Thursday, October 1, 2015

YEBO Marks Year Three Serving up South African Fare

By Shandra Hill Smith

It’s a showcase of South African flavors, with a twist — in tapas-size fashion. A family-owned business, YEBO Restaurant & Bar at Phipps Plaza serves up South African small plates such as Ostrich Sliders, Lollipop Lamb and Fried Chicken. There’s also traditional South African bread bowls — bobotie and chicken curry, for example. And, for a starter item, the menu even includes Air-Popped Popcorn.

Ostrich Sliders
The sibling restaurant of 10 Degrees South, YEBO celebrated its third anniversary this August with a party. Both restaurants are owned by Justin Anthony, whose family is from Johannesburg. The former professional soccer player incorporates some recipes from his mom. Additionally, Anthony has a passion for wine and includes wine-by-the-glass offerings on the YEBO menu.

Bunny Chow
Used to show agreement or approval, yebo in Zulu means yes. And, as you’ll find when visiting YEBO, it won’t be hard to say yes to the flavors — or the fun. On one particular Sunday during brunch — where you’ll find Phillippe’s Belgian Waffle and more on the menu — a group of patrons made their way to the dance floor. Yes — a dance floor, where nearby a female DJ was serving up tunes such as Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give it Up,” Deee-Lite’s “Groove is in the Heart” and Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.” Meanwhile, at this writer’s table, salad with shrimp, avocado, tomato and lemon poppyseed dressing, along with Fried Chicken (with peri-peri sauce and collard greens) were stealing the show.

French Toast
Bobotie Crepes
Maybe next time there will be room for desserts such as Molten Lava Cake or Foie Gras Pancakes.

More info:
3500 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1096B
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 467-4988

Fried Green Tomatoes
What’s next? Restaurateur Justin Anthony is opening two new restaurants. These include Biltong Bar at Ponce City Market.  Biltong will offer hand pies, South African-style jerky and wines from across the globe, with a focus on African varieties. It’s slated to open in November. Cape Dutch, a contemporary steak and seafood kitchen, also is slated to open this fall — in the Morningside neighborhood. In November, 10 Degrees South marks its 17th anniversary.