Lunch at Andalousse

Andalousse: A Quickie Cape Town Restaurant Review

A few weeks ago, during a very bad week, I was in Cape Town. I couldn’t really taste food but I needed to eat. So when my friend Lucy invited my friend Di and me to have lunch at a restaurant called Andalousse, I accepted.

Inside AndalousseInside Andalousse Authentic Moroccan Cuisine.

Andalousse is a Moroccan restaurant, probably the only one in Cape Town, on Victoria Road in Woodstock. It’s a very busy street and Andalousse is an unassuming place, so you have to look: It’s across the street from the police station and right next to a small doctor’s surgery. Don’t be put off by the location; Andalousse is worth it.

I’m no expert on Moroccan cuisine. But the food was delicious and the owner of Andalousse, Moosa, was wonderful. This is a great change of pace from the usual high-end, artisanal Cape Town fare that foodie bloggers normally blog about. (Don’t get me wrong, I love high-end, artisanal Cape Town fare but this is just something different.) Andalousse reminds me more of the secret food dives I love to review here in Joburg.

Lunch at Andalousse

For three people we ordered:

  • One kofta tajine;
  • One half-order of shish kabab;
  • One half-order of beef shawarma;
  • One order of Moroccan bread; and
  • Two pots of mint tea.

We couldn’t finish it all and the total came to R370 (about $28).

Moosa pouring teaMoosa pours our tea the traditional North African way.

Mint tea at AndalousseThe tea comes with a selection of sweets, served covered with a cute little conical hat.

Bread from AndalousseDelicious bread.

TajineA steaming tajine of meatballs. Unfortunately I didn’t have my camera ready and missed the moment when Moosa removed the tajine’s beautiful clay top.

Lunch at AndalousseDigging in.

Thank you, Moosa, for awakening my tastebuds.

Moosa at AndalousseMoosa.

Andalousse is located at 148 Victoria Road in Woodstock, Cape Town. Keep an eye on their Facebook page because Moosa is hoping to expand to a larger premises soon.

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6 Comments

  • Reply eremophila September 26, 2017 at 10:10 am

    Yum! My type of food! Hope your appetite is resuming. Hugs xx

    • Reply 2summers September 26, 2017 at 10:28 am

      Thanks. It’s up and down. The good news is all my more formerly tight clothes fit now 🙂

  • Reply autumnashbough September 26, 2017 at 11:02 pm

    That food looks fantastic, but I have to say that I feel like I’m missing an opportunity here. The post-breakup misery diet is awful, yes, except for the friends of the poor breakupee, who get to eat all the leftovers. And there are many because the breakupee has no appetite.

    If I were your friend in real life, I’d take you out to eat all the time and get your share of food also. I’m opportunistic like that. 🙂

    • Reply 2summers September 27, 2017 at 12:06 pm

      This is very true. My friends should be taking advantage of this more. Also, the breakup diet is the best diet ever. In this regard, it’s too bad I can’t be breaking up all the time because I would never have to worry about gaining weight.

  • Reply Dominique Heusdens September 27, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    I absolutely love the photos, especially of the guy pouring tea! I will definitely pop in when I am back in Cape Town

    • Reply 2summers September 27, 2017 at 7:28 pm

      Yay! Let me know how it is.

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