Slap chips, Gatsbys and Koesisters are Cape Town classics enjoyed by many. However, there is one missing from the list – the salomie.
A rich, spicy curry of your choice wrapped around a thick, flaky roti – that, in a nutshell, is a salomie.
Why are Capetonians so engrossed with this dish? Roti and curry is a popular dish among the locals, and combining the two into one tasty meal only makes it taste better.
There are a wide variety of salomies to choose from: mince curry salomie, chicken curry salomie, beef curry salomie, steak curry salomie, bean curry salomie – the possibilities are endless.
One other thing that makes the salomie uniquely Capetonian is the type of roti used to wrap your choice of curry. Instead of a thin Indian Roti, the salomie utilises the thick, flaky and buttery Cape Malay Roti which is strong enough to hold the runny curry together.
Traditionally, salomies are enjoyed without the assistance of cutlery; just pick up the massive rolled up dish, open your mouth as wide as you possibly can and sink your teeth in. Some locals enjoy their salomies with side condiments particularly an onion and tomato relish which adds an extra depth of flavour, while those who crave heat will request a chilli and coriander relish to spice things up.
Best places in Cape Town to enjoy a salomie:
Renowned for their excellent steak salomies, Mariam’s Kitchen is a must for Capetonians looking for a variety of salomies; and the best part is that they’re located in the CBD.
Address: 31 Heerengracht Street, Foreshore, Cape Town City Centre
Tel: 021 421 3636
One of the first halal eateries in the Mother City is still one of the most popular. An older eatery means tried and tested Salomies enjoyed by Capetonians for generations.
Address: 119 Ottery Rd, Wynberg, Cape Town, 7800
Tel: 021 797 2498
Another popular takeaway known by many, their goulash salomies are to die for.
Address: Shop 1, Block 1, Gatesville Shopping Centre, 1 Hazel Rd & Klipfontein Rd, Gatesville
Tel: 021 633 7864