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Indian food, music spice up Johannesburg joint

A new restaurant offering traditional Indian food and Bollywood numbers has become a hit with night lifers from all communities in Johannesburg.

india Updated: Dec 26, 2005 11:20 IST
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo-Asian News Service

A new restaurant offering traditional Indian food, Bollywood numbers and live jazz music has become a hit with night lifers from all communities here.

The restaurant, appropriately named Spiced Jazz, is located in the trendy suburb of Melville. It opened a few weeks ago and is already popular among patrons in the nightlife hub of Johannesburg's arts world.

A passion for jazz and good Indian food led Johannesburg businessman Malcolm Anthony to chuck his job of 20 years in a pharmaceutical company and open this joint.

The venture is a unique concept that sees jazz music coupled with Bollywood dancing by a group that doesn't include a single Indian dancer.

Expert chef Peer Patel from Gujarat prepares the lavish Indian buffet. Anthony, who loves experimenting with curries in the family kitchen on Sundays, said he roped in Patel as he had worked at a number of leading South African hotels since his arrival from India 15 years ago.

Anthony said: "I wanted something unique that nobody would be able to copy easily. There are a lot more Indian people coming into Melville, so I wanted to provide something for them as well, but the venue is definitely intended for all communities.

"If you look around you, there are many places but mainly intended for young night lifers. So I wanted to open a place which would be equally appealing to 30+ audience where one can enjoy a good social experience."

Members of the dance group said they learnt their steps mainly from watching videos of Indian movies.

Every night they perform to several lively Bollywood numbers that includes the recent hit "Dhoom" and said they thoroughly enjoy the experience.

Anthony said the jazz lineup would be changing regularly. Apart from showcasing the well-known artistes, he wanted to provide new singers a platform as well.

First Published: Dec 26, 2005 11:20 IST