cape malay restaurants


Jun 2nd, 2003, 10:30 PM
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cape malay restaurants

I have been an avid reader of this forum for some time, learning from reading rather than posting questions.
I now have a question.We were in capetown and Phinda last year, had a wonderful time and are now due back at the end of June. This time doing Leopard Hills, Lebombo and capetown.
My son is mad about bobotie and we had problems finding any restaurants specialising in cape malay food in CT, and recommendations. Thanks
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Jun 2nd, 2003, 11:23 PM
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When it comes to bobotie it is generally found in most restaurants on their menu and not only in Cape Malay restaurants. As a matter of fact bobotie is found in traditional type Afrikaner restaurants moreso than Cape Malay restaurants.

As far as Cape Malay restaurants are concerned I would go to Biesmillah in the Bo-Kaap area. They serve typical Cape Malay food.

They are open for lunch and dinner. A little gem of a place for lunch is a take away café in Bree Street called Zoerinas (4249301) This venue is only open for lunch as has a little side area where one can have a light meal. The food is genuine Cape Malay and very very tasty. It is fabulous and is a genuine hidden secret in Cape Town. All the locals buy at Zoerinas from their take away counter and quite a number sit down to enjoy their meal. Wonderful place. Ask for Monica to serve you. She is great and very knowledgeable about the foods that she will be serving you. Tel: 4249301

Another restaurant to visit that specializes in Hindu food with a touch of Cape Malay is Bibis. This is another one of those hidden secrets in Cape Town where you will only find locals enjoying a meal. (761 8635). This venue is about 25 minutes out of the city centre and is situated in lower Kenilworth. This is where our local Hindu community eat and the food is simply out of this world.

Fair warning - No alcohol is served or allowed in the above establishments.

Finally even though it is not a Cape Malay specialty type restaurant please don?t forget about the Africa Café (4220221) where you will also taste a touch of Cape Malay food. This is a culinary experience not to be missed when visiting Cape Town.

Enjoy eating your way through our wonderful city.

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