Cape Town has a long established and peaceful Islamic community who have imprinted their influence on the culture of our City. The so called Cape Malay community gets its name from the people that were originally enslaved by the Dutch East India company and brought from Java (now Indonesia) and Mallaca (now in Malaysia) to the Cape as early as 1654. The influence of these Malay slaves has found its way, not only to our culture, but to the Cuisine of our country. Muslim visitors to Cape Town will have no difficulty finding restaurants that cater to their beliefs, tastes and culture. In all of these, the consumption or serving of alcohol is forbidden.
Biesmiellah is probably the longest established of these and is situated in the picturesque Bo-Kaap. Expect to enjoy traditional Cape Malay cuisine such as Deningvleis and Bobotie, as well as Indian curries. Location : c/o Wale Street and Pentz street; Tel 021-423-0850
Eastern Food Bazaar in the centre of the City Serves a large variety of food from all over the East, and you may expect generous helpings at prices that are extremely reasonable. You will find breyanis, curries, Indian specialities, Chinese food, and even Middle Eastern Falafels and shawarmas together with specialty ice-cream and desserts. The setup is in cafeteria-style so don’t expect anything too elegant but the food is excellent. See our detailed review at http://blog.horizoncottages.co.za/?p=563.
Location : 96 Longmarket Street/ Darling Street opposite Central Post Office building. Tel 021-461-2458
Jewel of India has relocated from the Waterfront to the Bo Kaap and is now strictly Halaal. The menu is much more varied than most and will include Pulao, naan, kebabs and other dishes prepared in a tandoori oven, together with delicious Naan breads. The Jewel of India claims to revive and maintain the glorious culinary traditions of old in an ambiance best suited for today’s world. Having eaten there a couple of times, we can attest to the quality of the food, although the ambiance is a little like a factory dining room rather than a restaurant.
Location : 102 Wale st c/o Rose, Bokaap
Bibi’s Kitchen is a bright, clean and modern restaurant and take away on Broad Road, Wynberg. One orders from the counter filled with a variety of tempting samoosas and moons. The menu includes Indian and Cape Malay dishes, curries, Salomies (Roti wraps) all at reasonable prices. No need to book – there is always plenty of space and turnover is quick.
Location Broadmed Centre, Wynberg: Tel 021-761-8365
Cosy Corner might look like an American diner, but dishes range from Cape Malay specialties, curries, breyanis and grills as well as the iconic Cape Town special Gatsbys. Established in 1973, Cosy Corner was one of Cape Town’s first Halaal eateries; locals will tell you about the part Cosy Corner played in the apartheid struggle, but it also features in many more personal and romantic stories – of engagements, family reunions and birthdays.
Location : 119 Ottery Rd, Wynberg Tel 021 797 2498
The Noon Gun
The Noon Gun Tea-Room and Restaurant is a home-based family concern situated on the slopes of Signal hill, just below the actual noon gun, with breath taking views overlooking the city of Cape Town. Home-cooked Cape Malay dishes such as chicken biryani, bobotie, samoosas, dennings vleis, bredie and curries are all lovingly prepared and delicious, offering true Cape comfort food. The noon gun is fired, by tradition, at 12 every day, so you might want to take a walk to the Lion battery on Signal Hill and enjoy this experience before heading to the restaurant for lunch.
Location : 273 Longmarket Street, Bo-Kaap, Cape Town. Tel : 021 424 0529
Bhandaris : is the nearest Halaal restaurant to our Noordhoek accommodation – a North Indian restaurant in neighbouring Fish Hoek, with master chefs from Northern India who specialise in tandoor and Indian cuisine. They offer a splendid, but affordable , Buffet on Sundays, for both lunch and dinner, which will usually include a lamb, chicken, fish and vegetarian curry with a variety of raita, salads, popadoms, sambals and a dessert. The restaurant has an relaxing, opulent ambiance with its authentic wooden doors, hues of gold and red, wrought iron lanterns, plush seating and comfortable intimate spaces. Although the kitchen and food is strictly in conformance with Halaal practices, this restaurant caters to the local population and does serve alcohol.
Fish on the Rocks : Situated at the end of the Breakwater in neighbouring Hout Bay is a longstanding favourite in Cape Town. You might round off a scenic drive along Chapman’s Peak to enjoy their fish and chips and other seafood options and even shop at the Bay Harbour Market next door. Fish on the Rocks is not so much a restaurant, as a café, where you will have to queue for your food but the service is polite and efficient, and the wait will be worth it. It is very popular in summer and over weekends.
Location : 1 Harbour Road, Hout Bay. Tel 021-790-0001.
by : Horizon Cottages, self catering Noordhoek cottages