Taste the authenticity of traditional Kurdish cuisine in the heart of Cape Town’s vibrant Green Market Square.
From the Beginning
Welcome to a cultural wonderland where colourful carpets, lamps, music and tastes tell a story from another time and place.
Baran Kalay, the Kurdish owner of Mesopotamia, introduced his cultural trademarks to Cape Town in 1993. Baran wanted to pay tribute to Kurdistan with his Mesopotamia experience. The menu, music and style of the restaurant tell you a story about the Kurdish people.
The Mesopotamia experience offers outside seating right on the square and with amazing views over the city from its upstairs terrace. Enjoy the belly dancers, comedy shows and a variety of entertainment while dining from the finest authentic food.
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Delight in a wonderful Mezze menu offering a variety of Kurdish, Turkish and Mediterranean dips filled with flavour, each served with homemade, freshly baked bread. Choose from a range of traditional dishes from Turkish Pide and stews to fine wine selections and desserts.
OPEN ALL DAY
ShakshukaR90.00Traditionally made omelette with tomatoes, green and red pepper served with freshly baked bread.
Breakfast Platter for TwoR120.00Boiled eggs, sliced tomatoes, feta, butter, sausage, potatoes and jam.
Falafel WrapR75.00Falafel wrap served with chips.
TabboulehR75.00Authentic tabbouleh salad made with onions, parsley, tomatoes, mint and quinoa.
Embrace exotic and diverse Kurdish and Middle Eastern cuisines. Expect authentic, quality food made from the best ingredients, bringing people together to create unforgettable experiences.
Al fresco dining in Cape Town’s vibrant Green Market Square. Discover the authenticity and cultural experience in our upstairs seating area.
Need a private venue for a personal celebration? Book your private event updates with exclusive use of the restaurant and the terrace area overlooking the square.
Mesopotamia has hosted over 1200 events with their versatile event space both downstairs and upstairs, offering a wide range of venue options for any size.
Intimate and relaxing shisha lounge in the heart of the city centre. We use imported Turkish shisha which is considered the best in Cape Town We have our own resident Turkish shisha master Open from 9am until late (liquor license until 2 am)
Baran Kalay is the original owner and still involved in the running of the business. New ownership includes Huseyin Batkin and Musa Okatan both originally from Turkey but with years of international experience and will take over the day to day operations of the group. The new international chefs are Fatih Gur and Musa Akdemir, they believe in authentic ingredients and cooking from the heart.
Taste the exotic and aromatic flavours of middle eastern cuisine. View some of our favourite mezzes, speciality dishes and more.
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