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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
Sun 17:30 - 21:00
Tue - Sun 12:30 - 15:30
Tue - Sat 17:30 - 22:00
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Belgaum, India
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287 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 224 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Was here for dinner on a vacation to this beautiful city. Was looking for a restaurant that had South Indian cuisine. Ended up here on the recommendation by the hotel I was staying in. Excellent food, nice ambience. Service, though a bit slower, is efficient. Good value for money.

Thank ChivasG
Franschhoek, South Africa
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We spent one night in Durban and we made a family rule to have a serious curry before we leave and had the opportunity to eat at Mali's.The food was exceptional complimented by friendly staff and a cosy atmosphere. All the food was delicious and well presented. We can highly recommend Mali's as an expierence in Durban not to be... More 

Thank Richard A
Durban, South Africa
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47 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

we had lunch here for a 60th birthday. I suggested this place after the reputation this restaurant had made for itself. The location and parking portrayed a hidden secret kind of atmosphere. Upon arrival we were greeted by friendly staff and our waiter Suren made us feel right at home, he was also very helpful and knowledgeable about the menu.... More 

Thank wesfel311924
Durban, South Africa
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82 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

After reading the rave reviews and hearing first hand from others, finally got a chance to experience the place recently The moment we walked in we were greeted with friendly people and the atmosphere seemed warm and inviting Whilst it doesn't seem to have the trappings/decor of a 5star hotel type of restaurant setting it certainly made up for it... More 

1 Thank Q b
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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53 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The decor is unpretentious, the tables nicely spaced for privacy, and the service is good. Sadly the aloo gobi was much more aloo than gobi, the veg biryani was a little too stodgy and lacked the picquant of flavors that burst in a biryani. The ice cream dessert was superb! The off street parking was adequate.

Thank ErnRam
Johannesburg, South Africa
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It is not often that one comes across South Indian restaurants in Durban ?Most of the Durban restaurants serve the same North Indian styled food. Which is pleasant but boring . So it was a pleasant surprise to come across this restaurant. We were two persons and both had lamb dishes. The quality of the lamb was excellent. There were... More 

Thank Desmond S
Melbourne, Australia
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I enjoyed a delicious chicken tikka Marsala and chicken breyani. Mali's was recommended to us by staff at our hotel - excellent suggestion. Food was great and the restaurant waiters were courteous and helpful. The restaurant is well presented and relatively busy during the time of our meal. Also enjoyed an entertaining conversation with Mali and his... More 

Thank Bali20112601
Durban, South Africa
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food was excellent and waiters very attentive, all in all a great dining experience, would highly recommend it.

Thank victoria m
Pinetown, South Africa
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've never felt moved enough to write a review but Mali's is one of those special places that make you want to go the extra mile to highlight their brilliance. I've been going there for the last few years as a special treat for grand occasions to sometimes just a cheat and they are always the height of excellent service... More 

1 Thank shakthi_nadine
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Place got recommended to us by a friend. A tastefully decorated restaurant awaited us. Clean and nicely set tables and comfortable chairs. Staff was courteous and knowledgeable. Our waiter advised us about what to order and we ended up having a memorable meal. We'll be back and recommend Mali's to friends and family!

1 Thank Nicolette W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4,5 of 5 bubbles
    4,5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4,5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Indian, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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
Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Groups
Open Hours
17:30 - 21:00
12:30 - 15:30
12:30 - 15:30
17:30 - 22:00
12:30 - 15:30
17:30 - 22:00
12:30 - 15:30
17:30 - 22:00
12:30 - 15:30
17:30 - 22:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?