Situated just above street level and overlooking the site of Church Street’s quaint open-air day market, Awara is an invigorated extension of the famed Bukhara restaurant, which occupied the very same space for over 25 years. Think of it as Bukhara’s young and trendy offspring, now ready to cater to contemporary tastes. With a desire to modernise its gourmet Indian dining experience, the team behind Awara has curated a new menu that includes a variety of Asian grilled tapas alongside the finely prepared classic curries the Mother City adores.
The new menu covers Indian, Korean, Thai, Japanese and Chinese flavours that are grilled on open-flame charcoal grills and in traditional Indian clay tandoori ovens, allowing guests to choose between modern creations like slow-cooked Teriyaki Octopus and Fish Tikka, comfort classics like Butter Chicken and Lal Maas, or a combination of both. There is an extensive wine and cocktail selection, selected to complement the dishes, and seven classic deserts like Cheesecake and Chocolate Fondant.
For operations manager Johan Venter, “My favourites right now are the Korean Chilli Chicken, Prawn Palak Papdi Chat and Paper Dosa. The Korean Chilli Chicken is tender, boneless leg meat marinated in gochujang chilli paste. The Prawn Palak Papdi Chat is an amazing blend of crispy baby spinach, chickpeas, potato, prawns, mint, tamarind and a yoghurt dressing. The Paper Dosa is a crispy, wafer-thin pancake filled with either chunky prawns and guacamole or minced lamb keema and cheese. But it’s hard to choose!” Patrons who’ve discovered the recently introduced concept concur: “Such great food,” reads one of the customer comments on Awara’s social media.
In parallel to the menu makeover, Awara has also had an interior decor revamp. The previously open plan area has been transformed into a cosier space with more private seating options and a lounge area.
The Awara team is looking forward to welcoming guests to the rebranded eatery for its signature selection of fusion tapas. In addition, the venue offers weekday brunch, and cocktail sessions, and on Sundays and Mondays, there is a special 3-course menu for two.
Awara is located at 33 Church Street, Cape Town City Centre, and is open from Monday to Sunday, between 11h00 to 23h00.