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“Great tasting curries but restaurant logistics terrible” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Moksh

Moksh
Ranked #387 of 1,135 Restaurants in Cape Town Central
Cuisines: Indian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Wellington, New Zealand
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61 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Great tasting curries but restaurant logistics terrible”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2013

I bought a city slicker voucher for a Sunday Buffet at Moksh, so instead of R130 per person it worked out to be R130 for two of us. I would say this is a bargain but to go without a voucher and pay R130 per person would not really be value for money in my opinion. When we got inside we were shown to a section on the left which I assumed was a waiting area as quite small and we were told we would be told when the food would be ready and we could then help ourselves. There seemed to be only one waiter in our area. There was a outside area as well but its extremely hot in summer in Paarl, the temperature that day was 33 degrees outside so even with a umbrella you would die.

We were told to keep our plates etc and that we could go upstairs, so we took our knives and forks napkin etc with as he said we must keep them, we were told no just take your plate, it was all quite confusing as you are not explained what the procedure is when you arrived. So mum and me trooped upstairs on the wooden narrow staircase and chose a table, it was a much nicer, cleaner airy spacious dining room area than the waiting area or so we thought was the waiting area below, but we were quickly told we not allowed to sit upstairs and that we must sit downstairs at the table we were shown when we arrived. I said excuse me??? I questioned this and said so the buffet was upstairs and we must sit downstairs. They replied yes!! This I found not acceptable as for the elderly to walk up almost 2 flights of wooden narrow stairs up and down, in my eyes was not good. I asked if we could have a table upstairs as mum battled with stairs. We were told no that upstairs is for tables of 4 or 4 or more only. They offered to dish up mums food if she wishes so she would not have to troop up and down. I declined this offer as well as mum, as they do not know what my mother enjoys and what to dish up for her. By this time I was extremely annoyed about how the seating operated. Also the downstairs dining area looked more like a spare room that had no character what so ever with only 5 tables which were four tables of two and one table of four and the rest were outside, not sure what the number of those tables were. I said to mom she must remain downstairs seated and I shall dish up food for her and do the whole stair climbing thing up and down, it was quite annoying though as you walk up and down the stairs and people are on the stairs with plates of food and you having to move out the way not to bump them or mess your plates of food and watch your step as you try do all.

The starters were some samoosa's which was like a lucky packet draw you are not sure which is veg or meat. I feel they should be separated but thats my personal opinion. The meat one I luckily picked first was pretty good but I went for a second one and got a veg one which was not as nice and I left it. The garlic naan bread was good, but who can mess up a naan bread??? The Onion Bhajis were quite yummy as well as the chilli bites.

The food was flavourful and nice but there was no prawn curry or a biryani as it states on there website and advertised on the voucher for the Sunday Buffet whether a coupon or not, if it states Prawn curry and biryani there should be that on the buffet although there was a fish curry, big difference from a prawn curry though!! Anyway the lamb curry flavour was nice, they sadly used a very poor cut of meat for the lamb curry but that is if you could find any meat in the buffet dish, they used the ribs which had not been trimmed and were extremely fatty full of gristle, fatty skin and was mainly bone,there was hardly any meat and mainly gravy.I had to dish through to find some meat for mum through all the bone and cartilage in the chafing dish. We had a small plate eventually on our table which was mainly full of bones from the lamb curry also the flies were terrible below, I had to keep waving my hands to scare them away from our food. I hate that about a restaurant when you have flies in the dining area. It makes you wonder what the kitchen area looks like. I shudder at the thought. The chicken curry was also pretty nice and full of flavour. On closer inspection you could see that the bottom so called dining area was not very clean and myself and mum wondered when last they had cleaned it as the cobwebs were pretty noticeable all over and it was very dusty.... anyhow back to the food.
We had to wait for dessert and I was looking forward to it, finally we were told the dessert was upstairs so there we trooped again upstairs past people carrying plates up and down the stairs, this time mom came up as I said she must choose her own dessert as i was not sure if it was one or two or three etc, there was only one dessert which was Kheer but we both did not enjoy it.It was a warm milky cardamon soup like dish with thin vermicelli noodles. I would of preferred the mango lassi or ice cream as mentioned on the advert and website but as they say mystery dessert so its a luck of the draw I guess.

All in all I would not return to Moksh firstly due to the inconsideration for the elderly and make them climb up and down stairs, why don't they at least have two tables of two upstairs for this reason and secondly the false advertising on the website and vouchers of not having dishes that they advertise clearly on their website/menu etc. I guess maybe they know most the clientele will be using the vouchers so lets give fish instead of prawns and skip the biryani and use a cheap cut of lamb for the lamb curry.Maybe with all the other good reviews it was a genuinely good meal due to paying full price for the meals so you getting a better quality of food product at the end of the day but I am sure that was the ala carte menu and not like the Sunday buffet which I experienced.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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“Authentic North Indian Cuisine”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2013

It is not often that I will drive fifty kilometres on a Friday night to review a restaurant. Authentic Indian cuisine though, rarely found in the Western Cape, was one of those rare exceptions and Moksh Indian Restaurant in Paarl was my destination.

Situated adjacent to the town centre just off Main Road, Moksh was easy to find and parking was ample and close-by.

Warmly welcomed and ushered upstairs to our table, the spacious dining area radiated a warmth and ambience all but reminiscent of a homely family meal.

Moksh, meaning freedom or liberation, also means, to attain the highest level of satisfaction. That’s a fairly high bar of measurement and one that I relish the thought of Moksh achieving, so far so good.

The easy-to-understand menu, with brief but descriptive explanations of each dish, was fairly extensive, covering meats, poultry, seafood and a vegetarian option.

I elected to go for the R55 Prawn Koliwada for my starter, described simply as fried prawns in flour. Suffice to say that this was an understatement of note. The prawns, served with a simple garnish salad and a spicy and sweet dipping sauce, were exquisite.

The prawns were fried to perfection in a mildly spicy coating and were luscious and delectable. The tiniest kick of spice only added to the overall flavoursome-ness of this delicious dish.

Though fairly busy, the manager/owner took the time to chat to the customers, answering questions about the food and the wine. The pride in his restaurant was obvious and though only opened some three months back, it was obvious that many of his diners had already returned more than once.

I genuinely struggled to choose a dish for my main course, it just all looked and sounded so appetising, eventually, after a quick word with the owner, I decided on his recommendation of Bhuna Ghosh, tender lamb cubes in a spicy thick gravy at R85.

Again this was a rather restrained description of the dish that sat in front of me, the melee of spices and herbs, combined with the aromas of the lamb and the onions assaulted my nostrils in the most pleasant and mouth-watering manner. I was literally impatient to put fork to mouth.

When smells and tastes match it is truly a magnificent experience, the lamb just melted on contact with the array of flavours dissipating to create an overall taste carnival in my mouth. A crafty but welcome delayed heat residue surprised and delighted at the same time.

Understandably eager to show me around and an opportunity for me take a breath before dessert, the owner took me to the outside courtyard, beautifully private and secluded with tables for those with a preference for eating al fresco.

Mango Lassie at R25 was my choice for dessert was a refreshing yoghourt and mango pulp smoothie which was a delight to the taste buds cooling any remnants of spiciness remaining from the Bhuna Ghosh.

Fifty kilometres for authentic Indian cuisine may seem far for some, I have to say, it was more than worthwhile. Moksh certainly attained the highest level of satisfaction, as their name means. I’ll certainly be revisiting very soon

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Paarl, South Africa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“At last - good Indian food in Paarl”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2012

Very good authentic Indian cuisine. But the prices are a bit on the high side (considering the portion sizes) and the service indifferent. The wine list was also not reliable with many options out of stock. Nevertheless, a welcome addition to the Paarl dining scene!

Visited November 2012
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“What a gem!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2012 via mobile

It reminds me of awesome curry houses in London. Wonderful and varied naans, the Dahl Makani is to die for. Nothing fancy but great value and yummy food. Chicken tikka masala worth a try.

    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Cape Town
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“A delightful piece of authentic India in Paarl - and really good value.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2012 via mobile

We were suspicious when this Restuarant opened, but have now been back three times since they opened - just 7 weeks ago. Delightful hospitality, warm friendly service coupled with delicious meals gives this charming unpretentious restaurant the upper edge. the staff are eager to please - which they do. We will be regulars.

    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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