This market has unfortunately closed down.
Saturday morning bloomed beautifully. Z and I got some alone time and decided to drive out to Tokai and check out the Tokai forest market where I’d heard some halaal vendors had put up shop. It took about 30 minutes to get to Tokai from the Northern Suburbs, a leisurely and stress free drive with no traffic. On taking the off-ramp from the M3 highway on to Tokai road we actually missed the turnoff to the market. Easy way to remember is turn right at the circle before you get to the actual Tokai forest.
The market is outdoors and set on a slight incline in a rustic atmosphere. With pretty mountains in the background on a sunny day you’d be hard pressed to find a more scenic venue. It’s not very big and was not very busy either, which was lovely as we did not have to fight crowds to check out what was on offer. Most of the vendors seemed to be selling wares that were hand made. We sampled some honey from Lo’s honey who had 4 different flavours of honey on offer. The bee’s were literally floating around the pots on the table. I guess you can’t get a better endorsement for your honey than the actual bees. We settled on subtle Orange Blossom and Eucalyptus at R45 a jar.
Next door was Clere Lapree selling the most divine hand made cheese. Her passion for her work really showed in her product. She had simple matured cheddars or gouda on offer as well as more interesting flavoured cheeses. But the winner for me was a soft ball of white cheese that she lifted out of a jar of olive oil. It simply melted in the mouth and the subtle garlicky flavour was just enough. We bought a ball of this and had it with baked potatoes that night at her recommendation. I will be returning for more…
After enjoying a refreshing apple ginger and lemon raw juice we headed off to find some food. There was one vendor who advertised her food as halaal. A mother and daughter team who did appetising plated servings of chicken strips, meatballs or meat skewer and potato salad. I found the flavour a bit bland and had to doctor it with some sweet chilli sauce, but it was their first time time at the market so I’m sure they will adjust as they get more feedback. They also had some other sweet and savoury treats on offer but our focus was the food.
Cape Malay Deli had premixed spices on offer. I found the prices a bit steep so didn’t buy but the mixes looked very tempting. They had a second stall selling Banting cakes and sweet treats. I tried the Cheesecake with Blueberry coullis and was blown away by the smooth texture and delicious flavour. I particularly liked the nutty base. If this was Banting, bring it on. Sublime coffee was courtesy of Noah’s Arc Coffee who also do barrista training to complement their coffee offering. Just check out these beautiful babies. Another vendor had Moer koffie for sale. The real South African deal cooked on open flame in tin kettles and served authentically in enamel mugs.
There was a lady, Tasneem, selling fish and chips and some seafood options who also assured me her food was all halaal. Some other vendors told me their food was halaal and quoted halaal suppliers but they did not advertise it and were not Muslim so I was reluctant to try.
Charming Spit Braai had a food truck and advertised Halaal food and Non Alcoholic Beers. They could not have a halaal certificate because it’s a mobile unit.
Breakfast, Casual Dining, Lunch,
Cheap | Under R100, Medium | R100 - R300,