Updated: May 28
I was delighted to be invited to the launch of Mbuntu Cocktail Bar & Bistro. Especially when restrictions have just been lifted and we are now able to wine and dine indoors once again. What a great way to celebrate!
At Something New, we have heard great things about the duo behind Mbuntu, husband and wife team Prince and Dorothy Ogbuji. Prince Ogbuji is an Award-winning chef and restaurant owner and the couple's latest venture is the Worldwide dining experience Mbuntu, in Southampton.
Mbuntu is pronounced 'Mm-Boon-Too'. It's an African word meaning 'I am who I am, because of who we are'. The restaurant is in Bitterne Park just a few metres from the riverside. The restaurant is more of a philosophy, bringing together many cultures through music, taste and a diverse ethos. Prince and Dorothy want Mbuntu to become a linchpin in the local community, offering a fun, relaxed place for locals to eat, chat and get together.
I don't know about you, but I'm missing international travel and all that comes with visiting other countries, like being able to immerse yourself in another culture with authenticity. Mbuntu, while not a foreign holiday, does give you the chance to experience a little piece of something very special. The restaurant is adorned with treasures from South Africa. It's a place full of culture which is evident in every corner. As I wandered around the space, I took in the most beautiful works of art, lamps, decor and creations. It's a real step into a vibrant, friendly environment where you feel incredibly welcome.
Prince spoke to me about his favourite place in the restaurant; it's the beautiful picture of his parents hung on the wall, pride of place between two of the most beautiful lamps we've ever seen on an absolutely stunning dresser! The decor is outstanding and makes the dining experience something magical.
At the launch, I was honoured to meet Jacqui Rayment, who is the Sheriff of Southampton. The 584th Sheriff of Southampton, and might we add, only the 31st female to hold this title. Jacqui is the Queen's representative for Southampton, so it was an honour to be able to chat with her.
All in all, it was a great evening spent exploring the venue, meeting very inspirational people, trying some delicious international food and my first time trying goat, it was a winner! The traditional South African goat was my favourite dish, and if you go to Mbuntu you must try the 'Peppered Goat Meat' special - Sebrina highly recommends!
We also recommend you pre-book in advance not to be disappointed!
The cocktails looked incredible and I can't wait for my next visit. I love the relaxed, welcoming vibe and with BBQ's coming on Sundays, I'll be back soon!
Look out for my next Foodie Review soon...
Take care, stay safe...