I am often asked what the best halaal restaurants in Johannesburg are. As a South African food blogger and someone who eats out often, I have compiled the list below based on restaurants that I have personally experienced and enjoyed. The list is updated often as I find new restaurants to recommend. Of course, everyone may not agree as restaurant reviews are usually based on personal preferences and experiences. However, this is my opinion. Be sure to subscribe to the free newsletter for updates.
Yes, Pizza Del Forno has great pizza but it has much more than that. They have innovative gourmet burgers, pastas, meat dishes as well as decadent desserts, mocktails, and deluxe shakes too! They also introduce new items regularly, in keeping with the seasonal changes. They are situated in Killarney Mall. Find them here.
Address: Killarney Mall
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A restaurant, coffee shop and shisha lounge, they specialise in Mediterranean cuisine and have some refreshingly different items on their menu. The owner hails from a farming family in Tunisia that cultivates olives, figs, almonds and pistachios, and he has many interesting stories to tell. Start with mezze then proceed to the mains. I recommend the creamy pesto pasta, spicy chicken quesadillas, schnitzel sandwich, and chicken Milanese. For cold drinks, try the Turkish Delight mocktail, and the Kiwi crusher. They have some great hot drinks too: White Choc Mocha, Chai Latte and Salted Caramel Latte.
Address: 24 Gleneagles Rd, Greenside
Mo-Ez Fusion is an upmarket restaurant in Lenasia in the Greater Johannesburg area that’s been garnering great reviews. The restaurant features elegant Middle Eastern-themed décor and food - with some Turkish delicacies and the service is friendly and efficient. We thoroughly enjoyed the stuffed calamari, grilled halloumi, steak, and prawns, as well as the dessert selection which includes baklava cheesecake , kataifi and cold baklava.
Address: No. 2 Protea Avenue, Corner Flamingo and Protea, Lenasia.
Housewives Relaxation is an upmarket rooftop restaurant with a light and airy garden-like setting which is great for functions, meetings and get-togethers. Don't be fooled by the name. Businesswomen, men and children are welcome too. They have a wide range of seafood, red meat, pastas, chicken dishes and gourmet burgers as well as innovative drinks. We had the cheesy garlic rolls and tempura prawn starters, masala Argentinian prawns, T-bone steak and BBQ beef ribs with mocktails and frappes, and thoroughly enjoyed everything.
Address: Upper floor, No. 2 Protea Avenue, Corner Flamingo and Protea, Lenasia.
Casa Piquante is an upmarket restaurant in Fordsburg offering affordable fine dining. It is located in the Lilian Lofts Hotel, and once you're inside you don't feel as though you're in Fordsburg anymore. They make delicious steaks, prawns, chicken dishes and desserts, as well as gourmet burgers and pizzas. There's a wide variety of innovative drinks on offer too. If you are travelling from far, consider spending the night in their modern, stylish and spacious rooms.
Address: 48 Lilian Rd, Fordsburg
Jasmine Fusion is a small and intimate restaurant in the Morningside suburb of Sandton. It offers halaal fine dining at it's best by the talented chefs at its helm. They often have events with fixed menus and buffet nights, and they host cooking classes too. Also check out their Mercata Del Gusto and Dolce Mercata menus for delicious fusion street food and amazing desserts. Find them at 4 Hill Road, Morningside, Sandton or here.
Delicious Turkish food with an amazing variety of baklavas. Beautiful decor in a trendy location and great vibe. Overall, an enjoyable experience. Mains are served with complimentary starters over charcoal warmers. The Iskender Kebab and chocolate baklavas are a must-try. Find them at Melrose Arch.
This restaurant is owned by former Masterchef SA Contestant Ozzy Osman, who has trained at some of the best hotels in the country so you can expect delicious food. The menu has a wide selection of innovative starters, main and desserts and kids are catered for too. There's even a play area for them. On weekends, you can order from the “Casual Fine Dining” menu. The restaurant is located in Wynberg, an industrial area of Sandton. Find them at 55 Andries St, Wynberg, Sandton or here.
Calistos specialises in Portuguese cuisine, but the menu is quite diverse and offers delectable seafood, pizzas, pastas, flame-grilled chicken, fillet steak and more. Find them here.
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Stands out among the many Indo/Paki/Bangladeshi restaurants in Fordsburg because the food rarely disappoints. The restaurant has been around for a long while and is usually busy, which is a testament to its popularity. Do order the chicken jalfrezi and the butter chicken. Find them here.
Address: 57 Mint Rd, Fordsburg
Dosa Hut specialises in South Indian dishes and indeed it is one of few halaal restaurants in Johannesburg that does. South Indian dishes may not be everyone's cup of tea but I personally enjoy it. As the name suggests, their specialty is the dosa which it a large ultra-thin crepe with a choice of filling/stuffing. Be sure to try the traditional masala dosa which has a spicy potato filling, and the idlis as well as the mint lemonade and the almond milkshake. Find them here.
Address: 48 Central Rd, Fordsburg
Simply Asia (The Zone at Rosebank, Mall of the South , Norwood, Killarney Mall, Mall of Africa)
I love Thai food and Simply Asia does have the best halaal Thai food in Johannesburg. My favourite , and those of most people I speak to is the 514 – Ba-Mee Prik-Phao (Roasted Chilli Paste and Cashew Nut Noodles). However I have tried other dishes on the menu like the 622 - Linguine Phad Tom Yum and have not been disappointed. Find them here.
For lekker junk food. There are branches all over but our personal favourites are the Church Street branch for their Wonder Why pizzas, and Akhalwayas Bree (84 Lillian Ngoyi Rd) for everything else, especially their toasted specials.
Syrian Rose (Fordsburg)
For their schwarmas and chicken.
RocoMamas (Campus Square, Melrose Arch and Nelson Mandela Square)
For their smash burgers, cheesy fries, ribs and cheese bombs.
Kauai (Sandton City and Cresta)
For their delicious healthy wraps and superfood smoothies.
The following shopping centres have a lot of halaal options:
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