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The Indian Chapter with Prim Reddy

The Indian Chapter with Prim Reddy
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Cost
R65 avg main meal
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Authentic culture
Food
Indian
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Critic's review

Greg Landman

Food
At this very popular venue, which belongs to TV personality Prim Reddy, the locals flock to get their curry fix. The tandoor oven is essential, not only for the fabulous naan breads which come from the kitchen, but for the dishes that would not be the same without this very special Indian way of cooking. The menu is vast and the flavours can be made as hot as you like or toned down.

Starters of various kinds of samoosas, line fish marinated in aromatic spices and grilled in the tandoori oven, minced lamb beautifully basted, and different kinds of chicken, either minced or in pieces, are all redolent with the tastes of the Indian sub-continent. If you order the lamb vindaloo or the lamb madras with coconut, be warned that they will bring a tear to the eye, but they are gorgeous. Try the lamb korma, done in a mild cashew-nut sauce, for a more calm experience. The biryani is classic, an excellent dish with fragrant rice and raita. The prawn versions of the lamb dishes are just the thing for fish lovers,

Drinks
The wine list is well priced and more than adequate, even though the best thing for this sort of cooking is obviously beer.

Service
Friendly and smooth though you might have to wait a bit when it gets really busy.

Ambience
The room is small and cosy, with some Indian touches to make it really authentic, but this is a place that does not rely on appearances to make it successful. The food is king.

And...
If you’re not into belly dancing with your dinner, make sure you enquire before you book. (GL)

(September 2016)

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User reviews

  • 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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  • Love every passing aroma & taste of the authentic Indian cuisine. Its been my favorite out of home Indian food since we moved to Cape Town. Always welcomed and treated with great respect and kindness, not because the Elegant Owner Prim Reddy is my friend but the values and manners she has instilled in her staff is evident. For me the food is absolutely divine. I highly recommend you to give it a try, Hot or Not. Once eaten worth every minute i waited....to indulge.
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  • The Indian Chapter continues to be one of my fine dining favorites. Their delectable dishes surpassed all of my expectations, dancing with flavor and luxury. The royal treatment received is an added bonus, with the hospitable Prim never failing to make us feel at home.
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  • The Indian Chapter does not only excel with the food but with the service and atmosphere too. A few of us decided to go to the restaurant for traditional Indian cuisine and we were not dissapointed. They make you feel special from when you walk in to when you leave, with Prim checking on us and engaging in conversation. The paneer makhani and patshwari naan was what we ordered and there was no bad side to it. I will definitely be back in the future.
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  • What an awesome experience @ The Indian Chapter.. thanks Prim Reddy. the food was delicious and service impeccable. Coming from Durban with such high expectations of an Indian restaurant, you guys met all of our requirements. Will definitely be back.
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  • Last week I visited The Indian Chapter restaurant in Blouberg. Loved the vibe, loved the experience & loved the food. Penny is wonderful & loved her recommendations. Prims interaction with her patrons was entertaining. My prawn breyani remains my favourite. Will be back again & again
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  • Indian Chapter is by far the best restaurant in Cape Town. Thank you to the staff and management for always going the extra mile.
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  • When ever I come to Cape Towm I make a conscious excursion to go and enjoy an authentic Indian meal. The Indian chapters food is so good it surpasses most of our local Durban restaurants fare. Their madras is absolutely spectacular and their naan speciality dishes are pure heaven. Their prawn korma and butter chicken is also one of my first favorites. Service is always impeccable and the food is freshly prepared in their ovens so takes a little longer but well worth the wait. I have eaten there at least 12 times their since the opening almost 3 years ago and look forward to going there on my next trip to Cape Town . I'll be back
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  • The Restaurant is an intimate experience situated in the blouberg area. Celebrating food and celebrating true Indian fusion. The minute we entered this stunning Resturant we felt like royalty, staff acknowledgement and dinner in a sophisticated yet relaxed environment. We really enjoyed the dining experience, food from out of this world and a hostess, Prim making it such a personal experience feeling right at home at the Indian Chapter. Thus far I've told other families, couples and groups just so that I can share my experience with them. Best regards Donell
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  • If you are looking for divine Indian food, this is the place. The Chicken Korma and that Naan bread is to die for. Fantastic cozy atmosphere and the service is absolutely fantastic! Can't wait to go back.
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  • For a City-bowler it was a bit of a drive out to Blouberg, but one I'll definitely drive again. Friends recommended The Indian Chapter, and it didn't disappoint us in any way. The chicken Korma was incredibly tasty, the Lamb Madras soft and flavoursome, with some of the best parathas and naan bread to go with it. The kulfi and vermicelli desserts added a sweet touch to a fantastic meal. Service was excellent, with a great warm and welcoming atmosphere.
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  • Went for Diwai Dinner. Ordered a vegetable platter for staters. Was divine. The main course was also divine. Service was good. Will go back.
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  • This was my first time here since Prim has taken over and I must say I am very impressed! Over and above the attentive friendly service and cozy atmosphere the cuisine was absolutely superb. By far the best Indian food I have eaten ever! I loved my dinner so much that I ordered an extra Butter chicken to take home. This place is a real Gem ! Two thumbs up :)
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  • Great Food, Wonderful ambience and Sensational service. Prim is always there and adds a personal touch.
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  • Really the best authentic Indian Cuisine right here on my doorstep. Prim is a gracious host, constantly chatting to customers and making recommendations. Highly recommended.
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  • I was blown out of this world by the food, we shared 8 dishes amongst friends and although i thoroughly enjoyed all, i could not get enough of the lamb biryani!! Like i've never tasted before!! and the butter Naan is illegal!
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  • Seriously the best Indian cuisine I have ever tasted! Service is outstanding!!
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  • I love this place! Best curry in Cape Town by far! Prim is always there, and knows her customers! The staff are amazing and friendly and there is never an empty seat! Definitely gets the major thumbs up from me!
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  • i always phone in my chicken breyani and its always soooo good.
    Prim is also the best.
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  • The food was fantastic and Prim's company was the Cherry on the cake
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  • I had been to the previous Indian restaurant at this premises a few years ago and wasn't impressed. Then after hearing The Indian Chapter was new with new owner and was really good I was eager to go as there really isn't many Indian places to choose from around here. Well I was pleasantly surprised to find it busy & bustling on a Monday night. The service was great (the one Indian lady, the manager I think, was especially intuitive and on the ball and caught my eye twice when I searching the room for my waiter), the food was of very good quality even though I had to add some salt and the prices were very reasonable, except for the soft drinks and beers which are R2-5 more expensive than most restaurants. The wines however were well priced. I do recommend trying them!
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  • Best Indian restaurant I have eaten out !! Even beats Indian food in India...never mind the food but the service is great !!
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  • the above mentioned gps coordinates are wrong
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  • We found Prim and her team to be really fantastic very service orientated.
    The chef is someone that knows Indian Cuisine and what comes out of his kitchen is simply to die for SUCH QUALITY AND TASTE!!!
    WHAT A PLEASURE!!!
    We will certainly be back and telling all our friends and family as well.
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  • I recently moved to Table View after living in the Southern Suburbs and Sea Point. The food is of superior quality and taste. Indian Chapter has become my favorite... I am fussy! I have never been to the restaurant, so cat really voice contribute any comments to ambience and service but have had 6 take outs in two weeks... not bad going Prim, keep it up!
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  • The only restaurant worth its salt in the area. I've never had a bad meal, and I'm there at least once every two weeks. Just mopped up the last of my paneer makhani and could honestly do it all over again. Perfection.
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  • I have to say since Prim took over this restaurant it has become my most favourite restaurant. The ambience is great especially on the nights the Belly dancers are whirling between the tables. I have never had a bad meal and found the service to be good and very friendly.

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  • Amazing food, great atmosphere and outstanding service!

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  • Definitely agree with Caroline! Have never had a bad meal or service and we have been there often! Best restaurant in the area! Well done everyone!

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  • One of my best restaurants in Cape Town. Best Indian dishes ever and the mild options cater for children. Prim is always there looking after her guests.

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  • Wow - we were blown away by the quality of food, the vibey atmosphere and friendly service. Definitely the place for really good curries at reasonable prices!

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  • Great friendly personal service, affordable (you don't have to buy extra rice) and best of all; awesome curries!
    Thanks

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  • This restaurant has improved in leaps and bounds since the change of ownership. The new décor has lent a certain warmth to the restaurant which was sorely lacking before. The atmosphere has followed suit as well and the service is very attentive and friendly. All in all a fantastic "new" restaurant with the best Indian food in Cape Town!

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  • What an awesome evening we had at Passage to India in Tableview. We were very lucky to get a table, the restaurant was full and now I know why. The food and service was excellent.

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  • This restaurant serves some of the best Indian food I have had outside of India. I found this place by chance, ended up going there 3 times in my 4 days stay in Cape Town. I recommend this to all that want to have good Indian food.

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  • Food, ambience and service 5 star, the best on the West Coast.

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  • Authentic Indian food. Good service and great prices. One of my favourite restaurants.

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  • What an amazing experience! The food was absolutely divine and tasty, service was sublime! The owner makes you feel welcome and it was a refreshing service experience! My husband and I will definitely be returning!

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  • Genuine Indian food. Very nice and quick staff. Small but tidy restaurant. Not really the ideal place for a romantic date but definitely the best quality price ratio I have found in Cape Town so far.

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  • Hi, I found the Madras curry to be very salty on numerous occasions.

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  • Warm and friendly welcome by Prim herself. Awesome atmosphere and excellent food. A must eat!

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  • The food was fabulous and the service discretely attentive. Just that is enough for me to repeat the return drive (sounds like a redundancy, but it’s not – I’ll go back again and again)… but the genuine welcoming warmth in the smiles of the staff – now that was really something!

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  • What an amazing experience! First time there for my birthday and I can say I have never enjoyed myself more! From the amazing food, to the efficient staff, and especially the very wonderful and personal service of Prim herself! She even arranged a special birthday muffin for me at the end of the evening! I will recommend Passage to India to everyone I know, and I will be back there this coming Friday! Excellent!

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  • Book, Book, Book! Fantastic Indian food! Caters for all foodies and the service and attention to their customers is excellent! If you love Indian food you will love Passage to India! Highly recommended!

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  • What a great dining experience. Superb food and excellent and friendly service. Will most definitely make this a regular visit. Not one to miss. Prim Reddy really goes out of her way to make this eating experience really worthwhile!

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  • Great food. Great service. Always a pleasure to go back.

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  • Great restaurant with really good food, we keep coming back for more! Service is good too. Well done Prim Reddy!
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  • Lovely ambience superceded only by the exquisitely prepared food. I have never been disappointed! If you're after authentic Indian cuisine - go for it! Highly recommended!

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  • They say the proof is in the the pudding....well in Passage to India Blouberg you won't be able to stop eating! The food is delicious where spices whisper and flavours tease. A true gastronomic pleasure. The hostess/owner is as warm and comforting as her meals. A definite re-visit on the cards.

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  • The food is authentic and delicious. My favourite main course is Kheer - be prepared to wait up to 30 minutes, but it's worth the wait. Staff are very friendly. I prefer ordering take aways, not crazy about the setting.

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  • So, after searching so long for a place where proper Indian cuisine is served, I finally stumbled accross this beautifully decorated place. Cosy and inviting, with amazing food (butter chicken to die for!) The owner is very friendly, sociable and attentive. All round, the dining experience was exceptional. You will definitely see me again!

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  • We've had the pleasure of dining at this spot a few times now and every time we're there, no matter how busy the place is, Prim always makes time to visit your table to check if all is well. The food is awesome (and good value for money) and the atmousphere is great, especially on a Friday when they have the belly dancers! Thanks Prim!

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  • Fantastic new owners with the same great food. A real local find in Blouberg. We so enjoy the atmosphere as much as the great traditional Indian fare. Well done, keep it up.

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  • The best and most authentic Indian food I have tasted in Cape Town! Highly recommended!

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  • Finally a UK style curry house in Cape Town. Great food at very good prices. They could up the chilli heat a little though. Great Take-aways as well.
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