Hg2 : The Hedonist


Not many restaurants in Cape Town can boast these credentials, but this one’s a real  institution. An authentic and downhome preserve of the Bo-Kaap community where you can sample true-to-its-roots Cape Malay cooking, served up in a bare-bones environment by members of the multi-generational Osman family. Don’t come here expecting a view, much by way of service, or anything resembling decor. It’s a pretty empty shell filled with aromatic fragrances wafting up from the kitchen, and perhaps a chance to listen in on the kind of garrulous (and sometimes seriously coarse) banter that can flare up between members of this community. On the menu are chili bites (or daltjies) and samosas, both snack-style finger treats that you must try, but the tamarind-spiked lamb stew known as denningvleis is what will make the adventure into this dishevelled cobblestone corner of Cape Town truly unforgettable. Another treat, while you’re here – and since this Muslim establishment doesn’t serve alcohol – is the Indian-style rosewater milkshake known as falooda. For a similar experience, coupled with extraordinary views (and a more tourist-centred atmosphere), try the Noon Gun Tea Room and Restaurant.

2 Uper Wale Street, Bo-Kaap,
City Bowl
+27 21 423 0850
Opening Times
11am-10pm (11pm Fri/Sat) Closed Sundays.
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