Curry restaurants in Cape Town that locals love

For Moments of Joy. Follow our social channels
for useful news, daily local champions
+27(0)72 350 2062
Ideas Cartel - 113 Loop Street

Curry restaurants in Cape Town that locals love

The results are in: here are your favourite curry spots in Cape Town

Nobody knows Cape Town better than you, our readers. We took to social media to ask you where to find the best curry, and the results are in. Over 500 locals weighed in, and we’ve gone through the data to compile the definitive guide to Cape Town's best curries, according to Capetonians. From Athlone to Zonnebloem and everywhere in between, here are 11 personal recommendations for the best curry in town.  

For Hout Bay resident Camilla Wilson, her favourite spot is “the Curry Club! Hands down, without a doubt.'' The curry is so delicious Wilson said she would drive there all the way from Hout Bay because “it’s so damn good”. Cherise Nortjie agrees and suggests you try the Paneer Meneer Butter Masala or the veg biryani, which she describes as “food for the soul”. 
50 New Church St, Gardens| 021 300 3971|

The Burner restaurant in Bellville specializes in authentic South Indian Cuisine and is fully operational for takeaways. “This is proper Indian cuisine,” writes Lauren Blaire Erendsen, “so flavourful, spicy and worth every penny”. Duane Nicol also thinks The Burner is a winner and has “yet to find a better curry of lamb bunny in Cape Town”. 
2 Eendrag St, Bellville | 021 951 5826 | Manhattan suites, 3 Esplanade Rd, Century City | 060 972 4512 |

Sharon Naidoo writes that at “Sundoo, you will find the best fine Durban curry as well as the bunny chow”. Wardia Mohamed says chef and owner Seelan Sundoo “whips up sublime morsels of Indian delights on the fly...and he’s won several awards!”. 
77 Regent Rd, Sea Point, Cape Town | 021 433 0542 | 

According to Holly Gilbert-Jones, the food at the Indian Oven is not just good, it’s “fan-blerrie-tastic”. Their famous lamb rogan josh, chicken tikka masala or palak paneer are all prepared in a traditional style with an authentic clay tandoori oven. So, it’s no surprise that “the Indian Oven in Hout Bay is an absolute gem” writes Anton Kooi. “If you ask anyone in Hout Bay where to get the best Indian food”, he claims “they are always the answer”. 

No.8, Red Sails, 18 Main Rd, Hout Bay | 021 791 4805 |

“The Indian Chapter in Tableview is tops,” says Suletta Du Plessis, writing that she’s “never had a bad meal there” and that it’s “a firm family favourite”. Restaurant owner Prim Reddy “is a Durban girl and makes curry as it should be done,” writes Craig Lewthwaite, who describes her curries as “ deliciously spicy”. Next time you feel like a proper curry for dinner try out their chicken tikka or the lamb jalfrezi.


View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Aleit Swanepoel (@aleitswanepoel) on Feb 6, 2020 at 4:45am PST

Carnaby, 9 Marine Cir, Bloubergstrand | 021 557 5524 |

Susanne Eck is “still dreaming of that butter chicken” she describes as “absolutely delicious” from Vintage India in Gardens. Tayo Agagu insists that the “chicken lollipops and garlic naan bread are must-have add-ons to your order” and Maria Ross agrees that “the naan bread is to die for”. 

10 Hiddingh Village, C/o Hiddingh Ave and Mill St, Gardens | 021 462 5106 |

“The best curry is Ninety-One in Seapoint Main Road,” writes Kerryn Moulang. “They are Stupendous.”  Her favourite dishes are the chicken tikka masala and the lamb korma. Moulang says it’s all in the sauce. “The sauces aren’t flat,” she told us. “There are so many layers of flavour. It’s something I can’t copy at home.”

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Ninety One - Indian Restaurant (@91seapoint) on May 13, 2018 at 4:35am PDT

Shop 8, 9, 315 Main Rd, Sea Point | 021 433 2069 |

If you’re looking for a top-notch prawn curry Genna Basha recommends Wella Spicy in town, writing that it’s “the best prawn curry I have tasted in ages”. Mary-Ann Grove is also a devout Wella Spicy fan and says that “it is literally world-class. It really is no ordinary curry. The flavours are spectacular. Each one of the curries is one of a kind”. If you’d like to try something different, add in their sourdough naan bread to your next order.

Buitengracht Street, Cape Town | 074 273 8344 |

Tucked in between two unlikely places you will find Cape Town’s best hidden secret, Ragamuffin curry in Kenilworth. One of their biggest fans, Eleanor Muller, claims that it’s not just the delicious food but “it’s the holistic experience that makes the difference. The food is great, the vibe is mellow and the people are heart-felt”. 
3 Mains Ave, Kenilworth, Cape Town | 083 548 0708 |

Naseema Hassan swears that Bibi’s Kitchen in Wynberg is “the best by far”. “Their award-winning recipes have been developed over time with flavours from India and local”, Hassan adds, and with “only the best and freshest ingredients, their curries are always tantalizing and never disappoints”. 

32 Broad Rd, Wynberg | 021 797 1054 |

The Eastern Food Bazaar prides themselves on serving up the whole spice spectrum from Bombay to the Bo-Kaap, with the “best butter chicken and naan” according to Junain Manus. “There’s a reason it’s in the heart of Cape Town,”  writes Colette Combrink, “It is the heart of Capetonian cuisine”.

96 Longmarket St, Cape Town City Centre | 021 461 2458 |


Our readers have spoken: Here are the best sushi spots in Cape Town.

Learn how to make haddock mac n cheese from a South African celebrity chef

Skip the queue and stay inside cause your favourite restaurants are delivering.  

Try your hand at a delicious green vegetable curry with fried halloumi

There are more top Indian restaurants in Cape Town to explore.


Supercharge your event? Our Events Support Programme gets results. Contact or +27 (0)21 565 0415.

Use our events section for an up-to-date overview of what’s happening in the city, ‘burbs and dorpies. Join our newsletter and get quick access on the go by adding us to your mobile home screen for the ultimate guide to discoveries in Cape Town.

Follow and like us on TwitterFacebookLinkedInInstagramPinterest for updates.


Cape Town Events Calendar
August 2022
1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31

Taj Jiva SpaJiva Spa Special: 3 massages x 30 mins ...

Select 3 treatments from 7 options, from head massage to deluxe pedicure

Bombay BrasserieBombay Brasserie offers sumptuous ...

Taste 7 unique dishes (+ a surprise) at Taj Cape Town’s signature eatery

Blue Train ParkKids Party Idea: Take a ride on the ...

BOOK Now and let the outdoor adventure begin!

Mount Nelson hotel4+ ways to winter at Mount Nelson, a ...

Dinner by the fire, fondues, cognac with chocolate or stay over (1 kid stays free)

Scootours Kids Birthday PartyKids party Fridays at Scootours at ...

Kids and friends race on Monster Mountain Scooters

Harvest Friday Run ClubKick off Friday with a gentle, scenic ...

Join The Harvest Friday Run Club in Newlands or Muizenberg

randy-warthog-barPlay beer pong every Friday

The only game that’s more fun if you’re losing (but if you win, there are prizes)

East City Wine wine glassTaste unique, local wines at the East ...

Party at the East City pop-up with wine, street food + live music

Breathwork Africa foundation3+ ways to get your breath back and ...

Classes, courses, retreats on conscious breathing run by the trainers leading the global ...

The Blue Room interiorLive jazz at The Blue Room

Dine, drink cocktails while top local muzos jam at this moody new bar

Taj kids bedHere’s an unbeatable deal: Kids stay ...

You’ll get 2 interleading rooms, 1 harbour + canal cruise and royal treatment

Hint Hunt torpedoPlay Cape Town’s original live escape ...

Be a pirate, detective or prisoner at HintHunt Africa every Friday (closes late)

Oasis Association Claremont coffee shopDo Good

3 ways to support Oasis: shop, donate or take your recycling there

Leopard's Leap FamilyLeopards Leap serves succulent ...

Family-style lunches are its speciality, plus there’s a big lawn for kids to play on

White Shark Cage Diving - BoatSpectacular rates on shark-cage diving ...

Where conservation meets adventure. FREE Buff + ask for current CapeTownMag specials

Ficks CocktailsFicks: the best sundowner pinchos bar ...

Pair wine, cocktails and mocktails with pinchos and a spectacular sea view

La Motte Tasting RoomVirtual and on-site wine tastings at ...

Or do this specialised La Motte wine-tasting virtually

Klein Roosboom tasting caveTaste wine in a cave

Boutique winery with 6 six cosy tasting nooks. Plus platters, picnics + trails

Irma Stern Museum artHere’s what’s on at the Irma Stern ...

Celebrate 50 years with art workshops, walkabouts and discussions

Canto Wines champagne + macarons tasting3 unusual pairings at this Durbanville ...

From MCC to tonic tastings: there’s something at Canto for the whole family

Shimansky Tip of AfricaTreat yourself by investing in diamonds ...

Gorgeous gems to complement your mood and your budget

GiveawaysTravel Tips