Calisto’s – Fordsburg
If you are a fan of Portuguese cuisine and are looking for the ideal spot to feast on a selection of chicken dishes and Espetada, then be sure to head down to Calisto’s.Their menu is packed with authentic Portuguese dishes such as flamed grilled chicken prego, espetada served with milo frito and Fillet trinchado. There are several branches in Joburg, but Calisto’s in Fordburg is the perfect branch if you are looking for strictly Halaal food and no alcohol. Booking is essential.
Adega – Fordsburg
Adegahappens to be one of my family’s favourites. My sister and father usually tuck into the 1kg King Prawns Special which is smothered in garlic and a butter sauce. Sadly my shellfish allergy will not permit me to indulge in such a tasty seafood delight (curses!), so I am forced to indulge vicariously through them. Adega offers a grand selection of Portuguese cuisine and is definitely a spot I will happily visit over and over again. The Fordsburg branch is strictly Halaal and, due to the popularity of the restaurant, booking is essential.
Jimmy’s Killer Prawns – Fordsburg
Whenever my family and I head down to the coast for our annual holiday, we always make a stop at Jimmy’s Killer Prawns. So, you can imagine our excitement when Jimmy’s Killer Prawns branched out to Joburg – it literally brought our holiday tradition home with us! The menu is packed with seafood dishes as well as a number of other options if you want something different, or if you are cursed like me and cannot indulge in certain sea creatures. Jimmy’s Killer Prawns in Fordsburg is strictly Halaal.
RocoMamas – Melrose Arch
The best American style burger bar at Melrose Arch boasts the South African National Halaal Authority‘s stamp of approval. Home of the smash burger, Rocomamas Melrose Arch not only boasts loads and layers of flavour in their burgers and fully-loaded fries but does so with a Halal certificate in hand. Swing by and enjoy a selection of ribs, wings and waffles too! Wash those down with a choice of exciting milkshake flavours. Rocomamas Melrose Arch is by far one of our favourite Halaal restaurants In Johannesburg.
Thava Indian Restaurant – Norwood
Thava in Norwood has to be my absolute favourite spot to get the best curries in Joburg. This spot used to be my second home and after drinking a few gallons of milk (to combat the spiciness of some of their certain curries) and surviving a few allergic reactions (damn you nut allergy!) I finally managed to try everything on the menu. It was definitely worth it! Thava in Norwood provides Halaal food items, but they do serve alcohol from the bar.
Europa – Killarney
Europa is a popular and well-known café that has a number of branches around Joburg. I have always enjoyed the crumbed chicken schnitzel served with a side salad and chips and an irresistible mayo chilli dipping sauce. Definitely, a great place if you are looking to sit back and relax with a hot cuppa Joe and hearty homemade meals. Europa Killarney offers Halaal options on their menu.
By Kim Brown
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