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“Very good”

Mali's Indian Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 610 Restaurants in Durban
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Indian
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Hillcrest, South Africa
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49 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Very good”
Reviewed 5 June 2014

We love Indian cuisine and Mali's didn't disappoint. We have been there 3 times now and recommended it to friends and business colleagues. The " Dragon chicken " starter was an outstanding fusion of oriental and Indian flavours and I could go back just for that!

  • Visited May 2014
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2 Thank John T
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“Good Indian food”
Reviewed 24 May 2014 via mobile

Mali's has become a family favourite so we decided to try it out for lunch. We ordered the veg platter, veg manchurian try and gobi 65 for starters. The food was prepared timeously and was tasty too. For mains, we had paneer tikka masala, veg dhingri, masala kulcha and tandoori roti. Big portions... kulcha had too many green chillies but the sweet lassi was the best ever! Good wholesome family food.

Btw, I suggest that you park on the road instead of in the back. Parking and getting out can be tricky if you park in the back - although your car is probably much safer.

Mr & Mrs Naidoo

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Durban, South Africa
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“Simply Divine”
Reviewed 7 May 2014

We went to Mali's based on our friends recommendations. At the time of doing our reservation we were informed that we could bring our own liquor (as the restaurant application was still pending).

The welcome was very warm and the service and advice was very good. The owner assisted us with the starter and main course selections and I must say that our party of 6 enjoyed the food thoroughly.

I recommend this establishment highly

  • Visited May 2014
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6 Thank Suren P
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Durban, South Africa
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“Heading South”
Reviewed 17 April 2014

Part of a review that appeared in The Mercury on January 24,2014

Morningside has recently had another Indian restaurant open to add to some spice to Durbans’ culinary mix. It is the venture of Mahalingam xxxxxx, better known to friends as Mali.
So Mali’s is born. It’s is a simple but smart affair in an old house on Goble Road, that was home to the original Harvey’s many years ago. It’s also great to have an Indian restaurant that celebrates the dishes of the South – so often overlooked on menus of Durban’s Indian restaurants. Vegetarians too are very well catered for – you could say at least half the menu.
There are also a couple of Indo-Chinese dishes thrown in for good measure. Although I have never been fond of this style, it does have its fans.
While pondering the extensive menu, we were served a bowl of chickpeas, fried with mustard seeds. It was a delicious snack.
Starts may include the likes of deep fried onions dipped in a spicy chickpea batter, or cauliflower marinated in the spices of the South, or chat served with boiled potatoes, yoghurt and black lentil dhal.
Then there are whole variety of ways with idli – the typical south Indian savoury cake. Or different ways with vadai, described as a lentil based donut snack. I opted for the masala dosai. This is a thin crispy rice pancake cooked on the traditional dosai stone. It was filled with a mild yellow potato curry. It was a huge portion and would be great for a lunch time dish or two to share as a starter. The pancake was deliciously light and crisp, the accompanying sambals offering a host of different tastes.
For mains the lamb chettinad will certainly get my vote on the next visit. This is a south Indian curry of black pepper, coconut milk, tamarind and curry leaf. As will chicken Saagwala, boneless chicken cooked with spinach and mild spices.
The tandoori oven produces the likes of a good chicken tikka, but options include the fish, paneer, seekh kababs and tangli kebabs (chicken).
Crab masala and a Kerala fish curry in coconut milk, green chilli and curry leaf, certainly tempted. As did the Kadai prawns with tomatoes, onions and curry leaves.
My pepper prawns, a “dry” curry cooked in the South Indian style with black pepper, chopped onions, tomatoes and a blend of spices was inspired. The portion was generous. It’s quite a firey dish, but one full of flavour. I ordered a lovely soft, buttery paratha to mop it up with.
A range of biryanis – prawns, fish, chicken, lamb and veg - pays homage to the dishes of the North. And butter chicken is there for the less adventurous.
Desserts are a simple affair. There’s sooji, gulab jamun and ice-cream – or any combination. The lady at the table next door to me did order a Bombay crush, although it’s not on the menu. The gulab jamun were a great way to finish the meal, appreciated all the more because the accompanying syrup was not too sweet.
Good value.

Address: 77 Smiso Nkwanyana (Goble) Road
Tel: 031 312 8535
Open: Mon-Sun lunch and dinner
Service: Friendly, willing and knows the extensive menu very well. But there could be a little more attention to detail.

Frank Chemaly is a food critic and travel writer for The Mercury and the Sunday Tribune.

  • Visited January 2014
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“Good Indian restaurant in Durban”
Reviewed 12 April 2014 via mobile

Family of three went for dinner and ordered the crab curry which was excellent although very spicy. Recommend the milder version. Restaurant was very busy on the Saturday night. had the vegetarian starter which was OK , not great. Will visit again for the crab.

Visited April 2014
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