Best Halaal Restaurants for Valentines Day

The month of Love is upon us and this week Uncle Cyril gave us some great news. Covid numbers are declining and rules are relaxing just a little. There are of course many routes your lady’s heart, or your man as the case may be. But what better combination than food and love, which is why dining out is at the top of our list. Here’s our choice of halaal restaurants in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban to set the Valentine’s Day mood for you and your sweetheart.

Cape Town

126 Cape Kitchen and Cafe, CBD
The signature restaurant at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in the CBD (formerly the Hilton) offers an experience a cut above the rest. The restaurant serves a unique menu offering flavours from South Africa, Asia and Malaysia to create a culinary experience of not only fine dining but fun dining. Find their Valentine Special here.

Sabria’s, Wynberg
Great food and decor in the Southern Suburbs. Sabria’s have been around for many years and never disappoints with great quality food. You won’t go wrong with one of their steaks. Booking details here.


Persian Peacock, CBD
An intimate Turkish restaurant run by an Iranian family who have been in South Africa for many years. While they opened just before lockdown, they had to close down straight away and were only able to re-open in July. The restaurant has the most beautiful decor dominated by a huge luxurious mural of a peacock. The food is as authentically persian as the ambiance. A great spot for intimate lunches and dinners. Booking details here.

Saray Restaurant, V&A Waterfront
An old favourite that re-opened this year at the Clocktower precinct at the Waterfront. With a stunning location and great views, Turkish cuisine lovers will find an authentic experience at Saray. They have also introduced a kids menu and have a play area. Booking details here.

Damascus, Sea Point
Another new spot that opened during Ramadaan this year. Headed by Liaqat Sonday the well-known owner of Spitfire in Crawford, who recognised the talent of chef Muhammed. At the heart of this restaurant is Syrian born chef, Muhammad Modrek, and the food he prepares pays homage to his roots in the city of Damascus. Renowned for making high quality traditional Syrian cuisine, their food will definitely not disappoint. If you have space for dessert then their Belgian Waffles are an absolute must! Booking details here.

Ala Turkish, CBD
Situated in the Rockwell Hotel in the CBD, Ala Turka has a casual elegance that lends itself to an intimate dinner. For lovers of Turkish food. Booking details here.

Eatstanbul, Gardens
The bohemian lifestyle of Kloof Street in Gardens has always been a hotspot for seekers of cuisine from different cultures. EatStanbul adds some Turkish flavour along this vibey cosmopolitan strip. Sister restaurant to Saray, which is well known for authentic Turkish food and popular with lovers of shisha, the feel of Eatstanbul is a bit different. The décor is more Mediterranean with topaz blue walls and décor accents bringing a feel of the ocean into space. It is not too big so the restaurant feels quite cosy and perfect for intimate dinners. They make Valentines quite special with roses, sparkles and all the bells and whistles. Booking details here.


The Rooftop Restaurant, Saxonwold
Overlooking the Johannesburg skyline, the Rooftop offers an exceptional experience for the discerning patron. A fusion of fine dining and traditional foods, made from only the freshest local and organic ingredients ensures a unique experience in this beautiful restaurant. Booking details here.

Ozzy’s Kitchen, Wynberg
The well known Ozzy’s Kitchen in Sandton is a great spot for upmarket, cheffy meals. The space is a bit industrial chic but the food is worth it. Booking details here.

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Del Forno, Killarney
Serving authentic Italian dishes in a relaxed and upmarket setting, Del Forno, Killarney is popular for always innovating their menu and for consistently good service. Booking details here.

Istanbul Kebab, Melrose Arch
Location is everything and Istanbul Kebab have chosen the perfect spot for the opening of their third branch. This vibey and trendy district is a hotspot in Jozi. Since opening in August last year they have been fully booked every weekend for weeks after. Food and service are consistently good. Head over for a great vibe and their delicious Turkish menu. Booking details here.


Jacks Grill and Co, Morningside
An elegant seafood and grill restaurant that has taken Durban by storm in 2021. Known for exceptional food and great service. Special mention for the sushi. Booking details here.


Adega, Gateway
An elegant spot in Gateway Shopping Centre with a delicious Portuguese chicken and seafood menu. Booking details here.

Adega sandton hungry for halaal

The Address, Durban
A popular spot serving authentic wood-fired pizzas, delicious grills and fusion cuisine. Booking details here.

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