Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Eating Indian at The Roti, Sea Point

We love to eat good Indian food and when a new place opened up in Sea Point, we headed straight there. Sadly, it was Valentine’s Day and they were totally full, always a good sign. We finally got there recently and wanted to tell you about it. Roti is on Regent Road, opposite the Sea Point Post Office. It was an estate agent's premises and has now been converted into a fairly large and airy restaurant. They do cater for large tour buses, but the food is good and they serve authentic Indian food, not Cape Malay or Durban curries.
The entrance, with security
Plainly but tastefully decorated. 
Poppadoms come free with two dips when you sit down. Our bill for 5 dishes and 2 steamed rice came to only R400 before service. We took our own wine and were not charged corkage
We sat at the back nearer the kitchen, as it was a very cold evening. The restaurant was almost empty when we arrived at 7.30 but soon filled up. Service was polite, but a little slow as a large celebratory Indian group arrived. Perhaps a good place for an early supper.
John chose a lamb Rogan Josh – he always orders this when first visiting, as he wants to see how well they prepare it. This was a good one. Lynne originally fancied having an aubergine curry, but the one they serve is a puree rather than pieces of Aubergine. So she had a Prawn Malvani, one of their specials, which was cooked medium hot for her, even though it is normally a 3 chilli dish. It tasted authentic with a good thick sauce, but the prawns were very small and sparse for the R130 charged. We had this with a small bowl of steamed rice
Our vegetarian friends had an Aloo Mint Tikki (potato and pea fritters) as a starter, the Aubergine curry and a Dhingri Dolma (mushrooms and paneer) with steamed rice. Ronnie goes there often for lunch and is working his way through the fish and vegetarian menu.
We had not intended to have dessert, but they had cooked a huge quantity of cardamom rice pudding for the wedding party and they very kindly gave us each a bowl of it. Not to everyone’s taste, John still has bad memories of boarding school rice pudding but the rest of us enjoyed it very much. Not too sweet, creamy and beautifully fragrant from the cardamom spice
© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2014

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