Biesmiellah, Cape Town CBD
12.00-22.00 Mon-Thurs, 12.00-23.30 Friday-Sat, Closed Sunday
Price Range (p/p)
Medium - R100 - R300
Run by two generations of the Osman family in the historic Malay quarter of Bo-Kaap, Biesmiellah has been serving the local Cape Muslim community and, increasingly, tourists for 40 years.
It’s where you go when you want a taste of home, that quintessential “huiskos” that sometimes is the only thing that will satisfy. The restaurant business seems to be in this family’s genes as the popular Lounge on Kromboom is owned by Mr Osman’s son Showkat.
Biesmiellah is a simple place. It’s like going home to mom’s kitchen. The restaurant has been recently revamped and looks neat and cosy. The wood panelling and large Rakams (Islamic art) on the wall really make you feel like you’re in a diningroom in Rylands. There’s talk of expanding in the near future as the tourist trade keeps them quite busy and sometimes the place is just too small.
We were served by an energetic older waitress who has been with the family for almost 15 years. On our request she made recommendations from the menu and promptly told my husband that she would bring him a falooda made with syrup that Mr Osman had returned with from India. She was so charming we didn’t mind at all being told what to drink. Just like at mom’s.
It’s really all you can wish for if you’re craving a taste of your Cape Muslim home. Service was efficient and friendly in a few frills but cosy atmosphere. I’d definitely go there again!
The Details: Halaal – Muslim Owned