The Bombay Brasserie Cape Town
I travelled to South Africa and was lucky enough to be one of the first to try the city’s newest five-star eating establishment, the Bombay Brasserie.
Based at the new Taj Hotel, which occupies the old bank reserve building in the centre of Cape Town, the Bombay Brasserie takes the city's Indian cuisine options to a new level. The narrow room with high ceilings is all subdued blue lighting and velvety furnishings, totally in keeping with the cuisine.
We began by ordering two delicious cocktails from the superb cocktail list in the Taj's Cigar Bar before heading to the Bombay Brasserie. The Maitre'd took us through the menu in great detail, advising us to order a few different starters before choosing our main. This is a good idea, not least because the mains menu is not the longest in terms of options.
Our range of starters were superb, highlights being the delicious apricot and potato cakes with yoghurt and tamarind chutney (left), and the melt in your mouth tender lamb kebabs, featuring lamb which had been minced more than 7 times. This was the finest lamb I had tasted. Throughout the evening the service was excellent and we felt very spoilt.
The wine list is mainly local and surprisingly good value, and the Maitre'd will be happy to recommend a red or white to complement your choice. For my main I ordered the lamb shank curry, which although having a wonderful masala sauce, was somewhat difficult to get at, being presented on the bone. My partner ordered Tariwala Murg - home-style chicken curry, which was delicious.
For desert, the Cardamom Ice Cream cleansed the palette perfectly. We had a superb evening of great food in sumptuous surroundings at the Bombay Brasserie and would highly recommend it to visitors to (or residents of) Cape Town.