27 Mar Ghazal, spice is life restaurant review
I’m sure that everyone who likes Indian food in Jozie, knows Ghazal. Their Melrose Arch restaurant invited me to their media relaunch last month to experience authentic Northern Indian cuisine.
I’ve been recommending Ghazal to friends for years and couldn’t wait to see if this branch measured up to the Rivonia and Bryanston ones.
Even though Ghazal’s has been in Melrose Arch since 2016, I didn’t know it was there. It’s hidden in the corner in the Square across from the African Pride Hotel. The North Indian restaurant is inviting, with a warm atmosphere. It’s larger than what I expected it to be and sports a sizable outside area for those summer nights.
The food was all I expected it to be. I like my Indian food mild, because let’s face it, I can’t handle the heat and Ghazal’s is generally really good at adapting the heat levels of their food according to each patron’s taste.
The vegetarian options on the night were
- Spring Rolls
- Samosa Chat
- Potato Pakoda
- Spinach Pakoda
- Paneer Masala
- Vegetable Biryani
- Ice cream
- Carrot Halwa
My favourite picks on the night by far were the samosa chat (surprisingly), paneer and carrot halwa.
The latter was absolutely delicious, and I could easily have had two portions. If you like Indian food and you haven’t tried one of the Ghazal restaurants across Jozie as yet, I would recommend that you do.
The restaurant chain won the Leisure Options Best of Joburg Readers’ Choice Award for Best Indian Restaurant from 2010 to 2016 – just in case you needed another nudge.
I’m personally a fan of North Indian dishes because it’s generally richer and creamier than the cuisine from the south. And it won me over with its abundance of naan breads and roti instead of lots of rice.
If you are interested in trying them out, you can find them here:
Ghazal restaurant on the Square at Melrose Arch
Telephone: (011) 684-1257