Aarya

 
 
Montecasino Boulevard
Sandton, Johannesburg
Gauteng
 
 
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Aarya is the restaurant run by South Africa’s first MasterChef SA winner, Deena Naidoo. The restaurant is located in the heart of Montecasino’s vibrant Outdoor Piazza.

Deena decided to name the restaurant in honour of his 10-year old daughter – the apple of his eye – who in turn was given the name for its Sanskrit meaning, which is noble, kind, honourable, dear, and favourable, and is considered to be a respectful way of addressing women.

The restaurant menu reflects the South African nation and what the MasterChef competition was all about.

Deena has an extensive knowledge of spices, which will clearly be seen and tasted in the dishes on the menu. “I want to break my personal stereotype that I associate with the Indian food experience. Throughout MasterChef, I proved that I’m not the curry king and that my food reflects the South African palate, in all its diversity and multicultural influences. The new world is defined by spice, and the dishes on my menu are strongly spice and flavour-orientated. All Aarya’s dishes are close to my heart and to my philosophy of highlighting core flavours and using ingredients in moderation.”

(t): @deenamcsa

Open:
Monday - Sunday: 6:30 - 22:30

 
 

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Aarya 2out of 5 based on 4 ratings. 4 user reviews.
 
Price Range: Upper
Seating:
 
  • Wifi
  • WheelChair Access
  • Child Friendly
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Parking
 

Recent reviews

 
 
D Govender
Sunday, February 16, 2014
Decided to try this restaurant even though I was advised by friend in JHB that food was lousy. After perusing the menu we walked out. Everything was overpriced. We had wanted Indian curries. The only curry item was butter chicken.
1 Aarya
 
Disappointed Durbanite
Monday, January 13, 2014
Service was bad,kingklip was taste less,ribs overcooked, paneer served warm .Expected a lekker prawn curry,not on menu.
0 Aarya
 
Amy Naicker
Saturday, August 24, 2013
After reading the reviews, many of which are negative, I was very sceptical about trying Aarya but there was no reason for concern at all. The staff at the door were warm and efficient but it was our waiter who shone beyond exception. He made excellent recommendations and his attention to detail was fantastic. The food was delicious; we had the prawns perfectly cooked and moreish, the fish –well balanced in terms of flavour and accompaniments and the lamb shank was falling of the bone complimented by the flavours of the butternut and rosemary. However, I will say that Aarya is not for everyone – for those expecting the pom and frills of fine dining, it’s probably not the place for you. The atmosphere is casual and comfortable and overall the experience was wonderful – will definitely go back.
4 Aarya
 
 
 
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Aarya

 
D Govender
16/02/2014 01:55
Decided to try this restaurant even though I was advised by friend in JHB that food was lousy. After perusing the menu we walked out. Everything was overpriced. We had wanted Indian curries. The only curry item was butter chicken.
1 Aarya
 
Disappointed Durbanite
13/01/2014 10:34
Service was bad,kingklip was taste less,ribs overcooked, paneer served warm .Expected a lekker prawn curry,not on menu.
0 Aarya
 
Amy Naicker
24/08/2013 09:52
After reading the reviews, many of which are negative, I was very sceptical about trying Aarya but there was no reason for concern at all. The staff at the door were warm and efficient but it was our waiter who shone beyond exception. He made excellent recommendations and his attention to detail was fantastic. The food was delicious; we had the prawns perfectly cooked and moreish, the fish –well balanced in terms of flavour and accompaniments and the lamb shank was falling of the bone complimented by the flavours of the butternut and rosemary. However, I will say that Aarya is not for everyone – for those expecting the pom and frills of fine dining, it’s probably not the place for you. The atmosphere is casual and comfortable and overall the experience was wonderful – will definitely go back.
4 Aarya
 
Pootycat
30/07/2013 10:07
Experience 1 Very impressed with ambience. Chefs pumping waiters very busy. Food did not live up to expectations - wifes butter chicken bland and cold in tangine; my lamb shank cooked, cold and tasteless. ps only steak needs to rest not all food! Experience 2 Very different on a Sunday night. Manager more interested in one of the young girls at a back table than making sure things going ok. Table not set properly and still dirty. Food not memorable in any way - meat balls tasty but combo just didn't hit the spot; chicken pizza bland. Experience 3 Comedy of errors. Arrived just beofr 12 on a Saterday to be told only open at 12. Ok wait until 12 and on being seated a young lady starts a polisher inside. Then told by another lady that they only open at 12:30! This prestige establishmnet needs to get it's act into gear. In my humble opinion you cannot own and manage a restaurant from Durbs no matter how good you think your staff are!
2 Aarya
 
 
 
 
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