Bo-Kaap adorns the neck of Signal Hill as a jewel of the Cape. With brightly coloured houses and a distinct style – Cape Malay that is – that differentiates it from the surrounding suburbs it is hard not to notice its glistening appeal. Nestled snugly in the middle of the niche area is the Bo-Kaap Kombuis, a Authentic Cape Malay restaurant that embodies the culture, beauty and uniqueness of the area.
Bo-Kaap Kombuis is owned and run by Yusuf and Nazli Larney and they call themselves “total Bo-Kaapers” – they were born and raised there, have made a life of their own there and would not want to live anywhere else. The couple regularly receive recommendations, from people living across the street to people residing as far out as Russia and Kazakhstan. They have hosted politicians, ambassadors and many other VIPs and all these high-profile customers are flocking to the Bo-Kaap Kombuis for one thing: authentic Cape Malay cuisine. The couple believe it is this one factor that is the reason for the success of the Bo-Kaap Kombuis because the food that is prepared is a reflection of the surrounding Bo-Kaap; its history, heritage and love for people – regardless of race, religion or creed.
The amazing thing about the Bo-Kaap Kombuis is that the food is prepared anew everyday, fresh from local farmers and distributors, and cooked by highly-skilled chefs. Normally this would raise the prices of the food to exorbitant amounts, but Yusuf explains that he wants the food to be eaten by everyone, not only people who can “afford” it. “Food is an investment in a person and if you only invest in the wealthy, what does that say about you as a person? We want our food to be eaten by people from all walks of life,” says Yusuf.