21 February 2013 by Denise Slabbert

Pass the poppadoms

There’s nothing like a spicy Indian curry to warm the heart and feed the soul. Here are some of our favourite Indian restaurants…

Interior of Masala Dosa restaurant in Long Street, Cape Town. Image courtesy of Masala Dosa

South Africa is home to some wonderful Indian restaurants – whether you like your food mild, medium or hot, there's an Indian restaurant that will satisfy your craving for a spicy curry, delectable naan or breyani with a twist.


Bismillah Restaurant: This Fordsburg restaurant is as authentic as they come. Try out the chicken tikka, spice aloo or a delicious breyani. Email: bismillah.restaurant@gmail.com; tel: +27 (0)11 838 6430

Bukhara: For an upmarket dining experience, visit Bukhara in Nelson Mandela Square. The restaurant offers fine Northern Indian specialities. Email: information@bukhara.com; tel: +27 (0)11 883 555

Shayona vegetarian restaurant: Offering mainly Gujarati and jain specialities, this restaurant serves traditional fare as well as pizzas and fantastic samoosas. A real family haunt. Tel: +27 (0)11 837 2407

Swad: Situated in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg, this restaurant offers Goan-inspired food. The menu has rich curries and delicious vegetarian dishes. Email: admin@swad.co.za; tel: +27 (0)11 684 1007

World of Samoosas: You can't come to Jozi without eating a samoosa (or two) from the Oriental Plaza shopping complex. At World of Samoosas you can feast away to your heart's content. Tel: +27 (0)11 833 1139

Geet Indian Restaurant: Pretoria's favourite Indian restaurant. Situated in Brooklyn, here you'll find delicious Indian dishes in a stylish environment. Email: geet@worldonline.co.za; tel: +27 (0)12 460 3199


Fish dish with accompaniments. Image by Darling Lama Productions Fish dish with accompaniments. Image by Darling Lama Productions



Jewel of India: This award-winning Durban eatery is situated at the Southern Sun Elangeni hotel, and offers fine North Indian cuisine. Email: jewel@eastcoast.co.za; tel: +27 (0)31 362 1300

House of Curries: This Florida Road eatery offers delicious traditional curries. The seafood curry is worth writing home about and the deck is a great place to hang out and enjoy the vibes of this fun street. Tel: +27 (0)31 303 6076

SeaBelle Restaurant: Situated in La Mercy on the north coast, this restaurant is famous for its signature prawn curry. Delicious vegetarian options are also available. Email: welcome@seabelle.co.za; tel: +27 (0)32 941 5551

Gounden's: This is where Durbanites go when they want to satisfy a craving for a good bunny chow or homemade curry. The place is largely unpretentious and not fancy – but the food is incredible. Tel: +27 (0)31 205 5363

Free State

Oolong Lounge: This restaurant is situated in Westdene, Bloemfontein, and is a busy stylish cafe that offers fusion-style Indian fare (with a very modern take). Tel: +27 (0)51 448 7244

Western Cape

Masala Dosa: This funky eatery offers a range of Indian-inspired cuisine. Of course, you need to try the traditional Masala Dosa. Email: amit@masaladosa.co.za; tel: +27 (0)21 424 6772

Chandani Restaurant: Boasts a wide spectrum of Indian dishes, including delicious kormas. The brinjal masala is a highlight. Email: drdina@imaginet.co.za; tel: +27 (0)21 447 7887

Bombay Brasserie: Situated at the Taj Cape Town hotel, this restaurant offers delicious Indian cuisine in a contemporary setting. Email: restaurants.capetown@tajhotels.com; tel: +27 (0)21 819 2005

Maharajah Pure Vegetarian Foods: This Rondebosch eatery is a favourite with vegans and vegetarians. Tel: +27 (0)21 685 7891

Eastern Cape

Raasoie: One of Port Elizabeth's favourite Indian eateries, it's situated in the suburb of Walmer. Enjoy mildly spiced North Indian specialities. Tel: +27 (0)41 581 0333


Attention to detail is part of the deal. Image by Darling Lama Productions Attention to detail is part of the deal. Image by Darling Lama Productions

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