It’s a recipe that combines the best Indian chefs, authentic cooking, with a sumptuous setting and one that has made the Bombay Brasserie one of the top Indian restaurants in the UK.
Now it has opened in Cape Town on the ground floor of the old BoE Building, once known as the Temple Chambers, and meticulously restored as part of the luxury Taj Cape Town Hotel.
Taj has been careful to replicate the ingredients that have made its London restaurant the darling of that city’s A-list.
Executive Sous Chef Harpreet Langani, comes to Cape Town directly from the Masala Kraft Restaurant in the flagship Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai. She’s passionate about regional Indian cuisine and has combed the subcontinent, researching flavours and traditional recipes. It’s knowledge that she’s put to good use during a 10-year career in some of Taj’s top restaurants as well as during a stint cooking for the former Indian Prime Minister and numerous tours to promote Indian food around the world.
Pressed to describe the menu she opts for contemporary Indian fine dining, but quickly qualifies this. The presentation may be contemporary, but the food is authentically Indian.
Dishes can contain as many as 17 spices, all of which are imported and blended on the premises. Even the nan bread is cooked in traditional Tandoori ovens.
The extensive al la carte menu provides an agonising choice of starters, mains and desserts as well as selection of side orders, so important in Indian dining. In addition more adventurous diners can opt for ringside seats and be served one of two tasting menus directly from the show kitchen. The speciality seafood menu comprises five courses and there’s also a seven-course vegetarian option.
Before ordering the wine, consider that paring the best of India with the best of South Africa, was a challenge that saw a panel of tasters sample some 700 wines before agreeing a wine list that best complemented the menu.
While the restaurant interior includes some contemporary touches such as the show kitchen, the décor is classical, reflecting the heritage of the building and the traditional menu. The original parquet flooring has been painstakingly restored and re-laid and the high ceilings and large windows retained. Rich wallpaper and soft peacock-embroidered chairs add to the opulence.
Coming into Cape Town on the N1 / N2 continue unto Buitengracht Street and continue up towards the mountain. At the crossing with Wale Street, turn left into Wale Street. We are on the corner with Adderley as the road bends.
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The Taj Hotel cnr Wale & St George's Mall Cape Town 8000