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Thava - A fresh, new taste of India now open at GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World

16 March 2023

A fresh new taste of India has opened at GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World. Thava Indian Restaurant, which has delighted many Indian cuisine aficionados in its 13 year history with branches in Norwood and Montecasino in Johannesburg, Suncoast Casino in Durban and the Boathouse hotel in Ballito, is building on their success with a fifth restaurant at GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World in Goodwood, Cape Town.

The Thava restaurants are destination restaurants, co-owned by Mathew Abraham and Jay Haripersadand under the consultancy of Chef Philippe Frydman, 2020 World Chef Humanitarian award recipient. Thava has its roots in Kerala, India, affectionately known as God’s own country. Mathew explains that 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 special.  Thava restaurants are renowned for their use of the freshest local ingredients and their aromatic dishes.

Foodies can also indulge in Durban’s favourites like Bunnies, mutton curries and the like at any branch of Thava.

Thava is a long time award winning restaurant with exclusive invitations to the Taste of Joburg;  Taste of Christmas, the recipient of many American Express Fine Dining Awards, RASA service excellence awards, Diners Club Wine List Awards, a member of the South African Chefs Association, the Chaine des Rotisseurs as well as numerous other accolades on various blogs and social networking.

A new special feature that will be available soon at Thava restaurants country wide is the “taste our menu platter”, where two or three guests can have a taste of a variety of dishes.

For guests preferring to stick to one dish, Thava GrandWest offers a mouth-watering array of vegetarian, vegan, lamb, chicken and seafood dishes, off a menu that includes fragrant curries, biryanis and stews, spicy Tandoori and masala dishes, all served with traditional breads, rice dishes and side dishes of freshly prepared chutneys, pickles or vegetables. All meats are strictly Halal and no alcohol is used in cooking.

The kitchen is in open view, which enables diners to see how the curries, breads and Tandoori dishes are prepared.  The breads that are made in the Tandoor oven include a generous selection of Indian flatbreads, including the unique Kerala Paratha, a flaky, crispy, and melt-in-your-mouth bread, and the ever popular naan and roti.

Thava’s latest feature is the “Street Cart”, from where you can enjoy of variety of Indian street Chaat food which is an ideal starter for all palates. Chaat, or chāt is a family of savoury snacks that originated in India, typically served as a hors d'oeuvre or at roadside tracks from stalls or food carts in India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh. With its origins in  India, Chaat has become immensely popular in the rest of  Asia and the World.

To complete the meal, the dessert offering includes a selection of traditional Indian sweet temptations, or a selection of speciality coffees.

Thava GrandWest promises to be as popular as its big sisters around the country, attracting those who know and love their Indian cuisine, as well as newcomers to the Kerala taste experience. The warm ambience and friendly service is as excellent as the full food offering.

Thava GrandWest also caters for private functions, office parties, outside catering and take-away and offers various set menus, as well as specials that change daily.

For bookings, contact Thava GrandWest on 021 591 0323or go to


Thava Indian Restaurant

Thava Indian Restaurant

Norwood, Gauteng Asian, Cocktails, Fine Dining, Grills, Halaal, Indian, Light Meals, Seafood, Tapas, Vegetarian, Wine bar

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 th...