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Lower Loop Street | Schotschekloof, Cape Town Central, South Africa
+27 21 425 9951
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  • Excellent35%
  • Very good39%
  • Average13%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible6%
Travelers talk about
“cape malay food” (32 reviews)
“bobotie” (26 reviews)
“curry” (28 reviews)
Open Now
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM Hours
African, Asian, Malaysian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal
$$ - $$$
Lower Loop Street | Schotschekloof, Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed October 5, 2018 via mobile

Food was greasy but tasty enough. Waitress was friendly. Area looks a bit sketchy. Be careful. I got there with Uber. Couldn't access my NexCell WiFi Hotspot of course( DO NOT BUY NEXCELL SIM) SO I asked to use theirs to get an Uber back....More

Thank Adventurer561720
Reviewed September 15, 2018

Located in the Cape Malay enclave of Bokaap right in full view of Table Mountain and Signal Hill, This restaurant is open for lunch until late in the evening. They serve local food as well Indian styled cookings

Thank RajaBahrin
Reviewed September 14, 2018

The restaurant serves good mix of local and Indian Halal Food. The reas where the Bismielah is located is the Cape Malay area with majority residents being Malays and Muslims.

Thank raja_k_bahrin
Reviewed August 6, 2018

May be it's my bias after living in Singapore for 10 years (where we get great Malay food) or may be it's my ignorance about Cape Malay food but I was hoping from the looks of Biesmiellah (nothing fancy, not catered to the tourists but...More

Thank Traveleator
Reviewed July 10, 2018 via mobile

Just around the corner from the Hilton Hotel, in Wale Street Bo Kaap or the Malay quarter, this local Malay restaurant has a strong reputation for good value authentic cuisine. Service is friendly and the interiors like the buildings outside are colourful and bright. We...More

Thank ggandse
Reviewed July 9, 2018

On our recent visit to South Africa we visited the Bo-Kaap, an area of Cape Town, South Africa historically referred to as the Malay Quarter. A former township situated at the base of Signal Hill, we found the Nurul Islam Mosque, established in 1844 and...More

Thank Stephen K
Reviewed June 2, 2018

We were so looking forward to enjoying 'Proper Cape Malay Cuisine' at a restaurant frequented by tourists and tour operators. But what a let-down in every way possible. The starters (plate of 4, samoosas and half moons) arrived ice cold - stale and straight from...More

Thank Gorgonzilla
Reviewed May 30, 2018

We stopped into Biesmiellah on the recommendation of our walking tour guide. We tried the bobotie, a local favorite, and the chicken tikka curry, with a side of roti. Everything was delicious and reasonably priced.

Thank Max G
Reviewed May 24, 2018

This is the place to go for authentic Cape Malay cuisine. The restaurant is simple and has a canteen-like feel. However, the welcome is very warm and friendly and all of the staff have big smiles. It is quite big so can accommodate large groups....More

Thank Dave_Cowley_Road
Reviewed May 15, 2018

The best thing in this restaurant was definitely the lovely staff! So helpful, open-minded and friendly! The food was so good and authentic. Their plates are huge! So, if you don't eat that much, you should only go for a main dish....although the starters were...More

Thank Lizzywood257
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Large groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Lower Loop Street | Schotschekloof, Cape Town Central, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Cape Town Central
  • Phone Number: +27 21 425 9951
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