Baps Shayona offers a wide variety of vegetarian inspired dishes that stem from the tenets of the basic Hindu diet. None of the dishes contain onion or garlic, and you would be none the wiser once you’ve tasted the warm, beautiful flavours. The humble interior of the restaurant/take away is quickly forgotten as the senses are assailed with the wonderful rich spices that waft through the establishment. Some of the most popular dishes include the pani puri, which are crispy dough balls filled with a dry curry, masala dosa which is a thin crispy lentil and rice pancake filled with a delicious potato curry served with chutneys, pickles and sambar (a medley of stewed vegetables and lentils). If you decide on a sit-in meal, there is enough seating for about 20 people. Do order the daily thali, which is a wonderful combination of curry (bean, paneer and potato), biryani, roti and puri and sambar served in small silver dishes atop a silver tray. Samoosas and jalebi (a traditional Indian sweet to sweeten the palate once you finish your meal) are complimentary with the thali. The paneer curry is also a popular dish with a side order of naan bread to mop up the thick gravy. Like all the dishes prepared by the superbly knowledgeable chefs, the tastes are warm, buttery and packed with sensational spicy flavours that will definitely leave you coming back for more. Other sweet treats include the freshly prepared lassis, faloodas and almond, pistachio and coconut burfi squares.
No alcohol is allowed or served here. Soft drinks, juices and the traditional Indian beverages are available instead.
Place your order at the counter and take your seat. Food service is quick and efficient however no full service waitrons are standing by to assist you.
Busy, friendly and warm. The spice racks greet you at the entrance and there are stocked shelves around the establishment creating a foodie retail experience while you sate yourself from the menu.
And … Be sure buy some spices and stock up the pantry, recreating some of the taste sensations. They even cater for functions.
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Situated in Rylands, Bap Shayona delivers true Indian flavours, with the focus being on traditional and subtly spiced fare instead of overtly spicy food. With an all-vegetarian menu, the eatery offers a list of classic curries including paneer, lentils and beans. Not to mention the endless sides and filled pasties. Entering the restaurant, the smell of simmering curries is quite hypnotic and sets the tone for the meal to follow. The paneer curry (with an ordered side of naan bread) can be highly recommended – it is buttery, rich and perfectly seasoned, offering the perfect bites to be scooped up with the naan. Also impressive is their been curry, wonderfully spiced and brimming with complex flavour. You don’t even miss meat on the menu. Dessert includes a selection of sweet meats, as well as an old favourite, that fine and fragrant drink, falooda. When the bill arrives, we find that a selection of two mains, three sides, drinks and a few sweet meats totals just over R200, which makes this restaurant great value for money. Truly a hidden gem, Bap Shayona is a must-visit – the food is delicious and leaves you wanting more.
Very good; knowledgeable staff are willing to explain dishes in detail as well as offer suggestions, even allowing you to sample before ordering.
The focus is firmly on the food, as for the décor, it seems that they’ve adopted the philosophy that less is more. The walls are bare and the tables covered with plastic, but don’t let that stop you – the food rewards with an explosion of flavour and somewhat of a cultural experience, leaving you feeling like you’ve been transported to India, or the next best thing, our very own Durban.
After your meal, be sure to browse the exotic array of ingredients for sale, including spices and even fresh produce. You might also want to leave with some sweet meats to enjoy at home.