Vintage India would definately take the prize for best restaurant in a parking lot, but mainly because I don’t know of any other restaurants that are in parking lots. There is quite a selection of Indian restaurants to choose from in Cape Town. Some are not that great, others are good but pricey, and then you get those that are reasonably priced and offer reasonable quality. Vintage India fits into the last category. I have eaten there several times over the years and it has been consistent with respect to the food, but the service has waxed and waned.
I was there again this last weekend and on this occasion the service was good and the food was it’s usual standard. Vintage India is a huge restaurant, which is seldom even half full, but they are obviously busy enough to pay the bills as they have been there for many years. The decor is softly Indian with Indian waiters giving it a more authentic feel. The lighting is quite bright which kills the ambiance slightly but does encourage confidence in the cleanliness of the restaurant.
The four of us ordered two chicken Tikka Masala (R61), one chicken Vindaloo (R59) and I ended up with something which I can’t recall. I wanted the lamb Rogan Josh (R65) but was recommended another option. I didn’t really like my option that much and regretted not sticking to the Rogan Josh. All dishes came with rice and we ordered one plain nan (R10) and one garlic nan (R12). The menu does have an extensive vegetarian section as well.
Having had a weekend of excess, we opted for soft drinks, but I do remember that the wine list at Vintage India was very reasonably priced, although not very interesting. Vintage India offers value for money, not the best ambiance or food or service, but definitely value compared to some other places.
Gardens Centre (in the parking)
Tel: 021 462 5106