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An old Berea house sets the scene for a comforting Indian feast at this local gem, with dishes influenced by both northern and southern parts of India.
Tiny bowls of softly stewed chickpeas and fried mustard seeds are brought to the table as tasty amuse bouche and this sets the scene for what’s to come: a serious feast of Indian flavours. Start with the mushroom manchurian, an Indo-Chinese speciality comprising deep-fried mushrooms coated in fiery Chinese spices. The gobi manchurian dry is sensational. Florets of cauliflower are deep-fried and mixed with a glorious sticky and spicy dressing, making for a messy and marvellous mouthful. The spicy prawns in chilli are also a hit.
On the curry front, the chicken tikka masala is wonderfully balanced, with a good spice kick and tender chicken pieces. If you’re after some serious heat, the lamb pepper fry in a dry-style gravy with green chilli and a generous helping of black pepper is just the ticket.
Vegetarians are also taken care of with a satisfying palak paneer with a sweet-and-savoury spinach gravy and pleasing chunks of paneer cheese. The lentil-and-bean curry (dal makahani) is also a comforting choice and great as an accompaniment to the meat dishes.
The sides here are meant for sauces and come in the form of mountains of jeera rice tossed with cashews, garlicky naan, or light-as-air paratha (be sure to order double a double portion).
For dessert, don’t miss out on the sodji. This warm bowl of sweet semolina porridge with raisins and nuts recalls nostalgic memories of warm porridge breakfasts. It’s absolutely moreish.
A small drinks list includes some familiar wines and beers. If you’re after a bottle of something special to pair perfectly with your curry, rather take your own. If you’re going alcohol-free, there’s always a Bombay crush.
Friendly, attentive and informative. Ask for the chef’s recommendations and you won’t be disappointed.
The space, which is located in an old Durban house, is warm and comfortable. It’s simply decorated with hues of red and orange, making it a cosy spot on cooler days.
A hearty weeknight feast with family or friends.
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