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Geet Indian Restaurant

Geet Indian Restaurant
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Cost
R150 avg main meal
Ambience
Authentic culture, Classic elegance
Food
Fine-dining food, Health food, Indian, Modern, Vegetarian
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
500

Critic's review

Hennie Fisher

Food
The food at Geet is a celebration of the whole of India. Chef Gita Jivan regularly visits India to satisfy her hunger for knowledge about the cuisine, returning to translate what she has learnt and the inspiration that she has gained into a new take on Indian food. The extensive menu offers huge variety, and many dishes have different protein options such as lamb, chicken, fish, prawns or even ostrich. The menu opens with a vegetarian starter section, including such unusual delights as little beetroot, sweet potato and corn cakes pan-fried and served with raita, or Rajma Sircot Tikka that is from Uttarakhand: elegant cottage cheese stuffed mashed potato croquettes, deep fried and served with red mint chutney. One could also take a short cut by opting for one of several set menus: start with the most delicious chicken and lamb soup that justifies that old concept of the healing properties of chicken broth – Geet’s is made with bits of fresh ginger and served with a lamb and chicken and honey/coriander/black sesame naan, given a modern twist by the addition of a vegetable brunoise and edible flowers on the side. A large slate Tikka platter comes sprinkled with broccoli soil and an array of tikka and kebab (Patanga, meat Anarkalli and chicken Dillkhush). Alternatively, order an individual charcoal burner per person to finish cooking a fabulous piece of Kingklip, a prawn and a delicious, smoky cheese-filled tomato. For main course, there are various curries from several Indian regions. While one may be hard pressed to find the space for dessert, the chocolate coconut samosa should not be missed.

Drinks
The wine list kicks off with a very useful Platter rating table as well as a wine tasting chart, as well as a whole page dedicated to explaining which cultivars best suit the different styles of Indian food. The selection of bubblies range from local MCC’s to Champagnes such as Dom Perignon. Whites include varietals from La Motte, Neil Ellis, Paul Cluver and Warwick, while reds are sourced from the likes of Darling Cellars and Plaisir de Merle. They also have a good selection of semi-sweet wines such as Neethlingshof Six Flowers to offset slightly heavier, spicy dishes.

Service
Three generations of the Jivan family preside over this establishment: there is the patriarch of the family, Veljee Jivan, who at 82 oversees the finances of the business. Grand-daughter Shalini is responsible for managing front-of-house and PR, dispensing the warmest Indian greetings possible, while Gita Jivan oversees all matters artistic and culinary with a bolder than Bollywood approach to every aspect of the business. She runs a solid restaurant, always on the edge of innovation and bright new ideas. There is a hierarchy of waiting staff, all impeccably dressed.

Ambience
The large interior is cleverly divided into different sections by devices such as different levels and partitions between different sections, and an unusually modern blue lighting scheme that makes for an unusually modern looking restaurant. Some tables have double banquettes, while masses of candles and light music further contribute to the sense of intimacy.

And…
Apart from private dinners for two and huge off-site catering, they offer cooking classes, turning the entire inside of the restaurant into a large ‘school’ with the use of induction hobs, fryers and mini tandoor ovens giving life to their motto: let food be your medicine and medicine be your food.

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  • Hennie Fisher

    The food at Geet is a celebration of the whole of India. Chef Gita Jivan regularly visits the country to satisfy her hunger for knowledge about the cuisine, returning to translate what she has learnt and the inspiration that she has gained into a new take on Indian food.

    Food
    The extensive menu offers huge variety, and many dishes have different protein options such as lamb, chicken, fish, prawns or even ostrich. The menu opens with a vegetarian starter section, including such unusual delights as little beetroot, sweet potato and corn cakes, pan fried and served with raita, or rajma sircot tikka from Uttarakhand, which are elegant paneer-stuffed mashed potato croquettes, deep fried and served with red mint chutney.

    You could also take a short cut by opting for one of several set menus. Start with the most delicious chicken and lamb soup that justifies the reputation of the healing properties of chicken broth: Geet’s is made with fresh ginger and served with a honey, coriander and black sesame naan, given a modern twist by the addition of a vegetable brunoise and edible flowers on the side.

    A large slate tikka platter comes sprinkled with broccoli soil and an array of tikka and kebab (patanga, meat anarkali and chicken dilkhush). Alternatively, order an individual charcoal burner per person to finish cooking a fabulous piece of kingklip, a prawn, or a delicious, smoky cheese-filled tomato. For main course, choose from various curries from several Indian regions.

    While you may be hard pressed to find the space for dessert, the chocolate coconut samoosa should not be missed.

    Drinks
    The wine list kicks off with a very useful Platter-rating table, a tasting chart, and a whole page dedicated to explaining which cultivars best suit the different styles of Indian food. The selection of bubblies ranges from local MCCs to Champagnes such as Dom Pérignon. Whites include varietals from La Motte, Neil Ellis, Paul Cluver and Warwick, while reds are sourced from the likes of Darling Cellars and Plaisir de Merle. They also have a good selection of semi-sweet wines such as Neethlingshof Six Flowers to offset slightly heavier, spicy dishes.

    Service
    Three generations of the Jivan family preside over this establishment. There’s the patriarch of the family, Veljee Jivan, who, at 82, oversees the finances of the business. Grand-daughter Shalini is responsible for managing front-of-house and PR, dispensing the warmest greetings possible, while Gita Jivan oversees all matters artistic and culinary with a bolder-than-Bollywood approach to every aspect of the business. She runs a solid restaurant, always on the edge of innovation and bright new ideas. There is a hierarchy of waiting staff, all impeccably dressed.

    Ambience
    The large interior is cleverly divided into sections by varying levels and partitions. An unusual blue lighting scheme makes for a modern-looking restaurant. Some tables have double banquettes, while masses of candles and light music further contribute to the sense of intimacy.

    And…
    As well as private dinners for two and off-site catering, they offer cooking classes, turning the restaurant into a large ‘school’ with the use of induction hobs, fryers and mini tandoor ovens.

    (July 2015)

  • Rupesh Kassen

    Food
    Geet always welcomes its guests with a perfume of spices and a slightly charred note of freshly prepared naan. The menu lists well-known Indian favourites and some fusion dishes. Start with one of their delicious tandoori kebabs of chicken, lamb or fish. You also won’t be disappointed in their traditional curries, especially the perfectly spiced achari masala, with options of lamb, chicken, prawns and ostrich. The chicken option is pre-marinated and then cooked into tomato onion gravy.

    The old favourite of lamb rogan josh served with piping hot garlic naan also ticks all the boxes. Vegetarians will be happy to see the large array of vegetarian dishes on offer, including paneer makhani and the trusty potato curry.

    Quality food like this does, however, come at a price; this dining experience will make a dent in your wallet.

    Drinks 
    The wine list is extensive and expensive, but the connoisseur will definitely be spoilt for choice.

    Service 
    The waiting staff are friendly and the service efficient. Management was, however, absent during our lunch.

    Ambience 
    Like many Indian restaurants, Geet also has gilded, over-the-top décor, with velvet tablecloths and extra touches of gold for good measure.

    And…  
    Try out the whiskey lounge for an after-dinner drink. It’s set on a raised area with a sea of coloured cushions to sink into.

    (July 2014)

  • Happening, hands on and family run. They showcase food from the vast continent with an eye on trends. (EO mag 2014)
  • Food
    This is a family-run concern, with owner, Gita, helped by her dad and daughter. The emphasis is on fine cuisine that covers the whole Indian continent. The menu is unique, based on the Indian philosophy of using natural seasonal flavours, enhanced by classic technique and utilising the freshest ingredients possible. The owner designed her own on-site ‘test kitchen’ within the restaurant to facilitate the constantly evolving and inspiring dishes on which the restaurant’s reputation has been built.

    Wine
    The list is expansive, but other routes to explore include exotic cocktails (with orwithout alcohol) or flavoured teas.

    Service
    The family is on hand to help the friendly staff if necessary.

    Ambience
    This venue is always in flux. For the moment, the accent is on different styled spaces like the fine dining room and the whisky lounge. Combined with the staff’s colourful dress, it’s a head flip to India.

    And...
    Get the family – who are constantly trying to improve the restaurant and indulge the diners – to guide you. (October 2011, DdeB)

User reviews

  • This used to be my favorite restaurant in Pretoria, you know the place that you reserve only for special occasions. Not any more, after the scandal with the waiters it seems as if the owners are trying their level best to exploit your wallet. Portion sizes has decreased, the lovely hot plates that made your curry sizzle in front of you is gone. And the kicker is the taste that was always to die for has disappeared. Ask for some water and get charged R50 for it, order a bottle of wine form the menu and when the bill comes it's double the price. When I enquired about it the waiter quite impolitely states that we got a more expensive one than the one ordered. When I asked for the wine list to make sure to takes 10 minutes to be delivered, (don't know why as we were the only table there) only to discover that we had exactly the wine we ordered and he simply wanted to cash in the rest. Didn't even bother to apologize. Oh and don't think you can show your dissatisfaction with a lesser percentage tip. No no its fixed at 15%. For 5 years I have always ranted to my friends, family and colleagues about how this was the best restaurant in Pretoria. I certainly won't do that any longer
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  • Simply just the best indian restaurant i have ever been to , eaten all over South Africa , Geet IS THE BEST FOOD EVER WE HAVE HAD.
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  • What an amazing place this is . Last night dinned at Geet, to celebrate my dad's birthday we were 12 people on our table, so friendly staff welcoming.Restaurant was packed with All Airshow delagets from all over dinning ,could tell poeple were enjoying this place. the food was amazing every dish was just tooo gud can still taste the flavours while in expressing myself, we will Geet over and over the best indian restaurant in the country keep it up. just simply the super best.
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  • we came in 3pm for late lunch at Geet Indian Restaurant with my buddies , wow what an amazing welcome we arrived at ,stuff are so loving and welcoming , we are 6 friends on our table and must say restaurant ambience is so plush , extensive wine menu and food menu , waiters know their food on back hand m very impressive. my friends and we love this place and starters, are amazing such an amazing variety ,Cocktails are go crazy for , with grrrrt whisky trolley . For us we Vote Geet as the best indian Restaurant in the world.We will go back there many times with larger groups Best of luck stuff and owner , they just so amazing all round - your food is the best . thumps up
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  • Geet truly epitomises champion role of an evolving pioneer of modern Indian cuisine. Geet has adopted excellence as its benchmark in ambiance, service and culinary concept. The amount of effort the team has put in is showing in all their work. Geet has embraced excellence in ala carte menu as well as gourmet offerings and has become a MUST VISIT place for connoisseurs who wish to see classics as well as truly modern Indian cuisine amalgamating various global ingredients, thus elevating the cuisine onto a new level. I love their cuisine and concept.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
  • Cocktails
  • Dancing
  • Dinner
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  • Eat Out reviewed
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  • Halaal friendly
  • Licensed
  • Live entertainment
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Smoking
  • Takeaways
  • WiFi

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