Pam’s Favourite Indian Restaurants in the Cape

Pam’s Favourite Indian Restaurants in the Cape

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  1. Thali – NEW  – contemporary Indian Restaurant by a top Irish Chef – it is located just above the city – 8 small plate dishes shared between two people (note there is a vegetarian option as well.  No choices.  No booking taken – you simply need to stalk them!   Jan 2017 – this one is definitely my absolute favorite dining experience for 2017 so far.   Menu changes daily and there are no choices – so don’t take fussy friends!   3 Park Road Gardens.   Tel no +27-21 286 2110
  2. Marigold – NEW – Chef Vanie Padayachee is back in Franschhoek to head up the new Marigold Restaurant specializing in Northern Indian Cuisine.  It looks gorgeous with contemporary decor and a legendary South African Indian Chef – what a fab combo – I cannot wait to go and try it!!  Closed on Sundays
  3. Bukhara – For many years this has been viewed as the best Indian Restaurant in Cape Town.  The food is always excellent here – but the prices are fairly high for the locals!   Bukhara now has quite a few branches – including the V&A Waterfront – however the central town location was first and would be my recommendation for the best food.  Location: 33 Church Street, Cape Town city centre. Tel +27-21 242 0000 Open daily for lunch and dinner
  4. Chandani – sadly closed down in 2015
  5. The Eastern Food Bazaar – I cannot explain how much fun this spot is – you have to go and check it out.  It is a buzzing bazaar theme with counters that stretch a whole city block.  It is ridiculously cheap – as such you find all walks of life there and it is fabulous for people watching.  This is a great spot to try some of the local South African favourite dishes – you should have the Bunny Chow.  This is the authentic Durban version.  A bunny chow is a half loaf of bread where the inside of the loaf has been taken out and filled with curry.  The proper way to eat it is with your hands only.  I wish you the best of luck!  I end up with curry everywhere!!  96 Longmarket Street, Cape Town City Centre.  Amazingly it is now open until 10pm at night (when they opened they were only open until 6pm.  It is a little bit of a quiet part of town – I would head there early evening or especially during the day if you want to see it at its buzzy crazy busy best!!
  6. Bihari Restaurant – EVERYONE is raving about this restaurant – yes – all the Indian friends say it is fabulous – so ok – I have not been – but I simply know it will become one of my favourites once I try it!!!   I just don’t seem to get to the Southern Suburbs for dinner very often.  North Indian Cuisine – Ground Floor Southern Sun Hotel, Main Rd, Newlands Cape Town (about 15 minutes by taxi from the city in off peak traffic)
  7. Bombay Brasserie at the Taj Hotel Cape Town –  The Taj which is set in the centre of town in a gorgeous old building that they have lovingly renovated.  Being part of the Taj Indian group the Chefs come straight from India – as such if it is authentic Indian cuisine that you are after…………head straight here.  Location Corner Adderly and Wale Street, Cape Town