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The Indian Chapter with Prim Reddy

The Indian Chapter with Prim Reddy
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Cost
R100 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Quick meals
Food
Indian
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R40 per bottle

Critic's review

Greg Landman

Food
Try the chicken or vegetable samoosas done Punjab-style with potatoes and peas, way beyond any samoosa you might know, or the tandoori mixed grill with chicken and lamb to really get your taste buds going. Go on to the lamb Madras – they call it hot and they aren’t kidding, but it’s also delicious. If you prefer something a bit tamer, go for the lamb korma done in a rich mild cashew sauce. Vegetarians are well taken care of with dishes like the deliciously rich chickpea curry or the dhal makhani. The naan breads are superb, with toppings like butter and garlic and the aloo paratha with lightly spiced mashed potato, a splash of ghee and finished in the tandoor oven.

Drinks
Small well priced wine list but the thing to drink with this food is beer—and they have it.

Service
The staff is well versed on the menu.

Ambience
A simple setting with some elegant touches make you forget you’re in Blouberg.

And…
If the thought of belly dancing (which happens sometimes on Fridays) doesn’t appeal, make sure you enquire when booking.

(August 2018)

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  • John Maytham

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    The imported tandoor oven is an important part of the kitchen – without it, you wouldn’t be able to order what must be a contender for the best garlic naan in the country. We order a starter platter of lamb, chicken and fish kebabs done in the oven and served off the skewer. They are all delicious, as is the onion bhaji. There’s a wide variety of meat, fish and vegetarian main dishes, which can served anywhere between mild and devilishly hot, depending on your preference. The lamb madras is full of tomato-based tastiness with an accompanying slow burn and the lamb pieces beautifully tender. The chicken breyani is a mountain of aromatic loveliness. There is also a good selection of exotic Indian desserts.

    Drinks
    The wine list is small and those available have a fair mark-up. There’s a good selection of local commercial beers, and the occasional appearance of beer from the sub-continent.

    Service
    Prim and her partner, Penny, hold the service together with broad smiles and lots of efficiency. It’s like being at a large family gathering. The belly dancer performance on Fridays can slow the service a touch.

    Ambience
    The two rooms are known as Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 and share an inter-connecting kitchen. Chapter 2 is more modern, whereas Chapter 1 has just the right amount of Indian kitsch.

    And…
    If you order a plate of the hottest dish on the menu and finish it, you get to wear a ceremonial turban for the rest of the evening. You’ve been dared.

    (September 2017)

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User reviews

  • What a win! If you’re a lover, liker or even a ‘meh’er’ of Indian food... you HAVE to go give this gem of a restaurant a try. Extensive menu catering to all pallets and loads of options for vegetarians and pescatarians too! Chicken samosas to share as a starter - a meal in itself! Perfectly crispy shell crammed full of delicious minced chicken, potatoes - wonderfully spiced! Firey lamb vindaloo tames by delicious mango lassi. Lamb rogan josh was perfectly spiced with a lovely not-overly-thick sauce. Very tasty and aloo saag. Garlic and peshwari naan were wonderful! Topped off by excellent service, and the personal touch by Prim Reddy Chapter’s presence, and time spent chatting with EVERY patron. A perfect experience!
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  • Last week myself and few friends decides to visit The Indian Chapter. Within minutes of our arrival our charming hostess and owner Prime Reddy had us laugh and forget about the day’s troubles. We were seated in the cosy “Second Chapter” where there was a fire going to keep us warm from the cold Cape Town weather. The friendly staff soon helped us to settle in with a glass of wine and getting our orders out while we continued our friendly chatter and laughter. We ordered several dishes to share amongst each other - the onion Bhajia and uniquely shaped Chicken samoosas is truly tasty and comes highly recommended. All the main dishes that was selected was flavourful and delicious - the one that stood out however was the Chicken Madras. In conclusion we all had such a wonderful night at The Indian Chapter and at the end it felt like dining at a friend’s home. Thank you Prim and staff for a memorable night, we will surely be back soon.
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  • We went to The Indian Chapter 2 weeks ago and had the Chicken Korma and the Butter Chicken and garlic naan. It was honestly the best curry I have ever had in my life. Having a family history in the industry in Durban and family that owned The Curry tavern in the 80s in Sun City, I know quite a bit about curries. The Indian Chapter blew my hair back. The fragrant flavors and and taste integrity with which the curries are made is just phenomenal. The Indian Chapter had REAL respect for the flavors and the spices they use in the dishes. Just enough to pack a real flavor punch. Thank you to The Indian Chapter and Prim for the wonderful experience.
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  • What a lovely time we had at The Indian Chapter. The owner was very attentive....the atmosphere was relaxed and noisy (the good kind of noisy...when people are having a good time talking and eating)...but most importantly the food was insanely good! This is going to be our go to place when we feel like something super tasty. Can't wait for the next time!
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  • Oh what a nice restaurant! We visited this restaurant, when we came from a round trip being to Walvis bay on our way home. The staff was very friendly and let us feel at home. After we ordered drinks, the owner herself joined us, what a privilege it was. The food was outstanding, the company even better! We can't wait to be back! Well done Prim Reddy, keep up the good work!!
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  • Wow what a wonderfull experience! Staff is very friendly and Owner is hands on deck with the restaurant! Will definitely be back! Thanks for the experience!
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  • Myself and my husband have to visit Indian chapter at least once a week for their delicious Indian cuisine. Food is explosive and mouthwatering, very tasty. Service is very attentive, and the ambience, feels very inviting and comfortable.
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  • Fabulous food and Prim always makes you feel at home
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  • With a postcard view of the world-famous Table mountain, effervescent TV presenter Prim Reddy’s Indian Chapter Restaurant in Bloubergstrand is the go-to-place for any soul wanting a traditional Indian curry in the Mother City. The Punjabi samosas are to die for - and boy are they ginormous! For mains - the no. 1 dish had to have been the Chicken Madras Curry. Now this was some DAMN good curry and the bowl was wiped out clean! The music, the people, the decor and just the vibe all combined makes any customer warm and so much at home from the time you walk in. But then it's also because host Prim is on hand to see to your every need. Being a newbie in the city and a lover for all things spicy, I will definitely be making The Indian Chapter a go-to spot whenever I’m in need for some “tikka”.
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  • Best Indian food ! Absolutely delicious. Friendly service....great menu. Fantastic love this restaurant.
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  • This little gem in Bloubergstrand is a popular hangout for not only lovers of Indian cuisine but foodies with an adventurous palate. The food is sublime! The butter chicken curry will entice you to return. Just the aroma of the madras fish curry will literally have your mouth watering and ofcourse the naan breads are the best in South Africa! You simply cannot end your meal without savouring one of the decadent desserts that will limp with satisfication! Prim Reddy is a warm, gracious and extremely entertaining owner/ hostess. She multitasks by flitting from the kitchen to the dining area with the greatest of ease in order to engage with her guests and her staff ensuring that diners get the premium Indian food experience! The meals are well priced and portion size is generous. I suggest you make a resevation in order to secure a table. If the restaurant is fully booked, don’t despair just visit Indian Chapter 2 right around the corner! #myfavouriterestaurant
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  • I hv enjoyed The Indian Chapter for the last 5yrs Awesome food, priced well & the service excellent. Nicholas, Peter, Penny, actually all the staff attentive & the chefs always produce exactly what is ecpected Thank you
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  • The best Indian food on the West Coast!! The Indian Chapter is a hidden gem in Tableview with a cosy inviting atmosphere and excellent service. Each dish is layered with complex delicious flavors and owner Prim Reddy is normally on site chatting and giving menu suggestions. Definitely worth more than one visit!!!
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  • This is, in my opinion the best Indian food in South Africa. It’s a combination of amazing food, awesome customer service and Prim 💗💗💗💗
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  • I have been going here for almost ten years. Recently we had a couple’s dinner here. The experience and food is exciting. We were treated to a personal recommendation by Prim and a enchanting performance by a dancer. A great evening out!
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  • Another delicious meal at indian chapter with the drlightful prim reddy. The paneer makhni and lacha paratha were sublime as usual. This is a great local spot with food as good as mums
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  • What a wonderful evening Thanku Prim! Every time I go I am blown away by the fact that the food is so good! A beautiful greeting, great service, stunning food, wine & a desert to remember after finishing my whole curry! Naughty but oh so nice!
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  • Sorry, but quality of food and service has gone down.
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  • Fabulous food!! Prim was the perfect hostess!
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  • Consistency is certainly the key for The Indian Chapter!As a regular patron I know that I am always guaranteed a quality meal. Prim Reddy had it reddy -made to start! A known name and celebrity drew people to this once empty restaurant when it was Passage to India! However her personality is not something that she has ridden on. She has the finest flavours that are so fragrant and so well put together and she is a hands on owner - that is always a key to success.I have seen her restaurant grow so much so that one has to now reserve a table.Her prices are excellent and her waitrons offer a good service. Its a real favourite for me and my spouse especially that Indian food is one of our real favourites. The ambience and decor gives one the feeling of stepping into India. The flavours of the various dishes that we have experienced allows one to taste India. Portions are reasonable and parking is available so all in all, we are always REDDY and willing to go back. Prim has blended all the ingedients required to make a successful restaurant and one that is tasteful. Her warm effervescent personally is the cherry on the top. Highly recommended. Never disappoints
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  • Had a great meal with my dad this evening. Very professional staff and a great atmosphere.... Would definitely recommend it for someone looking for a delicious curry!
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