Restaurant review: Bombay Brasserie, Cape Town

24 October 2015 - 02:00 By Lauren Joubert
Bombay Brasserie's interior.
Bombay Brasserie's interior.
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The Bombay Brasserie at the Taj Cape Town hotel offers a tantalising taste experience from Tandoori starters to fragrant curries, writes Lauren Joubert

Located in Cape Town’s central city, the Bombay Brasserie is modelled on its sister restaurant in the UK. It is part of the opulent Taj Cape Town hotel, in the iconic old BOE building on Wale Street. You can’t help but feel glamourous when entering the Bombay Brasserie, where you are greeted with outstanding design and an ambiance that is modern, luxurious and inviting.

Tall mirrored walls, grand chandeliers, long drapes and detailed seating bring out the extravagance of this Cape Town restaurant.

The intricate detail of the interior decor transports you to an Indian palace. The gentle sitar music playing in the background sets the perfect scene for a night of indulgent dining.


We ordered the five-course wine-pairing meal but had no idea what to expect, as combining curry dishes with wine is rather unusual.

The first course was the Balla Chaat, an exceptionally soft lentil dumpling served with sweet yoghurt and tamarind chutney and paired with a gentle, flavourful Antonji Rupert Pinot Grigio.

Next up was the roasted yellow corn soup and turmeric-spiced popcorn paired with D’Orrance Karma Chenin Blanc. The wine pairing with this alone brought out all sorts of tastes you wouldn’t expect.

Then came the Tandoori starters, bursting with Oriental flavours and going down well with a Chardonnay. A smoking sorbet put on quite a show as the palate cleanser, before being greeted with a variety of curries, paired with a blend of red.

All in all, the Bombay Brasserie did not disappoint. Next time you’re looking to dine in luxury, give them a call. Call 021-819-2000.


This article was originally published in Sunday Times Neighbourhood: Cape Town. Visit, like YourNeighbourhoodZA on Facebook and follow YourHoodZA on Twitter.