It was my father’s birthday this month, so we decided to try Mazaari, which is the new restaurant that opened in place of Jiah in Buitengracht Street, Cape Town. I had heard from friends that the food was both enjoyable and reasonably priced so I was definitely excited to try it.
On arrival, I could see the outside seating area was not being used due to the cold and wet weather conditions. Tables and chairs had been stacked up outside. The lights were also off outside which made for a bit of a gloomy entry.
Upon being seated we chose a table close to the back as there was more light which created a better ambiance. The décor comes across as very basic. I got the feeling not much thought was put into overall décor or creating an ambiance. The lighting was dim with little lamps on each table, although ours had no lamp. The dim lights created somewhat of an atmosphere.
Now onto the food, this made up for what lacked in other areas such as the decor. The food menu was concise and they had a small selection of starters, mains and desserts. I felt that was a good idea in terms of handling the kitchen and the number of patrons. The drinks menu was extensive and included gourmet milkshakes, mocktails, frappes and warm drinks.
We ordered the crumbed mushrooms as a starter. Served with tartar sauce, the mushrooms were tasty and moreish. For mains we ordered the 300gr masala fillet steak, the kingklip masala, the peri peri chicken burger and the House chicken burger. I ordered my steak as medium and it arrived as well done. I didn’t send it back as I felt I may wait too long. This did take away from the overall taste of the steak. Although I absolutely loved the masala basting that was used. If you enjoy a bit of a sizzle then this is for you. I ordered it with an extra side of creamed spinach along with the mushroom sauce and fries.
My family enjoyed their meals and commented on both the taste and the portions. The burgers were huge and my sister struggled to finish hers. The kingklip masala was served as two kingklip fillets, rice, poppadum and a seafood sauce. It was tasty and had a nice kick. It was also very filling according to my mum.
As far as my love for mocktails goes, I absolutely had to try one so I went with the Cosmo Crush. Definitely one of the better ones I’ve tasted thus far. It had the correct balance of sweet and sour. My mum tried the African Mango Lassi, which was a twist on the good ol’ mango lassi. I enjoyed it although I felt the cardamom twist was a bit overpowering.
The service was great and there were constantly waitrons coming around to check on us. They were all friendly, welcoming and attentive. The prices for the kingklip masala and the 300gr fillet with 2 sides were R159 and R145 respectively. The burgers with chips and onion rings ranged from R65 for the House chicken burger to R85 for the peri peri chicken burger. The two mocktails averaged at R30,which I found reasonable in comparison to other restaurants.
As you can imagine after a 300gr steak, I couldn’t even think of squeezing in dessert. The dessert menu consists of only 3 options: chocolate brownie, banana split and cheesecake. I do however think that it would be worth another visit for dessert and coffee.
We had a pleasant evening out especially where the food and service were concerned. The atmosphere and décor need some oomph and maybe even a bit of music would chirp up the restaurant.
Based on the overall experience, service and food I would most definitely re-visit this restaurant. I do hope that by then more of an ambiance is created for the patrons.
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