Fiza and I first saw this restaurant on the day we arrived in Cape Town. We actually wanted to find Nelson Mandela Gateway, so we would know where to catch our boat to Robben Island the day after. It was a nice surprise to see a descent Cape Malay restaurant just next to it. So we decided to have dinner there after returning from Robben Island.
Fiza checking out the menu. What to eat?
The words in green are the most important.
The restaurant’s name is Rooti’s.
We sat outside to enjoy the nice breezy evening.
I had falooda, something like sirap bandung with tiny bubble jellies. Simply yummy! Fiza had mango lassi.
My beryani. Nicely spicy!
Fiza’s chicken curry.
Banana crepe with vanilla sauce for dessert. Couldn’t finish it because we were too full.
We really enjoyed the food so we decided to go there again a few days later. The waiters immediately recognized us and chatted with us while we waited for our meal to be ready. They told us that the restaurant’s owner is a well-respected man in the Cape Malay community. He hailed from Bo-Kaap and proudly wallpapered his restaurant with images of the infamous colorful houses.
So what did we eat on the second time we went there?
I had bobotie, a signature Cape Malay dish. I actually wanted to try it on the first visit but it wasn’t available. Fortunately they had it on the second visit!
Fiza had kebab with rice.
Since we were such nice patrons *wink* the waiters treated us with ice cream. It was funny because the weather was really chilly that night. Other people were walking around in sweaters and windbreakers, yet there we were eating ice cream like two Eskimos!
The restaurant is located at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Look for Nelson Mandela Gateway, you’ll see the restaurant at its doorstep. Here’s the place on Google map.
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By the way, I discovered a blog called Hungry for Halaal shortly before my visit to Cape Town. It’s owned by Dilshad, a local Capetonian who talks about halal eateries in the city. So if you plan to go there, do check out her blog. You’ll be spoilt for choice!