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Impulse by the Sea Curry Restaurant

Impulse by the Sea Curry Restaurant
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Cost
R130 avg main meal
Ambience
Authentic culture, Family friendly
Food
Indian
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R30

Critic's review

Trushka Soni

Food
With magnificent sea views, a relaxed atmosphere and traditional Durban curries, Impulse By The Sea sets the scene for a delightful meal all round. A family run business for 27 years, it has service with a personal touch and cuisine that will leave you coming back for more.

Whet your appetite by starting with some light and fluffy poppadoms. The chicken livers are exceptional, braised with garlic and spices – portions are small but definitely worth a try.

Enjoy a wide selection of main courses like the signature prawn curry. Beautifully cooked in exotic Indian spices and covered in a rich tomato based gravy, it really is the champion of the menu. The lamb curry is also quite popular; the meat is cooked to perfection in traditional Durban curry spices. All curry dishes are served with rice, sambals and poppadoms.

Other options to explore are the rich butter chicken and prawn curry or the masala-grilled fish. Food is well presented and served in traditional brass dishes with candle burners, keeping your food hot.

Cool down your palate with a selection of ice-creams from the dessert menu. Opt for the white chocolate mousse on a moist torte base, finished off with a chocolate glaze.

Drinks
Choose from a wide selection of wines or special requests from the in house bar.

Service
Warm and welcoming. The owner is pleasant and friendly, engaging with the guests.

Ambience
The environment is relaxing and laid back. Enjoy the sea views from the balcony, where you could choose to have your meal, or dine inside the restaurant, with its interior of red, beige, gold and lovely white napkins to add a special touch. You will feel quite comfy.

And…
Don't miss out on the once-a-month dinner-and-dance evenings. It’s by invite only, so be sure to call in and get your name on the guest list.

(September 2016)

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  • Tracy Gielink

    Food
    Curries have been lovingly prepared and served at this family run restaurant for over two decades. Unlike other restaurants of this genre, the menu is succinct, as the focus falls on the local Holy Grail of Indian food – the Natal curry. Starters are best kept to samoosas accompanied with a homemade chilli dip; rather concentrate on the generous main courses. The signature dish is plump, sizeable prawns prepared in a thick, intricately spiced, tomato-based gravy with just the right amount of bite. The chicken and prawn version has a coconut sauce and the lamb is also noteworthy. More specialised dishes are the crab and fish roe versions, while vegetarians can choose from dhal, bean, paneer or chickpea curries.

    Drinks
    The wine list centres on budget-friendly bottles of the quaffing variety, although there is a house selection that offers some more thought-provoking options. Ciders, beers and a good selection of spirits abound.

    Service
    Old school waiters, dressed in black pants and white shirts, present themselves promptly. They scurry about performing duties efficiently and take great care in explaining the intricacies of the different curries. As the food is cooked from scratch, don’t be surprised if the wait is longer than anticipated.

    Ambience
    A flight of stairs delivers you to the entrance and then its past the bar and slot machines. Tables are covered in red tablecloths and carefully folded linen serviettes and the red colour scheme is continued with an assortment of chairs. The deck provides a relaxed al fresco experience and from here, and widow tables, you can sneak peeks at the nearby sea.

    And…
    Book ahead on weekends.

  • Tracy Gielink

    Food
    Curries have been lovingly prepared and served at this family-run restaurant for over two decades. Unlike other restaurants of this genre, the menu is succinct, as the focus falls on the local Holy Grail of Indian food – the Natal curry. Starters are best kept to samoosas accompanied with a homemade chilli dip; rather concentrate on the generous main courses. The signature dish is plump, sizeable prawns prepared in a thick, intricately spiced, tomato-based gravy with just the right amount of bite. The chicken and prawn version has a coconut sauce and the lamb is also noteworthy. More specialised dishes are the crab and fish roe versions, while vegetarians can choose from dhal, bean, paneer or chickpea curries.

    Drinks
    The wine list centres on budget-friendly bottles of the quaffing variety, although there is a house selection that offers some more thought-provoking options. Ciders, beers and a good selection of spirits abound.

    Service
    Old-school waiters, dressed in black pants and white shirts, present themselves promptly. They scurry about performing duties efficiently and take great care in explaining the intricacies of the different curries. As the food is cooked from scratch, don’t be surprised if the wait is longer than anticipated.

    Ambience
    A flight of stairs delivers you to the entrance and then it’s past the bar and slot machines. Tables are covered in red tablecloths and carefully folded linen serviettes, with the red colour scheme continued with an assortment of chairs. The deck provides a relaxed alfresco experience: from here, as well as at window tables, you can sneak peeks at the nearby sea.

    And…
    Book ahead on weekends.

    (October 2015)

User reviews

  • Located in Tinley Manor we sat outside with partial sea views .We had wonderful lunch spent at impulse. Flavoursome prawn curry that was there speciality was so delicious and bean curry was amazing too .Loved the heat and the flavour of foods here.Even they make their own bunny roll .Service was good today.Would gladly recommend for authentic hot durban curry lovers
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  • Crazy decor, but decent food. A great place to experience a good Durban curry.
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  • Excellent food, friendly staff and owners , I always have the hot prawns curry ,one of the best Ive eaten in Durbs . Well done guys
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  • Food is great and service is excellent
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  • The food, customer service, atmosphere and music are all excellent. Keep up the good work!

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  • Food, customer service, atmosphere, and music is excellent, keep up the good work.
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  • The best prawn curry. Once you have tasted this , you would not go any where else.
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  • Fantastic curries! The best I have had so far.A very busy restaurant and hence the service rating a bit low, but well worth it. Be warned, they seem to only do hot or perhaps my friend that ordered mild felt the mild was hot ,s
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Facilities

  • Alfresco
  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
  • Dancing
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Parking
  • Smoking
  • Takeaways
  • Vegetarian
  • WiFi

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