Diane de Beer
It is about the full package, the quirkiness of the venue which is part of the premises of a garage, the largesse of a typical Indian menu which runs the full gamut, the helpfulness of the staff and the way you approach the meal. It’s better to dine in a large party and order an array of dishes from the menu which can be charged with old time favourites and new possibilities with each visit. Their Indian breads are special and varied with a large selection including parathas, rotis and naans which should all be tasted. Then the choice can become more personal but include items from their biryanis, vegetarian fare, a fish dish or two with mutton as well as chicken – and dip into their curries.
Liquor isn’t an option, but sample their lassis, salty or sweet to complement the meal.
If you’re new to Indian food, the staff is there to guide as well as serve. You have to make the visit your own. Get involved.
The restaurant is set in a cavernous space with a TV or two, usually screening cricket and then the diners, the numbers which vary in size. You could walk into a wedding party or be the only diners on the day. It’s up to you to get into the mood, to embrace the generosity of the food and to buy into the frivolity of the occasion. There’s ample safe parking in front of the restaurant in the street.
Take a food trip around Laudium while you’re at it and purchase some sweet treats to conclude your meal.
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Diane de Beer
“Indian food” is as wide a term as you could possibly wish for, but the Pakistani brothers who run this delightful restaurant, get the mix just right. Their amazing array of Indian breads, including parathas, rotis and naans, make a fine start to the meal. After that, opt for a selection of meat and fish dishes, including the creamy butter chicken, a rich mutton korma, peri peri prawns and one of their many briyani’s. Top that with some vegetarian, dishes starting with the finger-licking dhal makhni, a lentil dish that stands as a meal on its own, and some Saag Paneer, a dish of homemade cottage cheese, spinach, garlic, cumin and cream. And that’s only the first time round. For your next visit, opt for an entirely different combination – it’s all good.
As there’s no liquor allowed on the premises, try either a salt or sweet lassi to complement the complexity of the food.
Staff members are helpful, which goes a long way to make this a meal to remember. Ask for guidance for good food choices and for explanations where needed.
The eatery is quirkily situated on the premises of a petrol station. This is the kind of place where the food really takes center stage, so forget about the school halls type interiors with a TV (usually showing cricket) in the corner. Sit back and enjoy the fun of the experience, the generosity of the food and the colourful backdrop of the restaurant and its people. There’s ample, safe parking in front of the restaurant.
After your meal, pop round to pick up some of the best sweet meats in town at Al Medina in Ninth Avenue, just around the corner.
Diane de Beer
It’s one of your typical traditional Indian restaurants with a menu that seems to run on forever. All the favourites are there, but it's best to start with their rich variety of Indian breads including naan, roti and paratha. (Beware, it may be tough to stop in time.)
The staff is happy to oblige with guidance, or you could simply start working your way through the menu. Try the creamy dhal makhani that’s hearty enough to leave you completely satisfied, a tender mutton karahi with a yoghurt base, or the popular butter chicken. Gather a group and order for the table. Whether you go vegetarian or meaty, you'll be licking your fingers.
No alcohol is served, but try one of their lassis for an authentic taste.
They’re eager to engage and very helpful with advice on the food.
It’s not about design, but rather the novelty and the fun of the occasion. The space reminds of a large school hall as it is located inside the revamped showroom of a garage. You’re never sure what you might find as you enter – from a wedding reception to a crowd gathered for a cricket match on the TV sets in one of the corners of this vast dining room. It's as entertaining as the food is plentiful and well prepared.
It fronts on a petrol station, which adds to the novelty of the experience.
No ambience, service bad, naan served raw, aloos big, large quantities ok food. Once was enough.