Biesmiellah Restaurant is a Cape Town institution where you can sample 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 décor - 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 chat between members of this community.
On the menu are chilli bites (or daltjies
) and samoosas
, 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