Mas’ud’s Kitchen, Durbanville
10:00 - 19:00 Mon to Sat
Price Range (p/p)
“When only home food will do”
Cape Town for me has changed – once it was home and we loved that everything was close and accessible and everyone was nearby. Now having migrated to Jozi for work, Cape Town is now a holiday destination with the family in December and those quick business trips where you try and fit in work as well as catching up with friends and that all-important family drive by. It’s always good catching up with loved ones but it makes for a long day after spending a full day at work.
On a recent trip I found myself staying in a guesthouse in Bellville just off Old Oak Street off the N1 and having had a lussie for home food, I decided I would try a very new takeaway called Mas’ud’s Kitchen. Tucked away in Durbanville and only recently having opened they can be found on Facebook and it’s been doing the rounds on WhatsApp too. Their speciality is curries and all dishes come with rice and roti or naan as an optional extra. The servings are two sizes but whichever you choose, know that you are getting a serving to share. After all Indian food can’t be eaten alone. I placed my order via WhatsApp and promptly got a response and a pick-up time. I arrived a little early so I could check out the place and was met by Masud and his wife with hot food ready packed and waiting. I was under strict instructions from H4H management that I ensure I get good pics of the food for this article. So whilst chatting with Mas’ud, Nafisa obliged and unwrapped the curries for a quick photo opportunity.
The service industry is not for sissies and on some level, I can identify with the difficulties and hardship found in restaurant and takeaway environment. It takes a special type of person to make a name for themselves and usually, this has happened over many many years. Mas’ud explained how he has been in the restaurant industry for many years having run some fairly well known Indian restaurants prior to going on his own. He has been fortunate he says that some of his previous customers have supported his new venture. That speaks of the quality of the food and service he has brought to the takeaway.
I wanted to try both chicken and lamb and thought a little veg curry would round off the meal nicely. The Chicken Goa was creamy with a spicy tang. I opted for the hot and would scale at a 3/5 in strength. Hot enough to enjoy the meal without requiring CPR or a fire extinguisher after the meal. The Lamb Madras, I ordered mild and it was kid-friendly. Again the flavour was smooth and went down very nicely with roti. The Aloo Matter accompanied the other two dishes nicely. Not being a rice fan especially at night, I was pleasantly surprised at the lightness of it. We were five adults and two growing young boys and the three dishes were ample and filling.
The cost of the dishes ranged from R70 to R85 each depending on the serving size seemed fairly reasonable considering it fed seven people. So we got a pretty decent home-cooked meal, good company and without the added stress of preparation after a long gruelling work day.
Till next time Cape Town, bon appetit.
Reviewed by Zulfikar Umar