Since moving to Cape Town, many friends and family from Durban and Jo’burg have asked me for restaurant recommendations in the Mother City. What would typically ensue is a quick brainstorm session with my husband, listing all the recent places we’ve eaten at, and then narrowing down the list based on quality of food and the type of experience it would offer an out-of-towner. The result? The list below. 🙂
My 15 Favourite Halal Spots in Cape Town
Please note: All restaurants listed are certified halal and/ Muslim-owned.
***Since writing this post in 2016, a number of new halal restaurants have come up and are worth trying out. Please do more research before settling for what’s on this list***
#15 La Rocca
Situated in Canal Walk, LR is a popular choice among Muslim shoppers. The food’s good (esp. the steaks) but do expect a bit of a wait for your order. There’s a designated smoking section if you haven’t kicked the habit yet. 😛
#14 Wembley Road House
Everybody in CT recommended this place to me when I just moved here. It’s actually quite nice and not exactly what you’d find in Durbs/Jo’burg so it’s a different experience. Warning: Portions are very filling.
This place is known for their seriously tall burgers. It’s new-ish and unlike any burger you’ll ever have. Really. Worth a shot. (Don’t blame me if you don’t want to look at another burger again after this one! 😉 )
#12 Atlantic Express
If you’re like Sheldon Cooper (Big Bang Theory) and love trains, or your kids do, this place is just for you. It’s shaped like a train inside and out and they serve lovely food. It’s a little cramped though.
#11 Eastern Food Bazaar
Love Indian cuisine? EFB is your go-to place. Order the best of the best from Bombay, Madras, Punjab and Delhi (or even Istanbul). There’s proper seating on the upper level. It gets busy so be prepared to weave your way through everything and everyone.
#10 Mariam’s Kitchen
This gem has delicious goodies that you just cannot leave Cape Town without tasting. They’re known for a great Gatsby – head’s up, go hungry.
#9 Zaika Tandoor
Four words: best butter chicken ever. The tandoor-style Malay butter chicken is unlike any BC you’ve had. I cannot get enough of it. Seriously. 1 portion can feed about 3-4 adults. Naan’s amazing too.
#8 District Cafe
Contemporary and cosy, this cafe serves tasty food. Nothing extraordinary in terms of unique menu items but it’s a cool place to try out. I prefer the chicken over the beef.
#7 Caturra Coffee Bar
As a Muslim, it’s hard to find a good halal place in Sea Point but you can’t come to Cape Town and not experience Sea Point. This is the place you should visit. The light meals are prepared slightly differently, and the atmosphere is laid back. [2018 Update: This place has closed down]
#6 Batavia Cafe
This is one of my favourite cafes in Cape Town. From the decor to the food and the service, they’ve got it all right. The food isn’t badly priced and the breakfasts are delicious. Good spot to just chill.
#5 Bin Rashied
If you live for pizza, you will love this pizza. While they have other stuff on their menu, the pizzas are the favourite. Absolutely divine! I don’t think I’ve had any pizza here that wasn’t top notch.
#4 The Butcher’s Wife
Treat yourself to quality steaks, pizzas and shakes (among other things!). This place is a clear winner with many locals – and for excellent reason too. Great food, great presentation and a great ambiance!
#3 Fish On The Rocks
Your trip to Hout Bay is simply incomplete without eating here. Freshly fried fish and chips and beautiful views – what more can you ask for? This place gets super busy so be prepared to wait.
#2 Bo Kaap Kombuis
If you want a taste of authentic Malay food then book a table at Bo Kaap Kombuis (no, seriously – reservations are highly encouraged otherwise you won’t get a place). The views of Table Mountain and Lion’s Head are magnificent.
This is my personal favourite spot. They market themselves as halal fine dining – and they give you nothing less. The food presentation matches the taste. This place is ideal for a family lunch or supper. If you’re going over the weekend, I suggest you make a reservation.
Are you from Cape Town and have a gem of a restaurant to share with me? Do tell, I would love to know!