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Bukhara (Sandton)

Bukhara (Sandton)
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  • Location 011 883 5555
  • Phone Number Nelson Mandela Square, Corner of West and Maude Street, Sandton, Johannesburg
  • email sandton@bukhara.com
  • Website URL http://www.bukhara.com
  • Opening Hours

    Lunch: Monday to Sunday 12 noon to 3pm

    Dinner: Monday to Sunday 6pm to 10pm

Cost
R90 avg main meal
Food
Indian
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
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Critic's review

A great atmosphere is created by spice-hued walls and handmade furniture from Rajasthan. A superb dining experience, with a menu populated by more than 20 tandoori options, curries and a handful of South Indian dosa dishes. (EO mag 2014)
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  • Food
    The establishment offers Indian food that is predominantly North Indian with some southern dishes. It is one of few Jozi establishments that serve a variety of dosa as starters (tasty fermented pancakes with a variety of filings like prawns, paneer or spinach). House specialities include the succulent butter chicken and tandoori lamb chops.

    Wine
    An impressive, if expensive, wine list with varietals that match the food.

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    Efficient, if somewhat impersonal.

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    Elegant, although a bit stiff and dated.

    And...
    Leave space for the Indian bread and butter pudding. (JW, October 2011)

User reviews

  • Terribly disappointed! I made a booking a week ago for Mothers Day lunch only to find out that my table was given away (I was 5 minutes early). I had to deal with your incompetent manager who lied about why he gave the table away. His response made it seem as if this was a norm at this restaurant. I thus had to make alternate plans. For a restaurant of your standard and reputation today's experience was truly pathetic and should have been handled differently.
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  • We were regulars at Bukhara since 2009 or so. The quality of the food and service has steadily declined but their prices have increased substantially. It's definitely not worth the price you pay any longer. Very disappointing for a restaurant that started of with great service and amazing food.
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  • What a horrifying and expensive experience! Shortly after ordering a bottle of wine the waiter asked if we wanted to order and we said we needed more time. Then came the manager ten minutes later to ask if we are ready to order...that is what he does firstly and is not concerned about anything else so obviously doesn't bother to ask if the wine and service is up to scratch. We then proceed to order and nobody bothers to find out if we have a preference for medium, mild or hot. Then comes the food. I ordered a dish that I am extremely familiar with but was unable to eat more than a mouthful of the food because it tasted horrible! At this stage the food is standing on the table and cooling down but neither the waiter or manager is at this point interested in finding out if everything is okay. The restaurant wasn't busy - which should have been a clear indication of what to expect. The waitress proceeded to snap the plates off the table without asking if she could clear them and the manager at this stage was nowhere to be found. Bukhara just presented us with a disgusting experience and I would never recommend it to anybody. Horrible food, terrible service. Is this really the kind of service we are willing to tolerate in South Africa????
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  • This restaurant was an exellent five star restaurant in the past but has fallen into neglect with the opening of many new branches. The standards have fallen to that of dogfood and would be best avoided by someone seeking arguably the finest Indian cuisine on planet earth.
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  • Yesterday was my birthday and thought of celebrating it with my family with a dine out @ Bhukhara, Sandton. We are 2 Adults + 2 kids(6, 3 yrs). We have ordered for 2 starters, 1 veg curry, 5 bread. The waitress was ok and after 2 min's to my shock, she comes back and tells us that the rule is to order 2 curries if you are 2 persons. Curry can't be shared. This was the first time in my whole life I heard that eh curry can't be shared. I have asked whether it is mentioned in the menu then a manager comes and tells me that its new rule and it yet to print in the menu.

    This incidence spoiled my entire birthday mood and we left there empty stomach.

    In Indian culture, we say ATHIDHI DEVO BHAVA(means Guest is god), here this incidence shows how commercialize these people are. They are there to make money but not at all to serve customers.

    I recommend people not to plan your important days a Bhukhara at least.
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  • The place is a production line. If they were serving fast food the quality and service would have been just about acceptable.

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  • Terrible food. Chicken was freezer burned. Terrible service - will never go to Bukhara again

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  • Rediscovered this gem recently. Best curries are served here at the moment - great vegetarian options. Prawn Masala is a true winner. A bit pricey, but worth it. Recommended.

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  • Very expensive . Extremely poor service. Food is overated. Never again
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  • One of my favourite restaurants in Cape Town has always been Bukhara. The food is superb - excellent, subtle ingredients and choices for even those who are not into extremely hot options. Portion sizes are most acceptable and the ambience is great - though very crowded whenever we are there. Now to Bukhara in Sandton - its like there is no connection whatsoever with its Cape Town namesake. Yes the recipes themselves are very good - if you actually get served enough mouthfuls - portions are so small that it must be said that a large bird would just about be satisfied - we were seven and so had a chance to try different options. The roti was fantastic and the highlight of the meal. The tandoori chicken was somewhat dry and here the portion was just acceptable. The ambience was non extistent - as is sometimes the case in restaurants located in shopping centres - open to shops and passing trade. Pricing was not overly high in comparison with other high-end restaurants - but of minimal value considering the above. Unfortunately we were most disappointed considering our Cape Town experiences.
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  • The food is amazing every time. Especially the lamb korma and naan bread.
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  • Totally overrated and over priced.
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  • Totally overrated and over priced.
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  • Food was great, but the service was very slow. We waited an hour for our main courses - which is unacceptable especially considering the price for the food
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  • Had reservation for Friday night, but got there late. They organised a table quickly while we waited at the bar. The Caiparinha is NOT authentic, the Mojito on the other hand is one of the best around.Food was absolutely delicious, service was slow but it was busy. But I find it disturbing that an Indian restaurant has no potato curries on its menu???
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  • Some people I know have complained about the price of this restaurant.I say - its worth the money for food that will leave you wondering if what you just had was a dream or not. It is truly exqcuisite North Indian food. The whole menu is stunning, the portions are very generous and the taste is something so good it cannot be described.You have to try Bukhara at least once. And it wont be your last time.
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  • Although I frequent Bukhara quite often, I must admit that their service is slipping somewhat. I hope that this indeed does not become a trend, but the last time we frequented it, they were first out of the wine we wanted, then out of the popadum hors doevre. The food was brought to us in 5 minutes, not een leaving us enough time to savour the experience of going out. To top it off, our waiter wasnt the most serving person and didnt really make us feel all that welcomed. I mean, as soon as our meal was served, he opened the window right next to us, and our food got cold pretty quickly. Dont know if Ill go again, but probably will if they start doing take-aways.
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  • My definite favourite restaurant. The service and ambience are excellent, but that hardly makes a difference since their food is so good (if the inside was like a stable, I would still go there to eat). The best Dhal Makhnie in Joburg - they use just enough tomato, unlike many other places in town. Their garlic Naan is out of this world. But the two items that cannot be missed are their Tandoori Duck and Tandoori Veg. Every time I go there I order those two - I know I should diversify, but I cannot afford not to have those as often as possible. I cannot recommend Bukhara, Sandton enough.
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  • Just thinking about Bukhara, makes my mouth water. Salivating at the though of yet another whirl-wind experience to tantalise my taste-buds with new and exotic infusions. This place never ceases to amaze, whether its dining out on the favourite Butter Chicken or devouring the Lamb Chops to the bone, its romantically lit atmosphere, impeccable service and delicious offerings are one of the finest Ive had the pleasure to sample, without making a huge dent on the wallet. Cant wait to try out the entire menu.
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  • The best Indian food I have tasted. Had a brilliant waiter the first time and a bad one the second time.
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Facilities

  • Alfresco
  • Booking required
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Parking
  • Takeaways
  • Vegetarian
  • Wheelchair

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