Eating for an incredible cause – Imibala Restaurant

Eating for an incredible cause – Imibala Restaurant

Imibala, the Xhosa word for “colours” is the name of this philanthropic gem in Somerset West. What started out as a humble coffee shop in 2002 is now a thriving village of boutiques and arts and crafts all in aid of an incredible cause. Providing school uniforms and art lessons to the disadvantaged children from the surrounding Helderberg region, it has grown into an institute that affords these children with cooking classes on a weekly basis which has the community standing firm behind this incredible establishment.

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Represented by the Imibala Trust, it makes sure that the children are afforded activities and supported to ensure real change and opportunities. With more than 1600 of the children clothed each year, playing music, learning to cook, make pottery and enrolled in drama and ballet classes I think we can all agree that each and every face behind Imibala is so special.

Life skills and career development are at the forefront of safe study programmes during the metric holidays to safeguard each young adults future in our every changing society.

The menu was an inspired amalgamation of well thought through flavours and innovative twists. You can tell that each item on the menu has been created with love and attention and that there is a great passion behind Head Chef, Nicole Dupper andΒ her incredible team. She has been sharing her love of food and flavours for 20 years.

Just have a taste teaser of our menu…



Warm farm honey and baked Pear crumble with Double Cream Yoghurt

Poached eggs on Duck Fat Scones with creamed Mushrooms an Bacon OR Eggs Benedict with Spinach, Smoked Salmon and a Miso Hollandaise

Mini Hot Chocolates with a Hint of Cinnamon and Chilli


Enjoy your time at the Imibala Cooking School with the piece of mind that you are participating in a proudly South African initiative. The Restaurant and Gallery are both part of the pillars for growth that each child comes into contact with when being assisted with the necessary life skills.

In a fast paced society the young adults are venturing into self assuring roles in society as Entrepreneurs, Cooks and innovative thinkers in the art, wine and food industry. If you would like to support this incredible institute you can click the following link:Β 

Hope to se you there soon!



  1. Great post Megan. What an amazing restaurant. They not only care about their clientele …they care about the broader community. I must support them and encourage all my friends to do the same…

    • When you are out in Somerset West you should definitely give it a try. One of the best meals I have had in a while.