Golden Dish voted Cape Town’s favourite eatery

Sean Burton, marketing manager for Jive, takes a bite of the award-winning gatsby from Golden Dish Takeaways, owned by Mohamed Rafiq Parker.

A legendary Athlone eatery, located on the corner of Hazel and Klipfontein roads, has won the title of Cape Town’s favourite takeaway joint in a poll by a popular cooldrink brand last weekend.

Golden Dish Takeaways knocked it out of the park, beating runners-up Wembley Roadhouse in Belgravia and Eastern Food Bazaar in the CBD, after the public chose it in a social media poll that drew 3 581 votes and nominations for more than 100 eateries.

The voting criteria excluded franchises. Also, the nominated dish had to be simple fare that cost under R80.

“It means we’re doing something right to be named as the people’s favourite,” said Golden Dish’s owner, Mohamed Rafiq Parker. “Our food is addictive. Meals at the Golden Dish are often eaten but always remembered.”

His father founded Golden Dish in the 1960s. It still uses all the original recipes. The only addition to the menu has been the gatsby, which the establishment has become known for.

Sean Burton, from Jive, the cooldrink company that ran the poll, said: “While Cape Town is the foodie capital of South Africa, the real flavours have been battling it out on the streets. We decided it was time these foods were united under one banner. The Western Cape’s food culture consists of more than just fine dining and fancy food pairings. It’s about the diversity of foods and flavours that represent everyone within the Cape.”