Red Chilli Spice is a North Indian cuisine ‘hot spot’ situated at the Colony Shopping Centre in Craighall Park. Owner, Matthew Thaver, is a Craighall Park resident himself and opened the restaurant with the aim of becoming a local favourite by creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The restaurant opened in 2013 and offers a variety of authentic North Indian dishes in a contemporary and causal setting.
Expect pukka North Indian dishes from this expansive menu. Popular starters include the Drums of Heaven (five marinated chicken wing drums tenderly cooked to perfection) and the Pepper Gobi.
For mains, go with a perfectly spiced Indian cuisine favourite like Chicken Tikka Masala, Lamb Biryani or Chicken Korma or branch out with some lesser known specialties like the Lamb Bhuna Gosht (pan fried lamb curry with fresh fenugreek leaves and bell peppers). The Fish Tikka, made with Kingklip marinated in Indian spices and yoghurt and cooked in a tandoor oven, is another specialty.
Vegetarians are amply catered for with items such as the Paneer Masala, Aloo Gobi and Chana Masala. All dishes come with rice and can be made to be mild, medium or hot. Extra hot is also an option if that's your preference.
Indian cuisine is not generally known for its desserts, but Red Chilli Spice does serve a selection of traditional Indian desserts such as the Gulab Jamun. This sweet treat is made with milk powder, cardamom and sugar then fried into small balls before being dipped into syrup and served with ice cream.
The restaurant itself has a contemporary look and feel, with minimalist décor and none of the gaudy objects d’art ordinarily associated with local curry establishments. Unlike many Indian restaurants, Red Chilli Spice is also fully licensed and even has a cocktail and craft beer menu.
On Tuesdays, patrons receive a complimentary craft beer (on tap) with their meals. And on Sunday pensioners receive a 10% discount on both food and drink when eating at the restaurant.
Head east on De Villiers Graaff Motorway (M1) toward Exit 16. Take exit 19 for 11th Avenue toward Johannesburg (M20). Turn left onto 11th Avenue (R25) (signs for Elfdelaan/11th Avenue/Saxonwold). Turn right onto Oxford Road (M9) and then turn left again onto Bompas Road (M30). Turn right onto Jan Smuts Avenue and the destination will be on the left.
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The Colony Centre
345 Jan Smuts Avenue
Craighall Park, Johannesburg
Tuesday - Saturday:
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 21:00