Geet has certainly made its mark as one of the capital’s brightest culinary stars in the restaurant business, scooping up various acclaim over the years as one of the best Indian fine dining restaurants in the city. The creative chef and owner, Gita Jivan, is passionate about all types of Indian cuisine and runs her successful restaurant with her father in the heart of Brooklyn.
As with many Indian restaurants, Geet’s menu reads like an elaborate tale, with what seems like hundreds of options to rifle through. There’s a large category for vegetarian appetizers, which lets one know right away that this is a meat free supportive space. The olive tikki is tasty and satisfying, with marinated olives (not usual in traditional Indian cooking), soft sweet potato and homemade cream cheese served with chopped fresh shallots and a pleasantly salty olive chutney(R70). The ghaddu tikki is also a delicious meat-free starter of aniseed and fennel infused butternut and sweet potato fritters, a starter portion is shareable between two people for R65. There’s a delightful selection of soups, the gingery lamb shank reduction shorba being a firm favourite during winter, an absolute flavor bomb of a soup made with homemade lamb stock, plenty of fragrant ginger, spices, tomatoes and fresh coriander. The meatless mains are reasonably priced at R90 each although many prices on the menu need to be requested due to fluctuation of imported foodstuffs. The chewy, delicious breads are all freshly baked to order; try the honey and coriander kulzza, a fresh, fluffy bread slathered with honey, coriander and onion seed and baked until golden brown and crisp at R30. The intimidating number of mains might make it difficult to order intelligently after all that reading, but do try to order something out of the ordinary, like a traditional main course from Hyderabad, like the chakkundar, a northern Indian curry of medium spiciness served with shredded fresh beetroot and sweet, caramelized shallots (SQ). If you like prawns, you’ll fall madly in love with the kerela, or coconut lime prawns; grilled in coconut oil, lemongrass, fresh lime leaves and lashings of fresh red chilli (R185). The Shahi lamb shank is a Northern Indian curry with a big hit of cumin and rose, served in contemporary Geet fashion with a velvety and sweet saffron honey foam (from R155).
The desserts are a fun, upbeat and creative end to the meal, with a selection of five Indian style ice creams and a few gelato flavours available. Make your next move your best move and order the gajrella, a sublime carrot halva rolled in a delicate cinnamon pancake with saffron scented reduced milk and served with a generous scoop of choc-chunk ice cream (R45).
Geet has improved upon their tipple offering, boasting an impressive list of local wines which pair beautifully with the carefully designed dishes, so take Gita’s word for it and follow her on-point wine pairings which change intermittently with the times. The standard hot and cold beverages can be found on the menu as well as a special “Bollywood cocktails” menu with revitalizing fresh fruity drink combinations – try The Afterglow, a refreshing concoction fresh pineapple orange juice and a dash of grenadine (R45). The health cocktails appeal to the highly virtuous diner but can be enjoyed by anyone, like the Minty Cantaloupe Refresher, a fresh, melony granita-style cocktail spiked with crushed mint leaves (R55).
Gita runs Geet with her father who often manages the front of house whilst she chops and changes between handling the kitchen’s endless activities and liasing with guests. The service is genial but could improve on speed. The waiters are knowledgeable and comfortable and speak fluidly about the different spices used in the various cuisines of different Indian regions. Gita is always available to answer questions about the food she cooks and its ancient origins.
Geet gives off an especially royal air, with the venue beautifully draped in rich and colourful fabrics. True to Indian culture, the restaurant is dotted with candlelight, shimmering gold and bright, silky drapings, a vision in the evenings. It’s comfortable here and the staff sure knows what they’re selling.
Geet is such a versatile venue, the private booths are amazing for intimate occasions such as birthday dinners and the terrace is great to dine on on a warm, summer’s evening. Unfortunately, Geet is not a wheelchair accessible venue.
Stylish Indian feasting.
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Undoubtedly the best Indian cuisine restaurant in the country. Excellent food and service. This is a very special place. Great care is taking in selecting the best ingredients. The delicate and complex flavours of all the food is magnificent. Waves and waves of interesting and subtle, complex flavours of deliciousness entice your palate to make it a truly memorable experience.
This is a well run, family business that has been going for over two decades and where customer care and satisfaction matters. It is just not coincidence that it won the award for the best Indian cuisine restaurant in the world. Highly recommended. A truly impeccable, great restaurant. - Kenneth and Petra Fisher, Pretoria, South Africa.
Michelle Du Preez
Geet is our favourite restaurant, the food is always exquisitely presented and delicious, the service outstanding and the ambience is serene and romantic. Very few restaurants come close to achieving perfection in all three these areas. Geet is my happy place!
Just simple the best Indian we ever came across in South Africa.
Decadent food and excellent service, Great staff well trained .Will be back soon.
Going through Google looking for a different Cuisine, Came across Geet Indian Restaurant. Well We decided to give it a try this afternoon with my partners for Business lunch for 10 of us.
We made the reservation, very well spoken took our reservation and kindly told me that's being a nice huge group and being business lunch they have a private room .Wow , this was so exciting .Well arrived Team Geet greeted us seated us with so much attention and care. Very Few places one finds with kindness theses days.
We were welcomed by a refreshing drink called Mumbai Refresher, amazing amazing .we were talked through the menu and wine concepts with Geet Herself,passionatly took us through a few suggestions and took clear advice and allowed her to give us some time
Wrong Move when we opened the menu we just was so over whelmed with so many dishes that we decided to take Geet advice in pairing our wine and food for us. I must say the best Indian restaurant ever been to. I cannot express my gratitude to the team at Geet enough how well you guys are food service, and more your kindness to take so much details through our business lunch.
A big thank you for making our experience so great . U guys are the best
Good luck and will be back soon
Geet met and exceeded all of my expectations. Customer service is on point with attention to detail. Would definitely go back.
Much more than 5 stars this place deserves
such a wonderful hidden Gem in Pretoria. Having lunch this afternoon, to my surprise over whelming menu. and believe me I have asked question on so many dishes the waiter Faith, knew her food like a book , every dish she explained to perfection. Well we asked being 4 people so do some starters, a combination of variety of six main courses and rice and naan .
Well Done Faith your a super duper spot on out likes. She did some scallops, Crispi Vegetable, beetroot wheels flavored in nutty.
we shared all these well presented starters
than came the excitement mains
Allepy prawn, Chicken Rezella, Lamb Shank , lamb Coriander with apricots,Dhal , and Paneer flavored in sweet and sour with shallots
honey coriander naan and more n more naan
there not a single one dish can say we did not enjoy
have no clue how they do all these flavors but its just magic and one of SA best Indian food every eaten. My Words to them Your just simple the best
We will only patron Geet more and more Best Indian Food Every
Beyond Words , such an amazing place a perfect women's day Lunch we had this afternoon , with all my friends we were 16 ladies.
Such welcoming staff, great music not load soft and gentle background.
Such amazing Food, Wellington, helped us with every step of the way.
excellent food , Huge menu but shows how Geet can make its food.
I will be back Most amazing restaurant, Highly Recommend this place, go with larger groups as one can share variety
amazing staff keep it up
We had a girls night out last night and there's no words to say how amazing it was!
We sat in the lounge on the floor and drank champagne. We had a stunning mixed platter starter recommended by the owner
For man course we had a lovely variety, chicken, lamb, the prawn balchao was incredible with a coconut cream
Thank you for the excellent service Faith, we will definitely be back with the girls for another night out and I HIGHLY recommend this restaurant to anyone wanting to experience luxury dining
See you soon Geet :)
We are First time visiting to Geet Deciding were to have Dinner, Googled Indian and Geet came up , What a welcoming from staff and management.
What tasteful food the best we have ever eaten in years .I cannot say enough but the best cuisine great atmosphere sitting on the floor in the whisky lounge is a must such an romantic area. we had Balcho Prawns and Chicken Alleppy,burnt garlic rice and coconut naan
Desserts was the amazing trio malia kulfi ice cream. We will be back again again . thank you google leading us to the best Indian restaurant ever. Good luck Geet
Mari O Roberts
Decadent Indian Food .THE best Indian restaurant and food ever, great service and friendly staff
Mari O Roberts
Most amazing Food and service
the best every Indian food.
excellent service friendly staff and owners, will be back sooner with huger group, this place great with large groups as one share lots of variety of the curries , Nally Ghost ( lamb and chicken curry) Naples Biryani , the naan bread ,Honey and coriander .just amazing. Geet your are the best Indian restaurant
Just had Business Lunch> with my partners, What an amazing Restaurant, well Welcomed us with a true Indian way Namaste so respectful. Seated us in the private Dinning Room , with some Wines displayed on walls ,with some really great wines.
Menu we opened and manger took us through the Indian Journey with different regions of food, and such a huge variety wondered if the really make so many variety if dishes. Well to put my dought we ordered food and believe me such am amazing spread of flavors came and we enjoyed every dish , not one could say better than the other.
This is one of south African Best Indian food we have ever eaten
we as cooperate eat weekly out , but Geet is far the best ever, we will come back Very Soon. I REALLY FROM the bottom of my heart want to thank Geet and the team the very best ,you do deserve the best and your guys are the best eatery
Geet still one of my best Indian Restaurants ever, always Friendly stuff, always new food concepts, and always bringing new wines to pair with there Cuisine
I have been dinning for almost three years .never a dull moment they deserve the best Indian in south Africa.
those who have not eaten at Geet Please try u will never be disappointed
Love You all at Geet Good Luck
Last night I dined at the best restaurant in South Africa!
Geet Restaurant is one of finest restaurants I have dined at during my stay in South Africa, the food was delicate and delicious.
I started with pesto prawns which just melted in your mouth, and then onto the amazing main course.
The ginger scented nally gosht lamb just fell of the bone, with garlic olive naan and mushroom rice.
I finished of with coffee and a shot of grappa!
The winelist was also excellent with a nice variety and the service from my waiter was brilliant.
Looking forward to returning on my next visit to South Africa. Keep up the good work Geet