The first Ghazal restaurant opened in 2002 in Bryanston and throughout its many years in business, Ghazal has managed to maintain a reputation for reliably good food that draws a crowd of faithful regulars, an impressive feat of consistency in this often fickle city. In addition to the Bryanston location, there is the Melrose Arch branch which, befitting its location in this upmarket precinct, has a look and feel that is a more contemporary take on the classic Indian curryhouse - bright white and grey interiors are enlivened by the occasional ornamental sitar, spacious private booths are piled high with brightly coloured scatter cushions and perspex tables and chairs spill out onto a side street pavement.

The menu sticks to the tried-and-tested formula of north Indian classics like bhuna, jalfrezi, khadai and rogan josh. For starters meat eaters will want to try the subtly spiced minced lamb shish kebabs or the juicy tandoori chicken and for mains, don't feel shy about being unadventurous and opting for a classic tikka masala, a Ghazal hallmark, or for the vegetarians, aloo palak, a sublime combination of spinach and potatoes. The korma and butter chicken are also noteworthy signature dishes, made according to recipes that have been so finely honed that Ghazal have plans to start bottling the sauces to sell for cooking at home.

Meats are tender, extra heat comes on request and soft naan breads and a bowl of South African-style sambals (finely chopped onion, cucumber and tomatoes) are must have sides. A carefully considered wine list completes the picture with prominent Cape vineyards such as Babylonstoren and Spier, providing a good choice of fruity white blends that complement Indian curries.

Aside from the satisfying Indian cuisine that is definitely a few cuts above the average, Ghazal's other winning feature is the service. Friendly, efficient and attentive, the staff are a discernible asset. Clearly well-trained and highly motivated they set a benchmark for what professional service should be.

The only element that's lacking is atmosphere. The airy restaurant, tucked discreetly into a side street, can feel quiet so bring a crowd with you and create your own or if you're here for a romantic dinner a deux, opt for one of the candlelit tables under the trees outside.


Ghazal is a short drive from the Rosebank Gautrain station. See our guide to the Gautrain here and download the Gautrain app for real-time updates on when the next Gautrain and Gautrain midi-bus is due. Visit for more information on the timetable and fares. #YourGautrainJourneyStartsHere


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Facilities for disabled
Outside seating
Guarded parking



Open 12:00–22:00, Sun and public holidays 12:00–21:00.

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