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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

Tessa Purdon

Food
What you’ll find at The Indian Chapter is a little slice of North India in Blouberg. Owner Prim Reddy has built a real neighbourhood gem that’s cosy and inviting. When she’s at the restaurant, she’s happy to talk guests through the comprehensive menu, going into detail about the various flavour profiles and cooking methods.

The menu is a little overwhelming, so if you’re indecisive about what to order, seek some assistance from your server. A popular starter is the traditional tandoori chicken, made with a homemade yoghurt marinade. A plate of onion bhajias (onion deep-fried in a spicy chickpea flour batter) is also a must-try and is best eaten piping hot.

The curry menu is extensive, offering a wide range of seafood, chicken, vegetarian and lamb variations. One can’t forego the lamb rogan josh, a medium curry with boneless lamb pieces that’s delicious mopped up with The Indian Chapter’s famous garlic naan bread. Don’t be shy to eat with your hands!

Vegetarians will enjoy a portion of the saag paneer – fresh Indian cheese cooked in a creamy green sauce made with garam masala, lemon and puréed spinach. The portions are generous, but it’s hard to resist over-ordering.
Still have space for dessert? The small line-up features iconic items like Indian kulfi and a more South African classic, ice cream with chocolate sauce.

Drinks
The wine list is small, with local options and very few offered by the glass. However, the mark-up on wines isn’t exorbitant. Sadly, the beer menu is also limited, offering only commercial bottled beers. Those who prefer something non-alcoholic can choose from a standard collection of soft drinks.

Service
Service is welcoming and pleasant. The waiters are friendly, hospitable and well-informed about the menu. A doorman is constantly on guard at the entrance, making a great addition to the service offering and allowing guests to feel safe and secure when leaving the restaurant late at night.

Ambience
A warm buzz and exotic Indian décor welcomes guests into the restaurant. Expect to find an eclectic crowd with an unpretentious and homey vibe.

Best for…
A small and intimate family celebration or a special date night for real fans of Indian food.

(September 2019)

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  • Greg Landman

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    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)

    Eat Out critics dine anonymously and pay for their meals in full. Read our editorial policy here.

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User reviews

  • This will always be one of my absolute favorite places to eat. Prim has an amazing energy and is always friendly and inviting. The staff are extremely knowledgeable on the ingredients so if you have allergies or "special needs" requirements they advise you accordingly. The food is packed with flavor and always on top form. Best Indian Food in Cape Town and the ambience and energy just adds to the experience.
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  • 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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