With temperatures about to drop in Cape Town, we visited an Indian restaurant guaranteed to keep you warm this season.
Winter is just around the corner and with it, comes the promise of the Cape Tonian cold, wet, windy weather. With this in mind, we thought that it’s about time to start lining up places that you will want to visit for great comfort food.
And what is a better way than to start than a decent curry?
We headed to the Moksh branch in Kenilworth on Saturday to try out their menu, and we were certainly not disappointed. There are several Indian dining experiences in Cape Town, and I can comfortably say that, taste wise, this is definitely high on the list!
Ambiance and Service
The restaurant itself is simple and cozy. Everything you would expect for your local curry house. With the sweet sounds of India crooning in the background, we were seated at a simple table at the window. The restaurant is not too large, and it does get booked up most evenings. So if you are thinking of an impromptu Indian dinner, it might be a bit too packed to host you.
The service is personal and lovely. Each dish that was presented was carefully explained by everyone who came around to the table. I appreciate passion when I visit new places, and I felt very comfortable to ask questions and banter with lovely staff.
The kitchen had thoughtfully prepared the starter platter for two for us, and I was thrilled to try
the combination of different flavours on one plate. The platter included samosas, onion Bhajia, chilli bites, chicken tikka and malai tikka seekh kababs. The samosa pastry simply melted in your mouth while the other creations were a complimentary combination of heat, taste and savoury.
My absolute go-to dish is Butter Chicken for mains. In fact, I like to think that I judge a new place based on its execution of said Butter chicken. Plus, I am somewhat sensitive to the heat of spices and chili. My dining partner, on the other hand, is quite partial to some heat, so we always make a good combination in establishing just how good a curry is.
This time, however, I was convinced to try a different chicken dish, and it might actually have taken over top spot from my usual Butter Chicken. I tried the Methi Malai with two huge garlicy naans on the side. My partner had his go-to; Lamb Rogan Josh with a solid helping of rice.
I must say that my mouth started watering the minute the steaming naans were brought out, and I was thrilled to see that they certainly were not shy with portion sizes!
The Methi Malai is a delicious chicken dish with cashew nuts, coconut milk, cream and a variety of spices. I loved its complexity of flavours, with the mild taste of the cream and coconut milk coming through.
The Rogan Josh was hearty, thick and certainly held its weight in taste! The lamb too, just seemed to fall apart in your mouth. Once again, the portion sizes certainly did not disappoint and we had to ask for the rest to be packed up to feast on later at home.
The Kenilworth branch does not have its liquor license just yet, but they are happy for you to bring your own wine without charging you corkage. But, if that is not a problem for you, the restaurant offers a variety of traditional beverages created to counter and compliment the heat of the food.
Moksh is quite standard in its price range. A Butter Chicken will set you back R125, the Rogan Josh was R145 and the Methi Malai was R120. The starter platters ranged between R70 to R85, but, in saying that, are musts if you want a full range of tastes!
Make sure you get down to one of their spots, you can find them in Paarl, Worcester, Somerset West, Durbanville, Plattekloof and Kenilworth.