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44 The Avenue & Grove Road | Norwood, Johannesburg 2192, South Africa (Formerly Thava)
011 728 2826
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5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Closed now
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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: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Always excellent Indian cuisine!!

The restaurant is always busy, especially in winter so make sure you book but if you don't mind waiting a bit you can sit at the bar and have a drink while you wait. The food is always very good. I love the chicken curry and the sambals that go with it. My husband loves the Lamb vindaloo but... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 21, 2015
Joy G
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English first
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015 NEW

The restaurant is always busy, especially in winter so make sure you book but if you don't mind waiting a bit you can sit at the bar and have a drink while you wait. The food is always very good. I love the chicken curry and the sambals that go with it. My husband loves the Lamb vindaloo but quite... More 

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Mpumalanga, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

good ambience, friendly staff, can get abit crowded, tables are too close to each other, pity they not include condiments such as salads with the dish ordered, you have to buy them seperately, food was great tasting even the presentation was good, waiters are good with their menu , cann explain exactly what the dish entails. Awesome indian food.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

The most important part of Indian food is that it should be cooked for long hours till the lamb/chicken is very soft. Thava perfects this and the food is always delicious. The new Midrand branch is also not too bad.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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7 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

The food at Thava was delicious. We had a selection of starters - all were fresh and tasty, especially the masala dosa. Mains were delicious too. The service was quick and friendly and the ambience was warm and inviting. A bonus was the off street parking right outside the restaurant.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

The night before a public holiday is always going to be a busy one for most restaurants and last night was no exception. Thava in Norwood was bursting at the seams. Despite this, the service was more than adequate and the food both plentiful and tasty - although some dishes definitely needed a touch more salt to enhance the flavour.... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Visited the branch in Midrand. Delicious Kerala food. This is something not offered in many Indian restaurants in Johannesburg or Gauteng area.

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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

We stay in Norwood and so we have eaten here three times but each time we have found the service patchy and there is no atmosphere at all. It's a big, echoing sort of restaurant, so if there is a noisy table that is all you will hear. don't go for a date or a special occasion. However, It is... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

My wife and I love indian food. We recently moved to JHB and decided to check the surroundings and came across Thava down the road. We got in , sat down, and basically ordered straight off the bat. The place is not badly set up , with a bar counter and resonance decor. The food was okay. Service was okay.... More 

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Durban
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Lots of recommendations caused us to consider this restaurant. The service was good with a friendly waiter. The menu offers good value and the food was served quickly, hot and delicious. I had the lamb korma which I enjoyed. I look forward to trying something new next visit, which will be soon.

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BANGALORE
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

We were totally 11 people on South African tour. We had an opportunity to visit this restaurant for lunch on one of the days. For our surprise, they started the lunch with masala dosa a delicacy from South India.It was fantastic. Being from South India(Bangalore), we were craving for our native food and enjoyed with typical green and coconut chutney.Followed... More 

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Additional Information about Thava Indian Restaurant

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

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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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