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44 The Avenue & Grove Road | Norwood, Johannesburg 2192, South Africa (Formerly Thava)
011 728 2826
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Today
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:30 am - 4:30 pm
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 38
    Excellent
  • 25
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Round Robin Tasting Adventure

I visited Thava Restaurant with two good friends and we decided to order three different Lamb dishes and taste each of these to experience the variety of flavours their menu. We ordered Lamb Khorma, Lamb Rogan Josh and Thava Andhra Lamb. All three were distinctly different and delicious, but my... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 9, 2015
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Pretoria, South Africa
Good for:
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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English first
Pretoria, South Africa
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

I visited Thava Restaurant with two good friends and we decided to order three different Lamb dishes and taste each of these to experience the variety of flavours their menu. We ordered Lamb Khorma, Lamb Rogan Josh and Thava Andhra Lamb. All three were distinctly different and delicious, but my personal favourate was the Thava Andhra with its subtle taste... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Thava is a great restaurant. We tried the Thava special prawn curry, which was cooked to perfection and the Thava chicken signature dish which was also delicious. They just need to improve on the Chicken lollipops.

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015 via mobile

Thava is an excellent Indian restaurant fresh and delicious. As we are vegetarian, we are restricted to this part of the menu but there are numerous options for us. When we go there we always get good service and consistantly good food. We go back because the Indian tastes and flavours are amazing and we always get what we want... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Thava is a firm favourite in our family. The food is well prepared and flavourful. Each dish is unique, unlike the mass produced commercialised "cuisine" in other restaurants, where the sauce/base/gravy is the same and the protein is substituted. The service also never disappoints. The best indian restaurant I've eaten at in Johannesburg.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

My husband and I can't get enough of this place. The service is excellent and you feel like you're always getting special treatment. The menu has a really good variety, and especially a lot of vegetarian food which is great to see. I highly recommend Thava!

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Johannesburg, South Africa
Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Thava usually tops the list of any Joburgers "go to" curry places. I like the set up of the new Thava - its much more spacious than the old setting across the road. The menu is still peppered with excellent dishes such as the butter chicken and the masala dosa -which are must haves! and there are loads of new... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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171 reviews 171 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Been here a few times and tried different dishes. Their butter chicken and naan are amazing, but the vegetable curry was terrible. The flavour was there, but the veg was hard and undercooked. It's really difficult to rate a restaurant when there is such huge disparity between dishes. No complaints about the service.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014 via mobile

We use to be huge fans of Thava... It use to be the best Indian food that u could get in Johannesburg, but sadly not anymore... While the service is still excellent, & the naan fantastic, none of the other food was any good. The prawns were tasteless, the chicken tikka masala tasted like it had been cooked the previous... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

After three trips to India, we couldn't wait to have an "authentic" Indian meal in Johannesburg. Masala Dosa with overcooked, mashed potatoe, Chana Masala with an unpleasant sweet undertone and bland flavour, Paneer Tandoor that had never seen a tandoor and was rubbery with an uncooked paste slavered over it. What a disappointment and the supposed Indian chef should be... More 

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Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

After enjoying the food at Thava previously, we decided to take some friends out for dinner. We were disappointed as the food was not as amazing as before. Don't get me wrong - the food was good, just not as rememberable. Expected better food and better service! Mr & Mrs Naidoo

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 44 The Avenue & Grove Road | Norwood, Johannesburg 2192, South Africa (Formerly Thava)
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Gauteng  >  Greater Johannesburg  >  Johannesburg
  • Phone Number: 011 728 2826

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Indian
Open Hours
Sunday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 4:30 pm
Monday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 4:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?