Eating Out

Eastern Food Bazaar Cape Town

Quite a few of us Brutal Reviewers braced the cold recently, to take in the sights, sounds and most importantly, the exotic foods on offer at “The Eastern Food Bazaar” in Cape Town.

Darling Street entrance.

Darling Street entrance.

Situated in what was until fairly recently the old “Wellington Fruit Growers” building in Darling Street, this food emporium is a visual and culinary delight.

Stepping through the front door reminded me of places I had visited in Zanzibar, or Istanbul. Despite the gaudy neon lighting, the murals; wood paneling; motifs and huge wooden doors transported me into another world.



The self service counter extends from Darling Street through to Longmarket Street – and the array and selection of what is on offer is mind boggling. Whilst relatively ignorant of the names of most of the dishes on offer, I was able to negotiate my way around by studying the pictures of the food.


A large selection was ordered, including vegetarian curry; budgia; roti; masala dosa; chicken tikka; garlic nan bread; beef curry – the list went on and on – all washed down with Delicious Lassi (in a few flavours). Desserts were interesting to say the least – a sweet vegetable curry being one of them – and delicious “melk kos” which really took me back in time. Oh, and by the way – this venue sells no alcohol, and neither may it be brought onto the premises….!

As I mentioned earlier, its all self service and all crockery/cutlery is polystyrene/plastic.

All in all a really great experience – and of course with all starters costing around R 20.00 and main courses around R 35.00 – it’s extremely kind to the wallet..


Situated at 96 Longmarket, or in Darling Street, opposite the old Post Office Building.

Contact number 0214612458 (no reservations taken).

Open all day, and closes at 9pm sharp.



  1. Thanks for the pictures of the Food Bazaar. Have only seen written reviews. Great to see some pics. Cannot wait to try it out. Peopl I work with have raved about it!


  2. Greetings
    I wanted to make an enquiry, if you have any muslim chefs currently employed at your restaurant? We are looking to do a story on it. Please contact me*

    Wisaal Abrahams

  3. Hello,

    Please advise whether the Eastern Bazaar can be hired for a function?

    • 17 on Loader says:

      Hi there Fadwah,

      Thanks for the interest in our blog.

      I suggest you contact the Eastern Bazaar direct – there contact number appears in the body of the review.


      All @ 17 on Loader Guest House

  4. turbo_superboss says:

    I’ve been to this place a few times and its brilliant. I’ve had a bunny chow, vegetarian curry, tikka chicken and some sort of thai veg/chicken curry in a bowl.

    I’ll be taking my boss to this place for lunch today, hope he likes it too since we usually have lunch at Mariams which is hard to be beat when it comes to flavour, although slightly more pricey than Food Bazaar.

  5. Thank you all for all the nice things you have had to say about us we really appriciate all your support.

    We hope to see you all soon.
    For further info please contact us on 021 461 2458.



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