Terrific Thava!

Apart from the fact that the cooler weather is definitely triggering cravings for comfort food, I’m always keen for a real Indian food feast!  That is exactly what you can expect at the newly opened Thava at Montecasino.

Thava Montecasino
Thava Montecasino – image provided









Although I have not visited the original Thava in Norwood before, this restaurant’s reputation for authentic Indian cuisine, prepared from family-owned recipes, has preceded it.

There was a lot of excitement when this new branch in Montes was announced, part of the hype has got a lot to do with the fact that they are also the first restaurant at that location that offers a ‘gourmet street food’ option as well.

Chef Bala Krishna with a selection of gourmet street food – image provided










When we were invited to a media evening at Thava, the street food option was the first thing that caught my attention.  Offering options like Tandoori Bunny, Paani Poori, Momos, Vegetable patties, Panjabi chaat, etc.  There is a separate ordering window, with a food cart, where you can buy these delicious bite-sized morsels from.  I thought that this is a very interesting way to explore and discover new tastes and flavours as well, don’t you think?

Paani Poori – image provided









Thava’s philosophy, when it comes to food is that it is very much a sharing experience. Traditional breads and naan, a tasty array of dishes, fragrant curries, all to be shared and enjoyed together.

A variety of dishes: curries, naan, bunny chows – image provided










We tasted an array of starters, as well as a few main curry dishes. The Prawn Chili (starter – prawns deep fried with corn flour and mixed together with green peppers, red peppers, yellow peppers, vinegar, tomato and soya sauce) and Kasthuri Chicken Curry (pieces of chicken cooked with Kasthuri herbs in tomato and onion sauce) were my favourites.

Chili prawns – image provided









Add handfuls of garlic naan (I felt sorry for my work colleagues the next day!) and a delicious payasam dessert (vermicelli cooked in cream, raisins and almonds) to the mix, and you have a fantastic Indian feast!

I have to make mention of the decor as well.

Artwork and traditional statues – image provided















Warm and inviting, featuring traditional works of art and statement pieces that creates a stylish ambience and makes you feel as if you are transported to another country.  This stunning door behind me, is about 250 years old.  How fantastic!

  • Ambience: Warm and welcoming, gorgeous decor
  • Service: Friendly, efficient
  • Menu Variety: Vegetarian, seafood, chicken, lamb – a good number of options
  • Food: Tasty, well-prepared, all Halaal
  • Drinks:  A good wine list, and an assortment of other drinks, non-alcoholic included.

I had a great time, thank you Thava Montecasino!  I will be back, keen to share some more of these beautiful dishes with friends!




Disclosure:  I was invited to dine at Thava Montecasino as part of a media evening. My opinions are my own. 

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