South African chef, one would expect the food to be authentic. Since I have never been to South Africa, they have to be trusted. Seating is available inside or outside on the wooden, tent-covered verandah. It's a good place to enjoy a pre-dinner Guinness.

Their fish and chips is excellent and I'm not the only one who thinks so. (Check out Commentor #1's A+.) Recently feeling more adventerous, I tried the Potjie, which comes in its own three-pronged pot. This is a flavor sensation. The menu only hints at the experience, mentioning "aromatic herbs"; one of them seems to be nutmeg. The grilled salmon with mango salsa, side vegetables, and french fries was a safer bet. It was good, but with more novel flavorful dishes, it will either please the picky eater or disappoint the adventurer. Sosatie and Peri-peri shrimp skewers were heartily enjoyed.

Check out their well-designed website.

247 Ridge Mcintire Rd
Charlottesville, VA 22903
(434) 296-3185

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