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Sundoo

Sundoo
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Cost
R175 avg main meal; tapas R60
Ambience
Authentic culture, Classic elegance
Food
Indian, Tapas
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
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Critic's review

Katharine Jacobs

This South Indian spot, from Kerala-born restaurateur Seelan Sundoo (who’s also behind Seelan Restaurant and Bar at the V&A Waterfront), opened up on Sea Point’s Regent Road in December. Since then, Sundoo has developed a loyal following.

Food
Kick off with a selection of smaller plates to share. The wok-fried squid heads with lime, coriander and green chilli spice have a great kick. The puri patha (a roti-like bread stuffed with greens and sweet-sour tamarind sauce) also gets the thumbs up. The trio of mini rotis could do with more heat. Perhaps it’s just too familiar – takeaway rotis tend not to come with fresh coriander. There are also mini bunny chows – three to a plate – which are reportedly very popular.

For mains, we sample a delicious biryani – subtly spiced, with perfectly cooked tender lentils – which goes very well with the buttermilk raita our waiter recommends. The beetroot curry is less impressive; perhaps we’ve ordered it too mild. The Calvinia spring lamb lamb, meanwhile, is wonderfully tasty, the flavour of the tender meat coming through the spicy sauce.

You might also try something from Sundoo's clay oven: There’s Kerala roasted chicken, fish roe with curry leaves, and kingklip with slow-roasted ginger and coriander. They’re sadly out of vermicelli with cardamom milk and the soji – a saucy, semolina-based cake – so we plump for flourless chocolate cake, sprinkled with pretty dyed sesame seeds in rainbow colours. It’s good, but ever so slightly dry. This is comfort-food, Indian style – perfect for a chilly winter night.

Drinks
The concise wine list has some good options, including some chenins and chardonnays, which pair well with curry. It’s a boon that the delicious Dorrance chardonnay is available by the glass, and for only R50. Alternatively, try an Indian apple cocktail laced with loads of ginger.

Service
Our waiter is attentive and warm, and service is speedy. It would be nice to have some recommendations, though, rather than an explanation of the whole menu.

Ambience
Sundoo is a chic space with plenty of wood, feature lighting, line-drawn murals, and great bar seating looking out onto Regent Road. Some of the tables are rather close, and even though it’s busy on the night of our visit, it still feels intimate.

(August 2016)

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User reviews

  • best lamb and fish curry money can buy, great cosy ambience and excellent service, all make for a worthwhile visit to Sundoo Tapas and bar in Regent rd, Sea Point. i will definitely be back again. Rael Kassel
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  • What a great Indian Restaurant. If you want authentic Indian food this is the place to get it...
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  • What a gem of a modern Southern Indian Tapas restaurant Sundoo is. I almost don't want to write a review, as it is already quite difficult to get into, but that would be unfair to Sundoo. Thanks to our friends C & G, we went early last night and managed to get a table right away - although there is a cute bar to wait at. The memory of our delicious Kingklip curry and chicken vindaloo were still with us this morning and for all the best reasons. This was great Indian cooking, served in perfect tapas sized portions - although you can have main courses too. Having a great inside/outside eating bar also adds to the ambience and the staff are friendly, efficient and kind. C & G were raving about their samosas all the way home too.
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  • Fantastic cosy spot, great twist on Indian food by making it tapas however , took 20 minutes to order first drink, we felt conclusively like they were doing us a favour for serving us , if they ever decided to show at table and finally I asked 6 times for the bill.
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  • Delicious food, we had the prawn curry and a kingklip one as well. We also got treated to a wonderful vermicilli dessert which was extremely tasty. Best Indian food that we have had in a long time, we will definitely be coming back again soon!
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Booking required
  • Dinner
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  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Takeaways
  • WiFi

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