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Hallelujah

Hallelujah
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Cost
R85 avg main meal
Ambience
Cheap & cheerful, Comfy & casual, Contemporary cool
Food
Asian
Payment
Amex, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
500

Critic's review

Raphaella Frame-Tolmie

Food
Umami. You’ll get it in spades at this tiny Asian hole-in-the-wall… and then you’ll want more. The small plates are made for sharing (hard as that might be) and they’re flavour-packed. There is always at least one option of something seafood, meat, poultry, pork and vegetarian, and new items are introduced one at a time in rotation, so after two months there will be all new choices. Some items are so good they will recur – try the grilled prawns on steamed buns with coriander and lime sauce, or the 12-hour duck on soft ramen tacos with almond ginger hummus and fresh orange. Desserts are always imaginative and delicious.

Drinks
The list of MCC’s available here is generous (if a little pricey), and the wines are comprised of lovely and unusual local varietals. The rest of the drinks menu offers beer, fresh cocktail combinations and a whiskey and single malt selection.

Service
If you manage to nab a table without a bit of a wait, you’ll be using the establishment’s name in vain – they don’t take bookings for less than 4 people, and a maximum of 6. They also only accommodate two seatings a night, either 18:30 to 20:30 or 20:30 to close. Once seated, however, you’ll feel right at home, and staff members are forthcoming if you have any questions.

Ambience
Arguably one of the smallest, most quirkily decorated and Instagrammed venues in Cape Town. Embossed flamingo wallpaper clads the entire space, and there’s a surf-theme in many of the décor elements. It’s fun, fresh and feels international.

And…
Someone on the team has a good sense of humour, based on the bathroom designations, as well as the memes on the regularly updated website.

(August 2015)

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User reviews

  • My all-time favourite Asian spot. Flavour in spades. Go early and put your name on the list. Love the Chinese sausage and the mussels. And the prawns with the insanely soft buns and coriander sauce. I'd honestly rather go here than some other, fancier places in town.

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  • Had a totally amazing meal here. I didn't have a lot of expectations, so was very happily surprised. The prawns! The mussels! The coriander lime dipping sauce for the hot buns. It was all totally delicious, zingy and refreshing. It's not cheap - tapas dishes are around R100 - but it's totally worth it. Reminded me of The Pot Luck Club.
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  • Finally got to Hallelujah after months of hearing about it, and the push I needed was reading Eat Out's 'Accidental Foodie' post. What a treat -it was nothing short of delicious and exciting! The restaurant itself is tiny - they don't take bookings for less than 4 people, max 6; we weren't able to book for this reason, but were lucky and managed to be seated soon after we arrived. Everything we ordered was incredible so would recommend it all: the grilled prawns on steamed buns, 12-hour duck on soft ramen tacos, lobster roll and even the vegetable surprise, with its candied nuts! The only thing I would suggest is going with 3-4 people so that you can try most of the menu! ;) Will definitely be back
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  • We've been to Hallelujah a few times recently and have been super impressed every time. Lots of attention has been put into each and every detail and it shows with the final product. Highlights from the menu we tasted were the duck ramen taco, the pork belly steamed buns and the vegetable surprise. Happlelujah pie is a must dessert to share among the table.
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  • We visited on recommendation from friends and, yes, Hallelujah lived up to our expectations and more. The food was outstanding.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Booking required
  • Dinner
  • Food
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  • Serves food

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