Cape Town has so many eclectic tastes and restaurants on offer, you will pretty much find any dish imaginable. With tough competition, restaurants in and around the Mother City strive for excellence and also that “special something” that keep customers coming back for more.
Indian cuisine is by no means a one trick pony and Cape Town restaurants offer flavour palettes that range from Northern to Southern Indian cuisine with truly authentic flavours.
Here are our favourite 5 curry houses in Cape Town
For the best of both sides of Indian, try the Maharajah restaurant for a fragrant and rich Durban-style curry. Signature dishes include lamb off the bone, butter chicken and a fish curry that will simply melt in your mouth.
All dishes comprise of aromatic spices such as cumin seeds, cardamom and coriander powder. Depending on where you sit, you can catch a glimpse of the iconic Table Mountain while you sample the best that Maharajah has to offer.
Address: Corner of Kloof Nek and Woodside Road | Tamboerskloof
Tel: 021 424 6607
2. Eastern Food Bazaar
This iconic and unassuming canteen-style eatery is a must stop for any newcomer to town. The Bazaar is a hive of activity and will satisfy any hunger pangs you may have with their delicious and wholesome meals that always have people returning.
Order from a range of delicious and spicy dishes such as an extensive assortment of authentic Indian cuisine, Cape-style biryanis, Turkish kebabs and real tandoor dishes. Take a trip from Bangladesh to Bo-Kaap with this gem of an eatery.
Address: The Wellington | 96 Longmarket Street | City Bowl
Tel: 021 461 2458
3. Bombay Chilli
If you are in the Southern Suburbs, Bombay Chilli can be found in both Muizenberg and Plumstead. The restaurant has strong Northern Indian influences and is well-known for their wide range of curries and mouth-watering naan bread.
Choose from either vegetarian, lamb, chicken or seafood options and enjoy the cosy atmosphere of this bistro-style restaurant. But that’s not all Bombay Chilli offers; choose from a variety of roti rolls with potato, vegetable, chicken or lamb fillings, and for the extra hungry, a quarter, half or full chicken tikka.
If you are out on the West Coast, pop into Inside Lounge at Eden on the Bay for a tasty and satisfying curry. Curries on offer include 6 chicken dishes, 7 lamb dishes, 4 vegetarian dishes and 2 seafood dishes. There is also a pleasing variety of side orders to compliment your dish such as Mango pickle, papadums, onion, tomato and cucumber raitas, just to name a few.
Inside Lounge also has two authentic Indian desserts called the Bombay Crush and the Lassi. The Bombay Crush is an Indian milkshake in Rose, Pineapple or Elachi flavour and a Lassi is a sweet yoghurt drink in a sweet, salty or mango flavour.
Eden on the Bay is the idyllic venue for a delicious meal with a view where you can stroll on the beach after or before a meal. Bring the kids along for a seaside adventure they will thoroughly enjoy.
Address: Eden on the Bay Mall, Cnr Otto du Plessis and Sir David Baird Drive | Big Bay | Cape Town
Tel: 021 554 9653
5. Bombay Brasserie at the Taj Hotel
Situated in a five-star hotel, the chefs at Bombay Brasserie use only authentic Indian masalas for a flavoursome combination of traditional and contemporary dishes, such as the spiced coconut and green mango Allepey line fish or prawn curry, lamb shank simmered in a delicate saffron curry or a roasted aubergine “Bharta” mash.
Make sure you try the refreshing palate-cleansing sorbets to complete your truly authentic Indian experience.