I can safely say I am pretty seasoned (see what I did there) when it comes to Indian food. It’s one of the first ‘cuisines’ that I learned to cook, and my spice cupboard is bigger than any other in my kitchen. I get my whole spices from Athlone and my neighbours know about my mortar and pestle spice grinding noise pollution. Indian food is not only my favorite food to cook on a weekly basis, it’s also my Sunday lunch and my hangover food. Going on a culinary trip to India is one of primary bucket list experience that I have yet to do, but Durban was in all honesty quite a nice start.
Cape Town also has a few Indian establishments, and Bukhara in the CBD still tops my list. What Bukhara gets right is not only the quality food it serves, but the nice ambiance and top notch service you get with it as well. Set particularly hidden on the first floor in Church Street, it keeps a private and quiet setting despite being so central in the city. Its neo-noir interior and classy dark brown furniture give it a cool look, and the dishes are always served with splendid presentation.
Serving the traditional Indian curries and spiced staples, everything on the menu is of great standard. The garlic naan bread is great to accompany the dishes and there is a variety of rice sides. My favorites are the Butter or the Tikka Chicken. Don’t be mistaken if you think you can eat chili’s for breakfast, I once ordered the Vindaloo and needed plentiful additional yoghurt to cope with the heat and hold down my tears.
Bukhara is somewhat on the pricey side for Cape Town, but the portion size and quality experience certainly make up for it. If you like Indian food, I’d definitely recommend you pay them a visit.