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Cristian FeherWhen it comes to curries, Durban is known as the place to dine.  However, there is no reason why you can’t indulge in sampling this popular type of cuisine during your luxury Cape Town holiday too.

The Maharajah Restaurant has been fanning the flames of Indian cookery in Cape Town for the last 40 years, and is rated far and wide as one of the the best in the business when it comes to dishing up traditional breyani, curries and kormas.

Located on the corner of Kloofnek and Woodside Roads in Tamboerskloof, The Maharajah’s simple façade belies the riches within.  Here, intimate dining rooms are dotted throughout this restored residence, elegantly and plainly bedecked, leaving the way clear for the real star of the show to shine in all its spicy glory.  Don’t expect frills or airs and graces at this establishment; instead prepare yourself for generous portions, friendly efficient service and jolly good curry.

Lunch is served Weekdays from 12.30pm to 3pm and Dinner hours are from 6.30 pm onwards every day except Sunday and, judging by the popularity of this long-standing favourite, you’d be well advised to book in advance.

If you consider eating authentic curry an extreme sport, think again – at The Maharajah you can enjoy a gentle introduction to the culinary arts of Northern and Southern Indian cookery, with mild, medium or strong options available on every dish.  Gentler dishes such as breyani give you all the spice and flavour with very little heat at all and there are even some non-curry dishes on the menu such as kebabs, line fish and veg. pasta.

My favourites include the lamb-off-the-bone curry, swimming in a rich thick sauce, accompanied by traditional roti for mopping the perfectly prepared luxurious prawn curry, and the silky butter chicken.

Vegetarians will feel right at home here with a separate menu just for you.  The Maharajah has mastered the art of recreating its most popular curry dishes using a soya alternative, so you can still enjoy the coriander and cumin induced utopia of ‘chicken’, ‘mince’ and ‘prawn’ curry.  Of course, a variety of traditional Indian vegetable dishes created from chickpeas, butternut, peas and potatoes are also up for grabs.

Go ahead and experience another unexpected Cape Town luxury on your next visit to the Mother City.
Image Credit: Flickr – Cristian Feher

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