Camflava brings African flavours to Glasgow's Southside

Camflava brings African flavours to Glasgow's Southside

Africa remains a bit of a dark continent as far as our appreciation of its cuisine goes. But mix in some exotic drinks, dance and entertainment, and the Southside of Glasgow is suddenly rocking to an African beat, as Rona Alexander discovered

Camflava is both a must-try destination for Southside diners and a culinary home from home for Glasgow’s growing African community. This former snooker club has been converted into a bar, restaurant and nightclub, with live music from Congolese musicians adding to the good-time atmosphere at the weekends. The décor is clean, almost clinical, with black and white tiling throughout the dining room and more stereotypical African styling in the bar area. The Ivorian and Cameroonian chefs have created a menu ranging from Mozambican staple peri-peri chicken, to North African couscous, with West African dishes and flavours predominating. Highlights include a starter of alloco (sautéed plantain and rocket), deliciously smoky black-eyed pea and spiced pumpkin stew, and spiced chicken cooked with plantain, onions and peppers, as well as the chance to try cassava, yam and green banana and succulent goat. Desserts – not a strong feature of African cooking – include banana and rum crepes and chocolate fondant.

+ Authentic African ingredients and a feel-good vibe
- Layout means live music can make it difficult to talk and eat


1. FAZ27 Apr 2010, 9:58am Report

I am wondering if Rona actually ate any of the food there. I went on a Friday a few weeks ago it was one of the most woeful eating out experiences of my life. My friend got a stuffed pepper which was just a huge pile of rice, with NO pepper . We were advised the chef didn't use plantain as it was too expensive and our uninspiring mains were just meat in a bland sauce with huge piles of plain boiled rice. The place was so dark it was almost impossible to see and the service was atrocious.

2. bark beetle31 Oct 2010, 11:03am Report

Agree totally with other reviewer - food and service were terrible. Did the 'Group on' menu which had a very limited choice. Fried plaintain to start was okay but came with nothing, main coconut rice was was too creamy and spicey at the same time, chicken was undercooked and was mixed with veg from a packet of 'frozen mixed'. Sweet was a crepe which was really thick and stodgy with tiny piece of banana inside and cheap and nasty ice cream. Service was dreadful - waited full 45 mins with main course plates in front of us and eventually had to track waiter down. A shame - as this place will serve to give African cuisine a bad name in Glasgow.

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