July 23, 2013
Halaal restaurants 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.
Is there anything more tempting than the smell of a delicious chicken curry or a plate of denningvleis (lamb stew), 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 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.
From springrolls, 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 amazing.
Location: Bo-Kaap Kombuis, 7 August Street on Upper Wale Street, Bo-Kaap
Contact: +27 (0)21 422 5446
For one of the best butter chicken dishes 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
This bustling café has it all: decadent coffee, filling sandwiches, muffins and, if you’re still peckish, a yummy chunky chicken salad – all Halaal.
Location: Manhattan Place, 130 Bree Street, Cape Town
Contact: +27 (0)21 422 1325
Eastern Food Bazaar
Enjoy mystical Middle East decor while dining on yummy food. You’ll find shwarmas, kebabs, breyanis and more at Eastern Food Bazaar.
Location: Eastern Food Bazaar, 96 Longmarket Street, Cape Town
Contact: +27 (0)21 461 2458
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 and Coen Steytler, Cape Town
Contact: +27 (0)21 419 1553
Ladybee Dehli Diner
Dish up as much as you’d like of your favourite Malay food and pay per weight at this family oriented restaurant in Observatory.
Location: Ladybee Dehli Diner, St Peter’s Square, Observatory
Contact: +27 (0)21 447 6558
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
Take a well-deserved meal break between shopping in Claremont at this certified establishment. Indulge in their premium coffees while feasting on their scrumptious food.
Location: Shop 5 Grove Building, Grove Avenue , Claremont
Contact: +27 (0)21 671 9333
The only store of this popular franchise that is fully Halaal, the Vangate Gate Mugg&Bean specialises in all of our favourites, including the tasty huge muffins, Cajun chicken wraps and sloppy joe croissants.
Location: Shop 32/33, Vanguard Drive, Athlone
Contact: +27 (0)21 699 1083
Breathtaking views, gourmet Halaal dishes and quality time with your family are guaranteed at the Taj Mahal in Hout Bay.
Location: Taj Mahal, Shop No. 4, Rawoot Centre, 44 Victoria Avenue, Hout Bay
Contact: +27 (0)21 790 4711
Kaprinos Buffet Northgate
Situated in the Northern Suburbs, Kaprinos prides itself on delivering Halaal soul food.
Location: Kaprino’s Buffet, Northgate Estate
Contact: +27 (0)21 510 7190
Editor's Note: This article was first published on July 25, 2012.