Newly renovated in mid-2019, the brasserie has been opened up, lightened up and linked to the magnificent bar where diners can enjoy a coriander or mango lassie over chaat (meaning tasty or delicacy in Hindu) and small plates of savoury snacks originating from street food stalls in India. For a more informal dining experience, sit at one of the casual bistro tables scattered around the bar area.
Executive chef David Tilly has worked in the kitchens of Taj Hotels all over the world – and here weaves together Indian and Cape Malay cuisine to create a uniquely authentic masala melting-pot of regional Indian flavours in sophisticated combinations. Fashioned on London’s iconic restaurant of the same name, the brasserie has a sumptuous metropolitan feel with a multi-cultural menu to match.
The best way around the menu for novices might be to opt for one of the set vegetarian or non-vegetarian menus which offer samplers of a range of signature dishes, from delicious ostrich and raisin samosas to melt-in-the-mouth semolina and potato sphere chaat. Mix and match smoky, charcoal-grilled starters from the tandoor like homemade paneer, chicken tikka, and mustard seed-marinated broccoli florets simmered with a spicy kaleidoscope of anise, cardamom, cumin, curry leaf, tamarind, saffron, fenugreek, ginger and mint.
The dishes are superbly presented and sauced in small copper pots, colourful and richly fragrant, easy to share at the table. A wide choice of dishes for vegetarians include everything from a creamy vegetable kofta curry and biangan harta (clay oven-smoked aubergine) to fabulous Gobi mutter (cauliflower and pea curry). Keep an eye out for the smoky Kerala-style prawn, kingklip curry enhanced with a spiced coconut and green mango sauce or the succulent masala tikka Karoo lamb chop. Don’t forget to order sides of flaky paratha or fenugreek butter naan bread from the tandoor, as well as sublime dhal makani.
For sweet treats to offset the spice extravaganza, cleanse your palate with the sublime nougat cardamom kulfi and homemade mango and coconut sorbet, which will take your tastebuds travelling all the way from the Cape to India and back. Desserts are artfully plated with spun sugar spirals and cascading dry ice.
Comprehensive wine, beer, cocktail and spirits list for every pocket.
Slick, attentive and sophisticated from the sommelier to the servers.
Opulent and exotic from the peacock mosaics, handwoven fabrics, chandeliers and gleaming Aladdin brass lamps to the murals and plush wood panels.
A big night out on the town for a special occasion
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After an indulgent afternoon being pampered at the Jiva spa, my partner and I were lookin forward to a dinner of the most delicious Indian Cuisine.
In truth I am the real fan of good curry, enjoying the taste and the heat tremendously, while my partner is open to good food but not necessarily hot food.
She needn’t have worried!
Our attendant Veronique, was very knowledgeable and courteous, recommending a lovely Ondine Chenin blanc to go with our dinner and never being more than a slight hand gesture away.
Portion sizes were perfect. With the amuse bouche really whetting our appetites for the culinary journey that lay ahead!
The steaming spectacle that is the mango sorbet palate cleanser was truly a sight to behold. It really brought out my inner child!
Dinner was a delightful! A mild prawn and mango chutney curry served with saffron rice, it even had my better half commenting that she might have been able to handle and even spicier version.
We rounded out with a delectable crème brûlée and a beautiful variation on cheese cake that looked almost too good to eat!
What a lovely experience, set in a plush colonial feel dining room with thick carpets and low chandeliers! Beautiful.
I would like to start with saying how grateful I was to be served by Lizle Kester! She made us feel so welcome!!! Thank again!
Now... The decor is absolutely stunning! Flawless with chandeliers and comfy chairs. Unlike any other Indian restaurant we've been at in Capetown.
The food was amazing!!! So vibrant, colorful, flavoresome and delicious ! My tastebuds were doing a happy dance throughout the night.
What completely blew me away was the mango and the steamed theatrics that came with it! Nothing short of brilliant!!
I would 110% recommend this restaurant for great quality, fine dining at its best, spectacular service and a great ambience!
Here's to many more returns!!!!
Best Indian food in Cape Town - without doubt !
Delicious authentic Indian cuisine at its best. Very warm and informative service. Elegant ambience. Best Indian food in Capetown. Highly recommended.
Love this place! Look no further if you are in quest to find quality Indian food. I was introduced to Taj Cape Town in 2012 when I hosted my Wedding Anniversary and ever since I haven't looked beyond. Delectable, Palatable are few of many words that come in your mind when you think of Taj's food. Recently I was introduced to "Lamb Shank" by a friendly Chef and I kid you not readers, the delicacy has left me craving for more. Over All the restaurant, Bombay Brasserie, gets a Super Thumbs Up from my side and on behalf of many zealot foodies that I know off.