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With Attitude.

We Are Not Just Another Indian Restaurant.

No 14 page menus where choosing is a challenge and whatever you choose tastes the same.


We are also not “asian fusion”, we’re not fusing anything together.


We are just us. Authentically South Africanly Indian, if there is such a thing.


We are doing whatever we want to do, our take on recipes passed on from ancestors who arrived in South Africa as indentured labourers 150 years ago. Recipes adapted from a Tamil heritage with wonderful creativity applied to different available local spices.


Our name, Vadivelu, the name of co-owner Jason’s late father, is a nod to this ancestry. 


Our menu is short*, interesting, changing and delicious. It’s Indian for sure, but with attitude.


Truth is we don’t speak much Tamil or Hindi, so our menu speaks English. It’s just easier for everyone, we know what we’re cooking and you know what you’re eating.


*OK, we’re trying to make it short, but it would be a crime to restrict you from Chef Jai’s imagination 


New @ Vadivelu

Unbox a treasure trove of Southern India flavours with our lunchtime Tiffin Box. It's like a hug from your mom, but with more spice!

What's inside?

  • 1 x Any Meat Curry (Chicken, Lamb, Prawn or Fish)

  • 1 x Any Vegetarian Curry*

  • Includes Rice, Sambals & 2 x Paratas

  • R300 (for 2 people)

  • (R50 extra if veg curry substituted for meat)

Only available for lunchtime, Mon to Sat, 12pm to 3pm


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Opening Hours

Mon - Sat

12h00 - 22h00



Get in Touch

021 300 5777

151 Kloof St, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa

Please note: If you see that your chosen time is unavailable, drop us a call on 021 300 5777 and we will add you to our waiting list.


For all tables of 6 and more we request a deposit of R100 per person during the booking process. The deposit is non-refundable if the booking is cancelled within 24 hours of its scheduled seating time. If the booking goes ahead, the deposit will be deducted from your final bill. We are a small restaurant and big table cancellations make life very difficult for us, thanks for understanding!

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