Sheikh’s Palace

2011-05-06 15:02

Sheikh’s Palace in Rivonia is a must if you are looking for halaal cuisine.
 
On the once-bustling square that used to be home to various nightclubs, Sheikh’s Palace has been around for 13 years and has seen it all.

Despite the black overlays, black chairs and collection of knives that hang on the walls (which can be overwhelming), the setting still allows for comfort and ease.

The restaurant is divided into two sections, a bar area for smokers and those looking for a wind-me-down drink after work.

There is a separate dining area which seats about 250 guests and this is divided into further sections.

Sheikh’s Palace is known for its live entertainment which includes belly dancers, a DJ and hubbly-bubbly pipes over the weekends.

During the week, however, the large seating area is halved by over-the-top red and gold drapery for a more intimate experience.

Service:
Initially service at the restaurant was lukewarm.

When walking into the empty restaurant the waitress was not exactly friendly and seemed a little disappointed at seeing customers at the door.

She immediately asked us what we wanted to drink without really giving us a chance to look at the menu. But eventually she warmed up.

Best thing on the menu:
Zesty Chicken Wings in garlic and coriander or Jewaneh Ma Kosibra.

The wings were deliciously spiced, delicate and cooked all the way through – this is something I find that restaurants often struggle with. The substantial sauce accompanying the wings is perfect for dipping their equally delicious and fresh ghebbez or pita bread.

The pita bread is thin and fluffy, rather than the doughy ones most of us are familiar with.

Expect to find:
The likes of Gugu Zuma planning her birthday party there.
 
The prince of Saudi Arabia is rumoured to have eaten at the restaurant too.

Verdict:

I ordered a rump, medium-well done which is always tricky but I was impressed with the generous portion of meat on my plate. Unfortunately the steak was a little underdone and I sent it back, but it came back perfect. Still juicy, warm and tender.

My partner went for the fillet and pronounced on swallowing his first tender, succulent piece: “I’ll never set foot in Spur again.”

Served with fine-cut chips and fresh, chunky vegetables, the spices did not overpower the meat.

Setting us a back a total of R370 – including a dessert and some mint tea – it was a bargain, making Sheikhs a must-try.

» Sheikh’s Palace 011 807 4119

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