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“Authentic Indian Food”

Thava Indian Restaurant
Ranked #73 of 1,208 Restaurants in Johannesburg
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Indian
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Pune, India
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206 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
“Authentic Indian Food”
Reviewed July 12, 2014

We visited this place for dinner as recommended by our business partners. It is in a quiet area in Norwood. The starters and food were very tasty and it appeared as if we were eating in one of the good restaurants in India. Potions were also large. However, there seemed to be a serious issue with the service. In the main course, the vegetables were served with Indian bread for only 3 out of the 6 of us, and others had to wait for 10 minutes (which can seem like an hour) for their bread, by when the vegetables were not hot.

Place is good from value of money perspective, but it is recommended that one visit the place during weekdays or during early lunch/dinner hours.

  • Visited July 2014
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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“Why I hate eating out”
Reviewed July 7, 2014

From the time we decided to have a Sunday lunch treat to the time we left home it was at least 2 hours and some strenuous Googling. Finally we thought it would be nice to support a local restaurant and as I love Indian cuisine it wasn't brain surgery. Thava looked like a nice option as we hadn't been there yet. My husband is much more easily satisfied that I am so he found the meal acceptable. However my issue is that the menu description and the food presented bore no resemblance to each other. Also the hot food was served cold. The 2 deep fried desserts we chose were cooked in stale oil - which became apparent quite quickly with the awful 'repeats' soon after consumption. My dear husband loves nothing more than a well satisfied wife so he will no nought of this and the fabulous wine he chose helped greatly to get by on the offerings.

  • Visited July 2014
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48 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
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“One of THE best Indian restaurants in Joburg”
Reviewed June 17, 2014

My husband and I had dinner at this very authentic welcoming vibey Indian restaurant. The place was packed to capacity but the service was faultless and our order perfect ( as in no mistakes). Our food was beyond delicious; we ordered a large variety of tapas sized dishes and every single item was a gastronomical delight. The vegetarian selection is huge, the menu extensive and this is one of the only places that provides BOTH South Indian and North Indian food. We will most definitely be returning in the future.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank Babybumps
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“Best Indian food... ever!!”
Reviewed April 18, 2014 via mobile

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 for two people. Will definitely visit again.

Mr & Mrs Naidoo

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Thank Joey_The_Jackie
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“Focus on food pays off”
Reviewed April 15, 2014

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. This was one of the best Indian meals I've had in Johannesburg.

As other reviewers have stated, it is best to order everything you will need in one go, as wait-staff are in short supply and service suffers a bit for this during dinner rush. On that note, should you go without a reservation, make sure to arrive early - Thava gets packed at dinnertime, and the slow service and excellent food makes for slow table turnovers.

The decor is low-key, which frankly was a relief after too many dressed up tourist spots. White table cloths and low lighting creates a comfortable atmosphere in this large restaurant. If you want to bring your family, make a reservation (use their great website) - Thava welcomes large groups to large round tables along the walls, which is way better than seating cobbled together from a dozen small tables.

  • Visited May 2013
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2 Thank Ina-Mari C
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