Chandani

 
 
85 Roodebloem Rd
Woodstock, Cape Town
Western Cape
 
021 447 7887
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Website: http://www.chandani.co.za
 
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Jagdish started his career at the age of seven, where he began working in a restaurant kitchen, chopping ingredients in amongst copper pots and coconut fashioned spoons.

These are well loved tools he still uses today. In the Chandani kitchen most things are still done the traditional way, spices are freshly ground for the days preparations, yogurt and cheese made in cheese cloth and each creation is fashioned from scratch. A charcoal oven gives an authentic smoky taste with delicate layers of flavour.

Dina is a General Practitioner who always had a passion for cooking and entertaining. She loves vibrant colours and has an eye for detail.

She and Jagdish transformed a little Victorian house into a warm place that recreates the ambiance and hospitality of the golden era of the Mughals. Décor elements show off imperial India with prized antiques that demonstrate the splendour of good craftsmanship. 

Together they are the most attentive hosts which make Chandani the place to go back to again and again.

twitter: @Chandani_Cpt

Open:
Monday - Saturday 12:00 - 15:30 19:00 - 22:00

For the Chandani menu please click on the menu tab above.
 
 

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Chandani 3out of 5 based on 9 ratings. 9 user reviews.
 
Price Range: Reasonable
Seating: 30+
 
  • Licensed
  • WheelChair Access
  • Child Friendly
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Take-Aways
  • Booking Required
  • Parking
 

Recent reviews

 
 
Phil Laing
Friday, October 11, 2013
Hi Jagdish and Dina, Thank you for the apology and the voucher contribution towards a meal at your restaurant
3 Chandani
 
Joe
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Is it really worth bothering about the opinion of someone who didn't even eat here, and seems obsessed with leaving the same pitiful message all over the internet? I've eaten at Chandani, and while the service is not the best in the world it is well above par with most other Indian restaurants in Cape Town. As for the food, it's superb. But hey, don't listen to me. Rather listen to the opinion of someone who knows her cuisine: Sumien Brink, editor of Taste Mgagazine, on Twitter last night: "Had the most authentic Indian meal at Namaste Chandani, for a moment I was back in Mumbai!@Chandani_CPT @TastyOnes" Put that in your pipe & smoke it, mr Laing.
5 Chandani
 
Phil Laing
Monday, October 07, 2013
Dina, if you had bothered to contact me, you would have found that what your manager (who claimed she was the owner) said is untrue. I have never cancelled a reservation, in fact I had tried on several occasions prior to this to get a reservation, but was always told the restaurant was fully booked. Some more clarification: 1) The lights went off three times in 10 minutes. 2)The waiter handed us poppadoms with his hand. 3) There were only two other tables booked for the night but much later. 3) I never refused to pay, I offered my credit card and R30.00 cash which was what I had on me. Both were refused....all over R3.00! 4) The miracle R3.00 (as you call it)from the ATM, was obtained by drawing R100 and then asking the owner of the cafe to give me change. 5) The person who you claim I blocked from entering the restaurant asked what all the commotion was and all I suggested was that he find somewhere else to eat. I did not block him. 6) I did not come back to the restaurant after dropping off the R3.00! as you claim. You claim that I tried to be anonymous, how could this be when you have my name on the complaint and my telephone number in your booking register. Oh and while I am going on about everything that went wrong, the staff were sitting in the next room at dining tables, talking so loudly that it sounded like they were having a party and several of them were up and down continuously in and out of the front door, hardly a venue for intimate dining as you claim. So that's the truth! I did speak to Jigdash today, who was extremely pleasant and apologized for what I had had to endure. and asked how he could rectify the manner. My response was than an apology was all that was expected.
1 Chandani
 
 
 
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Phil Laing
11/10/2013 08:30
Hi Jagdish and Dina, Thank you for the apology and the voucher contribution towards a meal at your restaurant
3 Chandani
 
Joe
10/10/2013 12:59
Is it really worth bothering about the opinion of someone who didn't even eat here, and seems obsessed with leaving the same pitiful message all over the internet? I've eaten at Chandani, and while the service is not the best in the world it is well above par with most other Indian restaurants in Cape Town. As for the food, it's superb. But hey, don't listen to me. Rather listen to the opinion of someone who knows her cuisine: Sumien Brink, editor of Taste Mgagazine, on Twitter last night: "Had the most authentic Indian meal at Namaste Chandani, for a moment I was back in Mumbai!@Chandani_CPT @TastyOnes" Put that in your pipe & smoke it, mr Laing.
5 Chandani
 
Phil Laing
07/10/2013 12:29
Dina, if you had bothered to contact me, you would have found that what your manager (who claimed she was the owner) said is untrue. I have never cancelled a reservation, in fact I had tried on several occasions prior to this to get a reservation, but was always told the restaurant was fully booked. Some more clarification: 1) The lights went off three times in 10 minutes. 2)The waiter handed us poppadoms with his hand. 3) There were only two other tables booked for the night but much later. 3) I never refused to pay, I offered my credit card and R30.00 cash which was what I had on me. Both were refused....all over R3.00! 4) The miracle R3.00 (as you call it)from the ATM, was obtained by drawing R100 and then asking the owner of the cafe to give me change. 5) The person who you claim I blocked from entering the restaurant asked what all the commotion was and all I suggested was that he find somewhere else to eat. I did not block him. 6) I did not come back to the restaurant after dropping off the R3.00! as you claim. You claim that I tried to be anonymous, how could this be when you have my name on the complaint and my telephone number in your booking register. Oh and while I am going on about everything that went wrong, the staff were sitting in the next room at dining tables, talking so loudly that it sounded like they were having a party and several of them were up and down continuously in and out of the front door, hardly a venue for intimate dining as you claim. So that's the truth! I did speak to Jigdash today, who was extremely pleasant and apologized for what I had had to endure. and asked how he could rectify the manner. My response was than an apology was all that was expected.
1 Chandani
 
Dina de Bruyn
04/10/2013 06:04
I was not going to lower myself by even responding to Phil, but since he has posted the same posting on every possible internet site, clearly with a hidden agenda, I just have to tell the truth of what happened. (Who Thinus is - I have no idea) Phil has made numerous bookings that he cancels at the last minute. `Vibe` has a different meaning for every one - if you want romantic intimate dining with excellent food and personal attention - that is our `vibe`. We had guests booked from 20h00 and later, and as Phil was leaving Chandani, Indian guests arrived, which he tried to block coming into the restaurant and later came back, trying to disrupt their evening. The lights did not keep on going off - it was switched off by the wall switch (not by the staff) who just switched it on again. Phil initially refused to pay for his and his companion`s drinks, which of course could not be accepted by us, he then only had R30 and therefore wanted to pay by card. We have a policy of no card transactions of less than R100. The ATM then miraculously gave him R3, which he came and threw down on a table. Even though we are in the hospitality industry, waitrons and restaurateurs are not there to be abused by patrons. As Ms Brokensha to eloquently wrote about in her editorial in the last Fair Lady, everyone thinks that they can write anything in cyberspace because it is anonymous, and then the authors turn out to be people with not much of a life or an opinion themselves. (as you see - I write in my own name)
5 Chandani
 
Thinus
04/10/2013 02:24
Really funny! It seems if the owner is now posting reviews how great everything was 2 min after very unhappy customers left!Or am I totally wrong to make this assumption?One review states how bad everything was and they were "the only two people in the restaurant" and the next moment very happy customers arrived.No way...........Dina: Just apologize to the patrons and let everyone send their own REAL reviews....See how the owner of KNIFE handled an unhappy client and learn from him
1 Chandani
 
Begum Simbi
03/10/2013 08:25
After so many recommendations from fellow workmates and friends we finally made it to Chandani yesterday. Just as we parked our car and walked towards the gate, we were approached by a raging couple that was obviously bitter. The wife then asked us if we were going to the restaurant of which we said yes and she shouted "if i were you i would not go there". My partner and i thought it was uncalled for because we are adults who can decide for ourselves what is good and what is bad. Nevertheless we were cheerfully welcomed by a male waiter and before we were offered sits, the same gentlemen we had seen outside stormed into the restaurant and threw money on the reception table and shouted that he they dont know who he is and he would take the restaurant to the papers. After such drama we were so keen to see and rate for ourselves the Indian cuisine experience and to our surprise we were really taken care of, our glasses were constantly filled with water even as the restaurant began to fill up. The food was out of this world, very aromatic and flavorsome especially considering that we are Indian and we know the food. The waiters were so sweet and we honestly would recommend Chandani and rate it the best..
5 Chandani
 
Phil Laing
02/10/2013 10:00
Worst experience ever and didn't even get as far as ordering food. We were the only two people in the restaurant, there was no atmosphere, the lights kept going out and the manageress or person who claimed she was the owner had a really bad attitude. We left after only ordering two cool drinks which came to R33.00. I only had R30.00 in cash and wanted to pay with a credit card which they refused because the bill was under a hundred rand. They then tried to block me from leaving and only allowed me out accompanied by a waiter to ensure that I crossed the road to draw cash from an ATM All this for R3.00!!!!!! I suggest you go elsewhere like Don Pedro's up the road (where we went) which is part of the Madame Zingara Group, Absolutely outstanding!
1 Chandani
 
Dina
21/09/2013 06:46
Dear Charl Yes, you and your lady friend did arrive at about 19h00, about 90 minutes, if not more, before the rest of your party. You became clearly more irritable as the evening went on, and rude to me and my waiters. I think you missed my point - I wanted to prevent you from having an only mild experience when I tried to pursued you and your guests to NOT have 3 Korma and 3 Butter chicken dishes, since they are ULTRA MILD and sweet dishes (as described in the menu). In fact, the dishes I suggested were all still Kashmiri dishes with a cashew nut base, but with more than ONLY cashew nut. You may have noticed that those dishes were scraped clean when we removed them from the table, only the Korma dish still had some sauce left when removed. The chef immediately started with the preparation of your food order when you gave us your order, but all dishes are individually prepared (as mentioned on page 2 of the menu) Since we got all the orders at the same time, of course it would be non-nonsensical not to make it at the same time. We never got any order as a separate order, other than your starter that was eaten long before your guests arrived. You got your main course within 15 minutes of placing your order. It will be unfair not to mention that the long wait was not due to our preparation time, but due to the time for your friends to have arrived.
5 Chandani
 
Carl
21/09/2013 09:16
Mild curry to match a mild experience. We visited Chandani the first time. As a group of 6 the service was incredibly slow at our table. We watched two other tables getting turned, come and gone, in the time we waited for our starters. We arrived at 18:45 and only got our main meals at 21:00. The kitchen must have run out of ingredients as the owner (Dina) tried to persuade us to order different dishes to the ones we already ordered, and was adamant to the point where it became uncomfortable. We asked Dina the owner, and the waitress on various occasions to serve up food for two from our group, as they had to leave earlier, but she blatantly ignored our request and made sure the format stayed with what she preferred: All food arrives at the same time for everyone to share. Her non-apologetic attitude will keep us from gong back again. In short it was not a good experience, the curry was very average and not full of flavours like you would expect from and Indian restaurant and the service was rude and unforgiving. Customers had to add basics like salt and chilli to increase the flavours and on top of this two people felt ill the day after which was hopefully not from uncooked chicken. Not to be repeated for us.
1 Chandani
 
 
 
 
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