By entering into a debate about Indian food in Durban we do realize we’re wading into treacherous water! There are almost too many options and everyone has their own particular favourite! With this in mind, we tried to stick to certain parameters in our judgement – not including restaurants outside of the “Durban” area or restaurants that qualified more as take-away spots.
That said, honourable mentions need to go to the following favourites: Seabelle in Westbrook, the Salt Rock Hotel, House of Curries, Little Gujarat, Hollywood Sportsbook and the famous Goundens, who incidentally won our Top 5 Durban Bunny Chows handsdown!
A landmark in every sense of the word, it’s incredible how Britannia and it’s accompanying restaurant Capsicum are consistently recommended for their curries. There was simply no contest when asking locals and out-of-towners alike. A full refurbishment in 2000 has elevated this spot to cult status, which is visible by the continuously packed parking lot, especially on weekends!
Tucked away in Durban North, Indian Summer’s food has slowly but surely developed a sublime reputation in and out the area. Hailing from Mumbai, friendly owner Bimal might talk you through the menu, offer recommendations and take orders. His authentic, tasty and value-for-money alternative to run-of-the-mill starters are a hit!
An upmarket and beautiful restaurant perfect for romantic date, you can’t help but love Vintage. The multi-Indian menu runs the gauntlet from traditional North Indian to Goan and Hydrabadi. The Kababs from the Tandoor oven are best teamed with a good wine from their carefully selected wine list.
One word comes up time and again when people talk about Jewel of India at the Elangeni Hotel – Authentic. This is one of the handful of Indian restaurants in the city that is just as popular with Indians as other clientele. Thanks to its location, Jewel also serves a wide variety of foreigners who often remark on the friendly service & sumptuous decor.
One of the newer establishments in this list, Indian Connection has nevertheless begun to make a big impression on the Durban foodies, owing to a tasty and authentic menu & friendly service. The venue is well situated in a beautiful old Morningside house where beautiful Indian art, modern decor and twinkling fairy lights all add to the delightful ambience.