Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Halaal restaurants in Cape Town

**Last updated 19 September 2016

This is my list of halaal restaurants/cafés in Cape Town. Feel free to add ones I don't know about or let me know if the status of any of these has changed. 

IMPORTANT: Please note that towards the bottom (below the line) are other restaurants (not halaal certified) that have meat from halaal suppliers. I've added these because it may be useful to some (like employers wanting to give a work function that caters for all their staff). Please call and confirm either way as things may have changed.

*I'll upload pics as I get them.

Hot Fusion sells bunny chow, curries and fries - and by fries I mean masala fries, peri-peri fries, garlic mayo fries and cheese fries. There are also burgers and toasted sandwiches. It's a small eatery with some tables inside but a good deal if you want Indian food at a good price. 

Shop 8, Fountain Centre, Corner of Main Road and Grotto Road, Rondebosch. Tel 076-918-1638

Picture by The Market Deli
The Market Deli in Salt River has traditional meals like tripe curry and beans curry, but also Western favourites like burgers (including a venison burger), sandwiches, steak and even prawns. For the early risers there are breakfast options. The location may put you throw you a bit but the food and atmosphere will pleasantly surprise you. They're open 10h00 till 18h00 Mondays to Thursdays, 14h00 till 23h00 on Fridays and 08h00 till 23h00 on Saturdays.
Unit 10 Salt River Circle, Salt River. Tel 021-447-2656

Cafe Shisha is now the new location of the popular snooker spot, Narans. You can smoke shisha, order burgers, play pool, have decent (Truth) coffee and just chill at this entertainment joint. Other meals include grilled sandwiches, butter chicken and nachos. They're closed on Mondays, open 17h30 - 22h30 Tuesday to Thursday, 17h30 till late on Fridays, 14h00 till late on Saturdays and 16h00 till 22h30 on Sundays.
12 Polaris Road, Lansdowne. Tel 073-142-8875

At The Village Buffet you can eat as much as you like and drinks are also unlimited. There is, however, a maximum seating time of two hours. This means you have 120 minutes to eat and drink as much as you like for R150 per person (rate on 31 March 2016). Everything is strictly halaal and dishes include a variety of salads, soup, ribs, chicken, calamari, prawns, pasta and loads more. They're open seven days a week from 11h00 till 00h00.
102 Long Street, Cape Town. Tel 021-422-2419

Captain Corndog is a mobile food trailer and the only halaal corndog vendor in the Western Cape. You can find them at festivals or hire them for events. They do the traditional dog, cheese and   ostrich corndogs, as well as tornado potatoes (those spiral potatoes with spice). Other menu items include gourmet hot dogs (seven different varieties, Italian beef sandwiches, Philly cheese steak sandwiches, tacos, tater tots, homemade burgers, deep-fried Oreos (whaaaat?) and chocolate corn dogs.
Tel 081-376-4167 (Yusuf and Zaheera Seedat)

Saray Restaurant in the CBD serves Turkish and Kurdish dishes including mains, light meals and desserts. You can also order shisha pipes (from R80 each). Their opening hours are great for a CBD spot (they close at 23h00 on weekends and 22h00 week days). 
42 Hans Strijdom Avenue, Cape Town. Tel 021-418-1609

Malay Coffee Company in the CBD doesn't have much seating for now, but you can order homemade takeaway dishes. There are plans to include more seating so watch this space. Order coffee and toasted sandwiches or Cape Malay dishes like akhni and salomies – all at reasonable prices (like R30–R40 for lasagne and R15–R20 for coffee).
214 Loop Street, Cape Town. Tel 060-390-0057

A'salam Restaurant is an Arabic/Palestinian restaurant and coffee shop that also has shisha pipes and Oriental dance shows (weekends only). Expect Mediterranean dishes that include familiar names like hummus, aubergine, tahini and koftas. I'll add more info once I've been.
111 Main Road, Claremont. Tel 021-674-0032

Batavia Cafe is in Bo-Kaap (where Haas used to be).  It's a small spot with quirky decor (and a section to buy design items). There's a courtyard that's nice if you prefer a bit of privacy. The menu's got a selection of breakfast options including a 'crafty board' which is a DIY board that includes eggs and toast and a selection of whatever else you choose. Lunch includes open sandwiches and salads and there are some desserts including koesiesters. 
They're open 08h00 till 17h00.
114 Church Street, Bo-Kaap. Tel 021-422-2272

Caturra Coffee Bar used to be a favourite spot of mine a long time ago. Then the menu changed and new owners took over and I haven't been since. The well-known coffee spot is now, once again, under new management and fully halaal. Chalkboard menus with the daily offerings are scattered about, and the new owner – a trained chef – has added a more rustic feel to the place and the food. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. The menu's smaller but there's something for even the fussiest diner. Their pasta is homemade and apparently the prego roll is really good. They're open Monday to Sundays from 07h30; Mondays and Tuesdays till 18h00; Wednesday to Saturday till 21h00 and Sundays they close at 20h00.
315 Main Road, Sea Point. Tel 021-300-5909

Picture courtesy of Sabrias
Sabria's Restaurant in Wynberg has had a makeover. It looks classy, cosy and more modern - and the menu's got an upmarket twist. Leaning more towards fine dining, the new-look restaurant seems more airy, inviting and it's definitely suitable for a special occasion. They're open for breakfast (with croissants, salmon, yoghurt, fruit...the works) and they do a Sunday buffet lunch (R120). I love the look of the place and I can see that this will soon become a favourite with the foodies. 
119 Ottery Road, Wynberg. Tel 021-797-2498

Pearl Spoon
Pearl Spoon is definitely high on my list as a recent favourite. It's where Friends Cafe in Claremont/Rondebosch used to be (next to the garage in Belvedere Road). The decor is elegant and tasteful and the waiters and staff are friendly and helpful.  As you enter, the range of sweet treats arranged in bell jars will have you wanting to skip your main meal and head straight to dessert. Food is well presented and tasty and there's a nice variety to suit all tastes. I had the smoked salmon and egg croissant for breakfast and will be back to try a lunch option. The couch area is great for mini get-togethers. They're fully halaal. 
44 Belvedere Road, Claremont. Tel 073-708-7802
UPDATE - Pearl Spoon is now also in Observatory  – corner of Cranco and Lower Main Road. Tel 073-708-7802

Truffle is an upmarket restaurant with a location that makes it feel even more exclusive (Green Point, where Leaf Restaurant and the old Bloomsbury used to be). The menu is filled with interesting options like the Truffle crayfish burger and Mozambican-style prawn curry. The decor lends itself to a fine-dining feel, but it's not over the top - classy and understated. Prices range from reasonable (for five-star) to quite pricey, so come with cash to spare.  They have regular specials like half-priced sushi and combo deals so follow them on social media to be in the know.
5 Harbour Edge Building, Green Point. Tel 021-418-3777

New Brighton Bakery in Woodstock is a small but cosy spot that serves sandwiches, salads, breakfast, light lunch and baked goods. They're fully halaal and open from 07h30 to 15h30 Monday to Friday.
It's in the orange building on the corner of Queens and Victoria Road, Woodstock. Tel 021-448-1513

Woodstock Caffe sells burgers and apparently amazing pizzas - you can also build your own. I've never been and can't find much info on it but will update as soon as I can. 
65 Victoria Road, Woodstock. Tel 021-447-0417

Cafe on the Deck is a café that has a variety of cakes and sweet treats. They do serve breakfast and light meals as well as dinner and are also available to host functions.
44 Belvedere Road, Rondebsoch. Tel 021-671-5530

High Tea Tighty sells light meals but their main focus is drinks and desserts. It's suitable place for a coffee date or an afternoon tea. They also do events and various desserts to order. I haven't been but will update as soon as I've checked it out.
59 Protea Road, Claremont. Tel 021-671-2375

Woodies Burgers is a take-away spot (with seating) that specialises in burgers...and specifically the big tower-like ones. I've tried the creamy mushroom and green pepper burger and it was really tasty. There are other variations that look equally good. The burgers are really cheesy and the portions are big. Your best bet is to get there around 12pm and order before the lunch time hordes arrive. The place can get really busy on weekends and turnaround time can sometimes be half-an-hour or more. 
Market on the Wharf, V&A Waterfront. Tel 079-125-7228 

Tunisian Delights is a stall within Market on the Wharf at the Waterfront. They've got schwarmas and falafels (my favourite here) and it's a nice alternative to the usual stuff you'll have. The sandwiches (or paninis) have interesting variations of toppings and these are toasted so what you get is a melty mozzarella (and meat of some sort) treat. The rest is Middle Eastern salads to compliment your order and they even have baklava as a dessert.
Market on the Wharf, V&A Waterfront. 

Food Asia has a similar setup to Food Inn and Easter Food Bazaar where you select your dish and pay at a separate counter - canteen style. There's plenty of seating and it's open 24 hours a day. The food options include sizzlers, Indian dishes, Asian dishes like hakka noodles, Turkish food, hot dogs, gatsby and sandwiches. There's also a range of desserts (of the sweet meats variety) and milkshakes. It's not the kind of place you'd go to for a special occasion but if you're out and about it's nice for a quick bite. 217 Long Street, Cape Town. Tel 021-424-3558.

Dodge City Diner in Rondebosch East has the same setup and feel as the branches that used to be at the Waterfront and Kenilworth Centre but a bit smaller. I ordered the V8 burger and it's still as juicy and tasty as I remember. The vibe is casual and nice as a hangout spot. The staff members are all very friendly and attentive. The menu has grills, burgers, lighter meals and starters.
Kromboom Road, Rondebosch East. Tel 084-786-0806.

Arabian Nights
Arabian Nights is really cool as a hangout spot. It's actually more of a shisha (hookah/okkah pipe) lounge with lots of Bedouin features like curtained booths with couches and cushions covered in patterned material. Pipes start at R48 for one regular flavour and there are other special blends like Bombay Twist (a mix of fruit and mint) which is R59. 
Meals are limited to tikka and sandwiches but these definitely won't disappoint and are perfect for social gatherings. The milkshakes are worth mentioning - the Layers milkshake is a good option if you're adventurous. It's a colourful layered mix of Strawberry, avo and mango flavours.  Phone chargers for Blackberry, Nokia and iPhones are available for use and each booth has a call-your-waiter button so you won't ever have to leave your seat. 
Booths look like they can seat up to 10 people and there are two smaller booths, perfect for two. I've never seen it happen before but each booth has a grill on the table and you can experience a live grill in the comfort of your seat. If you'd prefer a bigger variety of meals and desserts, head next door to Rossini (review below). Metro Food Centre, Shop 4, 104 Kromboom Road, Rondebosch East (on the side of Kromboom Bridge).

Rossini is a coffee shop in Rondebosch East that serves light meals. The waffles and pancakes are huge so try not to eat too much food if you're planning to have dessert. The tikka dishes are really good. It's a nice place for a bigger group as well because they can move tables around to accommodate you. Metro Food Centre, 104 Kromboom Road, Rondebosch East (on the side of Kromboom Bridge). Tel 021-696-5422.

Burger King opened in Cape Town in March 2013. The setup of the place is nice for families as there are games, a basketball court and lots of space for roaming. As the name implies, they serve burgers. The burgers, for me, are along the lines of McDonald's in terms of quality. It's a bit more pricey and people often compare it to Steers - I don't think it comes close (quality). The taste - it's not bad. I'd go again. The best part of the Burger King experience is the bottomless drinks.
There are nine branches in Cape Town so far - including two in the CBD, Kenilworth, Claremont, Bellville and Kuilsriver.

Jewel of India sells curries, tandoori dishes and desserts. I haven't been and don't know much about the portions and quality. I'll update as soon as I've been. 102 Corner of Wale and Rose Street, Bo-Kaap. Tel 021-424-7588.

Mumbai Cafe sells India and Cape Malay dishes. I haven't been and don't know much about the portions and quality. I'll update as soon as I've been. It's part of the same group that owns Jewel of India in Wale Street. Shop 4 Klipfontein Road, Rylands. Tel 021-637-9846.

Food Inn India is an informal eatery with a setup where you pay for your food at one counter then fetch your order at the relevant section. They have curries, naan bread, Chinese food and Capetonian favourites like gatsbies and toasted sandwiches.The branch in the CBD is open almost 24 hours daily, which really comes in handy for late nights out. The other branch (in Rondebosch) is open till 10pm.If you haven't already, try the prawn hakka noodles - one of my favourites.
156 Long Street, Cape Town. Tel 021-422-5060
Riverside Mall, Rondebosch. Tel 082-053-2098

The Food Kart can be found in the go-karting facility at Canal Walk. They're on the mezzanine level in the parking lot. They sell burgers, sandwiches, wraps and various baskets. Tel 021-525-1720

Hartley's Seafood Fusion in Wynberg has seafood served in three different styles; traditional, healthy or spicy - or a mix of the three. I'll be going soon and will update with details. They also have a buffet at the same venue.113 Ottery Road, Wynberg. Tel 021-761-2374

District Cafe
District Cafe in Woodstock is small but cosy and elegant. The menu has a range of breakfast, light meals, desserts, milkshakes and other drinks and the cupcakes are divine (red velvet). The decor is tasteful and modern with earthy tones and colourful scatter cushions. They also do steaks (tasty) and have a delivery service for orders of R100 or more (only for places in the immediate surrounds).  It's open till 18h00 daily but till 22h00 on weekends.
Roodebloem Road, Woodstock. Tel 021-447-3444

Alhambra Restaurant & Coffee Shop next to Islamia Mosque in Lansdowne/Rondebosch is fully halaal and the prices are reasonable. They have a selection of chicken, seafood, meat and pasta dishes, and also serve burgers and wraps. There's also a breakfast menu and dessert options.
409 Lansdowne Road, Rondebosch East. Tel 021-824-0732
Email: alhambracpt@gmail.com

The Lounge on Kromboom in Rondebosch East serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and desserts and is also a okkah smoking lounge. The wraps taste like homemade food with a 'smoortjie-like' taste with some melted cheese in. If you're not very hungry, this is a good option. There's also a sushi counter in the semi-outdoor deck (smoking allowed here). The restaurant is closed on Mondays. 
Kromboom Road, above Woolworths, corner of Kromboom and Jan Smuts Drive. Tel 021-696-9719.

Atlantic Express
Atlantic Express Cake & Coffee Train is that blue train restaurant you must have seen in Sea Point. You literally have your food in a stationary train. The prawn chaat is quite popular and for good reason. The setup is very intimate and because it's in the train, the seating can't be moved around, so I wouldn't recommend a function unless you manage to book the whole train. The food is really good. I've been a few times and order something different every time, so I don't have any favourites just yet. The place is generally very busy on weekends so don't be surprised if you have to wait for a table. It's worth the wait though. Open till midnight on weekends. 18 Regent Road, Sea Point, Cape Town. Tel 021-439-3038

Biesmiellah is a popular Bo-Kaap spot and long-standing favourite.
Wale Street - you can't miss it, Cape Town. Tel 021-423-0850 www.biesmiellah.co.za

Bo-Kaap Kombuis in Bo-Kaap (duh) has curries and all sorts of typical Cape Malay food. They've got a pretty decent view of Table Mountain if you sit on the balcony or near the window. 
7 August Street on Upper Wale Street, Bo-Kaap. Tel 021-422-5446

Eastern Food Bazaar has a variety of food from uhm...the EAST. Their prices are extremely reasonable - I'm talking butter chicken for something like R30. They've got breyanis, curries, spicy chicken, Chinese food, shawarmas and ice-cream and desserts. The setup is cafeteria-style so don't expect elegant and classy. The food's good though.
96 Longmarket Street. Cape Town. Tel 021-461-2458

Mariam's Kitchen isn't really a restaurant, it's more like one of the most popular take-aways in the CBD. Well known for their gatsby variations and steak sandwiches, you won't be disappointed with a lunch break here.
33 Heeragracht Foreshore, Cape Town. Tel 021-421-3737
58 Strand Street, Cape Town. Tel 021-421-3636 
Jimmy's Killer Prawns in Canal walk makes...you guessed it, killer prawns. Their other dishes include burgers, steaks, sushi and various platters. 
Shop 71A, Canal Walk. Tel 021-552-5000

Ladybee Delhi Diner - Weigh what you want to eat, and pay. Simple as that. There are veggies, pastas, curries and breyani dishes and you can have whatever you like.
St Peter’s Square, Observatory. Tel 021-447-6558
Kromboom Road, Rondebosch East. Tel 021-696-4800
Epping Industria. Tel 021-535-5777
Zewenwacht Mall, Kuilsriver. Tel 021-906-0080
Westgate Mall, Mitchell's Plain. Tel 021-371-7050

Tashreeqa’s Coffee and Cake Emporium has light meals, cake and coffee at its well-known spot in Rondebosch East.
Kromboom Centre, Kromboom Road, Rondebosch East. Tel 021-696-1005  

Taj Mahal - If you're up for the drive then this restaurant in Hout Bay makes for a great day out. They serve seafood and Indian dishes and are also popular for events and large groups.
Shop 4, Rawoot Centre, 44 Victoria Avenue, Hout Bay. Tel 021-790-4711

Primi Caffè sells most of the stuff that normal Primi Piattis have but with varied ingredients (because it's halaal). The food is consistently good and I've never had something I didn't like. They sell red velvet cupcakes - that aren't cheap - but they're definitely one of the best I've tasted. I'd recommend you add that to your order. It's not a full-sized Primi so either come early to get a spot for supper or do takeaways.
Shop 8 Rosmead Centre 67 Rosmead Avenue Kenilworth. Tel 021-671-5126/7

Cosy Corner is no stranger to the southern suburbians. They have a selection of Malay dishes and some western favourites as well. It's essentially a take-away spot so if you want to sit down and enjoy a meal, Sabria's Restaurant (same location) is where you'll eat.
119 Ottery Road, Wynberg. Tel 021-797-2498

Spur Steak Ranches - there are five branches in Cape Town that are fully halaal.
Golden Feather Spur,Vangate Mall. Tel 021-633-7484
Eagle Eye Spur -  St Peter's Square, Observatory. Tel 021-448-0921
Twin Peak Spur, Ottery Hypermarket. Tel 021-703-0019
Rodeo Spur, Warwick Street, Claremont (not the one in Cavendish Square). Tel 021-683-3860
Tomahawk Spur, 67 Voortrekker Road, Goodwood. Tel 02-591-8815

Myatt cafe latte

Myatt Cafe and Chocolatier has macaroons!!! Delicious ones at that. Apart from their yummy teatime treats, they also have breakfasts and light lunches. None of the traditional stuff though. Check it out. No alcohol served and staff confirm it's halaal.
Shop 6244, Victoria Wharf, V&A Waterfront. Tel 021-418-8844

Nino's in Rondebosch Village is fully halaal and open for breakfast and lunch. Their breakfast specials are worth a try - especially the breakfast stack. Their regular prices are a bit on the steep side but the food's good.
Klipfontein Road (opposite Red Cross Hospital). Tel 021-685-4867

La Rocca in Canal Walk Shopping Centre serves quite a variety of dishes from sushi to pastas, burgers and wraps. The prices are reasonable and the service is quite good for such a large store. I'd recommend the nachos if you're going to have a starter. It's a bit spicy (I have a low tolerance for hot stuff) but it's really tasty.
Shop 10, Canal Walk (opposite Woolworths). Tel 021-555-0909

Zaika Tandoor in Kromboom Road is fully halaal and offers a range of curries and breyanis. They also sell tikka gatsbys but instead of having a regular one, pay R10 extra to have your fillings wrapped in naan bread. You will NOT regret it! 
8 Kromboom Road, Rondebosch East. Tel 021-697-3084

Roman's Pizza makes it really well and have cool specials (at the moment buy one, get one free. July 2011)
Corner of Klipfontein and Murton Roads, Athlone. Tel 021-637-2146 
14 Long Street, Cape Town. Tel 021-421-8761
Shop 190, Promenade, Mitchell's Plain. Tel 021-376-7447
Kauai is generally set up as a takeaway cafe, or at least it looks that way, but there are branches with seating. It's certified halaal since 1996 but I've been told that there are branches in JHB that have bacon. I need to verify this.
Branches countrywide.
Bibi's Kitchen has Indian dishes including rogan gosh and other delicious meals. 
Broad Road, Broadmed Centre, Wynberg. Tel 021-761-8365 

Pearl of India serves aromatic Indian dishes. 
Shop 75, Vangate Mall, Vanguard Drive, Rylands. Tel 021-637-5152

St Elmos has pizza, pasta, desserts and salads. Halaal branches include
Athlone - 15 Belgravia Road, Belgravia, Athlone. Tel 021-696-2007
Claremont - Cnr Belevdere and Lansdowne Roads, Claremont. Tel 021-674-9000
Woodstock - Fairview House Cnr Victoria & Argyle Streets Woodstock. Tel 021-447-8604

Fish on the Rocks in Hout Bay is a longstanding favourite in Cape Town and is very popular over weekends in summer. It's more a cafe than an actual restaurant - be willing to queue for your food but the wait is definitely worth it. You'll find the usual fish and chips and other seafood options.
1 Harbour Road, Hout Bay. Tel 021-790-0001.

Snoekies, a popular fish and chips takeaway in Hout Bay sells a variety of seafood parcels and you won't be disappointed - as long as you're willing to queue (particularly on weekends) as you would at most of the establishments on the harbour. 
Inside the Harbour, at the end. Tel 021-790-1867.

Simply Asia (Kenilworth) is a Thai restaurant/takeaways that makes noodles and other Thai dishes. You'll find that most branches don't have a seating area as they're usually in food courts, but this branch has a fully serviced sit-down area. Popular dishes include the 514 (roasted chilli paste and cashew nut noodles) and most other noodle dishes, but don't overlook the rice dishes, they're just as good. For starters, I'd recommend you share the 6-piece combo platter, a mix of vegetable spring rolls, chicken spring rolls and and sweetcorn cakes. The Kenilworth, Waterfront, Cape Gate and Canal Walk branches are fully halaal. 
61A Rosmead Avenue, Kenilworth. Tel 021-674-5175

Ocean Basket in Vangate Mall is fully halaal and serves the same dishes the other branches have. This branch is certified halaal and has no alcohol. 
Shop 76, Vangate Mall, Vanguard Drive, Athlone. Tel 021-633-6716

Mezbaan is inside the Hilton Hotel in Bo-Kaap and serves Indian dishes in a cosy setting. The food portions are generous and tasty. It's fully halaal. 
126 Buitengracht, Hilton Cape Town City Centre Hotel, corner of Buitengracht and Wale Street, Cape Town. Tel 021-481-3700.



These are places that aren't certified halaal, either because they serve alcohol or for some other reason, but staff have confirmed that the meat they use is from a halaal supplier. Some places may use alcohol in their dishes so be wary and make sure you know exactly what goes into the dish. I've had a lot of feedback from people disagreeing with me adding this section - I think you can use your discretion when deciding where to eat. I'm not promoting any of the places - it's here for your information - use it, don't use it.

On The Square is the restaurant at The Capetonian (hotel) opposite the CTICC. Everyone just calls the restaurant 'The Capetonian' though. The hotel serves alcohol so cannot be certified. 
Corner of Adderley and Coen Steytler, Cape TownTel 021-405-5670

Seelan has a nice view of the pier and Table Mountain from its upmarket setting at the Waterfront. Dishes are described as Italian dishes with a touch of African and Indian inspired meals. The prawn curry is said to be the favourite and signature dishes also include the fish or beef tagliata. Meat is from a halaal supplier (confirmed by Kyle Krok of CSA communications) but there is a bar onsite.
Shop 8, Quay 5, V&A Waterfont. Tel 021-421-4906.

NV-80 is the sister restaurant to Pigalle. The setting is upmarket but relaxed and the vibe is more laid back than I expected. Waiters seat you and put a napkin on your lap - so it's that kind of place. It's by no means a stiff and uptight place, though. Waiters are very knowledgable about what's on the menu and service is quick and efficient. The food...oh my, the food. I'm not a huge meat eater so I went for the salmon - delish!  My friends all had steaks and reckon it's one of the best they've ever had in Cape Town. At first I thought the prices looked quite steep but for what you get, in terms of the whole package - service, food and setting, it's worth it. Meat is from a halaal supplier, but wine is served on the premises. 
The Point, 76 Regent Road, Shop 8, First Floor, Sea Point (In the same building as Checkers). Tel 021-439-7112.

The Avenue Restaurant and Grill is famed for its delicious steaks. I'm told their steaks are really, really good and the owners have confirmed the all the meat used in the kitchen are from halaal suppliers. If, like me, you're not big on steaks, they do cater for chicken-lovers and vegetarians as well. The chicken kebabs are tasty and the portion is big. You must have the Nutella milkshake if you have space for it. Alcohol is served on the premises. 47, 2nd Avenue, Harfield Village. Tel 021-671-0623.

Passage to India has curries, kebabs, vegetarian dishes and Indian sweet treats. They're open for lunch and dinner every day. I haven't been to this restaurant but will appreciate feedback or I'll update if I go. The other restaurants in this chain (Jewel of India and Mumbai Cafe) are fully halaal and this branch uses the same supplier, they are however licensed to sell alcohol. Shop 2 Caranaby Centre Marine Circle, Bloubergstrand. Tel 021-557-5524.

Beluga serves meat from a halaal supplier in their restaurant but are licenced to sell alcohol. Their sushi menu is awesome. My favourites are tuna crunch rolls and Carin's rolls - especially on half-price days (daily 12-6pm and Sundays all day). They have a wide variety of non-alcoholic cocktails (mocktails) and in terms of dessert, you can't go wrong with the white chocolate beignets (Flash fried Lindt balls, vanilla bean icecream and butterscotch sauce). The prawn and coriander wontons are worth a try too. 
The Foundry, Prestwich Street, Green Point. Tel 021-418-2948

Sevruga, Waterfront-based sister of Beluga also serves meat from a halaal supplier and they're licenced to sell alcohol. They've got quite an extensive red meat selection and good seafood options. They serve sushi as well - very much like Beluga's selection. Tel 021-421-5134

Bukhara has Indian food (from halaal meat supplier) but they serve alcohol and one branch is at Grand West Casino.
33 Church Street, Cape Town. Tel 021-424-0000
Grand West. Tel 021-535-4444
Corner of Dorp and Bird Street, Stellenbosch. Tel 021-882-9133

Haiku is owned and run by the same people who own Bukhara, and they serve Asian dishes.
33 Church Street, Cape Town. Tel 021-424-7000

La Playa Café is a trendy spot at the Waterfront, with smoking and non-smoking areas. They've got a wide selection of cakes and light meals. They're usually the last coffee shop on the Waterfront to close so people like going there after a movie. They serve alcohol.
Shop 6105, Victoria Wharf, V&A Waterfront. Tel 021-418-2800
Cape Town Fish Market serves seafood, grills and sushi. They also do breakfast now. They serve alcohol.
They've got various branches that can be viewed here.

Annapurna has North Indian dishes using meat from a halaal supplier. They serve alcohol.
La Piazza, Canal Walk. Tel  021-555-3595
RG's Kabab Mahal's menu consists of various Indian dishes. They serve alcohol. 
315 Main Road, Sea Point. Tel 021-434-0008
Ari's Souvlaki makes their famous shawarmas and other popular Greek dishes. It's casual, cheap and cheerful.
83a Regent Road, Seapoint. Tel 021-439-6683
Chai Yo is a Thai restaurant specialising in Thai dishes and sushi. They serve alcohol. Take-away offered.
Food court, Canal Walk. Tel 021-555-0620

Anatoli Turkish Restaurant uses meat from a halaal supplier and doesn't use alcohol in their food. They do sell alcohol on the premises.
24 Napier Street, Greenpoint. Tel 021-419-2501

Anatoli's Express is right next to Anatoli Turkish Restaurant (same owner) and their meat is supplied by a halaal meat supplier - Jolly Meat in Mitchell's Plain (owned by Allie Logday). They serve traditional breakfasts and lunches daily till 16h00. There is alcohol on the premises but none used in the food or preparation thereof.
24 Napier Street, Greenpoint. Tel 021-419-2501

Kushi Indian Restaurant has a Bollywood lounge where you can chill and smoke hubbly bubbly or a restaurant where you can enjoy Indian cuisine. Meat is from a halaal supplier. They serve alcohol.
Shop 7, Red Sails, Main Road, Hout Bay. Tel 021-791-4805 
There's a branch in Sea Point as well ( 315 Main Road) Tel 073-509-1742
Wang Thai is part of the Simply Asia group and their meat is from halaal suppliers. You should check about wine in some dishes (prepared separately).
Lagoon Gate Drive, Milnerton. Tel 021-551-9254
High Constantia House, c/o Constantia & Groot Constantia Road, Constantia. Tel 021-794-0022
Victoria Wharf, V&A Waterfront. Tel 021-421-8702
Shop 8 Cylnor Centre, Helderberg College Road, Somerset West. Tel 021-855-0112

Bihari Indian Restaurant has North Indian meals with meat from a halaal supplier. Alcohol is served.
Main Road, Newlands. Tel 021-674-7186 

Yindees has authentic Thai dishes and the setting (in a house) is gorgeous. No alcohol is used in the food, meat is from a halaal supplier. Alcohol is served.
22 Camp Street (opposite Jan van Riebeeck High School), Gardens. Tel 021-422-1012

Mesopotamia is a well-known Kurdish restaurant often used for functions or big dinners. They have belly dancers on most nights and upstairs you can enjoy a hookah pipe.  Menu only has meat from halaal supplier. Alcohol served.
Corner of Long and Church Streets, Cape Town. Tel 021-424-4664
Barans Theatre Restaurant has a similar setup to Mesopotamia with its belly dancers and Kurdish cuisine (They're part of the same group). On the bottom floor is a coffee shop with light meals and the main restaurant is upstairs. You can also have a hookah pipe at this spot. Food from a halaal supplier. alcohol is served.
Corner of Burg and Shortmarket Streets, Cape Town. Tel 021-426-4466
Simply Asia is a Thai restaurant/takeaways (but mostly takeaway) that makes delicious noodle dishes. You'll find that most branches don't have a seating area as they're usually in food courts. These branches have their own seating:
Howard Centre, Pinelands. Tel 021-531-2422
Heritage Square, Cape Town. Tel 021-426-4347 
61A Rosmead Avenue, Kenilworth. Tel 021-674-5175 (fully halaal)
Park Road, Gardens. Tel 021-422-3364 
West Coast Village,c/o R27 and Sandown Road,Parklands. Tel 021 554-5541 
54 Dorp Street, Stellenbosch. Tel  021-886-7382

Vintage India is an upmarket North Indian restaurant in Gardens. Staff have verbally confirmed that the meat is from a halaal supplier. Alcohol is served.
Mill Street, Gardens. Tel 021-462-5106
Table Mountain Cafè at the top of Table Mountain has a range of meals that you can enjoy while overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Alcohol is served on the premises but is not used in any of the dishes or sauces. Meat from a halaal supplier.
Table Mountain, Cape Town. Tel 021-424-8181

Moyo is well-known for their buffet lunches and suppers. The branch at Spier has closed down but there's still one at Kirstenbosch and Blouberg. They do have options from halaal suppliers. Alcohol is served.

Ocean Basket sells seafood dishes only. They serve alcohol. Branches countrywide. One fully halaal branch in Vangate Mall.

Coffee on the Square has cakes, coffee and light meals. Menu has some products from halaal suppliers.
Ground floor, main foyer CTICC, Cape Town. Tel 021-410-5053

Bombay Chilli is an Indian bistro that serves curries and other similar dishes. Meat from a halaal suppplier but alcohol served.
46 Beach Road, Muizenberg. Tel 021-788-1016

Signal Hill Terrace at the Hilton Hotel is a chilled eatery where you can relax at the pool with light meals or snacks. They also have okkah/shisha and all the food's from halaal suppliers but they do serve alcohol. 
126 Buitengracht, Hilton Cape Town City Centre Hotel, corner of Buitengracht and Wale Street, Cape Town. Tel 021-481-3700.

Pancho's in Observatory has huge portions of Mexican dishes including burritos and awesome nachos. You have to book in advance as this spot is very popular and you may end up waiting on the pavement till a table is available.  Book a table at the back if you'd prefer to be away from the bar area. Staff have confirmed that the meat is from a halaal supplier. They serve alcohol. Closed on Sundays. 
127 Lower Main Road, Observatory. Tel 021-447-4854.

Addis in Cape is an Ethiopian restaurant in the CBD and their meals include vegetarian, vegan and non-vegetarian meals made with meat from a halaal supplier. 
41 Church Street (an corner of Long Street), Cape Town. Tel 021-424-5722.

Sloppy Sam is a Mediterranean-styled restaurant serving mostly Greek cuisine and specialising in lamb dishes. There are a few chicken, beef and seafood options but the lamb's what you'd want to go for. The owner/chef is chirpy and if you pass him upon entering, he'll give you a warm and happy welcome to his restaurant. The name of the place may raise an eyebrow but there's nothing sloppy about the venue, food or the service. Meat from halaal supplier. Alcohol served.
51a Somerset Road, Green Point. Tel 021-419-2921.

Singh's House of Curries is one of a few (or if any) places in the Winelands area that has meat from a halaal supplier. Guests are allowed to bring their own alcohol so this spot isn't certified.
344 Main Road, Paarl. Tel 021-872-4243.

There are other takeaway places that I didn't include, like Nando's, KFC and McDonald's. These, among others are halaal. I'll keep updating the list as I receive more information.


  1. Hi Fatima

    There are 3 Mariams which are strategically placed around town to cater for anyone working in town. I see that you have only mentioned the one.

    The other 2 are:
    * 33 Heeragracht Foreshore, Cape Town. Tel 021-4213737
    * 58 Strand Street, Cape Town. Tel 021-4213636

  2. Hi Fatima,
    Thank you for your list of restaurants!

    I'm looking for 2 staff function venues and this certainly helps a lot!

    I've got 3 colleagues (and their families) that require halal. I'm wondering if you could help me with some recommendations, as I'm really trying to cater for everyone, as we have wide variety of staff to cater for.

    Any suggestions would greatly appreciated!
    1. Lunch (Sat/Sun) Looking for a casual, outdoor type restaurant that caters for families with small children

    2. Dinner (during week) Looking for a CT city based (near-ish town) restaurant just for adults. (Staff & Partners)
    *Both venues:
    - Halal options
    - Serve alcohol
    - Not hugely pricey.

  3. Hi Fatima
    Glad I came across your blog, I am from gauteng and wil be traveling on a business trip to cape town soon. Been a while since ive been to ct.Will you kindly recommend halal places to eat at the cape town airport? Also, I wil b staying at the city lodge v and a waterfront. Plz recommend tasty yummy food within walking distance but not a long walk from here if possible.
    Shukran Zakiyya

  4. Hi Zakiyya

    I'm sorry for not responding. I don't get notifications when people comment (not sure why). I hope you enjoyed Cape Town.

  5. A short note to thank you for the energy and effort you have put into listing all this detail on your web site, it certainly helped during my holidays in your enchanting city. Haroon (Joburg)

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  7. Thanks Brenda

    I've already added Mezbaan (and ate there recently: yum!)..I'll add the others as well.

  8. hi fatima....your blog is great...
    Just letting you know that i recently discovered that some sushi is made with white wine vinegar and alot of woolworths salads too, when i called beluga to ask, they confirmed..maybe u must check it out...shukran..wslm

    1. Hi "anonymous" (Feb, 26)

      All vinegar is made from alcohol, white wine vinegar is made from wine. There is no alcohol in it ( or an insignificant amount), it has gone past that stage. This is an example of inqilab or change.
      Inqilab = Any liquor which becomes vinegar by itself, or by mixing it with vinegar or salt, becomes paak (clean).
      From http://www.shiachat.com

      I think it's up to you - yeast makes alcohol while you're baking bread, but it's not considered haraam. In the same way, vinegar goes through a process where alcohol is involved.

      All vinegar is made from alcohol. The amount of alcohol left in vinegar is very small. It's best to consult your Islamic leader on their view.

    2. Hi anonymous and fatima

      I emailed SANHA and they have said thay all wine vinegars are halaal. If in doubt, you can email SANHA, they are quick to respond.

  9. HI there,

    Looking for a place where we can enjoy a good steak... a restuarant in the CBD please?

    1. Sorry for replying so late. If you haven't found your place yet - Beluga makes a good steak (they serve alcohol though). Kaprino's in Green Point is well known for their ribs ...maybe the steaks are good too? I'm not a big meat-eater so I'm not sure what's considered a good steak. I know many people have praised Beluga's pepper steak.

  10. Hi Fatima
    Im looking for a venue for our wedding. Very intimate only 60 - 80 guests. I prefer at a hotel restaurant, but any suggestions welcome

    1. Savoy Lodge in Rondebosch can take up to 180 guests http://www.savoylodge.co.za/. The Hilton Hotel has halaal facilities - you can try there (it's in BoKaap).
      I don't know of many other venues.


  11. Panchos is also halaal friendly - mexican food

  12. Also, Utoo Cafe in claremont (oppposite the Absa building) is fully halaal and has food that looks like it is made by a top chef...and the chef looks really professional as well. The salmon and poached eggs on a bed of spinach and toasted croissants with hollandaise sauce is the best I've had yet.

  13. There is apparently another restaurant in Town called Addis In Cape that is Halaal friendly. They serve Ethiopian style cuisine.

  14. Panchos is cool - forgot to add them. Thanks for the suggestions. Will add them when I have a moment.

  15. Sad how you associate alcohol and halaal food. You cannot be halaal if you serve alcohol, but i guess its your own discretion.

    1. Thanks, Anonymous. You're right - you can't be halaal if you serve alcohol. I don't claim they're halaal and neither do they. They state that their meat is from a halaal supplier - and patrons can do with that info as they wish. Thanks for reading the blog :)

    2. @Anonymous - I think your comment is grossly unfair. Fatima is always clear on the distinction between halaal and halaal-friendly (and is always quick to point out which restaurants serve alcohol). The truth is that sadly we don't live in a Muslim-majority country. This culinary truth limits our options somewhat iro the places we are able to frequent. I'm not for one moment advocating eating at establishments that serve alcohol. That choice, Anonymous, is indeed (as you so condescendingly point out) at one's own discretion. I don't think this is the appropriate forum to disparage or condemn the person who does our homework for us. Your criticisms are better suited to the objects of your frustration; i.e. "halaal-friendly" restaurants; not @Fatima - who's only intention (I assume)was to provide options that allow us as Muslims to make better-informed decisions as to where we choose to eat.

    3. I'm with Anonymous on this one.
      The Title of the page says "HALAAL" restaurants in CT. Not "use your discretion galaal". It's as if we ashamed to follow the letter of the law as laid out by ALLAH. WHy do we even need to include it here. Why even promote these place. The fact that they buy galaal meat in inconsequential if they serve alcohol. It's not like there is only 1 FULLY GALAAL restuarant in all of CT. we have a few options, the problem is that muslims today want to hang at the "in" places. Like the old saying goes ... "meng jou met die semels"... Fatima, I would say use YOUR discretion and remove these restaurants from your list as they ARE NOT galaal, and we should not be promoting them in any way.

    4. Thanks for your comments. I will leave the restaurants as they are.

    5. @Fatima, Some people are just ignorant. Your blog is helpful, much appreciated.

    6. Thanx for this blog fatima.. i personally prefer the entire list, allows me to make an informed decision about where i eat. So if i'm not sure about the halaal status of a resturant, and whether or not they sell alcohol... i'll refer back to your page - BOOKMARKED

  16. Good day, Fatima hope you will be able to assist I am looking for a Halaal place to celebrate a 50th birthday, nice atmosphere and relaxing and also like nice decor to it....for about 50 or less people

    1. Hi Anonymous. I can only think of Kaprino's (Green Point), Bo-Kaap Kombuis, Savoy Lodge,On the Square (Capetonian)or the Noon Day Gun Restaurant for that capacity and kind of occasion.
      Kaprino's is huge so it won't be in intimate affair. Savoy and Bo-Kaap Kombuis will be more cosy and may be able to do a tailor-made menu? Otherwise one of the restaurants at the Hilton Hotel may work.

      If you find another suitable place (that's not listed here) please let me know and I'll add it.

  17. Hey Fatima, Great Blog, sukraan for the effort you have put into this.


  18. Slms Fatima

    Tashreeqa's in Kromboom Road can also do private functions, like wedding, birthday parties, etc. They even have a section upstairs that tey use for private functions too. Just thought I would let you know.

    Thank you for the list!

  19. Salaam Fatima

    Do you know about High Level Restaurant in Wale Street? I just saw their ad in the paper but can't seem to find anything about them on the net. Just wanted to get an idea of what type of place they are. If you know anything, please let me know.


    1. I've never heard of it? If you do find it, please let me know about your experience.

  20. Slm. i also saw their ad in the paper for mothers day but cant seem to find them on Google...

    1. I just called them and they confirmed that they are strictly halaal and they're a new restaurant so they haven't done much advertising yet.
      Mothers day breakfast. R70, all inclusive between 8am-11am
      Lunch R150 1pm-4pm
      Dinner R150 6pm-9pm
      021 424. 8208 or 0731964125

      I'll add them to my listing, thank you

  21. Hi Fatima, I like your blog. Very useful! It gives me a great idea of where to eat. It's my restaurant bible :-) I've recently eaten at Sloppy Sam in Green Point - They are 'halaal friendly' as well. You might want to add that. Also, a halaal St Elmo's opened recently at the Promenade Mall in Mitchell's Plein. Are you planning on expanding your blog to halaal take always?

    All the best. Keep up the good work!

    1. Thanks very much. I've had the pleasure of eating at both places and have added them today. Thanks for the reminder.

  22. Places that serves alcohol is haraam whether is food is halaal or not. Strong Hadith states that Allah curses those who is in the vicinity...

    There are so many places to eat why choose those which can cast doubt, this is not our Jannah its the nasara's be smart people

    1. Thanks for your comments.

    2. for people complaining about halaal friendly vs halaal this is a blog for restaurants if u want to become a lecturer in islamic theology got to the mosque we are not live in an islamic country deal with it

    3. Firstly, thank you Fatima for your effort in providing this info for us. It certainly is useful. May Allah reward you for your good intentions.
      As for the comments about halaal vs halaal friendly - I think it is so stupid and redundant to say "We don't like in an Islamic country". Yes, we do not, but we live in a country that allows us freedom of religion and belief and hence we are not forced to eat and drink anything. We have so many choices. It is easy to argue for halaal friendly places and places who serve alcohol, for those who enjoy being in the “in crowd” and those who are ashamed of the religion that was passed on to them by their parents or choose when they want to practice Islam. But in my view, we all have choices and if you choose to be muslim then you need to practice Islam properly and not reinvent it because reinventing it allows non-Muslims room to criticize our faith. Islam is perfect as it is and it is a way of life, not a choice of dress or food. If you do not want to follow Allah’s rules then why claim that you are muslim? It’s easy to argue on this point now but one day when Allah asks us, why we were not strict about following Allah’s orders instead of following our lusts and friends, I’ll bet we won’t have so much to say about “We don’t live in an Islamic country” then.

    4. We dont live in an Islamic Country but we make Salaah. We dont live in a Islamic Country but we Fast. Some people chooses when they feel the rules should be upheld and not. Food for thought. May Allah guide us all Insha Allah

  23. Slm Fatima, I am a 28 year old female,also living in ct. this is a wonderful thing you are doing by trying to provide us muslims some options of where to eat.
    but... im saddend at the way our muslims are thinking. halaal friendly?? what is this.. our muslims have chosen to forget that it is haraam to be around alcohol. we are forbidden to be near its drinker its pourer, its receiver, its consumer. and weither the waitress says its halaal but they dont have a certificate should tell you why not to go there. alcohol is in the vicinity.. stay away.
    i hope we all can become good muslims insha'allah and try to stay on the straight and narrow, as we all want to avoid jahanam. ameen

    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  24. Slm Fatima

    I agree with Anonymous. Halaal friendly but, yet alcohol is served at the place how does this make it Halaal friendly. If one decides to go to these places how sure are you that the food will never be contaminated with alcohol unknowingly. Imagine a person consuming the food for 40 days his duaa's will not be accepted and why because this is a halaal friendly vicinity. We as muslims do not relise what we are worth and are falling into the web of the Dunya remember this world is a test for us and not paradise. I do understand you are trying to help in some way but your sources are not the right way. Alcohol on the same premises and its Halaal friendly a big NO NO!Its like saying go to I go Gran West but dont gamble. Should you pass away on the premises which is unlawful for a muslim how do you answer your creator. May Allah give us the hidaya to help and correct all muslims and ourseves.

  25. Thanks for your comments, everyone. If you have comments or suggestions about places, I'll gladly welcome it. This blog is for your (and my) information and there are parts you may use and others you may not and might even disagree with. The parts you may not use, may be useful to others.

    This is a personal blog and I don't expect people to use it as their only source of information on places to eat. Everyone has their discretion, and I'm sure they'll use it.

    I've changed some of the wording - hoping it'll make people feel a bit less outraged but for now I'm not removing places I feel can be useful to some people. Not everyone who reads this blog is necessarily Muslim so I'd appreciate the lectures to be kept to a minimum. I don't believe in deleting comments as everyone is free to have their opinions...but please respect my space.

    Thanks very much.

    1. So for the muslims who want to eat at the "Halaal Friendly" places, Do you recommend them going to places serving alcohol. Yes or No answer only please!

    2. I recommend they decide for themselves where they'd like to eat. I chose to ignore your YES/NO answer-only comment. Thanks for your comments.

  26. Hi. Please check out this fantastic Turkish coffee shop next to Anatoli's restaurant in Napier Street Green Point. Anatoli's Express is open in the day from 07:00 to 16:00. The breakfast and lunch is delicious. The owner Atilla is very friendly and the service very good. Tania Hobbs.

  27. Salaam Fatima

    Perhaps you should consider changing the heading to Halaal/Unhalaal restaurants. The heading is misguided and I presume the reason for the uproar.

    1. Thanks for your suggestion. I have changed the bottom section (it now has no heading). The main title of the halaal restaurants section will remain "Halaal restaurants". I feel that Halaal/Unhalaal Restaurants would then be exactly the same as "Restaurants in Cape Town." I see your point though - thanks very much.

  28. Awesome blog!! verry irritated at peoples comments on the halal/unhalal story. this is a personal blog. Each muslim has the right to decide what he or she wants to do. and u r just presenting the places as they exist, in reality.and u have said halal meat not fully halal restaurant. its not misleading at all, its very clear.

    1. Thanks for reading :-) ...and thanks for the positive comments - it's been a while.

  29. Salaam Fatima,

    Brilliant-love this blog. I'm always searching for halaal places to take clients. You've assisted BIG TIME.
    For conferences the Atlantic Imbizo in the Waterfront serves halaal. and the food is delicious.


    1. Thanks very much, glad you got some useful info. I'll get the details of Atlantic Imbizo, thank you.

  30. What a meticulously prepared list. I will in Cape Town in the first half of July, and will certainly utilize this fantastic list of halal food outlets in the city

    IA Khan, Karachi.

  31. I will be in University of Western Cape. Any recommendations for good halal food in the vicinity ?

    1. Sorry for the late reply. Unfortunately I don't know that area very well, but if you do come across any spots, please let me know, thanks.

    2. Hi Fatima,

      There is a halaal place called roadhouse close-by to the University. It is in the Modderdam rd complex near Sasol garage. They serve salomies, gatsbies, sandwiches..
      In the same complex there is a Fello's fisheries and Debonairs (both halaal). They are all more of a take aways however there are some seating available.

    3. Thanks very much, Anonymous. I hope "IA Khan" sees your reply.

  32. Salaam Fatima , Would you be able to provide us with halaal friendly karaoke place? Shukran, Wads

    1. Wsalaam. These are the places I know of. No alcohol served and food strictly halaal. My parents have been to these recently so I know they're still functioning. Sorry, I don't have numbers or proper contact details.

      Suraya's Karaoke Coffee shop, Main Road Mowbray. I don't know the correct address but it's just before the N2 turnoff as you head to town. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays - but this is there last karaoke week before Ramadaan.

      The coffee shop in Highgrove Road Lansdowne has a roaming karaoke - someone plays there over weekends.

      Cosy Corner/Buffet Wynberg : buffet @ R99/p karaoke from 9pm Friday & Saturday only.

      I saw a place in Wale Street (opposite the Hilton Hotel) that advertises karaoke but I've never seen them open so I'm not sure.

      Thanks for reading

  33. Salaam Fatima,tx for doing a great deed.
    To "slave of Allah" and supporters, it is not the place that serves alcohol that is haraam, it is the body of the person that consumes the alcohol that is haraam. Alcohol is serve almost all over the world, does this make the world haraam?
    Fatima, keep doing your good deed, there is a lot of people that appreciate it.

  34. Salmz.
    So you saying i can eat at Panchos and order their Chicken and Beef Burritto????
    I have been there with work colleagues but i only ordered the vegetarian spinach and feta burrito.
    They do sell Pork there dont they?

    1. Wslm Ebrahim. I've asked them about their meat and they've confirmed it's from a halaal supplier. I've checked through the menu every time I've been there and haven't come across any pork either. Thanks for reading :)

    2. Slm Fatima,
      I just want to inform you that you could also have a halaal function at the One and Only Hotel speak to Nicky and she will arrange everything with informing you of every move they make. We, in Cape Town should be thankful as to all the options we have in this country, people should travel more it will be an eye opener to many. Thanx Fatima you doing a fantastic job.

    3. Wslm. Thanks for letting me know

  35. Hi Fatima

    Thanks for this cool Blog.
    So much appreciated, so much variety.

    I think your response rate is brilliant.

    I will definitely try the list of Halaal restaurants you recommend.

    Just a note: Brilliant blog!!!!


    1. Thanks very much for your comments, Fairuz. I'm glad you find it useful. Happy eating! :)

  36. Slms

    I need the name of a halaal friendly restaurant, selling grills etc as well please in the Tokai area.



    1. Wslm. Sorry, I only know of Bhandaris and they serve Indian dishes.

  37. Slmz Fatima

    I stumbled upon your blog just as I was looking for new halaal places to eat at...and boy is it helpful!

    Being a food junkie, I am always on the lookout for new places to dine at. Especially those which offer halaal food and you've done just that. Your post is definitely helpful and as someone mentioned "You've done our homework for us."

    Please don't let the negative comments of the Preachers affect your writing. In my experience, Muslims are too concerned about lecturing the next Muslim about Islam.

    Not too long ago, there was a huge debacle involving a particular halaal authority. The crux of the story was that pork stickers were being replaced with beef and/or chicken labels and then labelled as halaal.

    This from "Trusted" halaal authority. Those same Muslims crying halaal halaal, have eaten from these "halaal"-stamped foods...all without knowing any better. The fact is that religion is personal and we each do our best to comply with Shariah (AS WE EACH UNDERSTAND AND ARE COMFORTABLE WITH)Some eat vegetarian, some eat halaal friendly and others don't. It all depends on your OWN relationship with Allah!

    We as Muslims trust that our Shuyookh will guide us according to Shariah and not be guided by profit gains. Halaal certification proves nothing...just that the company has paid to have it. The only way we can know for sure that food is halaal, is to slaughter it ourselves...which I am sure these Preachers do NOT do.

    Please don't change the heading as you will limit the audience it reaches. For SEO it is brilliant because we would type "Halaal places to eat in CT" and arrive at your blog! ;)

    You've directed your post to Muslims looking for places to eat and included where the alcohol is served...they should decide from there.

    Perhaps, instead, you should say: "Muslim extremists, do not read further!!"

    So Fatima, keep at it. Ignore the ignorant Preachers and always remember to say Bismillah! Allah knows best!

    1. Wslm Fowzia

      Thanks for your comments and I commend you for not remaining 'anonymous'. I'm glad you find the post useful - thanks for reading.

    2. Eating meat or any other food product certified as halaal by any authorising body would b halaal for any muslim to consume. If ther is any discrepency which the authorising body knows of and still certifies the food as halaal,then the onus falls on that body and not on the consumer.

      However, at a 'halaal friendly' place ther is possible contamination of the halaal meat, immediately making this meat or food products haraam. There is no one checking up on the places to ensure that the food products are halaal 100% of the time. If the owner or manager runs out of any product it is easy for them to get thr product from another source, which could b an unhalaal source. So a muslim, eating at this 'halaal friendly' place would think that the food is halaal, but in actual fact, is not. And that is besided the possible cross contamination with alcohol. So the onus falls on that person eating the food because we know that it is not halaal. How do u answer ur Creator when he asks you about what u consumed?

      There are so many fully halaal options available, why should we look for others.
      And if our colleagues are going to have a function this does not mean that we as muslims should attend and be associated with these places. As a former person has said, it is the body that consumes the alcohol that becomes haraam... ALLAH says, do not associate with it. So whether u consume, or are in the vicinity of it, it is haraam.

  38. Slmz Fatima

    Thanx for making this excellent list. I can't wait to visit aome of the restaurants you've listed.

    I've been looking for a halaal or halaal friendly chinese restaurant or takeaway. They seem very hard to come by. If you or any of the readers have come across anything please let me know.

    1. Slm... I forgot to add Tai Chung in Belgravia Road. They sell Chinese food take-away food (halaal). I haven't been out that way in a while so I'm not sure if they're still there. I think they have a branch in Rosmead Avenue as well. Will look into it.

  39. Slms What about halaal fast food places? (Nandos, KFCs, Debonairs etc.) When on holiday, need grab and go food rather then fancy sit down restaurants.

    1. Because there are quite a few halaal fast food places (including chain stores and small corner shops), I haven't included them but will try to add some of the main ones I know of. Thanks for reading.

  40. Another thing, are the places above halaal certified by an authority, SANHA, MJC etc, or are they muslim owned, or just hear-say that they are halaal. Apologies, but I am a bit particular

    1. The ones on the top half of the page are certified halaal. (you'll see a line separating the top half from the bottom). The others merely have food from halaal suppliers (confirmed by staff or owners) but are not certified because they either serve or sell alcohol on the premises.

    2. Salaam Fatima

      Thank you so much for this informative blog. I find it very helpful. Thanks for taking the time to do all this research.As a foodie,u can imagine my frustration when wanting to dine out. Your blog has put a lot into perspective and a commend you!

      Keep doing what you do,keep us updated.

      All the Best

      Roshan Adams

    3. Wsalaam. Thanks for the nice comments and for reading. Happy eating :-)

  41. Slm Fatima
    I found your blog efficient and very professional.Thank you It will be of a great help when we return for a holiday in CT
    We, Muslim are far too focussed on food we can always eat vegs ,please continue with this great blog
    Shareen Masoet Perth WA.

    1. Thanks for your comments and for reading this post

  42. This is really helpfull shukran

  43. What would the best halaal place be to go for an anniversary, what's the fanciest place? We were at Mezbaan last year, so dont want go there again.

    1. Mezbaan seems like the fanciest one. They have another halaal restaurant in the hotel if you want to give that a try. Check with the One & Only Hotel as well because they also cater for halaal events so maybe they can make a special plan for you?

    2. Thanks, for the reply, I checked with the other restaurant in the hotel, they don't do supper, unfortunately. I'll check with the One & Only.

  44. slms fatima,excellent blog! thanks so much. just love the way you maintain composure when replying to those fanatics. lmao

  45. awesome and very informative blog.

    1. Thanks, I'm glad you find it helpful

  46. i love the way you maintain composure when replying to those fanatics. lmao you doing an excellent job,keep up the good work.

    1. Thanks very much for your comment :)

  47. My mommy's food is fully halaal. You can eat by me... No alcohol. Kassam

  48. Hi Fatima

    I wish to in form you that Dodge City in Kenilworth is closed. Ocean Basket in the that store (not halaal). I have been having very bad reports from Kaprinos in Cape Town since they moved from Green Point. My company called with some concerns and the receptionist was quite rude over the phone. That very BAD service. We cancelled our booking immediately. Blu Rain's food is lovely.

    1. Thanks very much for letting me know about Dodge. I will make the changes ASAP. I haven't been to Kaprino's since they've moved but I'll go check it out.

  49. Tried the Myatt Cafe - there's one word to describe it : "DIVINE!!!" Thanks didn't know it existed.

  50. Salaam F,

    Are there any halaal restaurants/hotels in the Northern suburbs of Cape Town that offer buffet breakfasts?


    1. Sorry for replying so late - I've been away. Sorry, I don't know hte Northern Suburbs very well. But please let me know if you come across anything.

  51. Chick flick to watch: Along came Poly

  52. Also had horrible service @ Kaprinos, even the owner was rude to us. Moms 60th birtday "celebration" nogal! Won't ever go back there.

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  54. We are ladies in niqaab...i.e.purda. We always just eat at each others houses but want to get out for a change . Who could cater for a birthday for 10th to 12 ladirs

    1. I apologise for the very late reply. I've been away. I'd suggest District Cafe. It's a new spot in Woodstock and the setting is delightful. I hope you're still able to use this info.

  55. Firstly, thank you Fatima for your effort in providing this info for us. It certainly is useful. May Allah reward you for your good intentions. I like how you remain composed and do not get involved with the debate taking place on your blog. I really do appreciate the changes you’ve made and how you’ve distinguished between Halaal certified and not Halaal certified by the line in the middle of the page. Shukran for that. This makes it so much easier for people who have specific purposes. I think people who comment should not be “attacking” you because you’ve clearly indicated on your page, which is halaal certified and which is not and I agree that you should not change the title. It is because of your title that I came across your blog and this can serve an excellent info for muslims and non-muslims. Each muslim should concern themselves with their own conscience and know that what they consume they will be answerable for. I love your blog and have added it to my Bookmarks!
    As for the comments from people about halaal vs halaal friendly - I think it is so redundant to say "We don't like in an Islamic country". Yes, we do not, but we live in a country that allows us freedom of religion and belief and hence we are not forced to eat and drink anything. We have so many choices. It is easy to argue for halaal friendly places and places who serve alcohol, for those who enjoy being in the “in crowd” and those who are ashamed of the religion that was passed on to them by their parents or choose when they want to practice Islam. But in my view, we all have choices and if you choose to be muslim then you need to practice Islam properly and not reinvent it because reinventing it allows non-Muslims room to criticize our faith. Islam is perfect as it is and it is a way of life, not a choice of dress or food. If you do not want to follow Allah’s rules then why claim that you are muslim? It’s easy to argue on this point now but one day when Allah asks us, why we were not strict about following Allah’s orders instead of following our lusts and friends, I’ll bet we won’t have so much to say about “We don’t live in an Islamic country” then.

    1. Thanks very much for reading the post and for your comments.

  56. Excellent blog, very well researched with extremely helpful and informative comments. Like many others am somewhat disappointed you included 'halal friendly restaurants' that serve alcohol as I believe we should NOT be adding to their profits by eating in their establishments. We have so many alternatives! I'm sure none of us will starve if we don't patronise those and compromise our Deen. But, as you say it is up to each individual to make the choice and then be solely answerable. I wish somebody can qualify what a 'fanatic' and an 'extremist' Muslim is? I guess by definition that would be how they would label Prophet SAW and the our illustrious predecessors. Furthermore, who told us that we have to live in an Islamic country to be good practicing believers? Finally, you make your choice and ultimately you are answerable to The Creator

    1. Thanks for reading the blog post and for your comments

  57. Hi Fatima,

    Thanks so much for this post. It's exceptionally helpful and appreciated.


    1. Thanks for reading, I'm glad you found it useful.

  58. Fatima

    Assalam o Allikum

    Are there any Halal restaurants near Taj Cape Town, preferably walking distance.

    Secondly, is it all right to eat halal marked food at Taj if any because they have emailed me that the hotel buys meat from Halal Butchery but I don't know whether they cook halal and non halal in different utensils and pans.



  59. The wife took me a week ago for my birthday to Alhambra in Lansdowne and I must say that the food was very good. I see you like a good chick flick. Watch 'THE VOW'. We were at Taj Mahaal in Sea Point recently as well I didn't find the food that great.

    1. Thanks for your comments. I've seen the Vow - definitely a chick flick :)

  60. Fatima
    What an informative, useful blog. The title makes it easily accessible. I wish that all reading it would practise as much tolerance as they expect to have forwarded to them. We are living in a Western society where we, due to our daily social and work interactions we find ourselves needing to either take people out or meet others for a meal. I would like to believe that my faith is personal and that I need to decide whether or not to frequent certain restaurants. I don't think this blog is here for people to tell others whats right or wrong but for diners to make choices based on the very thorough research you have done. Enough preaching please, we are adults, we xan make up our own minds.
    Thank you again Fatima. Much appreciated

  61. Truly awesome post! It is really very interesting and informative. Keep more updates.


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  62. Apparently Theo's in Mouille Point is a Halaal Steakhouse ( serve Alcohol)

  63. http://www.eatout.co.za/Restaurants/8964/Cape-Town/The-Americas/On-a-Roll is halal as well

    1. Hi, I checked your link and it goes to a review of a place called Dogs Kitchen. They have bacon on their menu so I doubt their meat is from a halaal supplier.

  64. Slm Fatima,

    Just letting you know that Escape Caffe in Bree Street is under new ownership and no longer Halaal. Seems the first thing they put on the menu is bacon and turned their tips box into a pig. Other than that, awesome info

    1. Thanks so much for letting me know. I've taken them off the list

  65. Awsum blog, thanx for all the info :)
    Do u have a page on fb?


    1. Thanks very much. Unfortunately I don't - just my personal Facebook profile.

  66. Like your blog. Heard that Tosca at the Waterfront is halaal friendly. They serve wine and dont have a certificate.Do you know if their meat is from a halaal butcher?

    1. Hi Naz

      Unfortunately I don't know but I'll try to get info. Thanks for the heads up.

  67. Thank you for taking the time & effort in putting together a post like this & also for keeping it relevant & up to date. It is really appreciated!

    I hope the people complaining about the alcohol serving restaurants are consistent & NEVER eat on a plane.

    1. Thanks for your comments and for reading the blog :)

    2. I'd like to comment on Anonymous post: on a plane you do not have a choice wrt the fact that alcohol is served, but in cape town we do indeed have a choice where to eat and thus I'd opt to dine at restaurants where alcohol is not served..but each person is free to dine where they wish

  68. just to draw your attention (Beluga,Ocean Basket,Willoughby & Co)are seriving soya sauce that contain alcohol.

  69. Anyone know if theos is cool for halaal?

  70. Hey Fatima
    There is one halaal Ocean Basket in ct. The one in Vangate mall opposite Golden Feather spur. Muslim owned and managed.

  71. Hi Fatima

    Can you compile a Strictly Halaal table and then a Halaal-Friendly?

    1. Perhaps one day I may consider it when I have the time, but I'd prefer to leave it as is for now.
      Thanks for reading.

    2. People can make their own choices - Good blog

  72. People can make their own choices - gud blog

  73. Hi Fatima

    Thanks for your blog. I refer to it often. The avenue is a new restaurant in Claremont. They sell alcohol but their meat is halaal and they have no pork on the menu.


    1. Thanks very much for your comments and the info. I will add it as soon as I have a moment.

  74. How come i have missed this restaurant!!Thinking now!!And would surely make a visit there in the upcoming days..

  75. hi, i spoke to Willoughby's manager and wiatrons and they all confirmed that their meat is not halal.

    1. Thanks for letting me know. I'll remove their details.

  76. hi Fatima, I did not see an address on the Arabian nights restaurant, can you please tell me where it is? and can I see some pics ? R

    1. Hi R
      The address is at the bottom of the review: Metro Food Centre, Shop 4, 104 Kromboom Road, Rondebosch East (on the side of Kromboom Bridge).

      Please email me famabear@gmail.com and I'll send you the pics I've got. I don't have many though.


  77. Hi Fatima,

    Chef Pons Asian Restaurant in Gardens also serves halaal meat :)

    Thanks for the awesome blog!

  78. Hi fatima, my wife and I are planning to travel to cape town later this year and your blog is simply awesome! But unfortunately, I couldn't find any halal only flights. All the airlines are halal-friendly only- and they all serve alcohol! So as all the anonymous halal bloggers pointed out, I have a choice, and I have chosen to drive from London to cape town. If you happen to know any halal only restaurants from Spain down to Namibia, we'll be ever so grateful. Jazaks, ibn bauttua.

    1. Hi Jawad

      Thanks for your message. Unfortunately I don't know of any international carriers that are fully halaal. I'm sure your journey is going to be epic. I don't know of halaal places in Spain and Namibia but there is a fully halaal butcher in Windhoek, Namibia. HALAAL MEAT MARKET - barakoh@mweb.com.na / +264 61 21 9909 corner Kroon & Mahatma Gndhi Street - Khomasdal.

      All the best with your overlanding trip.

  79. Hi Fatima,

    Im looking for a place to have a nice lunch with my wife for her birthday. The place should also have nice cake for desert as she has a sweet tooth.
    Please advise and thanks so much for all your effort for the blog.

    1. Hi Anonymous
      I'm not much a dessert person but from what I know, the cupcakes at The Lounge are good.. and they have other cakes. They are fully halaal.

      La Playa has a range of cakes and desserts - they do serve alcohol though, and their meat is from a halaal supplier.
      Tashreeqah's has cakes - I can't comment on the taste though, as I haven't ever had.

      Myatt at the Waterfront is nice - they're got a big selection as well. A bit pricier than the average eatery but nice for a special occasion like a birthday.

  80. I'd like to inform you that the st elmos in Somerset West is no longer halaal

    1. Thanks for letting me know. I'll update the details.

  81. Just so you know, Jewel of India is no longer in the Waterfront

  82. http://thehalaalwrap.blogspot.com/

  83. Slm Fatima, I would like to know if we as Muslims are allowed to eat Sushi at Sake Asian Cuisine, Grill and Sushi restaurant situated in Sable Square, behind Canal Walk? I believe that generally the rice used in Sushi is made with wine and can contain alcohol called Saki or Mirin. Shukran

    1. Wslm. I'm not equipped to answer questions about the Islamic technicality and detail surrounding the process of making sushi rice, but what I do know is that the rice is generally made with 'rice vinegar' which is vinegar made from fermented rice. At some point in the process there is alcohol but the same as it would be with normal household vinegar. And with rice vinegar the alcohol goes a step further and becomes bacteria.

      Whether or not Sake Grill uses Saki or Mirin in their sushi - I don't know. Probably best to check with them and use your discretion.

      Thanks for reading the blog.

  84. Thanks Fatima - Just because..... :)

    1. If there was a LIKE button here, I'd press it. Thanks :)

  85. Thanks for Chatterbox - it's very helpful

  86. Lovely and amazing blog.
    Would you mind please linking to my blog from here?

  87. Sure, no problem. Will have to figure out where to place it but in the mean time: http://magicalreaction1.blogspot.co.uk/

  88. Hi Fatima,

    Awesome blog, I am not Muslim but I have family and friends who are and so respect their religious beliefs. Your blog is very useful and wonderful to read. It also helps the non-muslims like myself to find places where I can take muslim family and friends without insulting their religious beliefs.

    Thanks for the great blog, keep it up.
    PS. About Zaika Tandoor which you have marked as "need to confirm if place is still operating"...they are very much still operational. I live around the corner.

    I love that you are so respectful in your responses to people and I agree with many people who have posted that it is a personal choice.

    Good luck with the blog and well done!

    1. Hi Leah

      Thanks for your kind comments and for confirming Zaika's status. I will update right now.

      Thanks again for reading :)

  89. I see you havent mentioned SABRIA'S in wynberg i would never recommend the place.

    My first experience there was very bad on a SAturday with friends and they were not busy at all. we waited for our meals for more than an hour with an unfriendly waiter, when we called the manager(owner) it was as if he didnt care.

    My 2nd experience was when i was invited with another group had i known we were going there i would have told them to change the venue...When we got there we waited for our food for more the 1andhalf hours when we did not pay the "tip" the waiter called the owner and he argued to say when need to pay it...i went through the entire thing of explaining to him about our experience he said we still need to pay...he also told us not to come there again...how do you speak to your customers in that way....SABRIA'S (WYNBERG) A NO NO!!!!

    1. Hi there.

      I'm sorry you had such a bad experience at Sabria's I've never eaten there before so I'm not familiar with the service. In their case I've merely listed them. I've ordered from the take-aways (Cosy Corner) next door and have never had issues. I've made them aware of your comments though.

      Thanks for letting me know.

    2. we have been to sabria's and had a good experience there, thers a saying good food takes time ;)

    3. Hmmmmm good food takes time?....not in a restuarant and definately not that long especially if you paying for it...

  90. Thanks for this page it is wonderful!!!

    Do you know if Peperneros (Mouille Point) serves halaal meat? I know they servce alcohol, but they claim all meat from halaal supplier, please advise

    1. Thanks for your comments. I'm not sure and I haven't listed them but I will check and update ASAP.

    2. I've had a response. The restaurant manager says that their supplier (A) gets their meat from a halaal supplier (B) - BUT supplier (A) also has unhalaal meat (from a different supplier(C) - just pork) packaged separately on the premises. The meat that Pepeneros orders is from the halaal supplier (B... via A) and they don't have pork on their menu.

      Hope that helps clear things up?


    1. Thanks so much for letting me know. I see there's an option to bring drinks (with a corkage fee). Since that's the case, I can't add it to the halaal list but will add it at the bottom with the places that have meat from certified suppliers.

  92. Upon arriving at kaprinos we were informed to pay BEFORE our seats would be presented. Also an extra service fee that was NOT on the flyer (R99 buffet). The woman who took payment was EXTREMELY rude and unfriendly. Such a bad attitude! The buffet was not stocked. The cook told us we were not allowed more than 4 ribs for the evening! This was a BUFFET?? When I approached miss unfriendly at front desk, she didnt seem to care as that was "policy". According to the cook, people eat too much at the buffet. The flyer advertises an ALL YOU CAN EAT BUFFET. Please, to those reading this DO NOT EAT AT KAPRINOS. I hope like **** management contacts me, but based on prior complaints listed below, it seems this is not the case. Customer service????

    1. Thanks for your comments. I haven't been to the new venue but I actually heard similar complaints. Let's hope this has improved now.

    2. The venue itself is very nice but the food isn't that great. The bowls were not full and some things was dry already from laying in the bowls too long and they actually don't have a very wide variety of food. I would rather take that R99 and spend it somewhere else. I also agree with the host in front, not very friendly and also just demands the money upfront instead of explaining

  93. Hi Fatima,
    Thank you so much for your valuable post. I will be visiting Capetown in a month time and I plan to stay in a hotel on Strand street. The halaal restaurants I searched nearby are Kauai, Mariam's and Aneesa's. Is Kauai really halaal? Info doesn't claim that owners are Muslims and care regarding use of non-halaal fat stuff is not guaranteed in this situation. Please advise me what to chose. Regards.

    1. Hi Afzal. Thanks for your message. Even though the owners of Kauai may not be Muslim, all the branches I've been to (in the Western Cape) have certificates so I think everything they use will (or should) comply.

      There's a Nando's, KFC and Burger King in the vicinity as well - and Silvermoon Deli is also halaal if you're looking for non-fastfood. www.silvermoondeli.co.za. I'm not sure if you're mobile while you're here but Food Inn and Food Asia in Long Street are also halaal options (both included above). You can take a walk to there as well.

      Hope this helps.

  94. Thank you Fatima. I am so grateful.

  95. Has Cape Malay Food Market closed down? Phone just ringing and last week Sunday placed was closed.

    1. Thanks for your query. I've sent the owner a message and will let you know once I've had a response.

    2. Hi again. 100% correct - Cape Malay Food Market is closed. I've updated this blog to exclude the place.

    3. Fatima
      After having searched,voila! we find a very authoritative repository of information on your blog.
      Are you perhaps aware of a house in Constantia that is Muslim owned and is available for staff functions etc?

    4. Hi Riyaaz. Thanks for your comments. I've heard of this house and a few people have had small weddings there.. I don't have the details of it though. I can ask around - unless you have it and are suggesting it to me?

  96. You should consider adding a list of function venues or caterers as well.

  97. I don't understand what the fuss is all about with regards to halaal and halaal friendly. Fatiema points out use it don't use it. We all shop at pick n pay and checkers who not only sell alcohol but pork products too. We shop there but don't buy pork and alcohol. Same difference when eating in halaal friendly places. Your choice.

  98. I just received this message after wanting to book for staff party:

    "I have spoken to the owner of Wang Thai -- Lagoon Beach to make absolutely
    sure about the food for your function, and I can verified now that
    your food will NOT be HALAAL as this restaurant is not certified.
    The owner has informed me that the food will NOT come from Simply Asia
    Central Kitchen and therefore I recommend you cancel and go somewhere


    Aabied @ ICSA"

  99. Its really very informative blog you can learn a lot of this how to make food etc.

  100. Slm Fatima
    Your blog is just amazing !
    I would like to say that I've been to Arabian night and Rossini . The food was absolutely amazing ! We go there almost every week ! I would suggest you visit here and all people who have reviewed .....

  101. Very informative blog, keep up the good work!!!!!