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Oriental Palace

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  • Phone Number 012 322 2195
  • Location Colosseum Hotel, 410 Schoeman Street (corner of Du Toit Street), Pretoria Central, Pretoria
  • email info@colosseumhotel.co.za
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  • Opening Hours

    Monday to Sunday 10am - 10pm

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Cost
R150 avg main meal
Ambience
Comfy & casual
Food
Indian, Modern
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Hennie Fisher

Food
The lamb Masalawala is served with perfectly julienned strips of fresh ginger as well as chilli, tomatoes, yoghurt, cinnamon and green pepper and, with a little bowl of cauliflower, potatoes and black sesame seeds, are the makings of a great meal. Of course it is very easy to over-order, meaning that you take home an abundance of leftovers. With this in mind, why don’t you try the Bhoona chicken with sundried coriander, turmeric, yoghurt and tomato, or Gulnar fish tikka tandoori, many other lamb curries, vegetables dishes, and a couple of chef’s specialities such as their chicken Nihari, with aniseed, powdered ginger and nutmeg.

Similar to many other Indian restaurants in our country, Oriental Palace has mastered their Tandoori oven, meaning that their breads are extraordinary, and items like the Queema naan (Paratha with spicy mince filling) can easily become a meal in itself. There is also Aloo Naan, Roghani (sesame) naan, Romali roti and many more.

Drinks
The restaurant does not serve any alcohol (for religious reasons), but that does not mean one cannot have a great beverage. Their lassis are particularly good and complement the hot curries perfectly, but one is always advised to leave space for the Bombay Crush, which may even serve as a substitute dessert.

Service
The same familiar, friendly and helpful faces are still around, and everyone seems to take great pleasure in wheeling the peculiar little food trolley into the dining room with great flourish.

Ambience
The erstwhile Fuchsware building, which bears a passing resemblance to the Guggenheim museum, also offers hotel accommodation and conferencing facilities. The hotel lobby and restaurant is on the first floor of the hotel and is reached via a safe, secure parking area on the same level, up a steep ramp from street level.

And…
These days they even the coffees are of high quality, since they acquired a serious espresso machine.

(September 2016)

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  • Diane de Beer

    Food
    This hotel restaurant has that nostalgic, old-fashioned flair, which is great in today’s fast food culture. You could turn it into quite a grand affair if you want, to but casual won’t be frowned at. Because they’re in the city centre, and this is a diplomatic city, there’s an international feel about the place. The menu choice is staggering, and it’s fun to explore from the more familiar dishes like creamy chicken korma and dahl makhni, to the more adventurous chicken vindaloo or dahl gosht, which both introduce some bite to the meal. Vegetarians will be pleased to find a good selection, from the aloo ghobi (cauliflower with masala sauce) to jeera aloo (potato with roasted cumin and mango powder), all of which can form part of a mix and match meal. Speak to the manager and waiters to help guide you as you travel through this vast cuisine landscape that can differ hugely from one meal to the next. In order to maximise your choice and to have the most fun, it’s best to go in a group, so you can taste a whole range of dishes.

    Drinks
    This is a no alcohol establishment. Usually the good choice for a drink is a mango lassi, but they also serve a good Bombay crush.

    Service
    The staff is attentive and very helpful, especially when you have to make tough menu choices.

    Ambience
    It’s the kind of place without too much style, but with lots of soul. You have to provide the charm and the chatter. So gather a group and add some personal bonhomie to the meal.

    And…
    It’s easily accessible with parking at the door, which is perfect both for diners or those who want to pick up a quick takeaway.

    (September 2015)

  • Diane de Beer

    Food
    This hotel restaurant has that nostalgic, old-fashioned flair, which is great in today’s fast food culture. You could turn it into quite a grand affair if you want, to but casual won’t be frowned at. Because they’re in the city centre, and this is a diplomatic city, there’s an international feel about the place. The menu choice is staggering, and it’s fun to explore from the more familiar dishes like creamy chicken korma and dahl makhni, to the more adventurous chicken vindaloo or dahl gosht, which both introduce some bite to the meal. Vegetarians will be pleased to find a good selection, from the aloo ghobi (cauliflower with masala sauce) to jeera aloo (potato with roasted cumin and mango powder), all of which can form part of a mix and match meal. Speak to the manager and waiters to help guide you as you travel through this vast cuisine landscape that can differ hugely from one meal to the next. In order to maximise your choice and to have the most fun, it’s best to go in a group, so you can taste a whole range of dishes.

    Drinks
    This is a no alcohol establishment. Usually the good choice for a drink is a mango lassi, but they also serve a good Bombay crush.

    Service
    The staff is attentive and very helpful, especially when you have to make tough menu choices.

    Ambience
    It’s the kind of place without too much style, but with lots of soul. You have to provide the charm and the chatter. So gather a group and add some personal bonhomie to the meal.

    And …
    It’s easily accessible with parking at the door, which is perfect both for diners or those who want to pick up a quick takeaway.

  • Food
    There’s an old-world air about the place and the way diners are hosted and served. There’s always such a choice in Indian restaurants that can become quite confusing if you’re not familiar with the fare. Check with the staff about the menu and then explore from the more familiar like chicken korma and dhal makhani to the more adventurous. Develop your own top ten list; it’s that kind of menu and place.

    Wine
    No alcohol allowed.

    Service
    Attentive.

    Ambience
    Because of the large space, you have to provide the charm and the chatter. So gather a group and add some warmth to the proceedings. It’s a space that would welcome being enhanced.

    And...
    It’s easily accessible, with parking at the door. Perfect picking up a pre-ordered takeaway. (DdeB, October 2012)

Facilities

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

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