Jewel of India (Cape Town)

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Critic's review

A decent selection of reliable wines from R85 per bottle; poor and limited selection by the glass, but good Asian beers available.

Relaxed and well informed.

Relocated from the working harbour, the Jewel Tavern has lost much of its working-class charm and its new home is stark, bare and devoid of atmosphere – no dimmer switches here. It is probably a better lunchtime venue.

There are great-value set menus at R299 for two people. (BS, September 2010)

Gia’s offers light meals ranging from a comprehensive breakfast menu to seasonal specials like chicken pot pie and hearty minestrone soup. Francophiles can indulge in toasted or untoasted croissants, while the Lazy Afternoon beef burger (with avocado, bacon and cheddar) will satisfy the monstrous appetite. Vegetarians and Mexican food lovers can try the healthy and filling “Bean me up, Scotty” vegetable wrap, with chickpeas, red kidney and butter beans, olives, feta, spring onion rocket, olive oil and balsamic reduction. A kiddies menu (and a secure playground) offer a rare moment of peace to parents with tots. 
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User reviews

  • On Saturday 28 April I called to make a reservation for 4 people. When we called later the evening (15 minutes before the time) to confirm our reservation we were told in a very rude manner by some manager named Veron that a booking was never made and that he cannot help us we must come another day as they are full. He did not even check my name and phone number to check if I was on the reservation list. I am shocked and appalled by how rude this manager was... he even hung up on me!

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  • Went there for my birthday with a groupon voucher which clearly stated no corkage. Took our own good bottle of wine but were later charged R30 corkage. When we enquired our waiter did his best to remove the charge but was stopped by the manager named Asif. When we spoke to him he told us that no corkage means "that you can't bring your own wine".  When we disputed this he got defensive and told us that we were also having takeaways as we were taking the main meal leftovers home. It was embarrassing and unnecessary, especially considering that we ordered starters and other drinks as well. All in all, the waiter was suddenly conned out of his well earned R50 tip, the food was average and the service disgraceful.

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  • Delicious food! A wonderful restaurant to go with friends and share different dishes.

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  • I used to love going to Jewel of India for their amazing Jhinga Biryani. Unfortunately on my last visit, I had found that they had not only changed their menu and certain item names, the flavour of my favourite dish was so disappointing. It was so bland and almost tasteless. every other dish I had was superb as always though. Perhaps it is a sign to find a new favourite!
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  • Accepts credit cards
  • Alfresco
  • Beer served
  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
  • Cocktails
  • Eat Out reviewed
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Smoking
  • Takeaways
  • Vegetarian
  • Wheelchair

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