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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

    Food
    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

  • 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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  • Having been to India, I have high curry expectations and the Indian Chapter's Lamb Rogan Josh & Butter Chicken didn't disappoint. It took me all the way back to the 11pm-dinners I had in the bustling Mumbai streets. Generous portions, excellent rotis & naan breads together with authentic flavours set the Indian Chapter high above the rest. The service and atmosphere are delightfully comfortable. Go hungry!
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  • Really enjoyed the authentic food and the friendly service, tables are perhaps a bit on top of each other but not unbearable. Also do take aways which I have always found
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  • By far the best Indian cuisine I have come across in South Africa. Had the privilege of tasting the tandori chicken which was juicy and tender. Also had some of the butter chicken which was perfectly spiced with the authentic flavour one would expect from a fine dining establishment. The restaurant was rather busy but the service was great, and we were tended to without feeling rushed The owner was also hands on with her operation
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  • The decor is beautiful and the owner is super friendly. However the food was substandard and the lavatories, atrocious. Staff are friendly and helpful. We did not wait unreasonably long for our meals. I had made a small request for a added element to my beverage and was refused to be accommodated on account of the staffs inconvenience. Every other place I have been to was able to assist me with this, and reasonably speaking the request was not so much an inconvenience. the background music was too loud and most of dinner was spent screaming across the table. I would certainly not dine there again.
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Facilities

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  • Child friendly
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  • Vegetarian
  • Wheelchair

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