Hands-down the finest Indian restaurant in Cape Town.
Any maharajah would feel right at home.
Embroidered peacocks shimmer on the chairs, chandeliers glitter and the fragrance of exotic spices perfume the air.
The menu features as many meat dishes as vegetarian and if you’re unaccustomed to ordering Indian food, the chef’s menu is perfect. As with any good Indian food, the best way to experience it is to share. Start with apricot and potato ‘tikki’ cakes with cumin yoghurt and mango chutney, or fragrant cardamom scented creamy chicken ‘doodhia’ tikka. Then go to mains like lamb shank simmered in a delicate saffron curry, or tandoori ajowai’n crayfish tails. Vegetarians will love the black lentils and kidney beans simmered overnight. Order some rice and breads as a side and you’ll have a feast fit for a maharajah or maharani. Do leave room for dessert – in typical Indian fashion, they are tooth-achingly sweet and utterly heavenly. The wine list is carefully selected to pair well with spicy food.
Prices are on the steep side, but you don’t eat like this every day, so make an occasion of it.
Taj Cape Town, corner Wale Street and St George’s Mall.