Friday, 10 March 2017

Learning to run

I hate running. I hate that my muscles hurt. I hate that I can't breathe properly. I hate that I sweat. I hate that EVERYONE else makes it look so easy. It's hard. At the beginning of January I could run 300 metres maximum before I'd walk and give up. This is just me recording my running journey.

Why did I decide to start running?  My husband does the Two Oceans Half Marathon every year; he is a natural. He didn't need much training and he does it well. We thought it would be funny if I applied for an entry to this year's race. I got in. My world came crashing down. I agreed that if I got in, I would train as if I'm running it but if by mid-March I can't at least run 15 kilometres at a decent pace, I'd sell my entry.

Many people are saying that's the wrong attitude to have and that I should put my mind to it and do it. I need to be realistic. I run extremely slowly and I started my training on 9 January 2017. Let's see how this goes.

My kit:
For my birthday, my 1-and-a-half-year-old son bought me a pair of New Balance running tights. My sister-in-law got me a New Balance running t-shirt, cap and socks to match. So I have one full outfit. I then bought a pair of Adidas tights and running t-shirt just to have at least two to alternate for the Monday and Wednesday. I bought a pair of Asics running shoes because the ones recommended for me were R2500 - I'm not ready for that kind of commitment yet. So my R800 (on sale) Asics need to take me through the next couple of runs, and only when I enjoy running, will I take it further and invest in the real deal. I also now own a Samsung Gear Fit watch (thanks, husband) - to track runs. I still have to figure out how to operate it properly. I didn't invest in those fancy watches all the runners have.  I've got one sports bra that I have to wash and re-use at each training session - I've just ordered another pair to keep me going. I still have to buy the Itheko running t-shirt, then I think I'm sorted for now.

9 January 2017
Joined Itheko Sports Athletic Club's 8-week running programme. It's for people who don't run/who think they can't run and just general beginners. We did about 4 kilometres at a very slow pace. VERY SLOW. So slow that even I could run the full 4km without needing to rest.

11 January 2017
Today we did uphill running. It was torture. We ran up past the Baxter and even further up towards UCT. Worst day of my life. But I managed and came back alive...just about.

So this is the general schedule - Monday and Wednesday you train (average 5km each time) till your 8 weeks are done, then you do your first 10km race.

Fast forward to 20 February 2017. I'm on week 7 and still going strong. I still struggle to run - it's only easier in the sense that I can push myself because I know I can do it (because I've done it before), but it's not easier in the sense that I can do it all more effortlessly. I still don't enjoy running, and every time I do it I hate myself. After a run I feel proud of myself... but then the hate kicks in at the next session again. I want to love running... but I'm still a long way from that.

A bit of background: I'm average height but above average weight ( I love eating). I don't do any fitness activities or training. I joined a gym but went for one month then never went back. I loved the vibe and the feeling at the finish line at the Two Oceans Marathon whenever I went to support my husband and his brother-in-law and always wondered what it would be like to have that feeling they have when they finish.  Maybe I won't get there this year, maybe I will. Next week is my first 10-kilometre race so I'll update as I go along.

1 March 2017
The 10km lighthouse run. It was torture. I started out too fast because I got carried away with what everyone else was doing. I ran with the constant fear of being the last one. After the first water point (3km) I was dead. I wanted to give up. I was running at 7,5 minutes a kiometre, which was way faster than my training ever went. So I walked a bit and bumped into someone who trains with me. We ran together and it went so well. We kept encouraging each other and we made it to the end. It wasn't easy...but it was doable. We were probably one of the last people through the finish line, but we made it.

Fast forward to 10 March 2017.  Tomorrow I'm doing the Constantia 15km run. Bear in mind my last race (that was also my first race) was a week ago at the lighthouse. So I'm taking a huge chance here. I'll update tomorrow - whether I finish or not.





Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Halaal restaurants in Cape Town

**Last updated 10 March 2017

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.

3 Degrees Ice Cream Emporium is a coffee shop /patisserie that serves a range of  desserts, gourmet milkshakes, coffee and homemade ice-cream. It's purely a stop for dessert (no meals) but there's something for even the craziest taste buds (unicorn ice-cream) to the more conservative croissant connoisseurs.
46 Belvedere Road, Claremont. Tel 021-671-4600  

Syriana started as a food truck (you would have seen them at the Old Biscuit Mill) and have now opened a Syrian/Middle Eastern Restaurant. They serve well known dishes like falafels, schwarmas and other favourites, but also dishes you may not have heard of. You won't miss an opportunity to Instagram your pics of your food since there are phone chargers at each table. You can also orders shisha pipes - it's a bit odd, though, that you have to walk through the shisha-smoking section to get to the non-smoking area at the back.
307 Main Road, Sea Point. Tel 021-434-1020



Image by Dr Omar Omar
Andalousse Moroccan Cuisine specialises in authentic Moroccan dishes. Expect to see tajine, harira soup, couscous dishes, and, of course, Moroccan mint tea to wash it all down. I haven't been but it came highly recommended by a customer who has been there thrice within three weeks. They've even made ordering easy by labelling the must-try dishes. Main meals (like tajine) are about R120 smaller dishes (like kababs) are R50 - R80. 
148 Victoria Road, Woodstock. Tel 021-447-1708 

Timbuktu Books and Coffee Lounge is a book store specialising in Islamic literature. They've also got a lovely coffee shop setup as well as events evenings (watch their site for updates). Treat yourself to breakfast or gourmet sandwiches for lunch and browse their book collection. The store is closed on Mondays otherwise operates daily from 08h00 to 17h00 and till 13h00 on Sundays.
Shop 4, 19 Golfcourse Road, Sybrand Park. Tel 021-697-0505
www.timbuktubooks.co.za 


Image by Jiah Restaurant

Jiah Restaurant is just opposite the Protea Fire and Ice Hotel and next to Afrogem. They serve everything from burgers, to curries, grills, seafood, pastas and pizzas. There's also an extensive dessert menu which includes pavlova, creme brulee and a selection of cakes, to name a few. There's also a really big selection of hot drinks (like a roasted hazelnut latte) and gourmet milkshakes (including Lindt and Ferrero ones).
70 New Church Street, Cape Town. Tel 021-707-1001
www.jiah.co.za





The Home Blend Cafe in Lansdowne is a little cafe available to clients at the adjacent beauty salon and hairdresser. At first glance the place doesn't look like much from the outside, but you will be pleasantly surprised once you enter. Have your hair done, get a massage and then treat yourself to breakfast or lunch. They have some affordable specials as well as discounts for pensioners. You can also buy gift vouchers. The menu includes light meals like scones and heavier dishes like burgers and pasta and even salmon. Full price lists are available on their Facebook page.
556 Lansdowne Road, Lansdowne. Tel 078-557- 8743
The Home Blend Cafe

The Butcher's Wife is a new (2016 launch) pizza, pasta and grills joint in Belgravia Road (where St Elmo's used to be). It's a casual set up with take-away and sit-down options. All meat and poultry is sourced from their very own halaal butchery (Pickers Meat Centres). The look and feel is industrial meets rustic, with blackboard menus and exposed brick walls, with a cosy touch in the quaint coffee mugs and stacked firewood.
15 Belgravia Road, Athlone. Tel 021-696-2007

Spitfire Chicken and Grill is not the kind of place you'd think to order a salad - but I did, and I enjoyed it. I loved that the staff members were helpful and friendly. I asked the assistant, "Is ordering a chicken salad a waste of time (implying that I should rather get a proper chicken meal)." He didn't even flinch, and said, "It's actually an investment, it's healthy and it's really good."  SOLD!  The chicken is tasty ( I had lemon and herb) and the portion was more than enough for me. I didn't use the salad dressing because the chicken made the salad tasty enough. Other meals include full chickens, grills, prawns and ribs. Watch their Facebook page for regular specials.
Kromboom Convenience Centre, Cnr Jan Smuts and Kromboon Road, Rondebosch East (next to Woolworths). Tel 021-697-0483

Dunkin' Donuts is certified halaal - you may think that's irrelevant since they sell donuts, but they actually sell light meals as well. These include wraps, savoury croissants and sandwiches.
At the moment there are branches at N1 City and Canal Walk. Soon to be in Tygervalley, Kenilworth and Long Street.  www.dunkin-donuts.co.za

Pic by IzzyBurger
The Izzy Burger, although not an actual sit-down cafe, has gained popularity on the burger scene. You can order burgers on Friday by WhatsApping your request by 3pm. Sometimes they are available on Saturdays but you'll have to watch their social media pages to keep track.
11 Belgravia Road, Athlone.
Tel: 081-763-5377





Pic by Jango Cafe
Jango Cafe, is another well known by-order-only burger spot that's selection of burgers and even kiddies burgers is available only on Friday evenings. Did I mention they do ribs and Belgian waffles as well? Whats app your order and keep track of their Instagram and Facebook pages.
71 6th Avenue, Rondebosch East. Tel 079-785-3951

Smokey and Co does ribs and woodfired pizzas in Sybrand Park. You will have to keep an eye on their Facebook and other social media to keep track of trading hours, specials and availability as you'll have to pre-order.
19 Golf Course Road, Sybrand Park. Tel 083-737-6361


Pic by Rack n Grill 
Rack 'n Grill Food Truck is a mobile food truck that pops up at various locations. At the moment it's a regular at the Vineyard Oval Market in Kenilworth on Wednesdays as well as a market in Rondebosch on Saturdays. Watch their Facebook page as well as Instagram for updates. They sell burgers as well as ribs. I've queued for the burgers, and it's worth the wait. 
Tel: 072-525-2912




The Nachos on Fire is a food truck that serves mexican favourites like nachos, chilli poppers and burritos. You'll find them at the Vineyard Oval Market in Kenilworth on Wednesday evenings as well as the Galileo Open-Air cinema. Watch their Facebook Page and Twitter for updates.
Tel 076-714-3031

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 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
www.saray.co.za

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

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 has chalkboard menus with the daily offerings scattered about, and the owner – a trained chef – has added a rustic feel to the place and the food. They serve breakfast and lunch 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. Week days and Sundays they close at 16h00 and Fridays and Saturdays at 21h00. Dishes are very well presented and tasty - I felt the breakfast to be on the more expensive side, though.
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
www.sabrias.co.za 


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


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
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Woodstock-Caffe/272373902954352?fref=ts 


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

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 
www.facebook.com/woodiesburgers 

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.
 www.burgerking.co.za

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.
jewelofindiagroup.co.za

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
www.foodinnindia.co.za 

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
www.hartleysfoods.co.za


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
www.districtcafe.co.za 

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.
www.the-lounge.co.za.

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
www.bokaapkombuis.co.za

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
www.easternfoodbazaar.co.za

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
www.jimmyskillerprawns.com

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
www.ladybee.co.za


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  
http://tashreeqas.wozaonline.co.za

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
www.primi-world.com

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
http://cosycornertakeaway.co.za
www.sabrias.co.za

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
Topeka Spur, Shop 125 Kenilworth Shopping Centre, Doncaster Road. Tel 021-671-6191
www.spur.co.za

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
www.myattcafe.com 

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
www.ninos.co.za

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
www.larocca.co.za

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
www.zaika.co.za

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
www.romanspizza.co.za
  
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.
www.kauai.co.za
   
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
www.stelmos.co.za

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.
www.fishontherocks.co.za

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.
www.snoekies.co.za 

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
www.simplyasia.co.za 

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
www.oceanbasket.com 


Mezbaan
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.
www.capetowncitycentre.hilton.com
 

  




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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

SevrugaWaterfront-based sister of Beluga also serves meat from a halaal supplier (N1 Restaurant Suppliers) 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. No alcohol is used in the dishes and the meat supplier was confirmed by Yuliya King. 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
http://kababmahal.co.za
 
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
www.chai-yo.co.za


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
www.anatoli.co.za

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
http://anatoli.co.za/Express.aspx

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
www.kushiindianrestaurant.com
   
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
www.wangthai.co.za

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

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
www.yindees.com

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
www.mesopotamia.co.za
  
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
www.mesopotamia.co.za/Barans/index.html
 
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
www.simplyasia.co.za


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
http://tablemountain.net


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.
www.moyo.com


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

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
www.bombaychilli.co.za

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.
www.capetowncitycentre.hilton.com

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.
www.addisincape.co.za


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.
www.sloppysam.co.za.


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.
www.singhscurryhouse.co.za.

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.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Halaal sushi on call

Picture credit: Dial My Sushi


Your prayers have been answered. Dial My Sushi makes fresh sushi daily and delivers it to your door (only if you live within 15km of Wetton - if you don't, sorry for you :-)

The sushi is fully halaal and to get your hands on it, you simply place an order (details below) and wait for the freshness to arrive.

Prices are on par with other sushi establishments but there's a winter special offering 20% off anything on the menu (valid till 31 July). Orders of over R400 get free delivery, otherwise delivery is charged according to your location.

Ph: 081 774 2155
Email: info@dialmysushi.co.za
Web: www.dialmysushi.co.za
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/dialmysushi/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dialmysushi/

Friday, 30 May 2014

Scene cinema at Nu Metro

If you haven't tried out the Nu Metro Scene cinema experience at the Waterfront, do yourself a favour and book now. I like to call it the 'posh' movies. Once you try it, regular movies will feel so lame.

The theatre only seats 16 people in La-Z-Boy-like seats. You know, the ones that recline all the way back. Added to this is a menu specifically for Scene movie-goers and a separate payment, popcorn and treat counter. The little (and I mean little) chill area with couches comes in handy when you're waiting for friends.

Tickets are R85 and Clicks Clubcard holders don't qualify for a discount. You'll have to budget about R150 if you're going to do the whole shebang - with drinks and a meal. I'd advise you to book your ticket online beforehand because the cinema is small and tickets get sold out quickly. If you go to the Nu Metro site, you'll see this icon on the right-hand side below 'PROMOS AND COMPETITIONS':

Click on it and it'll take you to the movies that are showing there.

At the counter, have a look at the menu and choose whatever you'd like to have. If you have time, you can wait for your order at the counter, or tell the assistant you'd like your food brought to you at a specific time - I like to say, 'Thirty minutes into the movie'. Just coz I can.

Menu
There's a range of things to choose from - so far my favourites are the buglets (mini burgers x 3) and the bunny chow, which is the cutest thing ever. Three roll-like mini breads (they call it brioche) filled with butter chicken with sides of yoghurt and coriander (dhanya). Both these options are under R40. These form part of the lighter meals section. There's also:

Platters (for one) at R43,95 each with a variety of cheeses, cold meats, breads, biltong. R43,95

The main meals include a choice of three sandwiches including a chicken, Caprese and a signature one with chicken, rocket and macon. R31,95 - R36,95

Wraps have two options:  Roasted leg of lamb with caramelised baby onions (R39,95) and Roasted red pepper, mushroom and aubergine (R31,95)

Dessert: There's a chocolate mousse trio and a dessert board that includes creme brulee, chocolate brownie and cheesecake.  YUM!

A variety of coffee and tea also available, and of course, popcorn and drinks.

*STAFF CONFIRMED THAT THE FOOD SERVED AT THE WATERFRONT CINEMA IS HALAAL AND PREPARED ON SITE. THEY DON'T HAVE A HALAAL CERTIFICATE BECAUSE THEY ARE APPLYING FOR A LIQUOR LICENCE.


My only gripe, though, is that while you're reclining, you can't reach your drink in the cup holder, so you have to sit up each time you want to take a sip - or sip very slowly and carefully. Same goes for eating. When your meal arrives you have to return to upright position - which makes sense - but the drink thing still bugs me.

Other than that, it's a cool experience. Check it out here