It can be said that celebrities are like curries – famous for being meaty and getting spicier as they get more seasoned. Though eating other people is generally frowned upon in polite society, savour a seasoned and spicy dish with a curry, side-dish and soft drink at Taste of India for R98.
For most people, exploring other cultures mean flipping to the travel channel or ordering take-out from the Thai place up the road. Fortunately for the adventurous, Taste of India offers something a bit more sophisticated than noodles in a cardboard box, providing a taste exploration across the Indian subcontinent. With culinary-skills that would make you swear their DNA was made of Vindaloo, the chefs in the Taste of India kitchen whip up dishes with enough distinctive flavour and fragrance to have your taste-buds doing Ghumura dances. The menu provides a list of curries longer than a no-breaks reading of Moby Dick, each with its own rich and vibrant flavours.
While you kick back in the warm and open ambience of the restaurant proper, peruse the lengthy list of delicious curries and soak up the luxurious atmosphere and tantalising scents from the kitchen. Whichever dish you choose, mild or spicy, top it off with rice, a roti or naan bread. Even if you laugh in the face of spicy flavours and your taste-buds can handle the burn, you’ll receive a mahala soft drink. For those who reach for the milk at the slightest sting, the drink might help to soften the fiery flavours.
Though Taste of India is conveniently located in Early Dawn Centre, it still manages to provide just what it says on the tin with a mix of modern style and traditional influences. For the more curry-cautious, dip your metaphorical toe into the spicy waters with a traditional lamb or chicken curry. Of course, going on a taste adventure and stopping at the safer dishes is like going sky-diving and refusing to leave the plane. If you’re looking to try something a bit more exotic, the Prawn Vindaloo with whole red chillies or the Lamb Bhuta Ghost are both a tasty trip for the taste-buds.
Toss the take-out for a night and tuck in to a meal that really embodies the spirit of India – bonus points that you don’t have to hop a trans-Atlantic flight to do it.
Spicy fact: The hottest curry ever eaten was created in the small village of Ghytia during the Elizabethan age. Containing twenty Bhut Jolokia and half a bottle of Tabasco sauce, the chilli induced the world’s first case of fire-breathing.