Review: Gate of India in Durban serves up incredible garlic naan bread and more

Fast facts

Address: Shop 8, Gillitts Shopping Centre, 1 Clifton Road, Gillitts

Telephone number: 031 764 1517

Opening times: Tuesday-Sunday 10am-9.30pm

Average price of a main course: R150

Corkage: No corkage fee

Parking situation: Secure parking in the shopping centre

Food type: Authentic North Indian cuisine

Best for: A special date night or a lunch with friends


Savour the flavours of North India. Most of their food is cooked in a traditional clay oven. Dive straight into Indian Cuisine with their amazing range of starters. You should start with the authentic, hand-wrapped samoosas filled with spiced minced lamb, onions and potatoes. They are huge and so crispy. There is a variety of vegetarian options available including their most popular – Mushroom Kurkuri, crispy stuffed and grilled mushrooms. The garlic naans are a game changer, so be sure to order a few for the table. When it comes to the main menu, don’t get overwhelmed, ask your waiter to explain the dishes to you as they are very knowledgeable and helpful. Meals are cooked to your liking whether they be mild, medium or hot. The chicken tikka masala has a subtle curry flavour. The sauce is creamy and flavourful. If you’re looking for a good lamb dish, try the Rogan Josh – slow cooked lamb in a creamy tomato curry sauce. The lamb has incredible flavours and falls apart tenderly. There is a large selection of seafood dishes including the classic fish curry. When it comes to the sweeter side of things, end your evening with a traditional Mango Lassi. The Mango Lassi has a smooth and creamy taste, delicate and decadent!

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The drinks menu is limited but you are allowed to bring your own alcohol at no extra fee.


The waiters are friendly and ready to answer any questions about the menu. The food is brought in a timeous manner.


It doesn’t look like much from the outside but once you step inside you almost feel as if you are in a little restaurant on the streets of India because of the vintage Indian decor. A very intimate and cosy atmosphere.

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