BO KAAP KOMBUIS, Cape Town Central - Schotsche Kloof - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews - Tripadvisor

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Special occasions, Romantic, Scenic view, Large groups, Business meetings
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal
Lunch, Dinner
African, Malaysian
Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Table Service
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Reviewed April 2, 2021 via mobile

We made a booking , that ensured we had a nice table with a view over Table Mountain. The restaurant is family owned specializing in Cape Malay cooking. Portions were enough but the food was nothing special - I expected much more- How ever the...Restaurant is nice and clean, staff are friendly. A service fee equivalent to 10% is included in your bill.More

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed January 12, 2021 via mobile

Went there yesterday for takeaway meals. I was very dissatisfied, as it was very little the portion to really experience the authentic Bo Kaap taste experience.. samosas can be a bit more crunchy, small pies was nice though.. Koeksisters, too dry and you not getting...the spices in there .. the mince curry was more like it was the filling for the samosas .. so I was there like 5 years ago and the food was delicious, that’s why I went back.. I would not go out my way next time to get their food or maybe it’s better to sit down and order .. Mayne the takeaway side is a different standar .. too expensive and little foodMore

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed February 12, 2020

The restaurant is situated in the Bo Kaap with a lovely view of Cape Town. Tour groups of visitors from foreign countries visit this restaurant to experience local cuisine ( Malay).The chef is very proud that this restaurant has been show cased on international and...local television and that international chefs like Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen and Andrew Zimmern have visited here. We found the food very bland, without flavour and mass produced. The dishes are served buffet style ( some hot dishes were cold, others were finished) and the appetizers were dry and overcooked. The desert was also not typical Malay. ( Chocolate pudding, ice cream with fresh fruit). We left the restaurant feeling disappointed. Unfortunately when we left the owner was not around to personally tell her of this terrible experience.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 9, 2020

We were in CPT five days and went here twice. Family owned and run. Home cooked curries, briyanis and other local traditional foods. Often a buffet. Mostly local patrons. Glass walls facing the mountain with balcony for photos.

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed January 20, 2020

My family were going back to Cape Town after many years and I thought I would treat them to an authentic taste of Cape town as 3 years ago we had an awesome dinner at this restaurant. To say this was disappointing would be a...understatement. The curries were tasteless and bland. Samosas same bland tasteless!! Rotis were obviously made ahead and microwaved, more like a rubbery piece of flat bread. The food was definitely not Malay style and the service was shocking and then they still had the cheek to charge us a 15% service charge on our bill. We were offered dessert and we thought - yes divine koeksisters or Malay donuts - no - we were offered a chocolate pudding and ice cream - what is Malay about that.....Very disappointing Bo Kaap Kombuis if this is what your feeding tourist as a authentic experience. VERY DISAPPOINTING!!!! I do major big International events and in the past we have always sent the delegates to this venue on their night off - think I will be finding another venue ....hope the owners of Bo Kaap get this review and catch a wake up - go back to your roots guys and do the simple things.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed January 18, 2020 via mobile

Having eaten in the Bo Kaap district some 20 years ago we wanted to taste the wonderful Cape Malay food again. This Restaurant was recommended to us and was well e worth the visit. The food was delicious and the buffet gave us the try everything! Had a long chat with the lady owner/chef who gave great inside into the preparation and history of the cuisine ( as well as her family!). Delightful people and amazing views of Table Mountain at sunset! The lady also holds cookery classes - wish we’d known before - just no time on this visit!More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed January 10, 2020 via mobile

As a South African born Australian decided to see what Bo Kaap had to offer with Cape Malay cuisine as this is meant to be the heart beat for Malay food. To say this was disappointing would be a understatement. The curries were tasteless and...bland. Samosas same bland tasteless!! Rotis were obviously made ahead and microwaved, more like a rubbery piece of flat bread. Very disappointing Bo Kaap Kombuis if this is what your feeding tourist as a authentic experience. VERY DISAPPOINTING!!!!More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed January 9, 2020 via mobile

Warm genuine welcome, unbeatable view of table mountain and city, delicious food and a personal one to one insight into the history of cape malay cuisine and bo kaap. Fascinating. Despite being clearly very popular the whole family could not have made more of an...effort. Highly recommend. Thanks for a great dinner.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed December 24, 2019 via mobile

Lovely location with nice views, modern restaurant though , air conditioned , wide glass for better view and outside balconies, warm staff , matching dishes with staff with area with warmth of CapeMalay people

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed November 19, 2019 via mobile

We attended on buffet night. It was decent but overpriced for what it is. Some vegan choices. Taxi there and back, it’s off the beaten track.

Date of visit: November 2019
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July 23, 2018|
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Response from MariusVStraaten | Reviewed this property |
No breakfast or brunch. Open from lunch time.
August 29, 2017|
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Response from Renee M | Reviewed this property |
Nope. In keeping with the Muslim faith of the owners and this traditional and historical area within Cape Town - it is inappropriate to serve alcohol.
January 25, 2017|
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Response from Factfinder90 | Reviewed this property |
There are dishes that are not hot. There were people in our group who did not eat spicy food, and they were able to enjoy several dishes. But I am not sure whether there are dishes without any chilli at all.
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  • Bo Kaap Kombuis is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
    • Food: 4
    • Service: 4
    • Value: 4
    • Atmosphere: 4