By Jeoffrey Mukubi
GARNISH restaurant is officially one of my favourite places to eat at, because not only does it offer exceptional Indian food, it also strives to be different and creative with its outstanding service.
The restaurant is situated at City Plaza on Sam Nujoma Drive in Klein Windhoek and is said to one of President Hage Geingob’s favourite Indian eateries.
The Klein Windhoek venue is the third Garnish restaurant to open in Namibia, with the Trift Towers branch having opened in February 2013 and its Swakopmund eatery in 2015.
Garnish also boasts a takeaway establishment in Okahandja, which opened on 25 August.
The food is simply to die for.
Managing partner Harsh Akheniya told Confidente that they import all their spices straight from India, and that you cannot merely find them in any local supermarket.
The menu is bursting with traditional Indian cuisine and international foods, with a dash of Indian flavour.
A dish one should definitely try is the Butter Chicken, which is a tantalising, tangy mild chicken curry, served with the Garlic Naan (Indian flatbread), made with coriander, sesame seeds and garlic.
It is prepared in a traditional Indian clay pot, known as a Tandoor.
The samoosas were incredibly delicious. There are three options one can choose from, namely vegetarian, mutton and chicken, and these aren’t your regular three-sided flat samoosas, but have three dimensions and are served with a coriander, mint and chilli gravy.
The Chow Mein is a traditional stir-fried Chinese noodle dish with a dab of Indian spices, making it one of the international dishes that are extraordinarily amazing. Garnish is definitely the number one spot for vegans and vegetarians, with the menu boasting a host of green dishes for non-meat enthusiasts.
The dessert menu is delightful, with sweet delights like Gulab Jamun, an Indian version of the Cape Malay Malva Pudding, and Jalebi, which is the Indian version of a Koeksister. Although most of the cuisine is from the Northern part of India, Garnish only serves less than two percent of the Indian foods that make up the diet of the Asian country.
This leaves much growth potential for more Indian dishes to be introduced in the Land of the Brave. Garnish is also big on healthy living, as all their dairy products are gluten free.
Garnish is having their combo month in October, which allows you to choose two different dishes for a reasonable price. The food is prepared by Indian chefs, and this allows for a genuine Indian culinary experience.
The wine list includes Shiraz wines from Stellenbosch and a Pinotage from Cutzville.
Also on offer is Indian rum and Amrut Indian Single Malt Whisky, which is considered as one of the elixirs of life in India, as it is the third best single malt whiskey in the world.
With four places to experience this bona fide Indian food in Namibia, you have no excuse to deprive yourself of the Garnish experience. The Trift Towers eatery, won the Best Food accolade during the FNB Restaurant Week competition in 2015, and in 2016 the Swakopmund branch came second in Best Food, which further testifies to the quality of the dishes served at any Garnish restaurant.
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