Waters Edge Restaurant & Grill, Cape Town CBD – CLOSED DOWN

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Harbour Edge Building, Chiappini Street and Hospital street, Cape Town 8001, South Africa

021 418 1322

8.00 - 11.00 Mon
8.00 - 22.00 Tues/Wed/Thur
8.00 - 23.00 Fri & Sat (Closed 12.30 - 14.00 Fri)
8.00 - 16.00

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I generally don’t like reviewing a new place in the first month that it’s opened. I find it usually takes a bit of time for them to iron out their kinks and perfect their processes, but schedules have been so crazy these last few weeks, so when I found myself in the CBD last week with some time to kill I decided to check out the new kid on the block that had just opened in Chiapinni street. Else it might be months before I get there.

Waters Edge is housed in the same spot where Truffle used to be. It’s a great location and interesting space where you can casually chill on the deck and watch the cars go by, mocktail in hand or have a more intimate experience inside the restaurant. The décor is slick with wooden finishes and comfortable dining chairs upholstered in trendy finishes.

A wooden staircase with modern glass balustrade leads up to a little haven on the mezzanine which is perfect for small functions or large group bookings. From here you have views over the highway and high rises on one side and the mountain on the other side. I use the generic “mountain”, cos in Cape Town the only mountain that gets referred to is Table Mountain of course. The amber hanging lights over the bar counter draws the eye and lends a contemporary air to the entire restaurant.

Waters Edge Hungry for Halaal


Waters Edge Hungry for Halaal restauran

We arrived in the middle of the week, a Wednesday at 4.30pm. Kind of an in between time, so we were not surprised to be the only people there. One of the new owners Raheema Chickte, welcomed us in and had us quickly seated by our waiter Okkert. Yes, when you’re the only patrons in the joint, you quickly get onto first names basis with your waiter. Both Okkert and Raheema were very helpful in helping us make our choices from the menu. The menu itself is not huge. Chef Gianna, who is ex Beluga, has singled out key dishes to start with which I think is a good strategy. It includes your basics like Steaks, Burgers, some pasta dishes, and a select list of tramezzinis.

Waters Edge Hungry for Halaal

Waters Edge Hungry for Halaal

I was not very hungry so opted for the Nachos from the starters menu. My partner had the Masala Steak Tramezzini which comes with fries and onion rings. Raheema recommended the Alfredo pasta which I decided to take home for junior as well as the Jalapeno burger for Zulfi. Presentation was great. The tramezzini artfully served on a wooden board and the flavor was good. I thought it quite well priced for R65. The nachos looked yummy but I think could have used a bit more substance. I also couldn’t put my finger on it at first, but realized afterwards it was missing guacamole. Nachos is street food, and while this was beautifully presented it was almost too pretty. But at R40 it was very well priced. I would be happy to pay more though for the extras. Okkert advised that they do serve mocktails so we tried a Strawberry Daiquiri and Pina Colada. Both were quite refreshing but as Okkert said still under construction as they were perfecting their recipes. The pasta which we had at home was a large portion. It was quite rich. No shying away from the cream here. The burger Zulfi found still needs some TLC.

Waters Edge Hungry for Halaal

Waters Edge Hungry for Halaal

The dessert menu is limited to 3 items. We opted for the Burfee dessert. A delicious soft burfee flavoured pudding, almost like ghaas, but not as light, scattered with chopped pistachios. We ordered one between us but I was left feeling like I could have finished one on my own. So much for not being that hungry. Raheema surprised us with their house Crème Brulee served with a wafer thin nut encrusted biscuit on the side. Presentation of both of these were on point. The Crème Brulee is made from scratch, the darks specks of real vanilla seeds attesting to quality consideration of the ingredients. This too we polished off with no regrets.

In chatting with Raheema it is clear that she is very invested in the idea of delivering a good quality product. Which is why they opened up fairly quietly with no razz matazz. They want to get their menu right before they make a big splash. I think they have exactly the right ethos. This is a comtemporary upmarket venue that is a welcome addition to the halaal scene in Cape Town. They will see me and my tastebuds again soon.

Listed: 2 November 2017

Muslim Owned

Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch,

Cheap | Under R100, Medium | R100 - R300,



Off Street


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10 Reviews

  1. Fahiem
    3rd November 2017 at 7:27 am Reply

    My first visit, and surely not my last, was pleasant and surely a worthwhile recommendation with good food and an amazing ambiénce.

  2. Razaan Khan
    Razaan Khan
    4th November 2017 at 5:47 pm Reply

    Been twice this week. Food served fresh with personal service from waiters. The hazelnut coffee is a must try! Returning till I’ve tried all the menu items.

  3. Sha'ista
    8th December 2017 at 11:44 pm Reply

    This place is wonderful. The presentation, customer service and taste of food is 5/5.
    The people who run the place and the cook checked up on us to see if everything’s okay which I like.
    See you soon.

  4. Aashiq
    12th December 2017 at 3:41 pm Reply

    The place is nice. Food was good and service was excellent! Prices are not expensive considering where they are located.
    The managers came to check on us to see if everything is ok as well as the Chef came to ask how the food was. I had the half chicken BBQ Flavoured and was Delicious!!!

    15th December 2017 at 10:04 am Reply


  6. Anwar
    26th December 2017 at 4:05 pm Reply

    Friendly service, lovely ambience, good location, delicious food – all at a reasonable price. I highly recommend!

  7. Ashraf
    14th January 2018 at 6:08 pm Reply

    Came for desserts a few weeks ago with some friends. The desserts were good and the chef was inspiring – she said she came from Beluga. Coffee was not bad. Service was good, but the owners were frumpy – down to their dressing. Advice to him, don’t wear shorts and beach shoes in a restaurant if your job is to welcome guests unless it’s a beach cafe. Advice to her, casual Islamic dress need not look ugly. Quite the contrary, it can be quite stylish. Respect your customers, firstly and, secondly, if you’re in the service industry then provide a commensurate service.

    So to today. No one to welcome patrons and we selected our own seats. She still looks frumpy. Waiter brought 2 menus for 4 people. Said he’s be back with the others, but didn’t. We ordered starters before drinks and he did not come back for drinks order. We had to call him. Service is slack generally, but this could just be our waiter because other waiters seemed more attentive to their tables. The shrimp quesadilla is a roti with tasteless filling. Quite disgusting actually. The water tumbler came straight out of the dishwasher- wet and hot. It was later returned dry, warm and with fingerprints. No checking up on us throughout. Waited more than 45 minutes for main course to arrive. Neither the waiter nor lady in the frumpy outfit came to check on us. After we asked about our did, the explaination provided by someone from the kitchen is that when they have big tables then the small tables wait longer. Cutlery taken away after starters was not replaced until we asked for cutlery.

    Meals eventuality came. But only 3 of the 4. 5 minutes later my meal came and they got the order wrong and sent it back. I tasted the kids’ chips and it was clear that they were fried in stale oil. I was offered some dessert (while the other were eating their meals). Really inappropriate. When I declined, the person (the same one from the kitchen) listed what she had done to placate me – “I apologized and I offered you a free dessert”.

    Kids thought their burgers were ok. Wife thought her noodles were not bad, average. When the bill came, the lady in the frumpy outfit thought that it was some kind of favour that she did not charge for my meal. No engagement or any form of communication. Clearly she’s not suited for the role assigned to her.

    I won’t be back but here’s some advice

    1. Decide what type of eatery you want to be and then make an effort to understand what it requires to be so.
    2. If you are not a people’s person then you can’t be in the front of house. You need to make people feel welcome
    3. Train your staff. I generally experience staff at halaal eateries to be poorly trained and with generally off-putting demeanour
    4. Learn to spell the names of dishes
    5. Learn about restaurant management
    6. Respect your customer

    1. Ashraf
      14th January 2018 at 6:24 pm Reply

      Apologies for typos above

    2. Mike
      28th February 2018 at 9:56 am Reply

      Wow…you really seem like you went out there to nail the restaurant…even being rude in your review. While I agree with some of your comments, If you going to a restaurant with a checklist down to every item of clothing they wearing I doubt it will ever be to your satisfaction.

    3. Mike
      28th February 2018 at 9:58 am Reply

      Meals were great…value for money! Service was average.

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