So this week’s installment of Iconic Takeaways in Cape Town makes room for my first Zomato Meetup experience. I was invited by Zomato to join their team and fellow bloggers to a dinner at Sabria’s in Wynberg. Sabria’s is part of Cosy Corner, one of the most popular takeout places in Wynberg. It’s been around for some years but has relaunched as a Fine Dining establishment, one of the very few fully halaal fine dining venues in Cape town, about 3 months ago. While I know all about Cosy Corner, I hadn’t been to Sabria’s yet and was keen to try out this “fancy” spinoff from it’s grass roots beginnings.
Arrival time was 6.30pm. Parking on Ottery main road is a challenge at any given time and I was so lucky to find a space right outside in one of the parking bays across the road. There is also parking available at the Church behind the restaurant and I understand there is usually someone there to watch the cars.
The decor in the restaurant has been beautifully done. It is chic while still retaining a warmth and excuse the pun, cosiness. Lighting was low and while it is a fine dining venue the atmosphere was still quite relaxed.Our Zomato table was set against the wall with a long bench covered in comfy cushions on one side and chairs on the other.
Our hosts started us on canapes of bruschetta covered in various toppings of roasted vegetables, Camembert cheese, and smoked salmon. While we tucked in, Yousri Hartley, the owner of Cosy Corner and Sabria’s, popped over and gave us a little history about the place. Established in 1973, Cosy Corner was one of Cape Town’s first Halaal eateries. It still operates from the very same corner in Wynberg, and is still owned and run by the family who started it.
It’s a family business that also played its part in the apartheid struggle. Once home to artist Jacques Coetzee who fought against apartheid and was harboured there by the family.There was more food than we could possibly get through without ruining our appetite for the many other dishes that were to come.
The theme of plenty would set the tone for the rest of the meal and we were hard pressed to pace ourselves over each course just so we could sample a morsel of everything. Mains included roti and 2 curries, one of which was a specially prepared dish that had a distinctive spice flavour that I just could not get my finger on. The owner later told me it was prepared by an Indian lady that does that dish specially for them and would not reveal that specific spice to me. Ah well, I’ll just have to go back for it then. Vegetables were perfectly done with just the right amount of crunch. The Thai mussel curry was ridiculously good. Could have been hotter but only if you like really hot.
Breakfast, Dinner, Fine Dining, Lunch,