Maharajah South Indian Restaurant (Cape Town)

Maharajah South Indian Restaurant (Cape Town)
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R119 avg main meal
Groups, Quick meals
Indian, Seafood
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Critic's review

Katharine Jacobs


It’s unwise to have starters – because curry portions are hearty – but if you’re feeling reckless, the chilli bites – perfectly crisp and fried fresh to order – are excellent. The samosas, too, will ruin you for the ordinary takeaway variety.

Then it’s imperative that you order the lamb curry on – or off – the bone. A rich tomato-based Madras sauce is redolent with spices, and beautifully balanced. The butter chicken is also very good – and creamy, rather than tomato-ey – so a good counterpoint to the lamb. Scoop it all up in flaky, buttery paratha.

There’s a good page of vegetarian dishes – the paneer options are great.

All curries are available from mild to vindaloo – so tailor your order to your chilli tolerance. If you find yourself breathing fire, order a cucumber raita to cool things down. The wonderfully salty-sour mango lime pickle is also worth adding to your order from the sides menu.

Finish with a vermicelli pud, or a Lindt chocolate brownie.


There are wonderfully thick mango lassis (also great if you’re breathing fire). Alternatively, order a bottle of Cederberg Bukketraube or gewurtztramminer, with sweeter notes that go well with the curries.


Perched on the corner of Kloof Nek, this converted house has a cosy interior that’s good for a hearty meal with friends.


Staff are helpful and food comes out in good time.


You’ll likely leave with a box of leftovers – so lunch tomorrow is taken care of.

(August 2017)

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  • Jody Theodore

    The menu offers many choices which could very easily send your head into a spin. Luckily for you, the waiters are very knowledgeable and provide insight into the different options. The non veg snack platter is a very good start and allows you to sample the flavours you are about to experience. Moving on to mains, the lamb curry on the bone is delicious and for the vegetarians, you are surely spoilt for choice. Do try the paneer butter masala! As with any Indian meal, you need an array of accompaniments to enhance every bite – poppadums, parathas and raita are all available.

    A very good selection on the wine list. Everything needed to complement your curry meal is available here. Wines range from affordable to the decadent, for that special night out.

    Attentive waiters throughout the night make you feel very well looked after. Staff are knowledgeable and are quick to make recommendations from the menu – especially when it comes to warnings on their 'temperature' ratings (hot, medium and mild).

    There's a very warm and welcoming atmosphere. The small intimate space does mean that tables are limited and you might feel a bit left out if you are seated on the outside. Waiters are constant and always present, you get quite a homey feel – from the smells to the staff's warmth.

    Add the mango and lime pickle to your meal for that real 'just out of an Indian kitchen' feel.

    (September 2016)

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Set menu - Maj menu - Updated April 2018


  • Accepts credit cards
  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
  • Dinner
  • Eat Out reviewed
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  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Takeaways

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