In a suburb renowned for being one of Jozi’s culinary hotspots comes a new Indian restaurant that’s nothing short of heavenly.
Owned by Mathew Abraham, under the consultancy of Chef Philippe Frydman, Thava Indian Restaurant has its roots in Kerala, India, affectionately known as God’s own country. It’s no wonder then that guests are left with a feeling of wonder at the warm, inviting atmosphere, friendly service, and outstanding food.
Thava specialises in South Indian cuisine and prides itself on its use of the freshest local ingredients, aromatic dishes and, in a first for South Africa, its unique Indian Tapas offering – pure indulgence; perfect for sharing, perfect for experiencing.
Served in tasting portions as a starter, or as a shared main meal, guests can select from a combination of any items straight off the set or daily specials menu.
If you’d prefer to stick to just one dish, there is a mouthwatering array of vegetarian, lamb, chicken or seafood dishes to select from. Reflecting the diverse culinary specialities of India, Thava’s menu includes fragrant curries, briyanis and stews, spicy Tandoori and Masala dishes, all served with traditional breads, rice dishes and side dishes of freshly prepared chutneys, pickles or vegetables.
With a Tandoor oven in open view, diners can watch how breads and Tandoori dishes are prepared. The breads are not to be missed and diners are spoilt for choice, with a vast selection of Indian flatbreads, including the popular naan and roti, as well as paratha – a traditional layered bread that’s torn apart to serve and literally melts in your mouth. There’s also the unique Thava roll, which has to be sampled to be appreciated.
To complete the meal, dessert comes in the form of a selection of heavenly traditional Indian sweet temptations, or your selection of speciality coffees.
Owner Mathew Abraham, who hails from Kerala, was inspired to open Thava to give Jozi residents the opportunity to experience the food from this region. “Kerala is a blend of different cultures and religions – Hindu, Christian and Muslim – and these influences are reflected in the blend of flavours that makes the food from this part of the world so divine. My passion for food comes from my mother, who is an incredible cook, and whose recipes and hours of consultation on the dishes via telephone to India have resulted in a menu that is truly divine.”
Open only for a few weeks, Thava already has a guest book full of compliments and a blogger who has dedicated a page of her blog to describing her experience of Thava. Jodene
says in her blog on 4 July 2010: “When four and a half hours pass and you’ve felt completely at home, been perfectly attended to by the most charming waiter on the planet (thanks Blaze) and had your meal personally recommended to you by the owner… now that’s a place I want to brag about.”
Says Gianni Mariano, owner of the Mastrantonio Group, one of South Africa’s leading restaurateurs, “A truly wonderful feast of flavour.”
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