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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

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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  • Greg Landman

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    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

  • 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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  • 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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