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Mali's Indian Restaurant

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77 Smiso Nkwanyana Road | Morningside, Durban 4001, South Africa
+27 31 312 8535
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Sunday
Closed
Hours:
Sun 17:30 - 21:00
Tue - Sun 12:30 - 15:30
Tue - Sat 17:30 - 22:00
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Cape Town, South Africa
2 reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Some restaurants require opulent decor....Mali's is understated. Their menu caters for all, the food is top notch, and inexpensive. The service is attentive and friendly. You need to experience their hospitality!

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Thank Chris F
Durban, South Africa
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9 reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The yummiest indian food in durban. The dhosa, mushroom munchurian; prawn biryani and crab curry are a must have! Thank you Vivek and team for the hospitality and delicious food. A memorable birthday indeed.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Mali's is the real deal, serving lovingly-prepared authentic southern Indian cuisine. Pleasant and comfortable dining area, friendly and helpful staff provide discreet attentive service. Everything we ordered was excellent and very reasonably priced for the high quality. They do not hold back with the heat (which we love), so if you're sensitive do ask for a more mild version. Unlike... More 

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Thank UVnLA
Durban, South Africa
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent food but very small portions (and I have a smaller than average appetite). It is also the only Indian restaurant I've visited that doesn't serve as standard, a pappadum with the meal. So, not great value but very tasty.

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7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's a family run Indian restaurant with a lot of different options all the one we had were amazing Highly recommend

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Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We attended a group dinner here with about 30 people and both the food and service were excellent. The food was probably the best I have had in durban. Beverage selection is extremely limited so not the place for a wine connoisseur.

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Thank kudzayin2016
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29 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Mali is the by far the best authentic South Indian restaurant in Durban. If you like crab, give Mali one day warning and you will get the best crab curry in Durban. It's not cheap but it's huge, three of us shared the portion and there was ample. The menu may be a bit intimidating and confusing as there is... More 

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Thank RonnieDBN
Johannesburg, South Africa
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had the butter chicken with some starters to share. What a wonderful, flavorful and colorful meal. Will definitely eat there again.

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Thank Cris1J
Burton on Trent
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a recommendation from the Protea Edward's concierge and proved to be just right. Mali's is a short taxi drive from the esplanade and serves South Indian cuisine. The ambience was friendly and casual but service was exemplary. We found the Gobi65 to be a very good dish for parties at home where it would make fine finger food.... More 

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Durban, South Africa
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31 reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I ate at Mali's with a couple of friends recently and had a thoroughly enjoyable meal. The service and restaurant atmosphere were good, but the food was fantastic! We shared a few starters including some spiced cauliflower with a lovely minty yoghurt dip which was truly delicious. We also shared a variety of mains, thankfully one of my friends knew... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4,5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4,5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4,5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Indian, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
Sunday
17:30 - 21:00
12:30 - 15:30
Tuesday
12:30 - 15:30
17:30 - 22:00
Wednesday
12:30 - 15:30
17:30 - 22:00
Thursday
12:30 - 15:30
17:30 - 22:00
Friday
12:30 - 15:30
17:30 - 22:00
Saturday
12:30 - 15:30
17:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 77 Smiso Nkwanyana Road | Morningside, Durban 4001, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  KwaZulu-Natal  >  Durban
  • Phone Number: +27 31 312 8535

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