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Thava Indian Restaurant

44 The Avenue & Grove Road | Norwood, Johannesburg 2192, South Africa (Formerly Thava)
011 728 2826
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Ranked #49 of 693 restaurants in Johannesburg
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: Indian
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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English first
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

We went for a weekday dinner as we felt nostalgic for some Indian food. When walking in, we noticed the romantic and sophisticated ambience. The staff were very attentive and the food was prepared timeously. For starters, we each ordered the veg platter for one which was superb. We ordered the tapas versions for mains which was more than enough... More

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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

On the final night of my American friend's visit to South Africa, we were exhausted and looking for something simple and memorable that wasn't overrun/overpriced by/for tourists. We found Thava on Tripadvisor and went out looking for it without reservations. We had a variety of tapas-sized dishes, all of which were splendid with the garlic naan and fragrant basmati rice.... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

Recommendation by a "local" mate we ended up for dinner. Decor is very understated but welcoming was superb (we had no reservation) and were seated before our bar drinks even arrived. Limited wine menu and my brother wanted red - so I stuck to beer (ended with a Cobra - very nice). The maitre d was hugely helpful in his... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

I only can talk of the vegetarian experience. The food here is good - never disappointed.(Visited a few times). Service - room for improvement. Suggest you get everything you need when your food is brought to the table because a waiter/manager is generally not excited about checking that "all is well".

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

It's funny how your face just brightens up when you find Indian food on the menu, especially since I just relocated to SA.A group of my husband's friends decided to meet up at Thava for dinner. The food was so chak de! Loved it.I honestly felt that they could have made the place look a bit more prettier.Ambiance didn't catch... More

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Sandton, South Africa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

Thava's food was very good for me. I enjoyed the chicken curry and also tried the lamb chops. Both were very tasty and nicely done. The service was just too slow and half way through our waiter disappeared and we eventually got a new one. That was very poor.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014 via mobile

Consistently excellent food an service. Have been several times and we enjoy it every time. Never had a bad meal or poor service. Management show caring and concern and makes sure the nice new larger breezy restaurant runs smoothly. Highly recommended

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Hopefully a bad day because of the time of the year but all round poor service - some of our meals did not arrive, we had to wave down our waiter several times, no drinks on table, insufficient meal accompaniments etc. etc. - as I write this, my soiled finger bowl sits next to me for almost 30 minutes

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Bangalore, India
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

food was of very good quality in the locality is very calm and serene. We had been there quite a number of times to savour the good taste.

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Sacramento, CA
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

Outstanding Indian food and great service. So good, we went back the next night for another meal. Most entrees under $10 US and totally worth it.

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