1Bismillah in Fordsburg
Super cheap Pakistani cuisine in a shabby chic, inner city space. Ghee-drizzled naan breads, cashew-topped chicken korma, and sweet lassi yoghurt drinks from heaven.
78 Mint Road (corner of Bree and Mint), Fordsburg, Johannesburg. Tel: +27 (0)011 838 8051.
It is impossible to praise the North Indian style butter chicken or matar paneer (pea and cheese mélange) too highly. The pistachio and cardamom kulfi ice cream is a must.
Broad Road Medical Centre, Broad Road, Wynberg, Cape Town. Tel: +27 (0)21 761 8365.
Classic Cape Malay cuisine. Expect crayfish curry with fragrant saffron rice, lamb laden tomato bredie stews and sago pudding with just the right hint cardamom.
2 Upper Wale Street, Bo-Kaap, Cape Town. Tel: +27 (0)21 423 0850.
Everything on the menu is delicious but try to arrive in the afternoon to enjoy the 'Cape Malay tea plate' which includes tender dahltjie (chilli bites) and coconut rolled koesisters.
273 Longmarket Street, Bo-Kaap, Cape Town. Tel: +27 (0)21 424 0529.
Pakistani food served from an inner-city 1960s hotel. Whether you pick coriander-laden reshmi chicken kebabs, bhindi gosht okra and lamb curry, or aloo naan paratha bread, it is all delicious.
The Colosseum Hotel, 410 Schoeman Street, Pretoria. Tel: +27 (0)12 322 2195.
This Pakistani restaurant was once a car showroom so don’t expect décor frills. The aloo paratha with cumin infused potato filling and the prawn briyani are among the best.
217 Jewel Street, Laudium (between Kharbai Motors & Easy Build), Pretoria. Tel: +27 (0)012 374 6753/6771.
7Mesopotamia Kurdish Restaurant
Kurdish cuisine deluxe. Mezze platters of Alinazik aubergines and Rojda lentils compete for customer attention with Serok lamb with green pepper and onion from the tandoori oven. Belly dancers and hookah pipes are crowd pleasers.
Cnr Long & Church Streets,Cape Town. Tel: +27 (0)21 424 4664.
8To Go Restaurant
Euro-centric casual cuisine (steak, spaghetti bolognaise) all week. Friday buffets of South Indian specialities and Sunday breakfasts that sees a fusion of the two (scrambled eggs peppered with masala and sambals).
141 Musgrave Road, Durban. Tel: +27 (0)31 2021911.
The best Lebanese food in Gauteng. The baba guanouj has just the right combination of sesame and lemon juice. The labne maa toum yoghurt cheese is divine.
1102 Burnett Street, Hatfield, Pretoria. Tel: +27 (0)12 342 8888.
Décor is ghastly but the Pakistani, Indian, Chinese and fast food is fantastic. Do try the cumin kebabs topped with mustard seed pickle. Clientele are gregarious local family parties so expect people watching potential.
Shop B,28 Mint Road, Fordsburg. Tel: +27 (0)11 838 2545/256