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This Ramadaan Break Your Fast with Traditional Favourites and Some Other Treats
Muslims break their fast with a pre-dawn meal called suhoor, and iftaar, which is served at sunset.
During the holy month of Ramadaan Muslims abstain from all food, drink, and vices like smoking, from dawn until dusk. Suhoor is the pre-dawn meal, and iftaar is the meal served at sunset, which breaks the fast. Many Muslims will break their fast at home but for those looking for alternative options, these will certainly interest you.
BREAK THE FAST IN STYLE
The Ritz Hotel in Sea Point has a posh package for Ramadaan. It’s an overnight stay that includes iftaar and suhoor, which starts from 5am. Or simply come in for the iftaar in the evening. There are salah (prayer) facilities with separate male and female wudu (ablution) areas throughout the hotel.
What to eat: Dishes include all the traditional favourites, such as samoosas, bollas, dhaljies, as well as breyani of the day and line fish.
Price: R1699 for a single deluxe room and R1899 for a double deluxe room, inclusive of iftaar and suhoor. R150/p for the iftaar and R65/p for kids under 12.
Cnr. Main & Camberwell Roads | Sea Point | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 439 6010
DOUGHNUTS AT THE DEN
Hankering for something sweet to break the fast with? Sea Point’s famous doughnut hub, The Dairy Den, is having a special throughout the month of Ramadaan and it’s the perfect excuse to indulge.
What to eat: Buy 24 doughnuts for R100 during Ramadaan. Stock up and chow down on these speciality doughnuts for a few evenings during Ramadaan. The offer applies to both cinnamon sugar and cinnamon snow doughnuts.
148 Main Road | Sea Point | Cape Town | +27 (0)76 401 9895
126 Cape Kitchen and Cafe at the Hilton Cape Town hotel has three rotating menus for Ramadaan, served every evening from sunset until 10:30pm, as well as an early breakfast. This Bo Kaap favourite is also offering an Eid lunch buffet.
What to eat: Standout main dishes on the menus include a harissa-marinated sirloin, dukkah-crusted beef skewers and a homemade butter chicken naan (sandwich made with naan bread) topped with mango atchaar. Desserts include lime and basil panna cotta, a vegan chocolate brownie and a Bar One cheesecake.
Eid special: Look forward to an oven-roasted deboned leg of lamb, tandoori chicken, roast sirloin with thyme gravy and grilled line fish with masala. The cost of the Eid buffet is R350/p.
Hilton Cape Town City Centre Hotel | 126 Buitengracht Street | City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 481 3700
THE HALAAL GURUS
The Capetonian Hotel’s on-site restaurant, On the Square, are strictly halaal and serve delicious treats that is sure to appeal to every palate. They also have an Eid buffet menu to celebrate the breaking of the month-long fast.
What to eat: There will be an assortment of Cape Malay mains, from mince curry and fish of the day to an Indian vegetarian dish. Plus, a pasta corner (because, carbs), which is sure to be delectacble. The buffet includes dates, hot beverages and dessert.
Price: R165/p. Kids between 3 and 11 pay half price.
Eid special: On the Square’s lunch buffet is R245/p and will be served from 12:30pm to 2:30pm. The menu includes a spicy Malay seafood curry, rosemary-crusted beef and Mauritanian spatchcock roast chicken.
Pier Square | Heerengracht | Foreshore | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 405 5670
Atlantic Express Train Restaurant, the landmark Sea Point restaurant, is offering its Muslim patrons a daily Ramadaan special, starting on Friday, 25 May, where you pay one price for two meals. The restaurant is strictly halaal.
What to eat: Mains options include a traditional Thai green curry, 200g T-bone steak or a quarter chicken. Top it off with one of the Atlantic Express’s signature pancakes.
Price: R199 for two
1b Regent Road | Sea Point | Cape Town | + 27 (0)21 439 3038 | email@example.com
IN THE MOOD FOR TAKEAWAYS
Alhambra is a fully halaal, family-run restaurant that is well-loved by the community of Lansdowne. They have a daily Ramadaan takeaway box for those nights you just can’t bring yourself to cook. Plus, they invite you to join them for an Eid lunch buffet.
What to eat: The family pack serves four people and includes four hot meals, which differ every day and includes traditional, assorted bites and a generous portion of soup. An iftaar meal for one gets you a beef or chicken burger, soup and three assorted bites.
Price: R280 for the family pack and R64 for an on-the-go pack.
Eid special: The set menu features a starter of prawn and mango salad, mussel chowder or a spicy chicken salad. Mains is a buffet of lamb breyani, crayfish curry, Tandoori chicken, roast beef, spicy potato wedges, rice, roti, roasted vegetables and a salad bar filled with greens. The cost is R250/p and children under 9 pay half price.
409 Imam Haron Road | 2nd Floor Academia House | Islamia College | Lansdowne | +27 (0)21 824 0732
*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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