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Halaal Restaurants in Cape Town
A round-up of some of the best halaal eateries in Cape Town and surrounds
A round-up of some of the best halaal eateries in Cape Town and surrounds
Last Update: June 21st, 2016
Cape Town is known the world over as a melting pot of eclectic cultures, and one slice of the Mother City’s cross-section of diversity is claimed by a large and close-knit Muslim community.
Unsurprisingly then, there’s a fair number of halaal restaurants in Cape Town that cater for visitors and residents who prefer their meals cooked according to halaal standards – that is, food that has been prepared according to the dietary laws of the Quran. More specifically, under Muslim law, it’s forbidden to eat pork, blood, land-based carnivores, omnivores, carrion, and intoxicants, like alcohol.
While certification from one of the four authoritative bodies in South Africa – the MJCHT, ICSA, NIHT and SANHA – guarantees, beyond a doubt, that an eatery conforms with Islamic standards, there are also many restaurants that may not be officially certified, but that still claim to be halaal. These eateries are exclusively Muslim-owned, and thus the responsibility of serving food that complies with the halaal requirements rests with each respective Muslim entrepreneur.
In line with this point, the eateries in the below overview are NOT officially halaal-certified, but are generally accepted as being halaal – as their owners are Muslim.
That said, CapeTownMagazine.com cannot guarantee each restaurant’s individual compliance, and therefore, we advise that prospective patrons should phone ahead to enquire further in regard to this issue before dining.
HALAAL EATERIES IN CAPE TOWN CITY CENTRE
Situated in Canal Walk Shopping Mall, the welcoming presence of La Rocca offers locals and tourists the chance to indulge in dishes that are internationally and seasonally inspired. La Rocca’s layout allows for a diverse crowd accommodating families for small functions, shoppers popping in for a quick bite or patrons seeking the restaurants imported, coffee. If you choose to be seated in the main dining area known as ‘Rocca Alley’ you can expect a lively atmosphere that is bound to keep your spirits high. Alternatively, large groups can reserve La Rocca’s semi-private ‘VIP Suite’ which seats 20 people and is ideal for small gatherings. This restaurant also houses The Den Smokers Lounge, a smoke room which seats 20 people. While dining on Cape Malay dishes such as Butter Chicken, Prawn Chaat or Lamb Madras, diners are able to sit back on sports days and enjoy family meals while keeping an eye on the score thanks to the restaurant’s 60–inch television screen. In addition to daily breakfasts, La Rocca also serves light meals, sandwiches, salads, appetisers, pastas, pizza, grills, burgers, seafood, desserts and mocktails. The restaurant is also child friendly, and therefore promotes a laid-back atmosphere with meals fit for the entire family.
Shop 10 | Entrance 1 | Canal Walk | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 555 0909
Conveniently located at the corner of two main roads in Green Point, Truffle is one of the only upmarket fully halaal restaurants in Cape Town. The swanky eatery, which boasts regal touches of gold and bronze, is a refreshing departure from the many more casual cafés associated with this category of cuisine, and it’s an ideal spot for the celebration of a special occasion or for an intimate date night. The menu is wonderfully diverse and features everything from Cajun-style calamari and chilli poppers to wild mushroom pasta and steak stuffed with peppers and cheese. Not to mention, in place of alcohol, which is not allowed on the premises, the venue serves an assortment of refreshing ‘mocktails’ (try the strawberry and mint daiquiri) and gourmet milkshakes. Prices are on the higher end of the spectrum, but Truffle does also run regular specials, so be sure to ask about these on your visit.
Harbour Edge Building | Green Point | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 418 3777
Atlantic Express Cafe & Coffee Train
For a laid-back meal in an unusual setting, head out to this Sea Point restaurant, set in a vintage train compartment. The menu serves up breakfasts, light lunches and main meals with a mild Indian twist, such as Prawn Chaat and mutton salomies. The Express café and cake train has become a landmark in the Mother City, and is very popular with tourists and kids.
1B Regent Road | Sea Point | Cape Town | + 27 (0) 21 439 3038
Hartley’s Buffet is a family-run Southern Suburbs restaurant that is perfect for all occasions. The Hartleys opened the doors to Hartley’s Buffet - Cape Town’s very first halaal restaurant, 40 years ago. The menu offers a variety of meals including seafood, grills and pasta along with traditional Cape Malay dishes such as tripe curry, tomato trotters and denningvleis . We suggest trying the char-grilled ribs and calamari - a favourite amongst locals. The restaurant also offers a special Ramadan buffet that includes boeber, boeka treats, soup and falooda. For the age-old tradition of ’boeber night’, this diner will be serving vermicelli and ice cream, in addition to boeber (which is available every night).
113 Ottery Road | Wynberg | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 761 2374
Saray, which means ‘palace’ in Turkish, is the perfect fit for this Turkish-Kurdish restaurant that guarantees a majestic fine dining experience. Situated in Cape Town City Centre, this fully halaal restaurant takes customers on a journey through Turkish-Kurdish culture through the dominant sense of taste. Authentic Turkish-Kurdish cuisine is served, and all meals are grilled on an open flame for a unique flavour. A popular dish is Saray’s Mix Grill, which includes lamb kebabs, a mini chicken kebab, beef koftas, and lamb chops. This is all served on lavash bread and accompanied by rice, chips and a yoghurt side salad. In addition to a three-course set winter menu offered from Mondays to Thursdays, Saray Restaurant also has a three-course meal special for Ramadan that comes with a sneaky sweet treat. Meals are prepared by Turkish chefs served in imported Turkish serving dishes, subjecting diners to a truly traditional meal. If you’re a fan of Turkish delight, then Saray’s Turkish coffee served with the tasty delight is a must-try Although the restaurant doesn’t serve boeber, they do offer Sahlep, which is a warm milk drink that makes for the perfect substitute.
Shop 1A Spearhead Building | Corner Bree and Hans Strijdom Avenue | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 418 1609
This popular take-away franchise is well-known for their vienna and chips parcel. Apart from their delicious gatsbys, they also offer curries and sandwiches. You can either order your food to go, or have a sit-down meal in the restaurant.
Pier House | Heerengracht Street | Cape Town | + 27 (0) 21 425 0189
Situated in the colourful Bo-Kaap neighbourhood, this vibrant restaurant is renowned for serving some of the best Cape Malay food in the city. Their masala steak sandwiches and Bobotie (probably the most well-known Malay dish in Cape Town) are firm favourites among their regulars. Although the restaurant does not have a halaal certificate, they insist that they are strictly halaal, and they cater accordingly to their Muslim patrons (they also have a letter of endorsement from the Muslim Judicial Council to confirm that they are a halaal establishment).
7 August Street (on Upper Wale Street) | Cape Town | + 27 (0) 21 422 5446
Pearl Spoon Restaurant
Situated in the leafy Southern Suburbs is the charming presence of Pearl Spoon Restaurant. This family-run business boasts Victorian elegance, creating a cosy yet classic ambience. While the interior décor boasts glamour, the food remains comforting and hearty. When visiting this quaint café, be sure to try their Coconut Breakfast that has remained a favourite amongst diners. This tasty meal offers a serving of smoked salmon and avocado accompanied by two poached (or scrambled) eggs, served with Pearl Spoon’s delicious freshly baked coconut bread. Passion is mirrored in the fact that the restaurant bakes their own cakes and bread, offering a taste that is truly unique.
34 Belvedere Rd | Claremont | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 839 2692
Café on the Deck
Conveniently located on Claremont’s popular Belvedere Road, this halaal café-style eatery offers everything from light lunches to dinners and desserts. The entire venue is ultra-chic and is decked with quirky pieces of art adorning white-washed walls. Seating is offered inside, as well as a outside, where customers can kick back with a beverage while enjoying extensive views. In an effort to keep things simple yet tasteful, the eatery uses fine, fresh ingredients (A-grade meat and authentic spices) to prepare everything from dainty desserts to meals fit for a monarch. After nibbling on a hearty starter and tucking into a srumptious meal, we recommend you try their mouth-watering pancakes for dessert that guarantees a lip-smacking experience. During Cape Town’s cold winter, Café on the Deck creates wholesome meals (think soup, stews and curries) and the take-away option allows you to stop by to pick up your favorite meal on those extremely chilly nights. During the month of Ramadan, Café on the Deck offers Iftaar meal packs available for pre-order (must be done one day in advance), as well as soup, falooda and boeber.
44 Belvedere Road | Claremont | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 167 15530
Tuck-in amidst mystical Middle East décor at this buzzing canteen-style city centre eatery. Featuring cuisine from a host of regions, the informal restaurant allows diners to choose from authentic Cape-style biryanis, creamy North Indian curries, Masala Dosa and real Tandoor dishes. Simply order at the counter and wait a few mere minutes for your food to come up. The dishes are as affordable - ranging between R30 and R40 on average – as they are delicious.
96 Longmarket Street | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 461 2458
Situated in the bustling Cape Town city centre, Miriam’s Kitchen is ideally located for business people looking to break away for a quick and easy lunch. The halaal eatery is legendary for their take-aways, and word is the delicious gatsbys, pies, chip rolls, samoosas and half-moons make the restaurant a must-visit.
101 St. Georges Mall | Cape Town | + 27 (0) 21 423 0772
HALAAL EATERIES IN THE SOUTHERN SUBURBS
Bibi’s is a local Wynberg hotspot that serves a wide range of authentic North and South Indian dishes, such as Rogan josh, Mughlai lamb, spicy Madras seafood curries and biryani from the South. Vegetarians are in for a treat with dhal, paneer and chana masala dishes.
Broad Road | Wynberg | Cape Town | + 27 (0) 21 761 8365
Sabria’s Restaurant and Cosy Corner Takeaways
Sabria’s is no stranger to the locals of the southern suburbs. It was one of the first halaal eateries in Cape Town, and is still run by the same family who started it. The vast menu consists of a selection of Malay dishes, such as gatsby sandwiches and curries, as well as some western favourites, like grills.
119 Ottery Road | Wynberg | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 797 2498
Situated in City Bowl is the family-run restaurant District Café, catering to all meal preferences and accommodating all patrons who walk through the eatery’s doors. The child-friendly café serves gourmet breakfasts, a selection of light and hearty meals, delicious and authentic Cape Malay fare. This winter the restaurant offers two meal packages available from Monday to Thursday before 16:00pm as well as in-house specials on Fridays and Saturdays.
115 Roodebloem Road | Woodstock | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 447 3444
Lady Bee Delhi Diner
At this diner you’re encouraged to dish up as much of your favourite Malay food as you can; you pay per weight. There are veggies, pastas, curries and biryani dishes that will satisfy any hunger pang. The Observatory restaurant offers efficient service, and is the perfect place for families to enjoy a relaxed meal.
St. Peter’s Square | Observatory | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 447 6558
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