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Namaskar

Namaskar
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Cost
R120 avg main meal
Ambience
Authentic culture, Classic elegance
Food
Indian
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
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Critic's review

Diane de Beer

Food
About four times a year (Christmas, Valentine’s Day, mother and father’s day), Namaskar serves a buffet. This is a great time to catch what they’re all about. Don’t think it is about quantity for this establishment, you’ll be missing the point. They want to serve the best, they’re not about shortcuts and their cuisine is probably as authentic as you would eat anywhere in India. The spices and flavours are perfect and while the menu seems too vast to the outside eye, the owner explains that many of the dishes work within a specific flavour spectrum and that’s why they can reach wide. From their Indo-Chinese starters to what is probably the best prawn curry you could wish for, this is the place to discover this cuisine in all its complexity. Their Namaskar dahl and an abundance of vegetarian options are also a good place to start.

Drinks
A serious wine list with a strong section on sparkling wines, MCC’s and Champagnes (and fancy decanters if you want to dine in spectacular style). Included is a Private Bin selection and a cocktail list. They also offer five non-alcoholic wines, in order to serve all their clients.

Service
The owners are always on hand; staff members are informed and ready to go.

Ambience:
Expect a large dining room with a raised area, as well as a private room if you prefer. With views on a busy main route, it’s as if you are part of the bustling city in the best sense possible. They’re easily accessible, and slightly off the normal foodie track, with plenty of parking.

And…
You might want to ask for seating on one of the balconies on a sunny day.

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  • Food
    The bold use of cinnamon, coriander, cumin, ginger, onion, garlic and tomato is synonymous with Indian cooking. Here unpretentious dishes come alive with combinations of these ingredients. Dhal gosht is extremely tasty; the vegetarian options offer a feast; and it’s difficult to choose between naan, roti, paratha or kulcha to accompany your main meal

    Wine
    There’s a good selection of wines with average prices. The non-alcoholic lassi (sweet, salted or mango) is well worth a try.

    Service
    Good. New staff are properly trained and accompanied by an experienced staff member.

    Ambience
    It feels authentic here, with the restaurant overlooking a busy street, which is similar to many restaurants in India.

    And...
    Patrons have to visit frequently to truly appreciate and experience the wide variety of delectable dishes available. (CR, October 2012)

User reviews

  • Food is good, the old Lady is very rude... doesn't know the menu well. she looks at us angry when the coke is split on the floor accidentally. wasted bottom-line: Expect NO Hospitality!!!
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  • After hearing about an Indian restaurant in the heart of Pretoria, a group of 7 of us decided to try out Namaskar. This was a poor decision on our part. I have been to many restaurants and have truly never experienced such condescending behaviour. The problem arose when one of our friend's who was Muslim asked the owner (who was taking our orders) if the food was halaal and she very rudely asked him if he had not read the menu and could he not see that no pork was served. Her attitude was demeaning and completely unprofessional! There was a note saying that the food was halaal but I believe it is within a consumer's rights to double check. When my friend left the table to step outside, the owner asked if our friend had a problem, we said no and she said she had a problem with him in a tone that was very aggressive. As we had finished our starters, the owner came to take orders for the main meal. We gave her our order and before our Muslim friend placed his order she began walking away. He said that he still had to place his order, she said he was taking too much of time to place an order! At that point we asked for the bill so we could leave! What I find apalling is the fact that the owner could ignore our friend based on his religion. I have never been to a restaurant where a time limit is imposed on you before an order is taken, neither have I been to a restaurant where the owner is so uncomfortable answering questions on the food being prepared. I find this behaviour completely intolerable! On our way out we tried to reason with the owners, trying to explain that you could not treat customers in that way but they refused to listen. I find this behaviour completely unacceptable! We live in a democratic society, or so I thought. To have such a negative attitude to someone of a different religion should not be tolerated!
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  • This is an Indian restaurant that firstly serves average food but this not the real issue. The real issue is the owner/manager of this restaurant who is this lady (Indian, short black hair) who has the most horrendous attitude when servicing their customers. She's is not winning any personality contests or even miss congeniality contests. Even Sandra Bullock wins this one hands down. I kid you not, I was in this restaurant a few times (NOT of my choosing, believe me) where this happened:
    1. I tried to take chicken curry from the buffet and she would be run behind me and ask what I'm doing? I was inclined to reply that I was searching for Waldo, but alas she would interject and say "Don't stir the curry". She forced me to pick out individual pieces of chicken from the curry and put it in the plate as not to mess the artwork of coriander drifting on the top. I wasn't aware one couldn't stir curry. I wondered how anyone could eat this curry? I felt like the chicken in the pot. I was cooked beyond recognition.

    2. My wife was trying to breastfeed in another room that led to art gallery. Granted kids were not allowed in but my wife had a sleeping baby in her arms. The manager forced herself in, told her that the baby mustn't touch the artwork. Well... maybe she saw it another movie where a sleeping baby miraculously started touching the artwork with her mind? None the less, she was so rude. Didn't even say please.

    3. Another time, my wife was with our baby and another child in another area of the restaurant, and behold! There comes the manager... who asked that the kids don't touch the glasses as they had just been washed (note: the kids are small and cannot reach the glasses on the dining table). You can't make this stuff up folks!

    This owner needs a life, she's rude and doesn't deserve to own a restaurant. She needs a life lesson in etiquette. I feel sorry for the man who married her. I hope he at least got to stir the chicken curry.
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  • Used to love this restaurant. Great disappointment after our last visit as we were refused tap water at the table. If we wanted water we were forced to buy bottled water at ZAR25-00 per bottle - environmentally I have an issue seeing that bottled water creates a large amount of plastic waste We just find this unacceptable. Visited August 2013.

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  • The food was excellent, but the lady that owns the place is an old hag who needs to get a life.

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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
  • Dinner
  • Eat Out reviewed
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Smoking
  • Takeaways
  • Vegetarian
  • Wheelchair

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