Hallelujah is one the restaurants in Cape Town’s “hipster central” restaurant hub – the übercool corner that’s mushrooming at the bottom of Kloof Nek Road in Tamboerskloof. Brought to you by one of the guys from The Power and The Glory, it’s a food and champagne bar that specialises in modern Asian street food, with decor to match (think: scruffy takeaway joint vinyl flooring, lifeguard chairs and kitsch-cool flamingo wallpaper).
The concise menu has 10 dishes including favourites such as grilled tiger prawns on a steamed bun served with a coriander-and-lime dipping sauce, sticky grilled beef brisket, and miso grilled banana served with ice cream, chocolate mousse and a fudgy sauce. An average dish costs around R86, so go with friends and order everything to share.
There’s a distinct SA flavour running through the food and drinks menu (which includes local craft beers and bubbly by the glass), but what makes Hallelujah rather unique is the presence of other styles and influences in its overall offering – from American-style diner to New York Jewish street food – all combined to create an experimental Asian-influenced menu.