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Winona Griggs

Nan negotiable: Discovering Bukhara’s Tapas Extravaganza

Get ready for a delightful adventure through India’s flavors with Bukhara’s tantalizing new tapas menu.

For two decades now, Bukhara has been the ultimate destination for both locals and visitors in search of extraordinary Indian cuisine. But here’s the thing: I have a little predicament when it comes to this place. Every time I go, I find myself torn between ordering my beloved classics—butter chicken and lamb rogan josh—out of fear that I’ll miss out on something marvelous from their vast menu.

I was so thrilled when I received an email about Bukhara’s brand-new tapas menu for two. I couldn’t believe my eyes! The restaurant’s owner, Dr. Sabi Sabharwal, who is originally from India and a physicist by profession, along with his wife Elana from South Africa, decided to mark the restaurant’s 20-year anniversary with a special menu. This unique dining experience allows customers to try out some delicious and exotic dishes that they might not have tasted before.


When you come to Bukhara, you’re in for a treat. With an eight-course menu featuring a variety of dishes, there’s something to satisfy everyone’s taste buds. From fish and chicken to beef, lamb, and vegetarian options, prepared in different ways, including tandoor, singri, and dum, you’ll be amazed by the flavors and aromas.

And let’s not forget about the garlic naan bread. It’s so good that you won’t be able to resist using it to soak up every last bit of sauce from your bowl.

What sets Bukhara apart is their tapas menus. They have five different ones, and the chef changes them daily. This way, you can always try something new and exciting. On the night I visited, the menu included:

  • Pappdi chat: Imagine crispy nacho-like crackers topped with chickpeas, potatoes, yogurt, tangy tamarind, and refreshing mint dressing. It’s the perfect street-food snack!
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I’m really excited to share with you some amazing dishes you can try at an Indian restaurant. Let me tell you, these dishes are absolutely mouthwatering!

First up, we have palak tikki. It’s a delicious spinach and paneer (which is homemade cheese) patty that’s cooked on a flat-top grill called a tawa. Trust me, the combination of spinach and cheese is out of this world!

Next, we have tawa maachi. This is a marinated fish dish that’s cooked on the tawa. The fish is seasoned with fragrant spices, giving it a wonderful aroma and flavor. It’s a dish you definitely don’t want to miss.

Now, let’s talk about chicken haryali kabab. It’s boneless chicken that’s marinated with mint and coriander, and then cooked in a traditional clay oven called a tandoor. The result is a tender and flavorful kabab that will leave you wanting more.

If you’re a fan of lamb, you have to try the lamb seekh kabab. It’s made with spicy minced lamb that’s cooked on skewers in the tandoor. The smoky flavor from the tandoor really elevates the taste of the lamb. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.

Next, we have murg masala. It’s a chicken curry dish that’s made with a thick tomato and onion gravy. The combination of spices in this dish is just perfect. It’s a classic Indian dish that’s always a crowd pleaser.

For all the lamb lovers out there, you have to try the meat beli ram. It’s a lamb curry dish that’s packed with flavor. The roasted black cumin adds a unique twist to the curry and takes it to the next level.

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Now let’s move on to some delicious sides. First, we have aloo puri. It’s a puffed-up fried bread that’s served with spicy potatoes. It’s the perfect accompaniment to any Indian dish.

Finally, we have jeera pulao. It’s basmati rice that’s cooked with cumin and onion. It’s a simple yet flavorful side dish that pairs well with any curry.

So there you have it, some amazing dishes you can try at an Indian restaurant. I hope this has inspired you to try something new and exciting. Enjoy your meal!

If, like me, you’re new to Indian food or simply want to try something different, the tapas sharing menu is perfect. It lets you explore new flavors without committing to a full portion of something you might not like. It’s a great opportunity to satisfy your appetite!

Date: 1 May – 30 November 2016
Cost: R595 (for two people)
Contact: 021 424 0000, capetown@bukhara.com
Location: Bukhara

Date: 1 May – 30 November 2016
Cost: R595 (for two people)
Contact: 021 424 0000, capetown@bukhara.com
Location: Bukhara

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