Norwood’s renowned Thava Restaurant is bringing a fresh new take on Indian cuisine to Montecasino, with an authentic menu of tasting and sharing options, main courses and, in a first for Montecasino, gourmet street food served from a traditional Indian food cart.

Thava has earned a well-deserved reputation over nine years as one of Joburg’s finest Indian restaurants, with a menu that reflects recipes handed down to owner Mathew Abrahams by his mother. Mathew, originally from Kerala, a state on the south-western Malabar coast of India, and Chef Philippe Frydman, who has been the consultant for Thava since it started, are continuing to deliver the Indian cuisine “with a difference” at the new Montecasino restaurant. Adding an innovative edge to their restaurant, Thava brings a gourmet food cart concept to Montecasino, offering Indian street food to passers-by and a casual sit-down area for those who want to sit and watch the world go by from the centre of the action at Montecasino, opposite Skoobs and near the grand staircase entrance.

Thava’s menu features Indian cuisine using the freshest local ingredients and aromatic spices in a unique manner, all designed for sharing, tasting, experiencing, and enjoying. All Thava’s chefs are from India to retain the feel of the ‘old country’. Thava’s menu includes an array of vegetarian, lamb, chicken or seafood dishes; fragrant curries, biriyanis and stews; spicy tandoori and masala dishes, all served with traditional breads, rice dishes and side dishes of freshly prepared chutneys, pickles or vegetables. A reviewer of the award-winning Thava Norwood restaurant noted, “The large number of Indian patrons bears testimony to the standard of the cuisine.”

The food cart menu features dishes designed for takeaway, including Tandoori Bunny, Paani Poori, Momos, Vegetable patties, Panjabi chaat, and more. Customers place their orders with any manager, collect their orders from the window or trolley, and then can sit and eat on the terrace or move around the streets of Montecasino with their bite-sized dishes.

The restaurant is inviting and exclusive, with artworks and statement pieces that each carry a symbolism and story of their Indian heritage. The imposing carved wooden doors that fill the space of a facing wall were brought from India to provide a unique and spectacular backdrop to the restaurant. “This door is about 250 years old and represents the ancient India,” says owner Mathew Abraham.

Mike Page, Operations Director and Complex GM of Montecasino, welcomed the new addition to the property’s extensive restaurant offering. “Many Joburg residents already know and love Thava from their Norwood restaurant, and this new Montecasino branch takes an already great restaurant to the next level. Thava Montecasino has the same exceptional commitment to delivering food that is authentic, real and true to its heritage – but blended with a dash or two of innovation – something we pride ourselves on at Montecasino. This is Indian food at its best, in a prime location, with a beautiful interior and a funky street food vibe to bring it all together. It is certainly delivering on Montecasino’s promise that ‘We’ve Got It’.”

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Trading hours:
Sunday – Thursday: 11h00 – 22h00
Friday and Saturday: 11h00 – 00h00

Contact details:
Tel: 011 465 1306
Email: [email protected]
Facebook Page: @ThavaCuisine

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