Halal dining is not confined only to these historic neighbourhoods however. These days you can find plenty of halal restaurants in the northern suburbs too, especially in and around Emmarentia and Rosebank, and further north in Midrand. In South Africa the term is spelled 'halaal' (with three letter A's), although here we have used the more common international spelling of halal.
In compiling our list we found that some food places are 'halal-friendly', meaning they source their meat from certified halal producers, but alcohol is served on the premises, while others strictly abide by halal regulations and have official certification to attest to this from the South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA). In this list we have focused on venues which have official halal certification.
WHERE: Corner Mint, Central and Albertina Sisulu Roads, Fordsburg. Read our Fordsburg Square review and find out more here.
Oriental Plaza also has an interesting history. In the 1970s the apartheid government demolished the vibrant nearby suburb of Fietas, a multi-racial community home to scores of Indian shop owners, and built the plaza to compensate them. For years the plaza was a white elephant and many refused to acknowledge it. Eventually, the community of shop owners came together to give the plaza an identity and atmosphere that would make it again feel part of the community.
WHERE: 38-60 Lilian Ngoyi St, Fordsburg. Read our Oriental Plaza review and find out more here.
Solly's CornerAfter Friday Prayers the queues at this most famous fish and chip shop (corner Lilian Ngoyi Street and Central Road) can stretch around the corner. Solly's fish and chips, liberally sprinkled with bright red masala spices, are in a class of their own, and the business has been here for generations.
WHERE: You can find Solly's Corner at 30 Lilian Ngoyi Street, Fordsburg.
WHERE: Istanbul Kebab Fordsburg is at 52 Central Road, find out more and plan your visit here. Istanbul Kebab also has a restaurant in Sunninghill and in Melrose Arch.
WHERE: 79 Church Street, Mayfair. Read our review of the Turkish Kebab House and Butchery and find out more here.
For lunch or dinner halal options in The Zone include Chiapas, a Mexican fast food spot specialising in burritos, and South Africa's favourite Portuguese chickens from Nandos (the Sandton City branch of Nandos is also halal). The Rosebank branch of Paul's Homemade Ice Cream, famous for their endlessly creative range of ice cream flavours, is also officially halal certified. For something a bit more formal, get a table at Nonna's Italian Kitchen on The Firs piazza. If you have a big appetite we recommend their signature rectangular pizzas, also great for sharing.
MELVILLE AND RICHMOND
The Oriental Food BazaarDescribing itself as 'The House of Halaal eastern food' Cape Town's Oriental Food Bazaar opened a Joburg branch in Melville in late 2020. Much smaller than the famous arcade-like takeout venue in Cape Town, the new Joburg Bazaar, on Melville's famous 7th Street, promises a wide range of food including Turkish Kebabs, Pakistani Biryani, Chicken Tikka, Indian and Chinese curries, Middle Eastern shawarmas and more, served foodhall style to eat in or take away.
WHERE: The Oriental Food Bazaar is located at the corner of 7th Street and 2nd Avenue, Melville
WHERE: Rand Steam is located at the corner of Barry Hertzog and Napier Street, Richmond
MIDRANDOne of the most distinctive landmarks in sprawling Midrand is the impressive Nizamiye Mosque, said to be the largest mosque in the southern hemisphere. Modelled on the 16th-Century Ottoman Selimiye Camii mosque in Edirne, Turkey, the Nizamiye mosque has an astonishing 21 domes, the insides of which were hand-painted in intricate detail by Turkish artisans, four soaring minarets and over 200 stained glass windows. Everywhere you look an incredible attention to detail is evident, whether it’s in the traditional hand-glazed Turkish tiles or the perfect symmetry of the grand main prayer hall with its beautiful chandeliers.
Within the Nizamiye mosque complex there is also a Turkish supermarket, bakery, bookshop and a carpet and ceramics store as well as an excellent restaurant Ottoman Palace.
WHERE: Find Ottoman Palace at the Nizamiye Mosque, Le Roux Avenue, Midrand
WHERE: Shop Belle's Patisserie online at bellespatisserie.co.za.