Caribbean model Mala Bryan has opened up Kwéyòl Restaurant and Bar at Botanik Social House, a newly revamped events venue opposite the Company’s Garden in Queen Victoria Street. Botanik Social House is part of Giorgio Nava’s restaurant group, together with his 95 Keerom and Carne restaurants.

The restaurant will be serving up Creole flavours, colours and island music, and is inspired by Mala’s memories of growing up on the island of St Lucia. Set in a treed area reminiscent of a tropical jungle, Kwéyòl Restaurant and Bar has a number of seating areas where guests can unwind and enjoy the tropical cocktails and Caribbean cuisine.

On the menu there’s Cuban sandwiches, Jamaican patties, spiced beef, curried chickpeas, shrimp skewers, and spicy chicken wings. There’s also side dishes that are ideal for starters, which include Island Girl’s rice & beans, steamed cabbage & carrots, red bean stew, fried green bananas, and Tostones – twice fried plantains. For mains, there’s stewed oxtail, the occasion curried goat, curried island style chicken, grilled jerk chicken,  beef stew, pelau rice with peas, and grilled pork with Mala’s special Caribbean sauce. And for pudding? Guests can tuck into rum & raisin ice cream, Key lime pie, banana flambé and mango sorbet.

Kwéyòl Restaurant and Bar, situated at 54 Queen Victoria Street, is open from Mondays to Saturdays from 17h00 for after work drinks and 18h30 for dinner. For more information, call 021 424 5306.