Thava Indian Restaurant

  • Norwood, Gauteng
  • Asian, Cocktails, Fine Dining, Grills, Halaal, Indian, Light Meals, Seafood, Tapas, Vegetarian, Wine bar
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • 44 The Avenue & Grove Road
    The Gardens, Norwood

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"Reflecting the diverse culinary specialities of India"

Thava Indian Restaurant has its roots in Kerala, India.  Affectionately known as God’s own country, owner Mathew Abrahams’ origins in this picturesque part of the world inspired the warm, inviting atmosphere, friendly service and outstanding food.

Thava specialises in South Indian cuisine and prides itself on its use of the freshest local ingredients, aromatic dishes and, in a first for South Africa, its unique Indian Tapas offering – pure indulgence; perfect for sharing, perfect for experiencing.

Served in tasting portions as a starter, or as a shared main meal, guests can select from a combination of any items straight off the set or daily specials menu.

There is a mouthwatering array of vegetarian, lamb, chicken or seafood dishes to select from. Reflecting the diverse culinary specialities of India, Thava’s menu includes fragrant curries, briyanis and stews, spicy Tandoori and Masala dishes, all served with traditional breads, rice dishes and side dishes of freshly prepared chutneys, pickles or vegetables.

With a Tandoor oven in open view, diners can watch how breads and Tandoori dishes are prepared.  The breads are not to be missed and diners are spoilt for choice, with a vast selection of Indian flatbreads, including the popular naan and roti, as well as paratha – a traditional layered bread that’s torn apart to serve and literally melts in your mouth.  There’s also the unique Thava roll, which has to be sampled to be appreciated.

To complete the meal, dessert comes in the form of a selection of heavenly traditional Indian sweet temptations, or your selection of speciality coffees.

Owner Mathew Abraham, who hails from Kerala, was inspired to open Thava to give Jozi residents the opportunity to experience the food from this region. “Kerala is a blend of different cultures and religions – Hindu, Christian and Muslim – and these influences are reflected in the blend of flavours that makes the food from this part of the world so divine.  My passion for food comes from my mother, who is an incredible cook, and whose recipes and hours of consultation on the dishes via telephone to India have resulted in a menu that is truly divine.”

Offering the very best that India has to offer in the heart of Jozi, Thava is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner.

Who's Cooking?

Chef/Patron Photo


Mathew and his team of Indian chefs will delight you with their specials that change regularly. Otherwise just ask your host to mke you some typical Kerala dish that is not on the menu.

Our Must Try Meals!

  • Butter Chicken

    Pieces of chicken cooked in tomato, cashew nuts & cream, butter & garlic paste.

  • Lamb Chops Masala

    Lamb chops mildly spiced with the garam masala of cinnamon, cardamom & cloves and mounted on skewers, then cooked in ginger garlic and onions tomatoes sauce.

  • Prawn Chilli

    Prawns pan fried with green peppers, red peppers, yellow peppers, vinegar, and soya sauce.


Group Capacity : 160+ People Cost Per Head : R125+

  • Cuisine : Asian, Cocktails, Fine Dining, Grills, Halaal, Indian, Light Meals, Seafood, Tapas, Vegetarian, Wine bar
  • Ambience : Authentic Culture, Family, Traditional
  • Dress : Smart/Casual
  • Reservations
  • Functions
  • Outside Area
    Outside Area
  • Secure Parking
    Secure Parking
  • Bar
  • Kid Friendly
    Kid Friendly
  • Kids Menu
    Kids Menu
  • Wheelchair Access
    Wheelchair Access
  • Corkage
  • TV/Sports
  • Cocktails
  • Cellar
  • Private Dining
    Private Dining
  • Service Included
    Service Included
  • Weddings
  • Conferencing
  • Aircondition
  • Generator

Credit Cards Accepted

  • AMEX
  • Diners Club
    Diners Club
  • Debit Card
    Debit Card
  • VISA
  • Mastercard


44 The Avenue & Grove Road
The Gardens, Norwood
The restaurant is located on the corner of The Avenue and Grove Road in Norwood, and has plentiful and secure parking located in front of the restaurant.