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December 18, 2012

Cape Town curry restaurants – they’re hot!

The decor at Bombay Brasserie. Image courtesy Taj Cape Town

Getting a true taste of Cape Town means trying out the local cuisine – and that means trying out a good curry.

According to South African Tourism: "South Africa was arguably home to the first fusion cuisine, blending colonial French, Dutch, English and Malaysian influences.

“Ever tasted Cape Malay food? When South Africans talk about traditional foods, these are some of the flavours and influences they’re referring to."

We sourced a few of the leading places to go and savour the best curries the city has to offer.

Masala Dosa

This restaurant is situated in Long Street, in the centre of Cape Town. Owner and chef Amit Raz went to cooking school in India before opening his restaurant in 2007. Here customers are invited to “please eat with your hands”.

“This is alternative Indian dining. We’ve refreshed the image of the Indian dining experience; we’re fresh, fun, and funky. We don’t have classics, like butter chicken.

“We do things slightly different – our selection is wholesome with a South Indian twist. For example, our chicken curry is served with butternut, in coconut cream with sharp Indian spices,“ says Raz.

Contact tel: +27 (0)21 424 6772


Situated in the historic Malay quarter of Bo-Kaap, this eatery serves classic Cape Malay cuisine. The restaurant has been run by two generations of the Osman family. Visitors rave about the crayfish curry with fragrant saffron rice.

According to Frommers: “It has been called the Bo-Kaap's first high-end restaurant, but that doesn't mean it isn't family-run and infused with an appealing sense of community. Besides the satisfying curries and Cape Malay stews, it's worth arriving in time to see the city bathed in a sunset glow, and then lit up in glittering lights.”

The restaurant is situated at 2 Upper Wale Street, Bo-Kaap, Cape Town. Tel: +27 (0)21 423 0850.

Bombay Brasserie

This restaurant is ranked 44 out of over 400 restaurants in central Cape Town by TripAdvisor.

“Arguably the best Indian restaurant outside India. My wife and myself dined here twice in late November, 2012. The food was outstanding and the service was efficient. Eugene, the hands-on manager, was always there when you needed him.

“We rate this restaurant as possibly the best Indian restaurant that we have eaten in outside of India,” is how one visitor to Bombay Brasserie described the restaurant on TripAdvisor.

Situated on the corner of Wale Street and St Georges Mall, Cape Town Central. Contact +27 (0)21 819 2000

Cooking safari

There are plenty of restaurants offering great curries around Cape Town. But if you want a more authentic experience, why not do a Cape Malay cooking safari?

Andulela Experience, a responsible tourism company certified through Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa, offers Cape Malay cooking tours.

A tour includes a visit to the Bo-Kaap Museum and surrounds. Then enter one of the houses, where you will be taught everything from blending spices for a masala or curry and folding the perfect samoosa to making a roti (known in Cape Town parlance as a salomie) – and, of course, you’ll enjoy lots of eating.

Contact tel: +27 (0)21 790 2592 or email: info@andulela.com

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