Ditch the fast-food takeaways and ‘local is lekker’, and try something different during your Cape Town self-catering Cape Town holiday.
Lebanese cuisine is a healthy and delicious alternative to foods drenched in animal fats. It will show you a side of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, fish and seafood that you never knew existed.
Where to find the feast
You will come across Rafael in the spot where Firebirds used to be along Main Road in Sea Point. The restaurant is the brainchild of Mikhael Bou RJeily, a Lebanese national and his wife Angelic. Even better news is that Angelic also runs Mischu, The Coffee Showroom in Regent Road, so you can bet the coffee’s great.
What’s on the Menu?
Start your day with a traditional Lebanese breakfast of man’ouche, a flatbread which is topped with za’atar and then baked. It’s best when smothered with mozzarella or rolled and filled with labneh, cucumber, tomato and mint.
Otherwise, you can try a pita bread bulging with olives, feta and za’atar. The less adventurous are catered for with a more conventional breakfast of bacon and eggs or granola.
If you are popping in for a lunch-time bite, the tabbouleh salads, chicken tawook and beef kafta are a good bet. Various homemade falafel wraps with fresh hummus complete the lunchtime line-up.
Middle Eastern specialties, babaghanoush, labneh, baklava, Lebanese bread, hummus and Turkish Delight are sold separately in the Deli section as a takeaway option. You’ll also find a host of imported Lebanese ingredients on the shelves in case you’d like to DIY some Mediterranean cooking back at your self-catering accommodation in Cape Town.
Naturally, there is a wonderful range of coffee blends, frozen mint lemonade and fresh juices to try or take away as well as Yerba mate, Turkish apple tea, gourmet syrups, sauces and powders.
Relax and Enjoy
Another reason to try Rafael’s during your self-catering Cape Town stay is the laid-back vibe. Mikhael and Angelic have created a comfortable, intimate space with a homely atmosphere where customers can put their feet up and relax. The calming white and blue décor does much to emphasise this calm, restful atmosphere.
You’re invited to try out the venue any day from Monday to Sunday, during breakfast or lunchtime.