Authentic mainland African cuisine comes as a bit of a surprise in Bournemouth, but that makes the presence of a restaurant such as Nativ all the more essential. Even better, Nativ is located in the the town centre, at the eastern end of Old Christchurch Road near The Landsdowne Roundabout, making it an easy trek from just about anywhere. It also means that it’s a popular spot for exotic delicacies like yam porridge, prepared with traditional spices, whole grilled crocker fish served with salad and fried plantain on the welcome winter warmer menu, home-cooked classics like goat curry with jollof rice. Something of a hub for the African community in Bournemouth, watch out for events and special gatherings held at the restaurant to spice up your life.
Good food but slow service tonight. For a Friday night the place wasn’t at all full and we were told that if we wanted the goat curry we would have to wait an hour as it wasn’t ready. We decided to wait as two of us wanted the curry. It was worth the wait and quite delicious. The Suya starters were on offer, three for £7 so we had 6 between us, Chicken, beef and lamb. Very tasty!