Check out these halaal and halaal-friendly places to appease your food moods! (Photo: iStock)
Cape Town - With Ramadaan nearing, Wesgro has released their 'Halaal Tourism Experiences across Cape Town & Western Cape' memo and we've listed some of the best halaal and halaal-friendly foodie activities to do around the Cape.
There's an activity catering to all seven of your potential food moods - whether you feel up for some fine dining or greasy food or just feel like slumming it out with the last dots of Summer sun with an ice cream - there's something for the solo, coupled and familied-up guests.
Disclaimer: There is a notable difference between a certified halaal place and a 'halaal-friendly' place.
In order to be certified as halaal a venue is expected to source all of their meat products from halaal vendors and not serve alcohol and unhalaal meat on the premises - read more on that here. Fully halaal places are checked and certified by the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC). Always check with an establishment beforehand and look out for a verified certificate if uncertain.
Halaal-friendly venues tend to offer halaal options to accommodate Muslim customers.
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Check out these halaal and halaal-friendly Cape hot spots:
Wrangle your friends, family or just yourself out to one of these halaal brunch spots:
- New Brighton Bakery: Situated deep in Victoria Road, Woodstock, this bakery offers guest freshly baked bread daily and promises a memorable brunch experience.
- Batavia Cafe: This brunch spot has been closed for renovations since February 2018, but is back in action from 25 April 2018 - revamped and ready for action. Known for its rustic style that's perfect for your Insta aesthetic foodie table flat lays - who knows what new decor might be in store. You can find it nestled in BoKaap in Church Street - stay posted on their Instagram for more info on their re-opening.
- District Cafe: This place sits snug along the traffic-dense highway in Roodebloem Road, Woodstock. With a variety of options to choose from - from burgers to bagels, District Cafe makes for a great hang for you and your friends to embrace your inner Breakfast Club or 'brunch bunchy' if you're a late riser.
- Kahve Road: Take a trip to another timezone in the other-worldly decor of Kahve Road. You can find this niche cafe experience in Cavendish Square Mall, Claremont. Enjoy some artistic desserts and tasty brunch options over soothing a soothing variety of coffee choices.
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Death by a burger murder:
If you're looking for a tasty or downright decadently rude burger experience - check out one of these halaal burger joints:
- Woodies: Quell your hanger over at Woodies with one of its famous monumental and monstrous burgers. Stacked with cheese or avo or creamy mushrooms and featuring a heap of freshly fried fries - these meals are sure to have you more than satisfied. They have two locations - you can get your burger on over at the V&A Food Market or in Belvedere Road, Claremont.
- Brocka: This funky and colourful indoor street food experience sits comfy in Canal Walk Shopping Centre in the Century City area. Their slogan is Taste Urban and their menu is no short of that. From lekker local names like the 'Thai Klap' to 'Mielie Cyrus' their food is not just tasty, but witty too. They also offer decadent milkshakes that are loved by kids and adults alike.
- Jango Cafe: This food truck vibe operates on Friday evenings (between 18h00 and 21h00) in the Rondebosch East area and at select events. With fresh ingredients and self-crafted patties - these burgers are tasty and will make you want to tango with Jango every Friday for supper. Stay updated via their Facebook page.
- The Izzy Burger: Located in Ottery Road, Wynberg, this burger joint offers juicy and stacked burgers with a range of toppings and sauces for you to enjoy.
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Dining sans wining:
Why not try out one of these halaal fine dining places on your next date night with a spouse, friend or yourself:
- Jiah: Situated opposite Protea Hotel's Fire and Ice in New Church Street, Jiah offers a range of food options from surf to turf and pasta options! Why not grab the family, friends, a loved one or yourself and enjoy some halaal fine dining set in a romantically lit ambiance.
- The Butcher's Wife: Enjoy some steak and meats straight from the halaal butcher. This restaurant offers tasty steak options as well as pasta and burger options that are sure to get your appetite whet in the rustic setting. The venue is located in Belgravia Road and seating is limited and they don't do bookings - so head down early to avoid disappointment and missing out on having your food mood catered to.
- Syriana: Take a trip to the wonders of Syria at Syriana. Located in Main Road, Sea Point and at The Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock, Syriana brings flavourful Syrian and Middle Eastern cuisine and shisha fun to life in its traditional decor setting.
- Sabria's: Enjoy some juicy steaks and aesthetic plating over at Sabria's nested in Ottery Road, Wynberg.
- BONUS:126 Cape Kitchen and Cafe: Turn your fine dining into fun dining as this spot promises. You can find them at the Hilton Hotel in Buitengracht Street . Indulge in a range of Cape Malay and Indian infused cuisine and spice up your life with some Tandoori Chicken or a Cape Malay Spiced Beef Burger.
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Avoid imPasta syndrome at one of these lovely halaal pasta spots:
- Primi Express: Not all Primi's are halaal, but the Primi Express situated in Rosmead Centre, Rosmead Avenue in Kenilworth offers the same menu options with minor adjustments to make them halaal but just as flavourful - if not more. Seating is limited as the venue is small - so head on down early to enjoy some of their signature dishes done halaal.
- La Rocca: La Rocca features a menu that boasts surf, turf, curries as well as some delicious pastas and pizza options. The worldly menu can be enjoyed over at their venue in Canal Walk Shopping Centre in Century City. You can book a spot in advance via phone: 0215550909 or email: email@example.com.
- Nino's: Like Primi, not all Nino's are halaal, but the ones located in the Western Cape are. You can find them at the Rondebosch Village in Klipfontein Road and Kenilworth Centre in Kenilworth. Enjoy some tasty pastas and maybe even keep them as another brunch option for future reference.
- Tashreeqa's: Located in Kromboom Gardens square in Kromboom Road, Crawford, Tashreeqa's offers a range of tasty pastas, tramezzinis, steaks and many more. Their pastas are a stand out with more than filling portions and creamy sauces for those who favour a good saucy pasta experience.
If you're up for more surf than turf, check out these halaal and halaal-friendly seafood joints:
- Jimmy's Killer Prawns: In case you've ever wondered what death by prawns felt like - this spot is perfect for you. With their large pool of prawn supply basted in sauce and spice that is to die for, the restaurant name seems fitting. You can find this joint located in Canal Walk Shopping Centre in Century City to get your prawn on.
- Fish on the Rocks: This popular fish spot sits comfy on the rocks at the end of Harbour Road in Hout Bay. It's best to head down at early noon or late afternoon to avoid the thick of the lunch rush - especially on a Sunday.
- Snoekies: If you don't manage to snag a seat at the former, fret not, your fish needs can still be met over at Snoekies. Situated at Quay 4, Hout Bay Harbour in Harbour Road, Hout Bay, Snoekies promises guests a truly fishy experience with a side of lekker slap chips to match.
- Ocean Basket: Most of the Ocean Baskets are halaal-friendly (albeit serve alcohol), but if you're looking for a fully halaal experience, the Ocean Basket located in Vangate Mall, Vanguard Drive in Athlone has got you covered. Enjoy some saucy prawns, mussels and fish platters served in their signature pan to table vibe.
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Coffee guilt free:
Get your daily dose of covfefe at one of these halaal and halaal-friendly cafes:
- The Daily Coffee Cafe: Enjoy some coffee or a light meal over at this quaint and rustic style cafe. Check out their venues here.
- My Sugar: Enjoy some coffee, tea or ridiculously decadent milkshakes and desserts over at this spot in Regent Road, Sea Point.
- Bootlegger's Coffee Company: Sip up some great coffee blends or indulge in some of the dessert options over at this popular joint that's dotted all around the Cape. Locate your nearest store on their website. Not all of their food options are halaal - so be sure to check before you order.
- Honest Chocolate: Indulge in something as decadent as a dessert bunny chow and sip up some potent coffee blends over at Honest Chocolate. You can find it over at The Woodstock Exchange in Albert Road or in Wale Street, Cape Town.
- BONUS:Myatt Cafe and Chocolatier: Head on over to Myatt's located in the V&A Waterfront to enjoy some delicious desserts, cakes and crispy macarons over some warm and relaxing coffee or tea.
I scream, you scream for Insta-worthy ice cream!
If you feel like chilling it out along the many coastal points along the Cape, check out the following halaal and halaal-friendly ice-cream havens:
- The Creamery: Located across a few spots dotted around the Cape (namely, Dean Street in Newlands, Mouille Point in Sea Point and Palmyra Junction in Claremont), The Creamery is a popular stop. With an array of artisinal and insta-worthy ice cream options and flavours - it is definitely a cool chill spot to cater to your ice cream needs. Most flavours are halaal - but if you have any doubt, ask the staff about the available flavours.
- Moro Gelato: Nested in Long Street in Cape Town's CBD, Moro Gelato offers artisinal ice cream fit for royalty with their decor and theme. They have a large range of unique and beloved flavours for your palate to explore and want Moro of!
- Unframed: This artisinal ice cream spot is located in Kloof Street and at the V&A Food Market and features a range of 10 select flavours at a time that are season, inspiration and supply dependent. They also always maintain two sorbet and three vegan flavours at all times.
- The Dairy Den: Enjoy some soft serve ice cream, donuts galore and shake it up with decadent milkshakes over at their venue in Main Road, Sea Point.
- BONUS:Crumbs & Cream: Famous for their cookie ice cream sandwiches, Crumbs & Cream is a great ice cream chill spot - for kids and adults. You can find them located in Regent Street, Sea Point and trucking it out at the V&A Waterfront (next to the Aquarium and Market).
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