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Indian Summer

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Cost
R70 avg main meal
Ambience
Authentic culture
Food
Chinese, Indian
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Beautifully spiced food. The minimalist interiors are brought to life by the happy regulars. Order one of their traditional Bombay chaats, a dosa (a light pancake with fillings) or one of their authentic curries, ranging from rogan josh and korma to Goan flavours. The vegetarian options are also notable, such as the chana masala (spicy chickpeas) and dhal makhani (rich and buttery lentil stew). (EO mag 2014)
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    Forsake starters and treat your palate to traditional Bombay chaat (think tapas sold on Indian streets) or a dosa – a light, crispy pancake with various fillings. Authentic curries from rojan josh to korma and goan offer layers of seldom found, intricate spicing.

    Wine
    Functional and rather uninspired.

    Service
    A small team spearheaded by the owner maintains efficiency.

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    The minimalist, rather stark interior is lifted by the happy locals who regularly converge here.

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    Try the fantastic vegetarian options like chana masala and dhal makhani. (TG, September 2010)

User reviews

  • Eat out, please update your info on this excellent restaurant. It moved premises ages ago, to 35 Newport Avenue, Glenashley. Now has a wide-angle ocean view, spruced-up decor, much bigger kitchen. But charming owner Anand and friendly staff remain. And the food is as delicious as ever. (We could not disagree more with the unfavourable review which pops up first when you look up this restaurant on the internet on the Eat Out site.) perhaps it is time to relook at your entry. We lunched there yesterday with friends who live in the Cape and the UK, and they were thrilled with everything. The masala dosas are the best in town, the keema paratha outstanding, the various breads from the tandoor oven rather too good, and the dhal makhani a triumph. Two of our party had the prawn curry and both liked it very much. And it is incredibly reasonable. A gem of a place, unpretentious and always enjoyable.
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  • The absolute BEST meal we have EVER eaten out. Anand the owner was absolutely magnificent and the food was devine and he made us feel so extra special and his food was the best in the whole of SA. My husband and I will most definitely be back when we visit Durban again. All you Dubanites are most fortunate to have the Indian Summer Restuarant in your city. Yum Yum
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  • The main problem about this restaurant is the food. We ordered a Goan prawn curry which consisted of five miniscule prawns drowned in some tepid greenish liquid. It was absolutely tasteless. I've eaten Go an curries before and can state it is nothing like the original. We then ordered a lamb vindaloo that was again flavourless with absolutely no trace of spices which is the core of Indian cooking. The lame excuse was "this has always been been how we have made it". Presentation was terrible. What saved the day was a passable lamb briyani. The staff were polite and the place was clean. But that was about all that was acceptable. I'm definitely not coming back.
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  • The service is pathethic. One of the worst service in the Durban. The food is good. But the service is bad and the waiters are not courteous enough.
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  • Our favourite Indian cuisine restaurant! Every dish we have eaten there has gone beyond our expectations, and the friendly owner is always there to say hi and help us choose some options. Love it!
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  • I agree with Melisha! indian food should be rich with spices but NOT overpowering to the tastebuds! Furthermore, I saw the chefs from Indian Summer smoking cigarettes and asking the cigarettes out of the pavement around the corner (by the Spar) hoe unprofessional!!! Wonder if they even bothered to wash their hands..
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  • While waiting for my bill this evening the owner came out of the kitchen and started slapping and kicking his wife. Her reaction told me it is not the first time. I told him I would call the police and he arrogantly told me to go ahead. Please think twice before supporting such a pig!
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  • We have been there six times and out of that on three occassions we were turned away.
    Staff always seems to have some excuse for not to serve food, either its too early or too late or its too crowded.
    Last time we went at 8 30 on a saturday and the staff/owner refused to seat even when we were ok with waiting for 30 mins.

    Never going back again.
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  • Worst service in South Africa. Waited over an hour and a half for a takeout, only to get food poisoning. One of my worst culinary experiences of all time. Owner is an arrogant pig!!!
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  • Quite enthusiastically my wife and I went to eat at this place yesterday. Its business hours says 11:00 AM to 10 PM. We went at 11, and the owner was still sipping his tea outside (unshaven, with slippers). When we asked him what can he serve, he promptly said, most foods can be served only at 12:00.

    Question (by me): why write 11, when you can only serve at 12?
    Answer (by owner): The timings are correct, since we do start taking orders at 11.

    It seems the fellow (owner) does not have any sense of the value of time, and tried arrogantly to argue that he was correct. Shame!

    To add to that, while we sat around (since we had traveled a long distance) waiting for them to get ready, the staff was still cleaning (seeping and wiping the floor). Question again: Why say 11:00, or why dont come in and start preparing from 10:30?

    The furniture's we old and OK, but not a place I would like to sit and eat. So, we took a take out. The south Indian food was Fine, reasonably priced.

    Bottom line: The place will fare much better if he(owner) was punctual, and also allowed his other staff to interact. He thinks he is smart, but his workers seems more modest, clean (comeon - shave and come to your own store, and wear something decent and clean) and approachable. I will think twice about going and eating there again. The food is same as other Indian restaurants in Durban.
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  • excellent food….. best Indian food in Durban.
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  • Very friendly staff. Food is always tasty and consistent each time we went. Have been going there for the past 5 years. Definitely better value for money than the other Indian places in the area.

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  • 1 of the worst restaurants ever. The owner doesn't even have the manners to speak with his customers. Worst service. He exchanged my order with something else and was fighting over that instead of apologising.

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  • My favourite Indian restaurant. Excellent personalized service. And really delicious food at very reasonable prices.

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  • One of the worst food moments and service we have ever experienced. Had to wait for ages for the food to arrive. When it arrived, it was nowhere near to the dish it was supposed to be. The cook/owner or whoever the responsible person was overly egotistical, rude and non service oriented.

    Overall, a bad exprience with a capital 'B'

    These are of course my opinions from my own personal exprience, others may have been lucky.

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  • Best Indian food ever. Staff are friendly and helpful.

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  • Food is excellent....definitely value for money.
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  • Authentic Indian cuisine at reasonable prices!Wow, what a lunch. I was accompanied by family and friends in December and I was blown away with what we had. Everything was top-drawer - special mention to the prawn goan curry and the hotter varietals.Another restaurant that deserves local support !Ill be back soon!
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  • Hi, Indian Summer is a lovely place to be. It serves the best Indian food in South Africa. I recommend you go there once and you will surely become a regular visitor. The food is fantastic, the staff is courteous, and the ambience is cool. I loved this place, surely you will too.
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  • Im Indian and travel a lot, and this restaurant serves the best Indian food Ive ever tasted outside of India. It rocks!
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Menu

Set menu - Available on website

Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Alfresco
  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
  • Eat Out reviewed
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Parking
  • Takeaways
  • Vegetarian
  • Wheelchair

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