Where To Get Your Chilli Kick In Pretoria

Heat up this winter with some fiery food. Choose from some of the city’s spiciest Indian, Thai and Italian meals to get your chilli kick and satisfy those hot-food cravings.

4 Chilli

4 Chilli has some of the best Indian takeaway in Pretoria. The husband and wife who own this popular little place are originally from Durban and prepare the food as if they were cooking in their own kitchen, using only the freshest, finest quality ingredients. The menu has everything you’d expect from a top-notch Indian take away: samoosas, chilli bites, papadums, a selection of Durban-style curries, biryanis, bunny chows, butter chicken, masala chicken, daal and roti. Open Monday to Saturday from 08:00 to 20:00 and Sunday from 08:00 to 14:00.

Details: Waterglen Shopping Centre, Corner of Garsfontein and January Masilela Drive, Waterkloof Glen / 012 771 7863 / http://www.4chilli.co.za/

Spice – The Indian Kitchen

Situated in the renovated Lynnridge Mall, Spice is an authentic Indian dining experience. The Paneer Chilli and Stuffed Kashmiri Naan, filled with cheese, cashews and mixed dried fruits, are tasty starter options. This relatively small restaurant’s specialty is its tandoori dishes. Succulently prepared in the traditional tandoor oven, the Special Platter is a selection of tandoori meats that comes highly recommended. Another good choice is the nutty Lamb Badami. Spice is generally known as one of Pretoria’s more reasonably priced Indian restaurants without compromising on quality or deliciousness. Open for lunch Monday to Sunday from 12:00 to 15:00 and dinner Monday to Saturday 12:00 to 21:00.

Details: Lynnridge Mall, Jacobson Drive, Lynnwood Ridge / 012 348 0859 / https://www.facebook.com/spiceindiankitchen/

Simply Asia

Simply Asia is a Thai food and noodle bar with a number of outlets nationwide. Each restaurant has a resident Thai chef ensuring authentic tastes and a menu that stays current when it comes to modern Thai cuisine. If you’re looking for a chilli kick on the Simply Asia menu, try the Tom Yum Soup, Basil and Chilli Stir Fry or the North East Spicy Duck. If you’re in the mood for some curry, the Massaman Curry served with jasmine rice and traditional Thai Green Curry are at the top of our list. Open Monday to Thursday from 11:30 to 21:30, Friday and Saturday from 11:30 to 22:00 and Sunday from 11:30 to 20:30pm.

Details: Southdowns Shopping Centre, John Vorster Drive, Centurion / 012 665 4998 / http://www.simplyasia.co.za/ 

Bay Leaf

No selection of spicy food places is complete without mentioning at least one of the renowned Laudium restaurants. Bay Leaf is a brightly decorated casual restaurant with a variety of dishes on the menu. Choose from curry, korma, dhal and palak, all available in chicken, beef or mutton, or take your pick from a range of flavoursome biryanis or bunny chows and swipe up the left-over sauce with a fresh naan or roti. Open everyday from 09:00 to 22:00.

Details: 190 Tangerine Street, Laudium / 012 771 4141

Pride of India

Pride of India is a fine dining establishment serving North Indian cuisine. The recently developed Mumbai Mile Menu is an exciting, contemporary interpretation of classic Indian cuisine to accompany the opening of the restaurant in its new Waterkloof Heights location. Menu items from the Mumbai Mile include the Vanilla Butter Chicken, for those who prefer a mild curry, and the Signature Jhinga Jolpuri for those with a hardcore hot-mouth. For the more traditional palate, the Chef’s Selection of Five Curries is served with rice and naan and comes highly recommended. Open Tuesday to Saturday from 11:30 to 22:00 and Sunday from 11:30 to 15:30.

Details: 103 Club Avenue, Waterkloof Heights / 012 346 3684 / http://www.prideofindiarestaurant.co.za/

Villa San Giovanni

Villa San Giovanni is an upmarket Italian restaurant with a couple of spicy menu options like the Chilli Mince Pizza and Butter Chicken Calzone - a folded pizza with a Butter Chicken Curry filling. The low-carb option of the Spitfire Pizza has a cauliflower base topped with Cajun chicken, chilli, peppadews, onions and garlic. It might be low in carbs but is definitely full of fiery flavours! If you’re not in the mood for pizza, the Prawn Curry and Peri-Peri King Prawns also seem to have a good kick. Open everyday from 7:00 to 21:00.

Details: Main Terminal Building, Wonderboom Airport / 012 543 0843 / http://vsg.co.za/


Spice up your life at Tranna…or so their slogan says. This Halaal restaurant offers Pretorians a wide variety of delectable Punjabi dishes in mild, medium and hot. The usual favourites include the Chicken Tikka Masala, Seafood Biryani and Lamb Korma. Open everyday from 10:00 to 21:00.

Details: Hazeldean Shopping Centre, Corner of Lynnwood and Silver Lakes Drive, Silver Lakes / 012 809 0569 / http://www.tranna.co.za/

Curry 4 Dummies

Weary to go out in the cold but confident in the kitchen? Check out the Curry 4 Dummies online shop, order some authentic spices and make your own curry at home.

By Jana van der Linde