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I enjoy eating out once in a while, and as a Muslim in Cape Town it’s not always easy to find great halaal places to get my culinary fix. On a mission to find cool spots, I’ve rounded up 10 halaal restaurants you may want to add to your dining list.


1. Mezbaan

For something that feels a bit more exclusive, Mezbaan (at the Hilton Hotel) is ideal for your eastern fix. Meals are served in copper bowls and is accompanied by sambals and other condiments.
Tip: If you’d prefer a milder dish, the butter chicken’s yummy.

126 Buitengracht, Hilton Cape Town City Centre Hotel, corner of Buitengracht and Wale Street, Cape Town.
Tel 021-481-3700


2. Alhambra Restaurant and Coffee Shop

With its selection of chicken, seafood, meat, burgers, wraps and pasta dishes, you’ll be spoiled for choice. The layout makes the restaurant quite spacious and there are couches for a more informal dining experience.
Tip: This is a good option for birthdays and small get-togethers as the tables can be rearranged to suit your group and the décor, look and feel of the place adds a touch of elegance.

409 Lansdowne Road, Rondebosch East.
Tel 021-824-0732


3. Atlantic Express Cake and Coffee Train

Part of the appeal of this restaurant is the fact that it’s part of an actual train. It’s cosy and the food is really good. I wouldn’t advise active kids to dine here as they might get frustrated by the lack of space.
Tip: On weekends it’s best to phone ahead because it gets quite busy. You should give the savoury pancakes a try.

18 Regent Road, Sea Point, Cape Town.
Tel 021-439-3038.


4. Bokaap Kombuis

If you’re looking for typical Cape Malay dishes and delicious curries with a spectacular view of Table Mountain and the city, stop in at Bokaap Kombuis. There’s a small balcony if you want to enjoy your meal outside, but the view from inside is just as good.
Tip: If you’re keen to have denningvleis, order it here.

7 August Street on Upper Wale Street, Bo-Kaap.
Tel 021-422-5446


5. Eastern Food Bazaar

The nice thing about the Eastern Food Bazaar is that the food’s super cheap and good too. You’ll find anything from curry, masala dosa, samoosas, tandoori chicken, kebabs, some Asian dishes and even pizza. An average meal can cost you only R30.
Tip: It’s a really lively and busy place so if you prefer to be away from the bustle, there’s seating upstairs.

96 Longmarket Street. Cape Town
Tel 021-461-2458


6. Food Inn India

With a similar setup to the Eastern Food Bazaar (cafeteria-style where you order your food and take it to you table), Food Inn also has competitive prices and specialises in thali, curries and tikka, tandoori and biryani.
Tip: They’re open 24 hours so pop in whenever you like.

156 Long Street, Cape Town
Tel 021-422-5060


7. Kaprino’s

Along with an extensive menu, Kaprino’s does a killer buffet. Locals love it mostly for the unlimited prawns and ribs, but don’t limit yourself to just that as  the other dishes are just as good.
Tip: The mocktails are delicious and they look good too.

57B Somerset Road, Green Point
Tel 021-418-5426


8. The Lounge on Kromboom

The Lounge serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and desserts and is also a smoking lounge (in a separate section). The colourful lighting and vibey atmosphere makes it popular with birthday parties and large groups. The restaurant is closed on Mondays.
Tip: Only order the masala burger options if you can handle some heat. The red velvet cupcakes are good.

Kromboom Road, above Woolworths, corner of Kromboom and Jan Smuts Drive.
Tel 021-696-9719


9. Pepperazzi

The American-diner feel of Pepperazzi makes it a trendy place to have a meal before a movie, in between shopping or even if you’re making the trip to Canal Walk especially for the food. They’ve got a huge menu so you may take a while to decide what to have.
Tip: The triple burgers will leave you satisfied and if there’s still space in your tummy, have a gelato on your way out.

Canal Walk, Shop 481, upper level.
Tel 021-555-3464


10. Zaika

I don’t like lamb at all but I have to mention that the lamb rogan gosh at Zaika’s was the melt-in-your-mouth type that even I enjoyed (even though I was eating out of someone else’s plate).  The restaurant’s not very big but what they lack in space they make up for in taste.
Tip: The chicken jalfrezi is worth a try as well as the fish biryani.

8 Kromboom Road, Rondebosch East.
Tel 021-697-3084


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For a review of Bokaap Kombuis, click here

15 Responses to “10 halaal restaurants in Cape Town”

  1. S.s

    I’m a pastry chef looking to do my 6 months at the end of the year in CPT looking for a well known restaurant to be placed at..

    • NAP.

      Hi S.s

      Have u found anything as I’m also looking for a place to work at also doing pastry.

  2. Celeste Lakay

    please update Kaprinos address on your blog. Nothing shows the one in Northgate – Milnerton

  3. Afshin

    KOBEDA Flaming Skewer is also Halaal and opened recently in Canal Walk food court. The food is Middle-Eastern.

  4. Nakayda

    Sorry I made 2 bookings at Alhambra Restaurant. Totally inconsiderate. Never bothered to inform me restaurant booked out for Saturday evening 7 Dec. Checked whether my son Tariq booking still in place advised nothing on record even though I received confirmation via Email. Incompetent and inconsiderate.

  5. Asiya Khan

    Most of these places don’t serve decent food. Pepperazzi has closed down. LaRocca and Jimmy Prawns are two other Halaal places in Century City.

  6. Fatima

    Cosy Corner in Wynberg has opened up a new wing – stunning decor and lovely ambience. Lovely steaks !


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