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Sundoo
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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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  • 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)

User reviews

  • 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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  • 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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