The only complaint I have with The Bo Kaap Kombuis is that we went for dinner and because it was dark we could not appreciate what must be an incredible view of Table Mountain and the City Bowl below it. Bo-Kaap is the oldest settlement of the South African Malay community. The hallmark of the Cape Malay people is the warm hospitality they extend to visitors and we definitely experienced this first hand when we dined at The Bo-Kaap Kombuis on Friday evening. Yusuf, the owner met us on the street and his wife, Nazli was just as welcoming as we entered the restaurant …
The restaurant itself is chic inside. Massive floor to ceiling windows line two walls of the room and as mentioned before they must make the most of the incredible view. There is also a balcony – perfect for sitting outside during the day.
One of the things that struck me about the seating arrangements were the very comfortable chairs – so often one goes to a restaurant and the chairs are not made for lengthened dining. The Bo-Kaap chairs however have plush, thick cushioning: perfect for leaning back into, to let the Cape Malay delights digest.
I found the food delicious but I’m not a huge fan of spicy food so the ‘temperature’ was perfect for me. For others at the table the curries could have had a bit more of a bite. That aside though, the samoosas we had as a snack / starter were very tasty, the naan breads perfect to dip into leftover sauce and the babotie that two of our party was declared the best they’d ever eaten!
For those that enjoy a beer or a glass of wine with their meal, please note that the restaurant does not serve any form of alcohol.
Need to know:
Bo Kaap Kombuis hosts: Nazli and Yusuf
Address: 7 August Street, Bo Kaap, Cape Town
Teephone: +27 (0)21 422-5446 – Booking is advised.