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The Oriental restaurant

47 Aliwal Street | Workshop Mall, Durban 4001, South Africa
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  • Excellent36%
  • Very good41%
  • Average15%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“mutton curry” (10 reviews)
“bread” (4 reviews)
“potatoes” (3 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal
$$ - $$$
47 Aliwal Street | Workshop Mall, Durban 4001, South Africa
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Reviewed November 17, 2014

If you are a curry lover you cannot miss the Oriental in Durban or their takeaway in Umhlanga Ridge. Great curries done as only Durban can.

Thank Lionel579
Reviewed September 17, 2014

The prawn curry recommended by the waiter was bland with not much taste. Yes, it was a curry in theory but in practice it tasted like a stew with not much flavour. The waiter was polite and his service was good. I thought I deserved...More

Thank Lisa C
Reviewed August 25, 2014

Very average curries served by staff unable to understand the request an order for very spicy curries. It is almost as if this place is catering for run-of-the-mill bunny chow orders from passing trade. The only way to spice up the food was, we were...More

Thank capeintl
Reviewed April 9, 2013

Good and affordable food service is good , whole atomsphere is relaxed. very authentic and spicy food

1  Thank DennisRubyNaidoo
Reviewed March 27, 2013

Good food but the service was slow. It was worth the wait because the foods had obviously just been cooked.

2  Thank Jennifer A
Reviewed March 24, 2013

My favourite is the Mutton bunny. Spicy flavour n soft meat. Great meal. Chiken boti excellent. Breakfest specials reasonably priced very fulling. Restaurant really needs a revamp

1  Thank wersdfzxc
Reviewed January 31, 2013

I love the sushi here! And they have just started doing a Sushi buffet on Wednesdays! :) Their normal Chinese meals are also really good! Hug portions tho! i can never finish a full one!

1  Thank xyracire
Reviewed January 8, 2013

Located right in the workshop, The Oriental can be found in the same place as Wimpy and other fast food restaurants. Durban is famous for its curries due to the huge Indian population and this place does not disappoint. We started with the veggie samosas...More

1  Thank Chelsea L
Reviewed December 11, 2012

We went to this restaurant situated in a busy area. The place is quite good but the taste was a big let down. We ordered vegetarian food, Dal, mixed vegetable and Naan. the dal was tasteless, the mixed vegetable was so..so but the garlic naan...More

1  Thank Raman K
Reviewed October 29, 2012

Situated in a busy area of the Workshop, opt to sit inside if you dont want to be sitting in a busy and noisy bustling area. The Bunnies are great, but service is slow as they are so busy.

Thank Ferial
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August 13, 2018|
Response from MaryH2090 | Reviewed this property |
They definitely do. The mutton biryani is delicious!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Groups, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 47 Aliwal Street | Workshop Mall, Durban 4001, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  KwaZulu-Natal  >  Durban
ndian cuisine, Lunches, Curries, Samoosa's, Hot Food, Spicy Food
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