Sabria’s, Wynberg

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Southern Suburbs, 119 Ottery Road, Wynberg, Cape Town, South Africa

www.sabrias.co.za

+27 [0]21 761 5247 / +27 [0]74 617 5460

10.00 - 23.00 Monday - Sunday

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HOUSE REVIEW:

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.

Do I even have to say a word about dessert? Chocolate Mud Cake, Layered Chocolate Mousse and my favourite, the one in the middle, Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse with bits of hazelnut in the mousse. I had died and gone to Chocolate heaven.

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5 Reviews

  1. Ruwaydah Cerfontyne
    Ruwaydah Cerfontyne
    15th December 2015 at 1:07 pm Reply

    Will not go there in a hurry again.
    Service beyond slow! Got the drinks and the food orders wrong. Waited over an hour for food and there was only 2 other couples besides us.
    Food came in drips and drabs and some of us had finished our meals while others still waited.
    Presentation of food was good though.
    Orders were mixed grills, seafood pasta, burger, prawns, mussel starter and nachos.
    Mussel sauce had no garlic in and tasted like Ideal milk. Prawn dip was just as bland. The meat was okay but the sauce tasted like it was just dipped in Jimmy’s sauce after it was cooked.
    Burger was delicious. Seafood pasta was tasty but lacked garlic.
    Overall experience was a 3 out of 10. For the prices you pay, the lack of good service and mediocre tasting food…….not worth the money we spent.
    Would hate to see how long people wait for food if the place was full.

  2. musa
    musa
    22nd April 2016 at 7:04 pm Reply

    Great grills, good burgers, friendly staff.

  3. Aashiq
    Aashiq
    4th December 2017 at 4:16 pm Reply

    The food is good and the staff are friendly. prices are abit steep and occasionally food takes long to arrive(45+). I’ve been here a few times and will advise that if you are very hungry do not go as you might end up starving due to the wait.

  4. Anonymous
    Anonymous
    1st February 2018 at 12:44 pm Reply

    Can’t even understand for the “love of food” how you could even consider making this place on your top 5 list.
    The place lacks the basic vibe where you walk in & you don’t want to leave but instead has complete the opposite atmosphere. The interior decor doesn’t even compliment the area never mind the food.
    The price is ridiculous. The waiting is a disaster.
    #4th spot should fall….
    Please, revise and amend your Top 5 list which is definitely in accurate and open for public review.
    Hence your Top 5 list should be based on public critics, comments and point and not yours.
    Redo the Top 5 list to showcase absolute divine cuisine.

    1. Hungry For Halaal (Listing owner)
      5th February 2018 at 6:17 pm Reply

      Dear Anonymous. If you read the post correctly you would have seen that this list was in fact a reader’s vote and so based on public opinion and not mine. Perhaps you would like to share your Top 5 list…

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