The BBM Cafe is one of Salt Rock's newest and most popular restaurants. Servingan eclectic mix of Italian foods such as pizza's and pasta's, they also have an awesome selection of mouthwatering steaks. Their location in Tiffany's shopping center just off the N2 (Salt Rock turnoff) means it's easy to get to them, and a recommended stopover if you're heading further North.
Also just a great place to spend an evening with mates.
Favorite Dish: Well, i'm always going to recommend meat, seeing as i'm South African :p Try any of their steaks - you won't be disappointed.
Well, the fact that this is my uncles restaurant doesn't change the fact that it's one of the best I've eaten at. Wonderful German cooking, great ambiance, and very friendly, personal service make the entire meal an unforgettable experience.
Everyone walking through the door is treated like a part of the family, and as a result of this, an amazing amount of guests come back again and again.
Favorite Dish: I've eaten the Eisbein, a couple of Schnitzels, the Schlachtplatte, and the steaks, while Asia has also tried the Schnitzels, as well as the curry. Everything is genuinely good, wholesome and very tasty.
Bunny chow is the quintessential Durban food icon, and quite unlike anything you're likely to eat elsewhere!
On the face of it, bunny chow sounds pretty grim. You take a half a white loaf (brown, granary or anything else with nutritional pretentions simply won't do) and hollow out the middle, leaving a thick shell of crust. Then fill the cavity you have created with any curry of your choice - to my mind, the best are vegetarian, but any curry with boneless meat would work well. As the bunny sits, the liquid from the curry seeps into the surrounding bread, and you simply eat the lot.
There may well be a polite way to eat a bunny, but if there is, I've never seen it, let alone learned how to execute this gentle art! This is definitely 'food for friends' and about as low down the list of 'ideal food to eat on a first date when you're seeking to impress' as it is possible to go! I would recommend dispensing altogether with cutlery and letting the bunny cool down a little before disembowelling it. Then simply rip pieces of bread (with curry clinging to it) off with your fingers and shovel the delectable, soggy mess into your mouth as quickly as possible ... but then I come from unapologetic peasant stock and don't much care for appearances so long as it taste good!
Recently I had a superb Mozambiquean Bunny as a starter in the Protea Edward Hotel on the beach front - a crusty white Portuguese bread roll hollowed out and filled with spicy peri peri chicken livers - utterly divine!
We 'found' this little gem inside the Gateway Shopping Mall. Unfortunately it is very easily missed as the front-shop is no longer in business.
Nevermind this as the quality of food certainly get you to very easily forget about the '"empty space" you've walked through.
The restaurant has got a very European feel to it and is certainly backed-up by quality food and healthy helpings.
Whilst I'm no Gordon, my tastebuds were treated to just the right amount of spice.
Backed-up by service excellence, we will go back for more!
The beauty is that you can bring your kids as there is a Mini-Park for them to enjoy themselves whilst you sip on something Mexican...
Favorite Dish: One of my favorite dishes has to be the Balsamic Chicken Salad.
It has just the perfect amount of seasoning, complimented by some delightful butternut.
Explore the menu as there are a variety of well thought-out dishes praised by some wonderful drinks, which certainly brings together a pleasant experience.
Ideal if you want to just get-away for a quick reminder that there is more to life than work...
One of our favorite local Coffeehouses that offers huge portions of great food at average pricing...
I recall the amazement I had the first time I ordered a club sandwich and this plate arrived with the biggest slice of bread I've ever seen in my life!
The food is truly amazing and well worth every cent.
Even if you only feel like having a muffin with your coffee - take a camera - you will not regret it.
It is very funny to see the expresions on the faces of first-time patrons when they receive such huge portions...
Ensure that you hungry before you decide to visit any Mugg and Bean Restaurant.
Favorite Dish: I can never get enough of their amazing club sandwich!
The various tastes that explodes in your mouth as you take a bite, is heaven.
Try anything from their dessert menu - I assure you - you will never go anywhere else ever again.
This restaurant is situated on the beach!
I've never had the pleasure of enjoying an amazing breakfast with the sound of waves crashing in the background, whilst holiday makers are stretched out on the golden beach with rays on sunlight dancing on their tanned bodies, until I 'discovered' CIRCUS CIRCUS.
It certainly feels like a scene from the "COCKTAILS"movie...
As for the food, I've only had good experiences. Coupled with great service, this place ensures that we keep on coming back for more!
The menu will please just about everybody's taste buds.
There aren't many places where you can éscape'from work and enjoy such beauty and grace within 15min travel.
If you are an early riser - this restaurant opens at 06h00!
Talk about being blessed!!!
Favorite Dish: My favorite dish is the CIRCUS CIRCUS Breakfast.
This is a 'fully-loaded' breakfast that will ensure you do not go hungry until much later.
It has all the usual (bacon; egg; toast) and then some... (fried bananas; fried mushrooms; potato wedges; etc.)
Most certainly value for money.
U bring the company and enjoy one of the best breakfasts available - all whilst watching sunrise over beautiful waves onto a golden beach.
Let me state up front that I'm not a great fan of the Moyo franchise, as I find their food underwhelming and their in-your-face pseudo African theme 'gimmicky' - the face painting and the dancing I can tolerate, but the ritual handwashing (with said employee subserviently murmuring "wishee washee") really tries my patience ...
However, I must concede that the location of their restaurants is superb. The one at uShaka World is probably the most impressive of the lot, being literally beachside. The downstairs bar area has comfortable sofas that you can lounge on as you relish your ice cold sundowner, and the restaurant upstairs features huge glass picture windows which look straight out over the Indian Ocean, The Bluff and the approach to Durban Harbour.
When I was there last, the waiter was clueless and, by way of example, his explanation of the complimentary starter platter was hopeless: since when does dukka feature peanuts? (and, having tasted it, Moyo's certainly doesn't!). I don't believe that the waiting staff are well trained, and they seem to rely on fawning, smiley charm to substitute for actual knowledge of the food, which is not acceptable for a restaurant in this price bracket.
I also find the unisex loo a bit odd, and it could be offputting for older/more sensitive clientele.
I would heartily recommend this restaurant for sundowners and snacks on the basis of its stunning location - however, I don't think that it's worth the money unless someone else is footing the bill (which is why I would only contemplate it for business entertaining of out-of-town guests)
Favorite Dish: Moyo's food is so so - but, to be fair, I imagine that most people go there for the 'experience' and location rather than for a gourmet experience (which is a pretty sad indictment of a restaurant).
To my mind, the best of the lot are the meatballs served with a little pot of mashed potato which come as a starter (but then I'm on a mission to find the Ultimate Meatball, and have seldom met one I didn't like) .
The seafood curry is ordinary, as is the chicken tagine. The ingredients used seem to be fine, but somehow in Moyo's desire to embrace pan African cuisine, the distinct flavours of the various regions seem to have been dumbed down. I would hate for visitors to return from South Africa (or the rest of the continent for that matter) thinking that our food is so bland!
Actually, forget retro ... at the Roma, it's never been anything other than the 1970s for the last four decades!
First, back to basics. The Roma is located on the 32nd floor of the John Ross (wasn't he JR's son?) building on Durban's Victoria Embankment, more usually known by locals as The Esplanade and - just to add an extra frisson of excitement and confusion - recently renamed Margaret Mncadi Avenue. It was established in 1973 and claims to have been the third revolving restaurant in the world and one of only 37 worldwide - and whilst the later number seems to be a little low given a snap survey conducted on the VT Miscellaneous Forum, I have no reason to dispute the other claim. More interesting, it claims to be the only 'genuine' revolving restaurant in the Southern Hemisphere, which is interesting given that there is a revolving restaurant at the Ritz Hotel in Cape Town and must be at least a couple in Australia ... when I've done my homework, I'll report back on the semantic differentiators that I suspect are being brought into play here!
Anyway, the Roma has clearly never seen any need to update from its halcyon days in the '70's as a hip and happening place, as the superannuated crimson velvet window dressings and veteran gold tassels will attest. It is the sort of environment that you wouldn't be surprised to encounter Hugh Hefner in the company of a bevy of identikit platinum blondes, or local South African 70s icons, hotel magnate Sol Kerzner strolling in with his erstwhile wife, the former Miss World Anneline Kriel on his arm!
The restaurant takes a sedate 90 minutes for a single revolution and the views over the CBD and the port are sublime. Just bear in mind that whilst the seating area revolves, the central services area (incorporating reception area, bar, kitchen and toilets) is fixed to the top of the building, which can be a bit bewildering is you're not expecting it.
One last word of warning: this is a very popular venue, and booking ahead is essential. Also here is an understandable tendency for the restaurant to try and cram in as many people as possible, which means that smaller tables are wedged between the larger tables, so be sure that you arrive in time to try and secure a decent seat. Reviews on the service are also mixed: I have to say that on the night I visited (a Tuesday out of main season), the staff were delightful and couldn't have been more attentive, but I can see how the wheels might come off when it gets really busy. Under those circumstances, I suggest that you slip back into typically Durbanite first gear and consider the slow service as your opportunity to enjoy the view!
Whilst you're here, don't miss out on Gino's Bar, which is up a short flight of stairs. It is almost impossible for the amateur photographer to take pictures through the Roma's windows at night, so rather head upstairs with your camera, from where you will have a virtually unimpeded view out over the Durban skyline.
Favorite Dish: The menu - complete with myriad spelling mistakes (which are echoed and amplified on their website) - is a classic piece of food nostalgia, featuring vintage classics such as prawn cocktail, baked alaska, and the resident chef (see photo) will flambe just about anything your heart desires!
I had Silician prawns, which turned out to be an unusual and delicious spicy cream-based dish with a dozen good sized prawns served with rice and vegetables (carrots and creamed spinach). It was absolutely marvellous, but even with my healthy appetite, I struggled to finish it, and I was very glad that I hadn't ordered a starter!
This place is so seriously cool that I don't know why they allowed someone as uncool as I to venture in ... well, actually, it was closed at the time, so they could admit an unapologetic nerd such as myself without fear of embarrassment!
Gino's Bar is on the 33rd floor of the John Ross building, a short staircase up (and four decades on) from the 70s decor of the Roma revolving restaurant. The views across the CBD and port from here are glorious, and I struggle to think of anywhere better in Durban to enjoy a drink or two on a fine evening.
In sharp contrast to the James Last soundtrack on the floor below, the music here is resolutely up-to-date. Do try and visit towards sunset or after dark, when the view is much more impressive than it would be in daylight.
Then retreat downstairs (and nearly half a century) to enjoy the wonderful retro Italina cuisine of the Roma restaurant.
Many of my tips make reference to picnics - partly because I like picnicking, partly out of economy, and partly because one of the few things I have learned from motherhood is that it is wise never to venture forth with small children without emergency provisions!
So, how do you assemble an instant, delicious, value-for-money picnic? Easy - you find your nearest Woolworths!
Woolworths is to South Africa what Marks & Spencers is to the UK. The name is confusing, as it actually has no link to the Woolworths in the USA, Australia or Britain (the latter of which was a fixture of my childhood and is sadly no more). Woolies is a veritable retail institution, and a much-loved purveyor of aspirational lifestyle goods to the South African middle and upper classes (myself included!)
Everything at Woolies (clothing, homeware, groceries) is of excellent quality and reasonably priced, but we're talking food here. Woolies does an excellent range of pre-prepared food from designer sandwiches, wraps and rotisserie chickens to salads, cakes and beverages, and the range is both imaginative and affordable. You can assemble the components of a picnic in next to no time, and even buy an insulated bag to keep the lot cool (or hot) until you're ready to eat!
Woolies' range of 'instant meals' is also excellent for those who are staying in self-catering accommodation but don't necessarily want to cook from scratch.
Woolies has branches in virtually every reasonable sized South African town - see the website below for details. More recently, it has established a series of Woolworths Foods stores (which only sell groceries), and have also established scaled down Woolies Food outlets at certain petrol stations - these stock a limited range focusing on the sort of things that people need to pick up on their way home.
Although it's always best to get restaurant recommendations from people whose taste you know and trust, there are times when that just isn't possible ...
At this point, "Google is your friend" (as Gerald_D would say) and it's time to minister to that rumbly tummy by getting those fingers tapping to access the online 'Eat Out' guide.
This is a very useful resource which covers the whole of South Africa. I haven't used it extensively, as our kids tend to rather constrain our fine dining these days, but I have used it to check out our usual haunts, and have found the commentary to be fair and balanced.
The website allows you to search on the basis of food type as well as location, and is so user friendly that even this Luddite encountered no problems!
Simply amazing! The Olive Garden is a new family restaurant which formerly was known as Riders Rest over looking the Dieters Nursery in Assagay. We went for a lunch last week and were pleasantly welcome with a beautiful rustic setting and surroundings. The food is all international Mediterranean dishes from Breakfasts, lunches, salads, platters, roasts, deserts, cocktails, tea and considerably prices and very well presented. I recommend sitting on the terrace overlooking and enjoying their stunning Bruchetta and a platter to share from Seafood to meat or even the Vegetarian option. A big thumbs up!
Favorite Dish: Bruchetta, Seafood, Breakfasts, Salads, Roasts & deserts
Most Awesome Experience... This restaurant is Durban's best kept secret -
The *Best* Food, excellent service and great winelist.
The food is superb - perfectly prepared, amazingly presented - looks good, tastes good!
You have to try the Liquid Nitrogen Icecream!!
Great selection of wine too....
We'll be back...
Favorite Dish: Sesame and Chilli crusted Linefish
I had marlin, cooked to perfection, juicy and tender, crusted in sesame seeds and chilli flakes. Set on a sweet potato rosti - I love rosti, and the sweet potato is a wonderful play on this. The coconut milk broth with lime, ginger and lemongrass flavours perfectly compliments the dish... yum - I'm drooling as I write this!
Also the griddled Watermelon and Danish Feta and Prawn Salad... Highly recommended!
Our host Neville recommended Olive & Oil and that was just perfect. The dinner meal was delicious and we had fantastic red wine as well. On this occasion it was exceptional for me but I even ordered dessert this time which was excellent as well.
And, of course, the very friendly service, even if was sometimes a bit too formal, but that place has its class and in the end they were even posing for a staff photo.
The verandah is the best place for a beer after a walk o the busy beach. The hotel has been around for years and the verandah has an ecxcellent view over the sea and the busy beach front.
Favorite Dish: The breakfast is Ok and relatively cheap. The basic egg, bacon, saugage and chips. I was hungry and had some of it. Not too impressed but the rest of the family was happy and finished mine as well.