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Cost
R175
Ambience
Groups, Kids, Special occasions
Food
Indian, Tapas
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R30

Critic's review

Ishay Govender-Ypma

Food
Once a snoozy strip on the lower end of Regent Street, this section of Sea Point is twinkling with tempting dining options and Sundoo is one of the better ones. Chef and entrepreneur Seelan Sundoo’s second and eponymous restaurant (he owns Seelan at the V&A Waterfront and Three Wise Monkeys next door) has created a space to honour his South Indian roots, prevalent from Mauritius to Kerala. There’s an obvious nod to the Durban Indian classics like bunny chow, braised fish roe, chops chutney and duck curry. You need to enquire first if these are in stock, but there are regular favourites on the menu, like Humma’s tender lamb curry made with meat from Calvinia, Kavrathi chicken, lamb slow-cooked with dhal and the ‘exotic’ pineapple braised with black mustard seeds and coconut.

The ideal way to enjoy the breadth of the menu is to dine with a few friends and share a number of dishes tapas-style (though some dishes are enough for a main). There’s a small lunch menu if you’re in a hurry, with items like the Bombay lamb burger, a mini veg thali and a masala chicken breast sandwich too.

For dessert, opt for the warm vermicelli in sweetened milk with cardamom, or the buttery semolina soji, both of which are Durban wedding staples.

Drinks
There’s a short but satisfying wine list and surprisingly no Riesling nor Gewürztraminer, but the chenin blanc should suffice. The craft beer offerings are thoughtful.

Service
Warm, though a tad slow during peak times.

Ambience
Trendy with a pleasing, contemporary interior, the counters at the windows open up onto the street so you’re part of the buzz, especially on warm summer evenings. It fills up quickly, especially during the busy hours in season. No bookings here, so be prepared to wait a little while.

And…
They do take-aways too, if you feel like an Indian spread at home.

(August 2017)

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User reviews

  • Just last week we visited Seelans at the V&A Waterfront. We would like to thank you guys so much for always taking such wonderful care or us. Since 2017 we started going to Seelan’s, the owner Mr Seelan Sundoo has always been very warm and hospitable. He never fails to make every visit a special one from the delicious food to the amazing ambiance. The staff is always very accommodating with the right balance of friendliness and efficiency, on the ball and overall took good care of us. All personnel were very well trained. Our waiter was absolutely superb, we could not decide on what to eat since everything sounded so yummy our waiter the chef surprised us with a mystery dish, it was a seafood platter but no ordinary platter, packed and stuffed (overflowing) with crayfish, prawns, the works! It lacked nothing at all, all your cravings in one - a 2 meter long platter, it just put everyone in awe. The staff is absolutely fantastic, from the manager checking up on us - giving us complimentary dessert, the chef coming to make sure everything is okay. Our waiter so polite, attentive and every attention to detail was given. The food was amazing and arrived within minutes. Every time you go to Seelan’s at the V&A Waterfront it’s an absolute breath of fresh air, they never fail to make you feel welcomed and at home. The view was just breath taking and the excellent service is the cherry on top of the cake. We have never experienced such good customer service. The food was fresh, properly prepared and a great value for the price. With that being said, I cannot fail to mention….. The delicious rustic bunny chows can be found at Sundoo’s, the delightful spot can be found in the Sea Point area just off the main road. The fresh hollow loafs are filled with delicious authentic Indian curry of your choice. If you have the lamb bunny chow you will not go wrong! The curries are to die for, ridiculously mouthwatering! Usually bunny chows are supposed to be messy but the variety is insane, there is an option of ordering a trio of bunny’s, its less messier and ideal if you prefer eating with a knife and fork. The service is exceptional and the manager Tuno, what a delightful soul. Whilst ordering our food we actually witnessed a little incident.. a young lady was about to pay her bill but accidently blocked her card, seemingly she forgot her password to pay for the bill, she was absolutely distraught about the whole thing, but the kind and understanding staff of Sundoo’s made a plan and allowed her to come back and pay the following day. That’s the beauty of this lovely Indian spot they put trust into their customers and their customers put trust into Sundoo. We will definitely be back for more! Both places are an absolute delight for a quick work lunch, our clients are always impressed! love love love the fact that we can order in for the office, they are available on Mr delivery. Well done & Congratulations on your new restaurant Macau Our next stop! Cannot wait to try it out!!!!!
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  • Hands down they make the best curry and refreshing drinks and the staff is very friendly.
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  • I cannot rave about this place enough. Consistently good food, consistently good service. Super value for money. One of our regular spots.
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  • I will always love sundoo, I will always go back. The food has never dissapointed me and the staff are really professional and friendly. Number one Restuarant.
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  • WOW! WOW! WOW! the food was tasty! the staff were friendly and you will see me again!!!!
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  • Thank you Seelan and Your staff for treating me like a queen! The complimentary samoosas were the most tastiest samoosas I have had! I will see you again soon
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  • I went there last week Monday for the first time and did not expect it to be that amazing but wow. The food was probably the best Indian food I have eaten! The staff was so friendly and even offered to walk me to my car!I will be back.
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  • Being a foodie I LOVE going to eat out all the time. and this has always been one of my top spots to go to. Not only is the food amazing the vibe is always great! I always know i will have a great time and taste great food when I go there!
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  • I went there yesterday with my girlfriend and we really had am awesome time. the doorman was pleasant and showed us to our table. our waiter was friendly and made a few light jokes with us this already made us feel welcomed and happy to be here. as it was my first time i did not know what to expect with the food but i was completely surprised on how tasty the food looked. It looked great and tasted great! perfect combination. Thank you Sundoo your friendly staff and great food will see us soon!
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  • Had an amazing night last night. The food was WOW. the food was nothing like I tasted. Which is amazing for a city in cape town that has so much to chose from. Thank you to my waiter as well you made us feel right at home!
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  • Thank you Seelan for your amazing hospitality last night and for allowing us to try a few things on the menu...We had an awesome time not to mention the food is addictive! you have out done yourself. thank you again we will be back
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  • I absolutely loved the curry I had last night. The mini bunny chows were the best for me... So creative! The staff were so kind and so on top of things. My Favourite new spot!
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  • Literally, the best place to have authentic Indian Food. The taste of every dish on this menu is incredible. Not only is the food great but the Vibe is really awesome. Definitely will be coming back... again... and again... and again...
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  • Sundoo's is the first place I stop at when visiting Cape Town. The food is better than a home cooked meal. For a tapas place the severing are a lot. The food is spiced to perfection and never disappointing.
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  • Great service and amazing food :)
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  • Sundoo's curries are just delicious .. not to rich, not too spicy - just the perfect balance so that this becomes a weekly craving. My weakness is the Parantha which begs breaking my banting diet! Whether a take-away through Mr. D or a sit down meal we just love Sundoos ... the vibe, the staff and the consistently great curries makes this a favorite of mine! Hat's off to Seelan and his team.
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  • Came across this amazing restaurant while walking down the main street in Sea Point. Popped in and eventually managed to land a table an hour later. Despite being billed as Indian tapas, the tapas menu was rather limited and veered toward a standard Indian menu. This is not a bad thing though. Their flavours are bright, bold and wholesome. I loved the balance of spice and heat. But moreover, I loved that their food was reminiscent of home cooking while being presented in a modern and contemporary design. We had the trio of chicken bunny chow, Amma's lamb and the trio of lamb vindaloo on roti. All three dishes were flawless. Definite must visit if you're in the neighbourhood, and worth the trip if you're not.
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  • 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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