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The Neighbourgoods Market in Woodstock is a great place to buy fresh, organic produce and a variety of vegetarian and vegan food items.
The suburb of Woodstock in Cape Town is undergoing a revival, and Chandani Indian and Vegetarian Restaurant finds itself located right in the hub of this up-and-coming neighbourhood with its edgy vibe and eclectic residents.
Chandani means ‘moonlight’, which owners Jagdish Vanzara and his South African wife, Dina, chose to reflect the restaurant’s shimmering décor.
Housed in a charming, historic Victorian building, Chandani offers an intimate series of dining rooms bathed in exotic colours that are beautifully accentuated at night. Each features an elaborate ‘zaroka’ (antique balcony), and is decorated with pieces from India. The rear of the restaurant opens onto a pleasant courtyard – a peaceful spot to enjoy the outdoor air on a balmy Cape Town evening.
The owners are fastidious about authenticity, and the restaurant’s spices are imported directly from India … as are its chefs!
Chandani Indian and Vegetarian Restaurant offers dishes from all over India that are mostly inspired by the Mughal monarchs who followed the ancient Hindu tradition of vegetarianism. So while non-vegetarian options are available, the restaurant predominantly caters for vegetarians, vegans and Jain vegetarians.
Meat can be substituted for vegetables on request, and dishes can be prepared without animal products, such as ghee, cream and butter, if necessary.
Vanzara says his signature dishes include brinjal masala, dhal maharajah and his tasty vegetarian curries, usually finished off with a cool mango lassi or warming masala chai.
Lunchtimes are a buffet affair, while dinners are reserved for Chandani’s so-called curry house à la carte menu.
Vegetarian restaurants in Cape Town are gaining popularity, and it’s a real treat to find 1 that not only that offers such an extensive menu, but also the option to enjoy dishes without certain animal products. This certainly adds to the diverse culinary experiences the Mother City already has to offer.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Chandani Indian and Vegetarian Restaurant
Tel:+27 (0)21 447 7887
How to get here
Chandani Indian and Vegetarian Restaurant is located in Roodebloem Road, Woodstock, which is easily accessed directly off the N2 highway in Cape Town.
Best time to visit
The restaurant is open Monday to Saturday. Visit between 12pm and 3.30pm to enjoy the weigh-your-plate buffet, or between 7pm and 10pm for the curry house à la carte menu.
Around the area
There are plenty of great stores to browse through in Woodstock, including boutique interior stores, designer stores and second-hand shops, as well as a good selection of art galleries. Don’t miss a visit to the Neighbourgoods Market on a Saturday morning, or the Old Biscuit Mill complex.
You can either organise a transfer or taxi from your hotel to Woodstock, or drive to the restaurant yourself.
What will it cost
There’s a good selection of dishes across the price spectrum on the menu. You can expect to pay in the region of R150 per person for three courses.
Where to stay
Accommodation in the area includes Bella Italia Guest House in Rhodes Avenue; the business boutique hotel, Upper Eastside Hotel, in Brickfield Road; and Cape Town Deco Lodge Backpackers in Roodebloem Road. All these establishments are rated four-star and within close proximity to Chandani. Visit the listed Cape Town Tourism website for hundreds of other accommodation options in the Mother City.
What to eat
The weigh-your-plate buffet is a real winner!