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Namaskar Restaurant in Pretoria delights diners with its inviting ambience and tasty North Indian cuisine.
Replicating the heady smells, sites and flavours of colourful India, the dishes on Namaskar’s vegetarian menu are prepared by Indian chefs inspired by the culture and heritage of the country. Owner Prakash Nagar says that while meat features on the menu, many guests venture to his restaurant for the vegetarian dishes alone.
Nagar caters for all dietary requirements – including vegans and Jain vegetarians – and is happy to alter or substitute ingredients wherever needed. He says vegetarian and vegan diners particularly love his paneer and lentil curries, mopped up with delicious egg-free and dairy-free rotis.
His breads are also highly sought after, with 18 options available, and are served piping hot from the tandoor.
Those looking to sample South Africa’s renowned wines can venture into the restaurant’s huge wine cellar: the menu offers more than 50 white and 50 red wines, as well as a vintage collection.
Namaskar Restaurant also makes dinner a fun night out with regular Bollywood dance-themed evenings.
While the spacious restaurant boasts generous views over Pretoria’s bustling Church Street, those preferring a more intimate setting, such as for corporate gatherings or special occasions, can make use of the 2 private dining rooms that seat 8 and 10 people each.
Swathed in exotic colours that mimic the warming hues of turmeric, cardamom and saffron, the restaurant’s décor is as striking as the purple flush of the city’s blossoming jacaranda trees in October.
The capital may be well known for its quality steakhouses, but there are an increasing number of vegetarian restaurants in Pretoria that, like Namaskar, prove that vegetarian dining today is anything but dull.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Tel: +27 (0)12 342 9081
Cell: +27 (0)79 078 5019
How to get here
Namaskar Restaurant is located in popular Church Street in Pretoria, which is easily accessed from all the highways and main roads in the area.
Best time to visit
Namaskar is open from 11am to 10pm, Monday to Saturday, and from 11am to 3pm on Sundays.
Around the area
You can visit the Kruger House Museum at one end of Church Street, and the Pretoria National Botanical Garden at the other. Also nearby are the Union Buildings, the Voortrekker Monument Private Nature Reserve, Groenkloof Nature Reserve and the Pretoria Zoo.
Tours to do
Take a tour around Freedom Park, which acknowledges all the people who played a part in contributing to the freedom of South Africa.
You can either organise a transfer or taxi from your hotel to Namaskar, or pop along in your own car.
Where to stay
There are a plethora of hotels in the vicinity, including in Church Street itself. Try the Sheraton Pretoria Hotel for a luxury stay.
What to eat
You can’t go wrong with the channa pindi, delicious chickpeas cooked in an exotic blend of North Indian spices; the Namaskar dal makhani, lentils cooked with special spices in butter and garnished with cream; and the vegetable biryani.