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Bukhara (Grandwest)

Bukhara (Grandwest)
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Cost
R150 avg main meal
Ambience
Authentic culture
Food
Indian
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R50

Critic's review

Not a cheap round (especially with wine), but a great experience. At night the dark, atmospheric interior comes into its own. There’s something for everyone, from hot to spicy to aromatic; lots of vegetarian options; and knowledgeable waitrons. Highlights are rogan josh, stuffed mushrooms, naan and chicken lababdar.
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  • Food
    Life revolves around the tandoori oven, from which emerges the most delectable range of goodies. There’s flesh, fowl and even fish on the menu, fragrant with North Indian spices. Dishes are treated imaginatively, like the chicken in yoghurt marinade or with cashew nut and black pepper; Norwegian salmon in mild creamy sauce; or fillet marinated in mint and spices. There are plenty of vegetarian options, and the homemade coconut ice cream is sublime.

    Wine
    A good list with some significant mark-ups, but who drinks wine with curry? Beer is the thing.

    Service
    Inconsistent at times, especially when busy.

    Ambience
    Very colonial, with plenty of dark wood and Indian atmosphere. The theatrics from the chefs move it all along.

    And...
    This is very much expense-account country. (GL, October 2011)
  • Petro Lotz

    This is not a cheap round, especially if you’re ordering wine, but it’s a great experience. Best visited at night when the dark, atmospheric interior comes into its own. For the lover of curry, this is Mecca. There are lots of vegetarian options and very knowledgeable waitrons guide the uninitiated through the fiery path. Luckily, you get a bib to tie around your neck to keep stains off your clothes. The naan bread is an absolute must and the chicken lababdar is irresistible. There is a dish for every palate, from fiery hot to spicy to aromatic. (July 2013)

User reviews

  • We went to the Grand West Bukhara last night. Not a good experience. A great restaurant and food that has gone down hill fast, we were one of two tables in the restaurant (looks like other people feel the same). Ordered a Durbanville Hills Chardonnay and it was not available, Ordered a second choice (Tokara) that was not available either. We then had to settle for a third choice. Ordered starters, mushrooms were not available and had to settle for a second choice. The food was not good either, not what you would expect from Bukhara at the price either. I would not recommend anybody go there,
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  • My wife and I went to the newly opened branch at the V & A Waterfront on Friday 02 July 2013. We were most disappointed. The welcome was slow and confused, the music system was being tested and the service was slow. The biggest disappointment was the chicken breyani, it did not have the oven baked pastry cap and the meat was not de-boned. My wife loves curry and we hope that things will be better when we go again.

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  • Drinks orders came out all wrong. One order of food came out 49 minutes late. The mango sorbet had a cigarette butt in it. We will never recommend this restaurant to any one or ever go there again.

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  • I love Bukhara's food but the manager by the name of Billy spoilt this restaurant for me, he has no etiquette or way of speaking to a patron - I'm truly disappointed. They should get more competent people to run this amazing restaurant.

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  • Good ambience, good food, overpriced! And then they are cheeky enough to send a "please call me" to confirm our booking of 11 pax.

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  • Disgusting managers that run this restaurant, they refused to listen to our request for a finger bowl or wet wipe and told us to eat at a cheaper restaurant that offers wet wipes. What type of Indian restaurant is this that does not encourage traditional eating with the hands?

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  • Bukhara has been a favourite of mine for a long time, NEVER EVER disappointed. I have eaten at the Grandwest branch, City Centre branch, Awesome food, great service, prompt and efficient, friendly as well. All this keeps me coming back, especially the really delicious food. It is my most favourite. I love the decor too.
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  • Food was great, service excellent and welcoming. We will definitely go there again and again.
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  • This used to be one of our favourite restaurants in Cape Town. We ate there the other night and the once large menu is down to 2 pages. Not really a good idea as the choice is too narrow. When our food was delivered we had to send it all back as it was not hot (temperature not spice). It then reappeared in dribs and drabs not all at the same time.Service was poor however our waitress was excellent but the restaurant was 9 down in staff!!!Unless and until I hear that it is back to its former glory I will not recommend or visit again. A great pity.Pull yourselves together!
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  • Lamb at Bukhara costs R940 a kilo.......the portion that i received was no more than a 100grams for R94....plus i had to pay for the rice.........I spent 3 months in India...from Mumbai down to Goa...Hampi...Kerala...Agra...Delhi...and numerous other cities.......so my standard for indian food will always relate to my experiences in India........I always find a problem with the price of Asian food in Western Countries and the portions are to small........and the food is never hot....never ever hot.......always tepid from standing in bain maries.....anyway back to Bukhara where lamb costs a mere R940 a kilo and where my compatriots make a meal of there complimentary poppadoms...for goodness sake it is a couple of bites and over......but no they make a ritual of it.....smearing it with the accompanying sauces and spending a half an hour eating it.....My lamb was tepid and overpriced...the rice was equally tepid and my nans were cold........Ive eaten better curry bunnies in Durban that were tastier and far better priced....Please please Cape Town find restaurants where the food is served with love and the pricing is fair......not these over priced over rated ripoff restaurants
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  • Lunch was wonderful (as always). These people serve the best Indian food away from their (unrelated) namesake in Delhi.
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  • The prices are getting ridiculously expensive, waiters have no manners or training, plates are being ripped away as soon as you take the last bite even if partner is still busy, seems it is to have you finished and leave ASAP, complained when leaving about the latter, an amused hostess did not know what to do and referred me to the manager who arrogantly shrugged it off,” will talk to them, sure. Our bill was R504 excl tip for 2 people, obviously for them worthless business.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Alfresco
  • Booking required
  • Eat Out reviewed
  • Licensed
  • Takeaways
  • Vegetarian
  • Wheelchair

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