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Bihari (Newlands)

Bihari (Newlands)
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Cost
R120 avg main meal
Ambience
Authentic culture
Food
Indian
Payment
Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Food
Start with a selection of the lightest samoosas – chicken, potato, or cheese – or the moreish prawn koliwadi, marinated and deep fried. Order a selection of mains like chicken tikka or makrana with saffron and black pepper to share. The garlic lamb tikka is fragrant with the forbidden aromatic and the great curries can be zoomed up or down as your taste dictates. Don’t miss the irresistible naan breads.

Wine
Ample, but why not drink beer, as the Indians do?

Service
Friendly but always professional.

Ambience
One of the places to go for curry in Cape Town. It’s low key and unintimidating, with no artificial-looking décor, which can make you feel as if you’re in the Indian pavilion at the Rand Easter Show.

And...
They now offer a portable tandoori oven which they will bring to your home or function to cook for you in situ. (GL, October 2011)
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User reviews

  • We went to Bihari for supper last night. Despite all the bad reviews I'd read, we had a lovely time, and I think it's moved up to my top 3 indian places in Cape Town! Our waiter, who's name was Yogi, was very formal, but had a wicked sense of humour and was very attentive. We sat facing the kitchen, watching the chefs at work spinning naan dough and handling giant skewers of meat destined for the ovens. They have a lovely selection of wine and beer, and for starters we shared a Tandoor Paneer Tikka on a skewer. This was the best paneer we'd ever had. It was cooked to perfection, and the highlight of my meal. For mains we had Chicken Lababdar and Chicken Kadai. The Lababdar was a bit too sweet, but otherwise delicious. The garlic naan straight out of the tandoor oven was mouth-watering, and the suggested red wine complemented our mains perfectly. Quite pricy, probably on par with Bakhara in town, but well worth it, and we will be back for sure!
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  • We recently celebrated a birthday at Bihari and what a pleasant surprise after all the negative comments. The birthday girl had been there before and chose the restaurant because she liked the food and the atmosphere. The service was attentive and the advice given well informed. I'm not an expert on Indian food but enjoyed my medium seafood curry and everybody else was very happy with their meal. We'll certainly be back.
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  • I would rather go to the Indian Chapter in Blouberg or The Raj In Camps Bay, both about 20km away from me, than Bihari which is 1km away from where I stay.

    Terrible service. I wrote a complaint on their feedback form but have had no follow up at all.

    Food was below average at best.
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  • My wife and I were looking forward to visiting Bihari for the the first time, as we hadn't been to an upmarket North Indian Cuisine restaurant cuisine restaurant in the Southern Suburbs. So a table for 2 was booked.

    WHAT A HUGE DISAPPONTMENT!

    When we arrive we waited (as did another 3 couples) too long at the unwelcoming reception area - dull, without flowers or a sparkling hostess. We were shown to an over-lit table with down-lights in the deep end of the restaurant and forgotten about. Eventually, I found the hostess and we were moved to a table facing the kitchen.

    We eventually placed our order after being served a carafe of red wine, when white was ordered. My wife had a kulfi, which was enjoyable.

    She had Afgani (sp) Lamb, which was 5, almost meatless, grilled mutton chops, served in an unappealling grey yoghurty sauce with finely-chopped onions. (R150). Her verdict: An awful dish. The Basmati rice was nice, though!

    Mine was Chicken Tikka (R105), over-cooked and dry cubed pieces from the tandoor. I've had very much better at take-away and food court spots! We ordered Vegetable Pakoda (R55) to accompany our meals. It was a bland looking heap of unidentifiable mixed vegetables, mainly potato - I think - in a poorly-spiced fried in chana flour. Dry and bland.

    All the food was poorly-presented on earthenware platters and unattractive to the eye. Where were the lovely and traditional Indian metal pots?

    We couldn't wait to leave after paying R450, including undeserved 10 % tip to non-Indian waitress, who didn't have a clue about the (so-called) cuisine.

    NEVER AGAIN! Over-priced and simply awful "North Indian Cuisine"! Defiinitely not "The Finest North Indian Cuisine", as stated at the top of the Bihari menu!

    A "ONE STAR" rating for Bihari is actually overly-generous.

    Bukhara in the City is much, much better (actually superb!) and the 5% higher cost is well worth it!

    Bihari? BE WARNED!

    I remain shocked as to just HOW BAD that establishment is!
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  • If I could post my review with no stars on all counts, then I would. This place is so bad it's not funny.

    Awful awful food, tasteless and the most unauthentic curry I have ever tasted. My dining companion actually spotted trays containing the sauces/food in the kitchen ready to be ladled out and heated up in the microwave!

    Horrible service, we were almost snarled at by our waitron on numerous occasions.

    Never ever again, I would advise you to save your money (and your sanity) and choose an alternative curry house!
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Accommodation
  • Alfresco
  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
  • Dinner
  • Eat Out reviewed
  • Functions
  • Halaal friendly
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Smoking
  • Takeaways
  • Vegetarian
  • Wheelchair

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