Cape Town has a stellar line-up of eateries and gourmet restaurants on offer, but not all of them are accessible for those of us with very specific dietary requirements. If you’re looking for lip-smacking steaks, meaty burgers and a host of other well-heeled meals that aren’t halaal on the regular hotspot menus, consider this your guide to the best halaal and halaal-friendly places in the Cape.
Get your eastern food fix at Mezbaan at the luxurious Hilton hotel. The meals are served in copper bowls with sambal (sauce made with chilli and peppers) as well as other side condiments. Mezbaan’s signature dish is delicious, saucy butter chicken.
Where Mezbaan, Hilton Cape Town City Centre Hotel, Buitengracht St, CBD
Contact +21 481 3700, hilton.com
It’s one of those nights when you can’t decide on what to eat then Kaprino’s awesome buffet with unlimited prawns and ribs has got you covered. You’ll be spoilt for choice with their halaal menu and array of mocktails.
Where Kaprino’s, 57B Somerset Road, Green Point
Contact +21 418 5426, kaprinos.co.za
Bokaap Kombuis is a family-friendly restaurant that serves tasty food in the traditional Cape Malay style. Located on top of a hill with a stunning view of the Mother City, revel in dishes of lamb chops, crayfish and biriyani.
If you’re in the mood for some Greek cuisine – think grilled meatballs and lamb chops to anchovy salads – and a relaxed ambience, then Sloppy Sam is the place to visit. Their meat is sourced from a halaal supplier, however, alcohol is served on the premises.
THE MARKET DELI
If you’re in Salt River and you’re looking to eat at a family-friendly restaurant after some thrift shopping, The Market Deli offers breakfast, lunch and supper. The menu consists of hearty comfort foods such as burgers, wraps and stir-fry.
Where The Market Deli, 15 Bromwell Street, Woodstock
Contact +21 447 2656
Experience an authentic, flavourful Thai meal at Yindees, situated in Gardens. Yindees’ signature dishes include grilled chicken, crispy duck served with peach sauce and fried sweet potato, and chilli fish with homemade chilli sauce. All meat is sourced from a halaal supplier, but alcohol is served on the premises.
Where Yindees, 22 Camp Street, Gardens
Contact +21 422 1012, [email protected]
Halaal-friendly Anatoli serves liquor but all their meats are from a halaal supplier. This Turkish eatery offers authentic Turkish meals in a relaxed setting in the centre of the CBD.
For hearty steaks and pastas, as well as decadent desserts, NV-80 has you covered. The restaurant does serve alcohol but all meats are sourced from a local halaal supplier.
Sushi lovers, this one’s for you! Haiku serves up sushi, steamed and fried dim sum, tempura, rice and noodle dishes.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and Pearl Spoon’s range of breakie specials will fuel you up for the day ahead. Make a stop on your way to the office and stock up on muesli, French toas,t croissants, eggs Benedict and more.
Where Pearl Spoon, 34 Beldevere Road, Claremont
Contact +21 839 2692
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