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A Food Truck of Flame-Grilled Ribs, Dessert Bars and Bakeries, Mexican and Middle Eastern Fare – And All Halaal
There are over 14 different dishes worth trying out at these halaal and halaal-friendly restaurants
At these halaal and halaal friendly restaurants you’ll spot a dish that screams “try me”. The owners have also told us about the dishes that people most order – their crowd favourite. So, there’s a bounty of foods to find. Syriana in Sea Point serves the kunafa, a decadent and syrupy doggy dish. Go to Saray to try their et sote, a beef stew dish cooked in Turkish spices. There are also some new restaurants, like Flamed-Grilled Burger, the Rack and Rib Food Truck, and old favourites.
On Loop Street, you’ll find Flamed Burger, a burger joint with a twist. Sourcing only the best halaal meat, they incorporate Arabic flavours to bring you unique, tasty burgers. They aim to bring you scrumptious food in an unforgettable way.
Crowd favourite: The Son of a Bun burger is the house speciality and is a classic beef burger with a fried egg, cheese, caramelised onion and giant grilled mushroom.
Most unique: Rings of Fire Burger – beef patty covered in flaming hot sauce, red pesto cheese, jalapenos and caramelised onions.
61 Loop Street | Cape Town | +27 21 62 860 7267
MIX OF MEXICAN AND MIDDLE EASTERN
2Kitchens in Woodstock serves both Middle Eastern and Mexican flare. On the Mexican side, your choices include crowd-favourites such as quesadillas, chilli poppers and nachos. If you’re leaning more towards Middle Eastern, try the falafel pita or schwarma. You’ll find 2Kitchens at the Earth Fair market at St George’s Mall and the Natural Good Market in Century City. They’ve also been part of the Galileo Open Air Cinema since day one.
Crowd favourite: 2Kitchens are proud of their nachos, which are available with beef, chicken or veg. Cheese is melted with a blowtorch for a smokey taste.
Dish to try: The falafel laffah is a vegan meal packed with flavour
10 Stowe St| Woodstock | Cape Town | 076 714 3031
The Rack 'n Grill food truck sells sticky beef ribs and a selection of pure hand-pressed beef burgers. Go with an appetite and tuck into the Hunger Buster (a double patty, triple cheese with caramelised onions and cheese). The food truck trades every Friday evening in Rylands 5–7pm. You’ll also spot them at various pop-up markets and music events.
Crowd favourite: Flame-grilled ribs. These babies are hand rubbed with spice, slow cooked and flamed grilled in a sweet and sticky BBQ basting
Dish to try: The Smash Burger – a single patty, double cheese, grilled mushrooms, mushroom sauce, caramelized onions and topped with chilli relish. Definitely cannot get this burger anywhere else.
7 Johnston road | Rylands | Cape Town | 072 525 2912
Saray, which means “palace” in Turkish, is the Turkish-Kurdish restaurant that offers a fine dining experience. This fully halaal restaurant takes customers on a journey through Turkish-Kurdish culture. The Turkish coffee served with the tasty delight is a must-try. Saray is moving from the city centre to trendy De Waterkant this July.
Crowd favourite: The mixed grill is a flame-grilled selection of meat served with bread, rice and chips.
Dish to try: Et sote is a meat dish cooked in traditional Turkish spices served with seasonal vegetables and a traditional Turkish flatbread.
10 Hospital St | De Waterkant | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 418 1609
You’ll find the Dairy Den in Sea Point, where it serves soft serves and doughnuts. We love this spot not only because they serve oreo cones and honeycomb ice cream, but also because they’re totally halaal.
Crowd favourite: Belgian dipped vanilla soft serve (the only one of its kind in SA) served on a unique black oreo cone.
Most unique: Donut Pops – (lots of) mini donut balls served in a cone.
148 Main Road | Sea Point | Cape Town | +27 (0)76 401 9895
LAMB CURRY PERFECTED OVER 45 YEARS
Sabria’s in the southern suburbs is 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.
Crowd favourite: The lamb curry is a family recipe that’s been around for 45 years.
Dish to try: The angelfish is tangy and prepared with fresh herbs, spring onion and double cream yoghurt.
119 Ottery Road | Wynberg | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21761 5247 (Sabria's) +27 (0) 21 797 2498 (Cosy Corner)
FOR THE MEAT LOVERS
The Butcher's Wife in the Cape Flats serves wholesome, flavourful food. This family-run business is dedicated to sharing meals they love with their community, with quality meat and poultry from their own butchery. The eatery, specialising in pizza, pasta and grills, has a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Dig into prawn poppers or go big with their flame-grilled lamb chops in a sticky BBQ sauce.
Crowd favourite: The wide range of grills as well as their traditional spaghetti and meatballs.
Dish to try: They have good meat, so they pride themselves on their wide range of steaks. Try the New York Strip Steak to Rib Eye and T-bone.
15 Belgravia Road | Athlone | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 696 2007
This one’s all about indulging. At Lady Bee Delhi Diner you’re encouraged to dish up as much of your favourite Malay food – curries and biryani – and weigh it. The Observatory restaurant offers efficient service, and is the perfect place for families to enjoy a relaxed meal.
Crowd favourite: People come for the curries and veggies.
Dish to try: Finger food platters, perfect to share between friends. The chicken delux is 52 pieces of chicken (strips, wings, halfmoons and kebabs.
St. Peter’s Square | Observatory | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 447 6558
THIS BAKERY MAKES A MEAN BREAKFAST
New Brighton Bakery, a quirky little eatery in Woodstock does in breakfast, lunch and specialises in baked treats. They embrace the slow food philosophy so take their time to prepare food. Treat yourself to one of their signature tarts or croissants.
Crowd favourite: The New Brighton Burger encompasses everything the bakery is passionate about - delicious, great quality, natural ingredients and made with love.
Dish to try: Start your morning packed with protein and try out the beef fillet omelette.
196 Victoria Road | Woodstock | Cape Town | 021 4481513
FINE CHOCOLATE CONFECTIONARY
At Myatt Cafe and Chocolatier you’re transported to a streetside European café, as you sit in chic wicker chairs and sip on the finest teas. They serve decadent cakes and pastries, using imported Belgian chocolate in their patisseries for the best confectionery. Come in for breakfast, afternoon tea and light meals, too. The ambience at Myatt is classy and sophisticated.
Crowd favourite: Myatt is famous for their macaroons.
Most unique: The Smoked Salmon Puff is a salmon rose on puff pastry topped with herb cream cheese.
Shop 6244 | V&A Waterfront | Breakwater Boulevard | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 418 8844
PRAWN CURRY AND PANCAKES
The laid-back and cosy landmark Atlantic Express Train in Sea Point, set in a vintage train compartment, has prawn chaat and mutton salomies on their menu.
Crowd favourite: Caramel and banana pancakes.
Most unique: They make a killer prawn chaat which is a prawn curry made with plenty of spices and served with paratha (a traditional Indian flatbread).
1B Regent Road | Sea Point | Cape Town | + 27 (0) 21 439 3038
A TASTE OF SYRIA
Syriana, which started as a food truck and stall at the Old Biscuit Mill Market, has grown into a well-known restaurant in Sea Point. You’ll find Middle Eastern favourites such as shawarmas, falafels and also some unexpected authentic Syrian dishes.
Crowd favourite: The Syriana Kebab Platter to share as portions are generous. You’ll get a variety of different kebabs, as well as shish tawook (chicken cubes), rice, chips, onion and parsley salad with Syrian bread.
Dish to try: The kunafa, a decadent dish of melted cheese, made with dough, topped with Syrian syrup.
307 Main Road | Sea Point | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 434 1020
*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, some of the eateries mentioned above 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.
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