There was a time in Cape Town that Bokaap was thé place to avoid especially afer dark, now you wouldn’t be able to buy a house there for less than 100,000€.
So I read an interesting list from the Cape Town Tourism Board which you should take with you when you’re in town!
Is there anything more tempting than the smell of a delicious chicken curry or a tantalising plate of denningvleis, prepared in the traditional Cape Malay way?
In Cape Town, there are plenty of restaurants and cafés that cater for visitors and residents who prefer their meals to be cooked according to Halaal standards.
Visit Bo-Kaap Kombuis in the city centre or Tashreeqa’s in the Southern Suburbs and many others all on the Peninsula to get your fill of tasty Malay foods. Visiting any of these excellent restaurants is like being back in your mom’s kitchen on a Sunday morning, I swear!
From springrolls to boeber (a spicy milky drink) and butter chicken to sosatie lamb chops, you’ll find it, lovingly prepared at the following Halaal restaurants in the Mother City:
Situated in Bo-Kaap, the oldest settlement of Malay people in South Africa, this vibrant restaurant is renowned for serving the best Cape Malay food. Their masala steak sandwiches, not to mention their phenomenal view of the city, are to die for!
Location: Bo-Kaap Kombuis, 7 August Street on Upper Wale Street, Bo-Kaap Contact: +27 (0)21 422 5446 Website: http://www.bokaapkombuis.co.za
For the best tasting butter chicken this side of the equator and other mouth-watering treats, visit Biesmiellah in the Bo-Kaap.
Location: Biesmiellah, Cnr Wale and Pentz Streets, Cape Town Contact: +27 (0)21 423 0850 Website: http://www.biesmiellah.co.za
Noon Gun Tea Room and Restaurant
Spicy, aromatic food is Noon Gun Tea Room’s specialty. From bobotie to dahltjies (chillibites) and more, you’ll find it all at this quaint, family-run establishment on the slope of Signal Hill.
Location: 273 Longmarket Street, Signal Hill, Bo-Kaap Contact: +27 (0)21 424 0529 Website: http://www.noonguntearoom.co.za
Eastern Food Bazaar
Enjoy mystical Middle East decor while dining on yummy food. You’ll find shawarmas, kebabs, breyanis and more at Eastern Food Bazaar.
Location: Eastern Food Bazaar, 96 Longmarket Street. Cape Town Contact: +27 (0)21 461 2458 Website: http://www.easternfoodbazaar.co.za
Delicious gatsbys, pies, chips rolls, samoosas and half-moons make Mariam’s Kitchen a must-visit.
Location: Mariam’s Kitchen, 101 St George’s Mall, Cape Town Contact: +27 (0)21 423 0772
On The Square at The Capetonian
Well known for its hearty Ramadan and Eid feasts, On The Square also provides fantastic Halaal meals all year round.
Location: On The Square Restaurant, The Capetonian Hotel, Cnr Adderley & Coen Steytler, Cape Town Contact: +27 (0)21 419 1553
Situated in trendy Green Point, Kaprinos prides itself on delivering Halaal soul food.
Location: Kaprino’s Restaurant, 57B Somerset Road, Green Point Contact: +27 (0)21 418 5426 Website: http://www.kaprinos.co.za
Ladybee Dehli Diner
Dish up as much as you’d like of your favourite Malay food and pay per weight at this family-orientated restaurant in Observatory.
Location: Ladybee Dehli Diner, St Peter’s Square, Observatory Contact: +27 (0)21 447 6558 Website: http://www.ladybee.co.za
Tashreeqa’s Coffee and Cake Emporium
Meet your loved ones or business associates for a quick, light meal and cake at this buzzing coffee shop in Rondebosch East.
Location: Tashreeqa’s Coffee and Cake Emporium, Kromboom Centre, Kromboom Road, Rondebosch East Contact: +27 (0)21 696 1005 Website: http://www.tashreeqas.co.za