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.
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 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.
A warm buzz and exotic Indian décor welcomes guests into the restaurant. Expect to find an eclectic crowd with an unpretentious and homey vibe.
A small and intimate family celebration or a special date night for real fans of Indian food.
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Sorry I want to change my star review for this restaurant to one star!! It was soooo awful!!
I was invited by my family and friends to celebrate my birthday dinner at this Indian restaurant close to me. What a disappointment!! The owner was very friendly and helpful. Unfortunately they got our order wrong and the food was tasteless! My friends said that I cook far better Indian food!! We were looking for aromatic flavours with depth and can pack a punch😢 Sadly it wasn’t there.
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.
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!
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.