June 24, 2014
8 Tasty Iftar Ramadan Specials in Cape Town
Fazielah Williams has lived in and loved her Mother City since birth. Having lived all over the Peninsula during her childhood, she now calls the picturesque City Bowl home and likes nothing more than watching the sun set over Table Bay from the window of her apartment.
A lover of the arts and proud Cape Town fanatic, Fazielah began her writing career by spending many hours as a child conjuring fantastical stories that featured independent heroines from faraway lands who saved the Prince instead. This Capetonian princess has enjoyed stints as a magical arts PRO and TV publicist before finding her calling as a travel writer.
When not waxing lyrical about the Fairest Cape’s most loved attractions and activities and embarking on unexpected adventures, Fazielah can usually be found taking in a show at one of the City’s fabulous theatres.
The holy month of Ramadan is nearly upon us here in cultural-loving Cape Town and with this in mind; I went hunting for the best Iftar deals in town.
When sunset arrives and the call to prayer beckons, nothing slakes your hunger and thirst quite like a tasty mince samoosa, sweet falooda, milky boeber and other delicious treats shared with loved ones at Halaal-friendly restaurants around the Mother City – but it shouldn’t cost you an arm and a leg to do so.
Come and break your fast for less with these tasty Iftar specials in Cape Town:
Mezbaan Restaurant at the Hilton
Satiate your hunger pangs with a delicious four course meal including soup, starters, mains and dessert.
The Iftar menu at this North Indian inspired restaurant will vary during Ramadan and complimentary dates and Falooda will be served.
Did you know? The Hilton Cape Town also has prayer facilities and these are available for use by all guests.
Cost: R190 per person
Location: Hilton Cape Town City Centre Hotel, 126 Buitengracht Street, City Centre, Cape Town
Contact: +27 (0)21 481 3700
On the Square at the Capetonian
A local favourite, The Capetonian Hotel’s restaurant, On the Square, is the usual hotspot for scrumptious Iftar offerings.
This year, this strictly Halaal eatery doesn’t disappoint with a three-course buffet dinner including tea, coffee and dessert.
Booking is essential so make sure you’ve reserved your table early!
Good to know: The Capetonian Hotel is a 5 minute drive from the V&A Waterfront – perfect for your last-minute Eid shopping if you felt so inclined.
Cost: R 125 per person
Location: Pier Square, Heerengracht, Foreshore, Cape Town
Contact: +27 (0)21 405 5670
Spending the weekend at the Westin Grand but you don’t want to miss the spiritual goodness of Ramadan?
With the hotel’s reflect and refocus package, you don’t have to. Your luxurious stay includes room service at no extra charge before 6am for Sehri, date and nut drops and complimentary transfer to the mosque. Strictly Halaal food can also be ordered from their preferred supplier.
For your info: Got time to kill before Iftaar? City Sightseeing Canal Cruise offers a great short tour around the Table Bay Harbour, ending right back at the Westin’s neighbour Cape Town International Convention Centre.
Cost: R 4118.40 per suite per night.
Location: Convention Square, Lower Long Street, Cape Town
Contact: +27 21 412 9999
La Playa Café
Gorgeous views of the sunset with an even more spectacular Ramadan feast on offer, the V&A Waterfront’s La Playa restaurant is the ideal setting for your first meal of the day.
To sweeten the deal, the chic establishment is offering complimentary dates and falooda to break your fast before you dive into any of their recommended Greek-inspired main dishes, desserts and coffees.
Fun to do: Fit in a few minutes of exercise after your decadent meal with a walk around the V&A Waterfront, admiring the oldest working harbor and the musical buskers.
Location: Shop 224, Upper Level, V& A Waterfront, Cape Town
Contact: +27 (0) 21 418 2800
Whether you’re feasting in vibey Sea Point or bustling Gatesville, there’s a cozy Bismillah Restaurant ready to help you celebrate the end of yet another day of the holy Ramadan month, with delicious complimentary starters.
Return their generosity by ordering any of their hearty main dishes, including vegetarian curries, seafood specialties, grilled meats and noodles. Don’t miss out on mahala samoosas, paratha, chicken wings, chips, garlic bread and more.
Fun Fact: Bo Kaap is home to the more well-known Biesmillah restaurant. Pop by for the best butter chicken curry you’ll ever taste!
Location: 275 Main Road, Sea Point, Cape Town& Shop No. 3, Gateway Centre, Temple Street ,Gatesville, Cape Town
Contact: +27 (0) 21 434 1473/ +27 (0) 21 852 2107
Eat as much as you like this boeka time with the numerous tasty goodies on offer at the Southern Suburbs’ latest Halaal restaurant, Hartley’s Buffet in Wynberg.
These guys sure know how to lay out a delectable spread with Cape Malay favourites like denning, tripe curry and butter bean curry all on the menu.
Something to bear in mind: Fancy yourself the next Mariah Carey? Hartley’s has a Karaoke machine available for your next big shindig after Ramadan.
Cost: R 125 to R 165 per person
Location: 113 Ottery Road, Wynberg
Contact: + (0)21 761 2374
Golden Feather Spur at Vangate Mall
Who says you can’t have a sizzling Spur outing this Ramadan?
Get a tantalizing bowl of soup or garlic bread with a 200gm Sirloin Steak with chips and onion rings and malva pudding with custard for a great price and the full Spur family experience.
Cost: R 99.95
Location: Shop 77, Vangate Shopping Centre, Vanguard Dr., Athlone ,Cape Town
Contact: 021 633 7484
Want to break your fast in a family-friendly establishment that feels like home no matter where in the Peninsula you are?
Try Kaprino’s in Northgate, renowned for its exuberant buffet meals and delicious nonalcoholic ‘mocktails’.
Cost: R 120
Location: Northgate, Cape Town
Contact: +27 (0)21 510 2266
Ramadan Kareem, everyone!
Know of more delicious Iftaar specials in Cape Town? Send your suggestions to Fazielah@capetown.travel