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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