Thursday, November 05, 2020

Lunch at The Indian Oven, Hout Bay

The Indian Oven in Hout Bay impressed us so much the first time we went. The curries are the closest to those we have eaten and enjoyed in London, but if you like local there is one Durban curry on the menu as well as Bunny Chows. But Lock Down got in the way and we have been longing to go back. They have moved along the building to a better space. And there is plenty of parking outside

We met our friends Lorraine and Ronnie there and they had nabbed the long table on the front 

They have a special trio of curries for R195, smaller portions of Lamb, chicken or vegetarian curries for two. Which means you can order things you haven't tried before. If you want to splurge, try the  Choice Combo at R220 which includes fish and seafood curries. However each table must do 2 of these. And it is what we all chose
The menu is full of delicious and tempting options. You can opt for Lamb, chicken or veg on most curries 
and there are lots of Tandoori options as well as all the usual accompaniments of Indian starters like samosas, 
starter platters, rice, Indian breads and vegetables if you are not doing the special 
We chose three meat curries; L to R: a Lamb Rogan Josh, which John can never resist; a classic and they produced one. The middle one is a dish we had never had before, and sounded tempting: a Chicken Kaltmirchi, creamy garlic sauce with black pepper and Indian spices. And the third is a dish Lynne loves but rarely sees on SA Indian restaurant menus, Kastoori Methi, made with the fresh fenugreek herb. I had the lamb version. They were all, without exception delicious,  unique and quite enough for two; we had to leave some rice and sauce as we were very satisfied with the quantity of food. Hot enough to give you a good buzz of chilli but not enough to break out into a sweat 
You can opt for light spicing, medium or hot. We all like it medium. And one serving of rice is enough for two
We had a beer each to go with the food, and Ronnie had a glass of Cape Point Sauvignon Blanc

Our friends are vegetarian, so they chose their favourites: L to R: a Paneer curry which they found a little sweet,
an Aubergine curry in a rich spicy tomato sauce and a Potato Jeera Aloo
There are lots of vegetarian and vegan choices on the menu

They bring out popadoms when you arrive with these three side dishes and we ordered the Rogni Naan,
buttered and covered in sesame seeds, one to order every time and to copy at home 
Our very reasonable bill came to R360 per couple.  Our waiter, Innocent, was so helpful, polite and attentive
and we thanked him for his good service. We recommend a visit 

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