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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Madiba Restaurant Review: The first South African restaurant to grace the city of Miami, Madiba is a charmer. The two-story, renovated club space now features authentic décor, music and arts and crafts, all geared to the idea of shebeen, the social clubs where South Africans go after work to grab a beer and brisk conversation. Upstairs, the dining room offers cuisine that the locals consider a bit exotic, including ostrich carpaccio with marinated sweet peppers, Tristan Island lobster tail in lemon butter with yellow rice and raisins, and prawns peri-peri grilled Mozambique-style (peri-peri is a chile pepper). But in truth the restaurant hits its stride with traditional South African dishes: flavorful biltong (jerky) and droewors (dried sausage), served with dried fruits and salted nuts; succulent boerewors (fresh meat sausages) and pap (polenta) with a savory tomato-onion gravy; and a host of stews ranging from vegetable to mutton, served in a three-legged pot. Proprietors Jenny and Mark Henegan even dress the part in their own African-inspired clothing line. The whole effect is one of authenticity, down to its all-African wine list.