Exploring India in Cape Town

Think that Bunny Chows and Bollywood is only for Durban? Think again!

Cape Town boasts a fantastic Indian community just bursting with flavour that we intend to explore - bite by bite.

Here are some of the places we've visited on our journey.

Moksh Indian Restaurants

True to its name, Moksh is to attain the highest level of satisfaction, through professional service and attention to detail. Having established itself as one of the Cape's best restaurants for authentic North Indian cuisine, this restaurant group, proudly located in Durbanville, Paarl, Kenilworth, Somerset West, Welgelegen, Worcester and Langebaan, invites guests to an elegant experience in a calm Indian inspired environment.

Expect an expansive menu of dishes from scratch using honest Indian ingredients all skillfully prepared by authentic Indian chefs and served with a smile. Whether you like your curry mild, medium or hot, Moksh will fine tune the spicy notes to meet your palette, without compromising on the well rounded depth of flavour found in every dish.

Consider sharing a platter of snacks while enjoying a drink from the fully licensed bar, or try out one of the many exciting starters, ranging from Masala Papdad (deep fried poppadums with tomato and onion) to crispy samoosas that out rank them all.

Be sure to save room for mains, as curry portions are hearty and are best enjoyed with a range of scrumptious sides!


Website: www.mokshrestaurants.com

Cost: Curries range from R99-175

Contact: 021 872 4548

Address:2 Pastorie Ave, Esterville, Paarl

Other Moksh Branches: Durbanville, Kenilworth, Somerset West, Welgelegen, Langebaan and Worcester

Thali Restaurant

Thali boasts three of the best! Courtyard, cookbooks and curry! This grand Gardens-based Indian restaurant offers the perfect combination of contemporary fine dining and heartwarming home cooking.

Opened by Chefs Warehouse legend, Liam Tomlin, and run by Head chef, Johan van Zyl, also from Chefs Warehouse, Thali Restaurant brings modern fine dining technique and skill to classic Indian . Expect a unique set tapas menu designed for the experience and light, but flavoursome seasonal mains.

To top it all off, this gorgeous venue is ideal for after work meetups, with a wide selection of wine and bite size nibbles. The dim lit intimate atmosphere also lends itself to the perfect date night.

Website: www.thalitapas.co.za

Cost: R700 set menu tapas for two

Contact: 021 286 2110

Address: 3 Park Rd, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001

NOMAD Bistro & Bar

Located in the very heart of Cape Town, NOMAD Bistro & Bar's new menu is much to be excited about! Now offering a range of flavourful curries available in not only vegetarian paneer, chicken and beef but also ostrich and springbok!

Here Indian chefs serve up aromatic curries that are mild and wholesome. Can't get enough? Try the Bottomless curry specials to truly induldge. All curries are served with fragrant Jeera rice, or add delicious side order of roti to dig in.

Enjoy your meal indoors, where a cosy setting lends itself to NOMAD's famous famous comedy nights and live entertainment or take a seat outside to make the most of the Cape Town summer night.

Website: www.nomadbistro.co.za

Cost: Curries are R110 plus R25 for Springbok or Ostrich.

Bottomless curry specials on Thursday, Friday and Saturday R99pp from 11:30am to 4pm. R115pp after 4pm

Contact: nomad.bistrofusion@gmail.com or 021 418 3020

Address: 33 Waterkant Street, CBD, Cape Town

Bombay Brasserie at the Taj

With strong historical influences from both South Africa and India, Bombay Brasserie is Taj Cape Town's signature fine dining Indian restaurant. Fashioned on London's iconic restaurant of the same name, Bombay Brasserie is a restaurant grounded in spice; a story of rich culture, strong heritage and exceptional cuisine.

Open for dinner and seating just 42 guests, Bombay Brasserie is located in the historical Board of Executors building in the heart of the old city. Slip into silk peacock-embroidered chairs positioned under magnificent crystal chandeliers while sophisticated service and handcrafted menus await.

Website: www.taj.tajhotels.com/en-in/taj-cape-town/restaurants/bombay-brasserie-restaurant/

Cost: R1000 for a four or seven course tasting menu for two

Contact: 021 819 2000

Address: Taj Cape Town, 1 Wale St, Cape Town, Western Cape

Indian Chapter - with Prim Reddy

As one of Bloubergstrand's best kept secrets, the Indian Chapter not only hides exceptional home cooking, but also a local celeb. Here the former TV and radio personality, Prim Reddy welcomes you to an honest no-frills setting where the food and service does all the talking.

For an evening of entertainment, come by on some Fridays for belly dancing or simply let the Indian Chapter transport you from Blouberg on a culinary journey into India.

Beaming with good vibes and bright Indian flavour, the Indian Chapter is well worth a visit.

Website: www.the-indian-chapter-restaurant.business.site

Contact: 021 557 5524

Cost: Curries range from R96 to R199

Address: 2 Carnaby Centre, Table View

The Raj Camps Bay

Let the aroma of handpicked spices draw you into The Raj Camps Bay, an Indian restaurant of much splendour! This elegantly modern restaurant boasts a spectacular setting and view that lends itself to an evening to remember, but is is not the air of sophistication that draws crowds in - it is the cooking!

Choose from a large variety of Indian cooking styles such as Tikka Masala, Vindaloo, Korma and Bhoona carefully prepared by master chefs from India. Having dedicated their lives to Indian cuisine for generations on end, the chefs at The Raj deliver high quality meals true to the Indian tradition.

Website: www.therajrestaurant.com

Cost: Curries range from R108 to R238

Contact: 021 438 4555

Address: Shop 4, The Promenade, Victoria Rd, Camps Bay, Cape Town

Vintage India

This elegant Indian restaurant situated in Gardens is known for being the oldest Indian restaurant in Cape Town: An established landmark and must-visit mystical wonderland of flavourful cuisine and gorgeous interior.

If the ambience alone does not seduce you, let the expansive menu draw you in. Page through endless options of Indo-Chinese cooking, traditional Indian dishes, curries, vegetarian, sides and so much more, each dish a unique combination of spices, flavour and technique.

Continuously rated for top quality service, Vintage India is a proud establishment that is not only professional, but also warm and welcoming.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/vintageindiacapetown/

Cost: Curries range from R65 to R140

Contact: vintageindiasa@yahoo.com, 021 462 5106

Address: 10 Hidding Village, Cnr Mill street and Hidding avenue, Gardens, Cape Town


An airy, modern touch to Indian cooking is taken at Marigold in Franschhoek, where seasoned Chef Vanie Padayachee, who hails from Durban, has a style of cuisine influenced by the rich diversity of cultures found in South Africa.

Marigold specialises in a variety of Indian dishes, from fragrant curries and flavourful biryanis to succulent meat cooked in the charcoal tandoor, all beautifully presented with urban flair - but don't let the crisp modern style of this restaurant fool you, the Indian flavours here are not compromised!

Expect efficient and friendly staff, a beautiful courtyard and a variety of creative meal options.

Website: www.marigoldfranschhoek.com

Cost: Curries range from R114 to R234

Contact: marigoldfhk@leeucollection.com, 021 876 8970

Address: 9 Huguenot Rd, Franschhoek


If you're after an exquisite evening with loved ones, Bukhara is a fine option indeed! No matter which of the branches you visit, you can be assured of excellent service, an air of elegance and a menu that entices.

This well-known restaurant chain is known for pioneering Indian food in the Cape and beyond, breathing life into age-old traditional fare.

Bukhara is a must for every lover of Indian food.

Website: www.bukhara.com

Cost: Curries range from R99 to R499

Contact: 027 21 424 0000

Address: 33 Church St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town


As a pioneer of Indian cuisine the Maharajah has created a menu and a reputation that brings true Durban style curry to Cape Town.

Located in the heart of Tamboerskloof, this majestic Indian restaurant is nestled in a converted home, bringing that homey touch to this intimate Kloofnek setting.

The menu offers a wide range of North and South Indian dishes, including lamb off the bone, butter chicken and Madras fish curry, all curated to the South African palette...and appetite! Let it be known that curry portions are sizable and can be tailored to your exact level of spicy desire.

Website: www.maharajah.capetown/#hero-area

Cost: Curries range from R95 to R189

Contact: 021 424 6607

Address: 1 Kloof Nek Rd & Woodside Rd, Tamboerskloof, Cape Town


Upon entering Bihari Newlands a beautifully handcrafted Bengal Tiger welcomes guests and transforms an ordinary experience into one of imagination.

Here guests experience a fiery fusion of exotic North Indian cuisine and South African charm, which makes for a comfortable environment where service excellence and exceptional cooking are on the menu. When you are not at your table enjoying your meal, take a seat at the fully licensed bar or in the lounge, where a central fireplace adds warmth to those cold winter nights.

In summer guests are encouraged to sit outdoors and try something new from the private cellar, where a world of wines await.

This spacious Indian restaurant invites guests to slide into a private corner where the full ambiance of this warm restaurant can be relished with close friends or family. A mouthwatering menu includes classic curries and sides, with special mushroom dishes, buttered naan and the Tandoori chicken as notable favourites. Meals served on heated clay plates or in pots, are not only visually enticing but a culinary delight.

Website: www.bihari.co.za

Cost: Curries range from R95 to R180

Contact: newlands@bihari.co.za, 021 674 7186

Address: 7 Main Rd, Cape Town

Masala Dosa

This downtown eatery is a modern take on classic Indian. The staple elements on Masala Dosa's menu are dosas and thalis, both long-established favourites in Indian cuisine.

Dosas originated in Udupi in south-west India, but by now have become popular all over the country – and further afield as well! Masala Dosa's original recipes were researched in Udupi and the flavours then reincarnated for a local context.

Expect a vibrantly urban atmosphere that invites Indian diners and locals alike to enjoy meals by hand. A variety of vegan options are available and a few fun cocktails to round off.

Website: https://www.masaladosa.co.za/

Cost: Curries are R75. Dosas range from R75 to R95

Contact: riyaz@masaladosa.co.za, 021 424-6772

Address: 167 long street, Cape Town

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