A sensory mixed masala of sophisticated plates.
Just across from the Company’s Garden, with the innercity’s hotspots and cultural attractions on its doorstep, Taj Cape Town is perfectly positioned to offer its guests a glimpse into the heart and history of the Mother City. And a visit wouldn’t be complete without dinner at the Bombay Brasserie – the hotel’s signature restaurant.
Its inspiration comes from the buzzing, multicultural Indian city, with a nod to the iconic London restaurant of the same name. Similarly, the menu combines a variety of Indian cooking styles, ingredients and global influences including Cape Malay cuisine. The result is a multisensory extravaganza.
Formerly the home of the SA Reserve Bank and Temple Chambers, the restaurant mixes the charm of a bygone era with an exciting contemporary approach. The sumptuous, elegantly exotic interior is reminiscent of an Indian palace, with jewel tones, sparkling chandeliers, touches of gold and plush fabrics. An Eastern-styled courtyard and splendid spice wall, filled with traditional aromatics, creates a focal point.
Also part of the brasserie is a bar area, where diners can enjoy pre- or post-dinner tipples. Evocative signature cocktails include Passage to India (a bourbon, tea and vermouth mix) and the Bombay Sparkler (gin, grapefruit and rooibos marmalade, lemon juice and bubbly).
French-born executive chef David Tilly and his team of Indian chefs have devised an exciting menu that celebrates traditional, authentic Indian flavours with a modern sensibility and culinary artistry. The finest local ingredients are sourced, along with spices imported from India, all brought together in vibrant, sensational dishes.
The signatures of Bombay Brasserie are chaat (street-food inspired small plates) and tandoor (clay-oven cooking). Here you can indulge in a variety of surprising combinations, from ostrich-and-raisin samosas to tiger prawns cooked with basil pesto and saffron yoghurt.
There’s also Kerala-style fish curry, Kochi-style seared prawns, butter chicken, authentic dal makhani (slow-cooked black beans and lentils) and dry lamb curry pot-roast. The bread bar alone features nine different options, from chilli-olive naan and mint paratha to bran roti. The winelist is equally extensive and impressive.
Spice it up
Perhaps the best way to enjoy the Bombay Brasserie’s unique offering is by opting for the Experience Set Menu, an exotic dinner for two that cherry-picks the highlights of the standard menu.
It starts with a semolina and potato sphere amuse-bouche and ends with classic gulab jamun (syrup-poached dumplings) with vanilla Anglaise and crushed pistachios. In between, there’s a “tandoori taster” course of mustard-marinated broccoli florets, Old Delhi chicken and ginger masala Karoo lamb chops.
The mains consist of charred chicken tikka, spicy and crispy new potatoes with olives, and yellow lentil dal fry. Vegetarians are well-catered for with truffle and pepper-scented chestnut mushrooms, quinoa tikka kebabs and paneer.
Cost Experience Set Menu: R445 per person; R490 (with glass of wine)
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 6pm – 10.30pm (bar opens at 4pm)
Contact 021 819 2038, email@example.com
Where to find it Taj Cape Town, 1 Wale Street, corner of St Georges Mall, Cape Town
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