Kashif’s Fusion Food, Fordsburg
12:00 - 22:00 Mon to Fri
12:00 - 22:30 Sat, Sun & Public holidays
Price Range (p/p)
Medium | R100 - R300,Pricey | R300 and above
Situated on the corner of Mint Road in the bustling Fordsburg, Kashif’s is a popular destination for people wanting a taste of authentic Indian food with the options of little extra.
Fusion food accurately describes the cuisine you can expect and draws on Pakistani chef and owner, Kashif Hariss’ background in the restaurant industry in the UK and in South Africa. Having spent time working in an upmarket Italian restaurant he wanted to bring that level of presentation and quality into a halaal restaurant that was accessible to our Muslim community.
We visited Kashif’s on a Sunday afternoon for lunch. It was quiet and we were efficiently seated by our friendly waiter at a sunny table by the window. The restaurant is on 2 levels with a slightly raised back section holding the bulk of the tables. The wall at the back of the restaurant is painted with an impressive mural of the Johannesburg city skyline. Large tables for families is interspersed with smaller tables covered with white and blue tablecloths. The menu is large and one has the feeling of “where to begin…?” Luckily our waiter was able to make recommendations and help us decide.
We shared a Gratineed Prawn starter which was creamy and garlicky, the sauce of which we mopped up with the naan served on the side. For mains, Tuafeeq had the Kiddies Chicken strips which was basted in a sweet barbeque sauce and came with chips on the side. I found the kids menu to be bigger than most with a total of 9 dishes to choose from, even a kids prawn and calamari combo.
I had the Mexican Steak lunch special at R99. The flavour of the sauce that the steak was drenched in was really good and tasted like a proper Mexican flavour should, not just a Portuguese spin. The steak however could have been more tender. But I guess that’s the risk of ordering a steak special. He had the Peshawary Gosht – tender cubes of steak in a dry aromatic sauce with naan, kachumber and tzatziki. The flavour of this dish was like it had come out of a kitchen in the ghow (Indian village). Finished off with zesty strips of ginger and fresh coriander, this was the star of our lunch. It was a large portion but not a morsel was left behind for a doggy bag. Prices are on par with most other family style restaurants. Our total bill with drinks came to R455.
The service was very good and our waiter was well trained, attentive and helpful. Kashif himself came out to greet the people that were there and told us a bit about himself. The restaurant itself feels a bit schizophrenic. It feels like the aim is to serve upmarket food, which I think it’s meeting but the décor does not quite hit the mark. Parts of the interior feels too casual and it still feels a bit spare. Somewhat like the Indian restaurants run by the young expats from the motherland. It has the potential though of being something quite smart if an expert took the décor in hand.
The menu offers Asian, French, Portuguese, Indian, even Spanish dishes. From Prawn Satay, to Mixed Veg Makhni Kadai, to Portuguese Chicken, Beef Espetadas and Chicken Florentine. Even Lobster Thermidor or Durban Style Prawns. The fusion is real and you could get lost in the menu if you have a hard time choosing.
For me, it’s just a reason to go back…