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Authentic Indian Dining Enters New Era In Durban

The launch of Jeera at Tsogo Sun’s Suncoast Towers hotel, will allow guests to explore a flavourful array of delectable authentic Indian dishes from all corners of India.

Jeera’s name reflects the restaurant’s dishes distinctive flavour and aroma; and a sophisticated and appealing approach to food. The skilful cooking style, complimented by the chef’s signature blend of spices and sauces, will give each dish its own distinct regional influence and flavour.

With months of consultation and testing, sous chef, Sandren Govender has created his own special blend of condiments that will meet the standards of authentic Indian cuisine connoisseurs.

The secret of the restaurant’s kitchen is the romance of combining ancient recipes, some dating back to the 1800s, with modern delectable dishes and blend of spices, such as jeera (cumin), black pepper, cinnamon, coriander, cloves, among others.

The end result is exquisite recipes — boasting stylish and wonderful flavours — that give guests a unique opportunity to explore a fusion between ancient authentic recipes and a blend of signature spices.

“Part of Durban’s uniqueness is its reputation for a great Durban curry and we saw the need for a restaurant serving authentic Durban Indian cuisine,” says Mike Jackson, Operations Director, Tsogo Sun hotels KZN.

“Suncoast Hotel and Towers is the ideal venue for our first Jeera and diners could enjoy an elegant restaurant, a good Durban curry and the exciting Suncoast Entertainment World complex,” says Jackson.

Kaliq Essop, General Manager – Suncoast Towers hotel explains that Jeera was the result of thehotel’s research on how relevant they were to the market they served.

“A talented award winning chef with the skills of mixing spice, a highly motivated team and vision is the secret to this recipe,” says Essop.

For starters, guests can indulge their senses in a multitude of new appetisers including puri-patha, served with lemon and fresh coriander; haleem, pea dhal with lamb and poppy seed naan and lemon and bhajia Salad, vegetable strips in a garam flour batter, mixed micro greens and spiced cashew nuts.

To experience the effortless blend of traditional and modern cuisine, diners can indulge in a nourishing spread of Indian breads including alooparatha rolls, a wheat bread stuffed with potatoes, curried fruit salad and dried mango yogurt dressing.

Diners will be spoilt for choice with Jeera’s exemplary list of main dishes.

Curry dishes, all carefully crafted and prepared with the traditional Durban flair, include fish curry, filleted and marinated before being braised in light spiced tomato chutney; 3 bean-paneer, a home- made cheese and green mint chutney; and prawn and chicken curry, with spiced cashew nut gravy.

Jeera’s Indian-inspired main dishes boast a specially prepared and deboned lamb curry served with potatoes. All dishes are served with Jeera’s signature sambals and archer.

Spices have been carefully selected and mixed to compliment the tender, scrumptious lamb chops chutney. The lamb cutlets are braised in spiced tomato chutney, and served with either rice or roti. And every care has been taken to ensure that spices, uniquely blended in the cooking process, create extraordinary tandoori specialties like, lamb seekh kebab and fresh red snapper.

For the perfect finish, guests can enjoy in an impressive spread of desserts including signature sweet treats such as soji, a tasty wheat pudding, served with cardamom cream, and kheer, a rice pudding served with tender coconut cream.

Other desserts include gulaab jamum, a fried cake milk ball, kulfi ice cream with scented syrup; Chocolate mousse, with a ginger crunch; and Vermicelli served with cream.

Jeera’s menu also offers the classic Bunny Chow which originated in the Durban Indian community, in the 1860s.

Situated on the lower ground floor of Suncoast Towers hotel, a landmark deluxe property on Durban’s Golden Mile, the restaurant’s muted Indian-inspired interior sets a tranquil theme throughout. Guests are invited to unwind in the evenings amidst a tranquil environment.

About Tsogo Sun

Tsogo Sun is the leading hotels, gaming and entertainment company in South Africa, providing a vast variety of hospitality and exciting entertainment and leisure experiences. Combining an established heritage with a professional and energised approach, the group proudly encompasses 14 casinos and over 90 hotels in South Africa, Africa, and Seychelles.

The company’s hospitality interests offer the widest distribution of hotels in Africa, providing world-class accommodation across all markets, including elegant, individually branded Deluxe hotels and well-known trusted market leaders in the premier through budget segments, including Southern Sun hotels, Garden Court, SunSquare, StayEasy and SUN1 hotels.

The exciting urban and resort casino portfolio includes the most popular entertainment destinations, strategically located throughout South Africa. In the Gauteng province, Tsogo Sun owns the group’s flagship property, Montecasino in Fourways, which features, amongst other attractions, the award-winning Teatro; Gold Reef City Casino and Theme Park in Southern Johannesburg; and Silverstar Casino to the West in Krugersdorp. Additional properties are owned and operated in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Free State, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, including the jewel on Durban’s Golden Mile, Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World.

Tsogo Sun (“TSH”) is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.  The key shareholders of Tsogo Sun are Hosken Consolidated Investments Limited (“HCI”), a JSE listed investment holding company, and SABMiller PLC (“SABM”), the London listed brewing company. The remaining shareholding is held by various financial institutions and the general public.

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