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Geet Indian Restaurant

Geet Indian Restaurant
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Cost
R150 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Special occasions
Food
Health food, Indian, Modern, Strictly Halaal, Vegetarian
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
No BYO

Critic's review

Alida Ryder

Food

If there’s one thing to know about Gita Jivan and Geet, it’s that things are in constant motion. She’s always on the move, traveling to vitalize her culinary journey, and the menu is constantly evolving, too. There’s a core element that stays the same for those who don’t want change, but for those who want to play on the edges of Indian cuisine, she has perfected a menu that’s as exciting as it is extraordinary. She’s now exploring molecular cuisine – a first in the capital city, in this particular cuisine – and it works magnificently.

The team takes traditional recipes and brings them firmly into the contemporary world. Start with the splendid doughnut-lookalike: a beetroot, corn and mixed vegetable tikki served on mushroom, dehydrated coconut soil and coriander foam. It’s the most exquisite starter – one almost doesn’t want to move on to anything else because of the perfection. It’s subtle in both taste and texture, with sweet and savoury in perfect balance. But that’s only the beginning!

The paneer pasanda sandwich is another treat, accompanying the rogan quail, which embraces all the splendour of traditional Indian cuisine. There’s a selection of kebabs including tamarind, coffee and date; tomato; or a mustard-and-saffron version – all juggling flavours in a colourful way. In between, dip into some creamy dhal makhani, Delhi-style with a rumali roti, something no Indian meal should be without. A Royal Thali platter is the way to go for a table of friends with juicy Kolhapuri prawns, jaipuri chicken, lamb nilgari, and paneer khurchan, served with a delicate herb garden salad with balsamic pearls, green pea paneer and a potato sunflower seed naan.

Desserts include an explosive homemade ice-cream that delivers India in all its flavoursome splendour: a molecular saffron panna cotta on beetroot red velvet cake coated with an orange gel; and Gita’s divine meringue that’s chewy and sweet but not cloyingly so.

It’s a meal fit for a king, but one of many different colours. If you want the real deal, discuss it with the people in charge – you won’t be sorry.

Drinks

Their wine list is as extravagant as the food – and as bountiful. They go to great lengths to provide enough information about food and wine pairings, and the reach of their wines is impressive. Follow their suggestions: they know their food best, and their advice is sound.

Service

With Gita’s father running the front-of-house, this family-based restaurant keeps their customers at the heart of everything they do. It’s about surprise and keeping up with the times, but with old-fashioned quality. The service staff does their best to keep everything running smoothly.

Ambience

Situated on the side of the Brooklyn Mall, there’s also a magic balcony overlooking the street. Inside, the many different rooms offer either privacy or a sociable space with the rest of the diners – it’s all about what you prefer. The look is understated, with comfort the defining element.

And…

Parking is easy: right outside the restaurant.

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(September 2017)

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  • Alida Ryder

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    Upon entering Geet (Hindi for “Melodious Poem”), you are instantly transported to India. The aroma of roasting spices is enticing and will leave you excited for your first course.
    The menu at Geet is extensive, covering every aspect of Indian cuisine. They also have a dedicated vegan menu, on top of their vegetarian options, and there is truly a dish for every palate. Chef Gita Jivan uses her years of experience and her love of Indian food very creatively by combining classic technique with the freshest seasonal ingredients.

    For a mouth-watering start to your meal, try the Punjabi samoosas, stuffed with vegetables, or the mushrooms stuffed with paneer, marinated and grilled to perfection (shabnam ke moti dhingri). Their vast selection of tandoori kebabs are crowd-favourites. As far as mains go, you are spoiled for choice with dishes such as their version of butter chicken (butter makhni), where your choice of chargrilled meat is bathed in a delectable, rich tomato and butter gravy. The tak ka tak badami is perfection and sees succulent cubes of meat (your choice of chicken, ostrich, prawn or lamb) cooked in crushed almond and cashew nut cream sauce, spiced with a blend of northern Indian spices. The Kashmiri nally gosht is the chef’s delicacy and is a dish of slow-cooked lamb cooked in a thick onion gravy with saffron and roasted garlic, and is sublime.

    Their vegan menu is equally delightful and includes dishes like chainsoo, which is a traditional pahadi recipe using black dahl and butternut with lots of coriander and garlic. The yellow lentil dahl is equally delicious and should be ordered, whether you're a vegan or not. To accompany your main meal, their selection of rice dishes and naan breads are excellent and the stuffed naans in particular are worth a look.

    To finish your meal, the chocolate samoosas are a wonderful sweet note to end off a very memorable meal.

    Drinks
    The wine list is as extensive as the menu and includes both local and international options. They offer a good selection of wines under each cultivar. Local wineries represented include La Motte, Paul Cluver, Haute Cabriere and Warwick. They take great care in explaining the most suitable wines for pairing with Indian food and have a few wine pairing suggestions at each section on the menu. They also have a good range of bubblies and a great selection of whisky, cognac and other hard liquor.

    Service
    You are warmly welcomed by the owners of the restaurant before being seated. The servers are friendly, attentive and knowledgeable about the menu items.

    Ambience
    The restaurant is beautifully decorated in rich, warm tones and Indian fabrics. The restaurant is quite large but, because of the way they have used draped fabrics and different levels, there is also a sense of privacy when seated at your table. There are also a number of private dining areas available. The candle light and ambient music contribute to the romantic, intimate mood.

    And...
    They offer excellent catering as well as a food consulting service.

    (September 2016)

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User reviews

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  • Geet met and exceeded all of my expectations. Customer service is on point with attention to detail. Would definitely go back.
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  • Much more than 5 stars this place deserves such a wonderful hidden Gem in Pretoria. Having lunch this afternoon, to my surprise over whelming menu. and believe me I have asked question on so many dishes the waiter Faith, knew her food like a book , every dish she explained to perfection. Well we asked being 4 people so do some starters, a combination of variety of six main courses and rice and naan . Well Done Faith your a super duper spot on out likes. She did some scallops, Crispi Vegetable, beetroot wheels flavored in nutty. we shared all these well presented starters than came the excitement mains Allepy prawn, Chicken Rezella, Lamb Shank , lamb Coriander with apricots,Dhal , and Paneer flavored in sweet and sour with shallots honey coriander naan and more n more naan there not a single one dish can say we did not enjoy have no clue how they do all these flavors but its just magic and one of SA best Indian food every eaten. My Words to them Your just simple the best We will only patron Geet more and more Best Indian Food Every
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  • Beyond Words , such an amazing place a perfect women's day Lunch we had this afternoon , with all my friends we were 16 ladies. Such welcoming staff, great music not load soft and gentle background. Such amazing Food, Wellington, helped us with every step of the way. excellent food , Huge menu but shows how Geet can make its food. I will be back Most amazing restaurant, Highly Recommend this place, go with larger groups as one can share variety amazing staff keep it up
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  • We had a girls night out last night and there's no words to say how amazing it was! We sat in the lounge on the floor and drank champagne. We had a stunning mixed platter starter recommended by the owner For man course we had a lovely variety, chicken, lamb, the prawn balchao was incredible with a coconut cream Thank you for the excellent service Faith, we will definitely be back with the girls for another night out and I HIGHLY recommend this restaurant to anyone wanting to experience luxury dining See you soon Geet :)
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  • We are First time visiting to Geet Deciding were to have Dinner, Googled Indian and Geet came up , What a welcoming from staff and management. What tasteful food the best we have ever eaten in years .I cannot say enough but the best cuisine great atmosphere sitting on the floor in the whisky lounge is a must such an romantic area. we had Balcho Prawns and Chicken Alleppy,burnt garlic rice and coconut naan Desserts was the amazing trio malia kulfi ice cream. We will be back again again . thank you google leading us to the best Indian restaurant ever. Good luck Geet
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  • Decadent Indian Food .THE best Indian restaurant and food ever, great service and friendly staff
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  • Most amazing Food and service the best every Indian food. excellent service friendly staff and owners, will be back sooner with huger group, this place great with large groups as one share lots of variety of the curries , Nally Ghost ( lamb and chicken curry) Naples Biryani , the naan bread ,Honey and coriander .just amazing. Geet your are the best Indian restaurant
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  • Just had Business Lunch> with my partners, What an amazing Restaurant, well Welcomed us with a true Indian way Namaste so respectful. Seated us in the private Dinning Room , with some Wines displayed on walls ,with some really great wines. Menu we opened and manger took us through the Indian Journey with different regions of food, and such a huge variety wondered if the really make so many variety if dishes. Well to put my dought we ordered food and believe me such am amazing spread of flavors came and we enjoyed every dish , not one could say better than the other. This is one of south African Best Indian food we have ever eaten we as cooperate eat weekly out , but Geet is far the best ever, we will come back Very Soon. I REALLY FROM the bottom of my heart want to thank Geet and the team the very best ,you do deserve the best and your guys are the best eatery
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  • Geet still one of my best Indian Restaurants ever, always Friendly stuff, always new food concepts, and always bringing new wines to pair with there Cuisine I have been dinning for almost three years .never a dull moment they deserve the best Indian in south Africa. those who have not eaten at Geet Please try u will never be disappointed Love You all at Geet Good Luck
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  • Last night I dined at the best restaurant in South Africa! Geet Restaurant is one of finest restaurants I have dined at during my stay in South Africa, the food was delicate and delicious. I started with pesto prawns which just melted in your mouth, and then onto the amazing main course. The ginger scented nally gosht lamb just fell of the bone, with garlic olive naan and mushroom rice. I finished of with coffee and a shot of grappa! The winelist was also excellent with a nice variety and the service from my waiter was brilliant. Looking forward to returning on my next visit to South Africa. Keep up the good work Geet
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  • Great food ! Great service ! Devine food !
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  • Wonderplace restaurant. Absolutely beautiful! The service is amazing and food is excellent. Absolutely nothing bad to say about this place! Thank you Gita and staff!
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  • WOW ......wow...... wow What and amazing place this is. We were a table of 7 friends having a celebration, of birthday, we did not book and googled indian and found it ,we decided instantly to eat here , had early dinner on monday evening , such wonderful welcome, from the owner , such friendly stuff, so helpful when one does not know much about indian food, the stuff new all the food on the menu We opted to skip starters so went straight on mains, tried and variety of curries and to be pleasantly surprised how they can have such a huge menu and still make each dish different unlike other indian places all taste the same. I felt like he Maharajas wife been fed such a wonderful fest. every this we had was just the best .We had Lamb shank that was so tender, badami ostrich, dhal ,Prawn biryani with mushrooms,White butter chicken , the naan to die for soft and flavorful. we had some of there new desserts introduced which were not on menu, wow wow wow the best . I highly recomand Geet they just have a perfect place for every one. i wish them more good as i never tasted food like this before . i can still taste all the flavours till now. You are the best indian restaurant in country in the world .THANK you Wellington who helped us .
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  • What an experience , friendly stuff , welcoming owner, felt like a perfect father's day ever. we were a family of 7 with my lovely kids. who decided to choose Geet , instead of having an braai at home. The perfect choice , we have chicken starters which was recommended by the owner with scallops, bursting with flavours. Just perfect matched with Ghost Corner Semillon wine, Mains we had Duck badami still flavours lingering ,my wife had rezella chicken soft and tender , and kids had alleppy prawn and ostrich seyal. with mushroom rice and a variety of naan breads the best Indian food ever had in a long time , great atmosphere, great food and host . She new her menu like a book. . Your new wine list is fantastic keep it up, we will definitely be back for us 5 stars is to little for what we were treated
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  • We were a table of 12 people (4 children) yesterday to celebrate a birthday as well as fathers day. The reception and waitress was pleasing. The owner suggested starters, which we agreed to. This was chicken (very tasty), one piece each, as well as beetroot cakes (not very appetizing) and veggies (ok), which amounted to about R700.00. We ordered 12 different dishes for mains, of which 6 were cream/coconut based. The other 6 dishes were ok (not great) but the 6 cream/coconut based dished we so salty, one could not even eat them, my lamb was as salty as biltong. Even thought they were different dishes they all tasted the same. I complained and received a "new"dish, which they maybe added a bit of cream to same dish and returned it to me. So salty I could not eat it (and I am a salt person). More than 50% of our food was returned. The naan bread arrived a few minutes after our food! At just short of R400 per person (incl. the kids) I was disgusted to say the least. A few of us had sleepless nights and as result of the repeating of the food and the bloated feeling. Will definitely never be back!!
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  • 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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  • Excellent Food and wine pairing very different from other Dinner we Go for, great and friendly stuff, food outstanding far most the best indian restaurant,will be back with a bigger group
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  • Wow - Wow - Wow We had Dinner at Geet Gourmet evening last night- we never miss any of there gourmets as they have amazing wine and food pairing combination. such an amazing combination of Food created by Geet, and her team so well presented and flavours bursting bite after bite, the best indian restaurant i have ever been at . They are far ahead of indian cuisines in the country, well balanced. extensive new menu and wine both paired vise versa
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