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“Authentic Indian indeed!”
Review of Garnish Restaurant

Garnish Restaurant
Ranked #14 of 141 Restaurants in Windhoek
Price range: US$1 - US$12
Cuisines: Indian
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Dining options: Reservations, Takeout
Description: The only Indian Restaurant which provides Authentic Indian Cuisines In Windhoek, Namibia.Try & Taste "The Flavors of India" !!
Reviewed 10 August 2013

The food at Garnish is an absolute delight! It is real indian cuisine at its best and prepared in the shortest amount of time. The owners are very friendly and the atmosphere is really warm and hearty. I wish they would not Namibianise the menu as is the tendency in Namibia of foreign cuisine.

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2  Thank AlynsB
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Reviewed 15 July 2013

After a long absence, Windhoek has a new Indian restaurant. No prizes here for interior decoration, but the food is authentic and tasty. The lamb Rogan Josh, butter chicken and breyani were all excellent, and the garlic naan bread decent - however a bit oily. It is still early days, staff are still finding their feet, but there is nothing wrong with the skills in the kitchen. I will be back for more!

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2  Thank Desmond v
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Reviewed 24 June 2013

When this restaurant opened three months ago we were delighted as Windhoek has no other Indian alternative. It originally started as a take-away place and now the takeaway board is taken away and it looks like they have got their license. (second week of June 2013).We have eaten here 8 times since its inauguration. Good news- In April, the chef was Indian from Kenya. The food was really authentic. Bad news- The food is beginning to taste "precooked" and we do not see the previous chef. My honest opinion: gravys are precooked and frozen. Some veggies are also frozen and they also use tinned food. Alternatively there are days when the veggie dish looks like it was not with frozen food. So my guess is that it depends on who cooks. The Naans and the other Indian breads are still fresh and very tasty. The meat dishes are "average" and one cannot really complain.

But what was really dissappointing for us was the "service". It is such a small space and they have more than 4 waiters who are looking at you and waiting. And each time we went, it was not really houseful.May be three tables were taken. We went with kids and at the beginning, we asked if they had a baby chair. They said no. After three months we still have to drag our baby chair into this small space and they have no intention of buying or making a babychair.

The plates are plastic and the decor is minimal. But that is not really a problem for us since we are ok with minimalist decor. Do not expect a "romantic" candle lit dinner in an Indian setting.

There is an outdoor area which can be used as a nice seating area with a view of the city. However, the management has decided to use that area to prepare food (with outdoor tables) and there is a huge garbage bin and some big buckets with cleaning liquids and stuff there. There appears to be a problem of space in the kitchen. If you ask they will make a table in that area but you will have to tolerate the garbage bin and the workers preparing food.

The food is on the pricey side. You can easily end up paying 400 for a meal for two with drinks and dessert included.

At the beginning (April) when we opted to eat with the hand (how can one eat Naan or Tanduri roti with fork and knives?:), the Namibian waiters had an incredulous look and laughed. Obviously they are not trained or informed about how Indian food is consumed. We even received some "finger bowls" back in April from the management. In June, we were informed by the "delighted Namibian waiter" that "finger bowls" will nolonger be given and that we can just use the toilet to wash our hands. They have fixed a "soap machine" in the toilet and that was the purpose. The management confirmed that they no longer support this "finger bowl" system and the customers should make their way to the toilet prior to eating if they wish to use the hands.

Every where in the world if you ask for a finger bowl in an Indian restaurant, it is given with delight and pleasure. There is that pride, "wow, these foreigners would like to eat with their hands, they love Indian food" attitude. In India, you do not need to ask, they just come with it when they see you are seated in a restaurant. Unless you go to a really cheap streetside place where there is a tap and a sink for the customers.

Our impression was that the Restaurant management does not really care what the customer wants but expects you to follow their set of rules. Very stiff and cold attitude for a Indian Restaurant. But then, they think that there is no other alternative for us.

So with all that said, I am really sad. They are unlikely to attract customers with this attitude. And I would like them to last a bit longer than a year atleast for the fresh naans! I wish them luck!

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1  Thank gitane_in_zim
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Reviewed 5 June 2013

This is probably one of the only Indian restaurants in Windhoek ( We were surprised to find one , there was another one called Taal which is closed now)

We ordered 2 curries and they were good. However the naans and bread were oily and cold and did not arrive on time. The mango lassi was good. The service is extremely slow. We had to wait for 35 mins for the food to arrive. Part of the bread order arrived very late , when we were about to pay the bill :)

This place is small ,seating is really close and so can get noisy if there are a lot of guests who speak loudly.

This place is new , so give them some time.

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1  Thank monie27
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Reviewed 22 May 2013

So happy we have Indian food in Windhoek again. Hospitality is great and the food is fantastic. Decor and location not my favorite, but the fact that they don't have a liquor licence yet and I can bring my own bottle of wine makes up for it.

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