Pearl Spoon on Obz, Observatory

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8 Lower Main Road, Observatory, Cape Town, South Africa


17.00 - 22.00

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I was excited to find out that Pearl Spoon had opened a second halaal restaurant. And was even more delighted when they invited me for a meal to come and experience their new venture into fine dining. The original Pearl Spoon on Belvedere Road in Claremont is a chic, sophisticated venue that serves breakfast and lunch. The new branch in Observatory, aptly named Pearl Spoon on Obz, focuses only on dinner. The 3 Deedat siblings, Shane, Jodi and Haley who co own and run the Claremont branch dashes over every evening to set up and run this new dinner venue into the late hours.

The ambiance is trendy but cultured and at first seems incongruous in the Observatory Lower Main Road setting. But when you consider the revamping that is happening in this area and the trend to boho chic, it would appear quite fitting. The Restaurant has a great side view of Table Mountain if you can overlook the KFC that interrupts the eyeline. The decor is simple and stylish with comfortable dining chairs and solid wooden tables unadorned except for balloon glasses and quality silverware at the ready. The open plan kitchen is a great feature and does not interrupt with excessive noise. It’s not very big so it feels quite intimate but I imagine they could get booked up quite quickly on a busy weekend.

We were there on a not so busy night partly I assume because they are still so new and not many people know about it yet. So service was excellent, attentive and efficient. We tried a mezze platter which comes with flatbread served with four different accompaniments, Hummus, Harissa, Guacamole and the most delicious garlicky marinated olives. Be warned, it’s enough for 4 people as a starter and was way too much for the two of us.

Pearl Spoon on Obz Hungry for Halaal

We were also offered a tasting platter of some of the other starters. I had seen a crumbed mushroom starter on the menu and was surprised that they would offer such a typical dish but it’s anything but in the way it is served. A single giant brown mushroom crumbed and served on a bed of corn salsa topped with rocket, a definite winner along with a creamy shrimp cocktail and crumbed prawns with sweet chilli. Along with the signature mocktails, exceptional presentation would set the tone for the entire meal.

Pearl Spoon on Obz Hungry for Halaal

Our mains were a Thai inspired crayfish curry served with savoury rice. The delicate flavours of lemongrass and coconut made it quite unlike the typical flavours of an Indian crayfish curry. Delicious in it’s own right. I had the sirloin steak medium to well, on a bed of stir fried veg and mash potatoes. My steak was beautifully presented in a stacked layer of thin cutlets rather than the usual slab. But it was a bit past the medium to well and I found it a bit dry. Upon my commenting I was offered a replacement but I opted to have it rather than send it back. The portion was generous and I did not see myself finishing it all anyway. With very little room left for dessert we opted to share a lemon cheesecake which was light and moussy. And a couple of esspressos finished it off perfectly.

Pearl Spoon on Obz Hungry for Halaal

Prices are surprisingly reasonable with starters in the R50 to R70 range and mains at R100 to R180. Dessert in the R40 to R50 range. It’s a great place for a celebration or a date. There are simple options like burgers on the menu as well so if you want to take the kids you could. It’s not really kid friendly though in the way of a Spur for instance. The facilities are neat, clean and functional but could use some glamming up to keep with the theme.

There are very few fine dining restaurants in Cape Town that are fully halaal. Pearl Spoon on Obz does it in a relaxed, and comfortable way. It’s a definite do again for me.



Dinner, Fine Dining,

Medium | R100 - R300, Pricey | R300 - R600,



Off Street


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8 Reviews

  1. Zulfikar
    26th February 2016 at 3:50 pm Reply

    great food and nice ambience

  2. Allie
    26th February 2016 at 6:26 pm Reply

    Amazing place the food well presented decor modern and sheik , mocktails …..the best ever … Best part they halal

    27th February 2016 at 12:03 am Reply

    The restaurant is beautiful and tastefully decorated. The menu is top class,food delicious and beautifully presented. The service is fantastic and they are Halaal Certified. Thank you Pearl Spoon for our Fine Dining Experience.

  4. Mincie
    13th April 2016 at 9:02 pm Reply

    Food wasn’t good at all. Burnt steaks and chicken.

    1. Faraaz
      21st July 2017 at 3:02 pm Reply

      Was not impressed. Went there for a birthday celebration with friends.
      Meat was burnt for quite a few of us. They wouldn’t provide tap water and forced the purchase of bottled water. Food was pricey.

      Overall, I don’t see myself returning

  5. Zubeida
    20th December 2016 at 1:42 pm Reply

    Pathetic. pathetic. Was there at just after 9am. My husband ordered an omelette and I a salmon bagel. The omelette was rubbery, with a quarter of a tomato inside. The slice of toast was extra!
    My bagel- the cream cheese was thickly spread and overwhelmed the taste of the salmon. Doubt if I will go there again. Were these really chefs who prepared the food?

  6. Gen
    4th January 2017 at 11:57 am Reply

    Visited one evening for dinner. The roll of the burger I ordered was old and broken…so much so it was hard I could not even bite it…so I mentioned this to the waiter…the new roll was also stale…but more edible…so decided to just force it down. The rest of the chicken burger, sauce and filling was great… Very disappointed with the food standards and service…as the person who prepared the meal would definitely have known the roll was hard and stale. This is meant to be fine dining and the prices reflect this…however the food and service was not the case.

    The decor was excellent though, and the atmosphere was good. Im hoping they just had an off day in the kitchen 🙁

  7. soraya
    15th May 2017 at 2:22 pm Reply

    I had the salmon R107, eggs rubbery too much rocket and too little salmon bread not incl in meal u have to pay extra, not worth it, decor is nice but meal is not worth the money will Def not recommend to anyone

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