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[Durban, South Africa] Jewel of India

Harters | Nov 28, 201101:23 PM

After eight days of touring and eight days of indifferent hotel buffets, it was good to be eating in a “proper” restaurant. Even one attached to a hotel – in this case the Southern Sun Elangeni.

The menu is a fairly run-of-the-mill north Indian affair, so everything seemed pretty familiar. Vegetable samoosas provided one starter – although that’s “vegetable” as in “vegetable and meat”. Vegetarians be warned! A thickish pastry encasing a well spiced mix of potato and lamb. Garlic chicken kebab was the other starter. Tender moist chicken, marinated in a lightly spiced peanut sauce, then quickly grilled. Both of these pleasant enough.

Lamb featured in both mains. The bhuna sauce was particularly good but the rogan josh was a bit mono-dimensional. Very good rice and a couple of tandoori roti provided the carbs. We also took an order for sambal – a fine dice of peppers, onions and cucumber – providing a good texture contrast.

Service was bang-on throughout.

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