Fordsburg, little Asia

I have blogged on Fordsburg restaurants . Here the Fifty Newsletter no 38 gives more info.

  • This week’s pick: Fordsburg, little Asia
  • Genre: Sensory overload
  • What: Fordsburg is home away from home for many Asians – the cultural mix says it all. What makes Fordsburg an experience, for even those who frequent her streets regularly, are the heightened smells and authentic sub-continent tastes. Feast in Fordsburg. The neighbourhood buzzes, tailors are open at night, supermarkets don’t seem to close, traffic never hushes and the frenzy, of India and Pakistan, seems alive and real in little old Joburg.
  • FiftyTwo review: Kashifs Fusion Foods – up market with spices you’ve never had before, great Malaysian dishes on the menu.
    Al Makka – exceptionally well priced, delicious dishes (Daal Curry), simple yet brimming with genuine sub-continent atmosphere. Expect to eat, dish dependant, with your fingers.
    Bismillah – the original Fordsburg institution although recent reports aren’t as favourable as the legendary appraise it’s used to. You try.
    Shayona – for the vegetarians out there, no alcohol allowed and it is strictly daytime dining only. This is seen as the preferred Indian restaurant since the demise of Kapitans.
    Daawat – clean (which is quite novel) trimmed with warm decoration – it’s more formal than its neighbouring eateries. Frequented by local families and as we say, “once a Daawat patron – always a Daawat patron.”
    Shalimar Delights – for your after meal ‘delights.’ It has a mini-mart section included where sought after Pakistanian kitchen ingredients are found.
    Shaheen Sweets and Bakery – more choice than its competition, Shalimar, but it isn’t as intimate nor is the service as good.
  • Tip: Go on a Sunday night it’s the most atmospheric corner of the city – from unlicensed Bollywood DVD sales to naan bread ‘making’ on street corners – this sensory overload is sure to distract you from the upcoming week. To end of your evening drop into any one of the hair salons, Star Hair and Beauty (is one) for a traditional Indian head massage – ladies and gents be warned… it’s peculiar, powerful and positively the purest experience on the block.
  • Interesting fact: Fordsburg, the village, was created for the sole purpose of being inhabited by gold miners and artisans and as time passed the Indian influences grew and settled in the suburb.
    Where:See below
  • Book:
    Kashifs Fusion Foods – 58 Mint Rd – 011 838 7861
    Al Makka – 52 Central Rd – 011 838 2545/256
    Bismillah – 78 Mint Rd – 011 838 8051
    Shayona – 74 Church Street, Mayfair – 011 837 2407
    Daawat – 70 Mint Rd – 011 492 3956
    Shalimar Delights – 228 Main Rd – 011 832 1675
    Shaheen Sweets and Bakery – 21 Commercial Rd – 011 833 2624
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