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    Roma Revolving Restaurant: The best view in Town

    by GerryFM Updated Oct 28, 2003

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    The foods great and the view is even better!

    The Roma Revolving Restaurant offers a large spread of Italian cuisine prepared with personal service. It has a superb view of the City of Durban, which is enhanced by the lights at night, and it overlooks the tranquil setting of the Durban Yacht mole.

    The Roma Revolving restaurant is situated on the 32nd floor of John Ross House, high above Durban, South Africa's fun city. Discover for yourself the pleasure of a relaxed atmosphere and delightful cuisine. Watch the majesty of the African sunset and the enchantment of the lights of Durban springing to life at night

    Favorite Dish: Aside from the Italian dishes, their seafood platter is not too shabby either.

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    Moyo, uShaka World: Glorious location!

    by CatherineReichardt Updated Jul 9, 2012

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    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!

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    The Famous Fish Company: Great Seafood , Great Setting!!

    by GerryFM Updated Oct 28, 2003

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    Enjoy your meal and look out for the ships!

    This superbly appointed seafood restaurant can be found at the newly developed Point Waterfront. Situated at the Harbour Mouth with wonderful views of passing ships at close quarters it must be one of the best positions in the world!!

    Favorite Dish: This restaurant serves the most superb seafood cuisine in the country. In addition they offer an extensive and comprehensive menu which includes their famous fish platter, and they are equally famous for their pastas, Portuguese chicken, grilled rump fillet steaks, crab curry and not so hungry lite meals

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    Any Indian restaurant: You can't come to Durbs and not chow a bunny!

    by CatherineReichardt Updated Jul 29, 2012

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    Favorite Dish: 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!

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    Butcher Boys: RED MEAT and RED WINE!!!

    by GerryFM Written Oct 28, 2003

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    Butcher Boys is an elegant upmarket steak restaurant opened its doors in Morningside, Durban in November 1999.

    A sanctuary for meat lovers serve the best grain fed beef South Africa has to offer and their wet & dry aging process results in exceptional quality and texture. Their in house butcheries will cut to your preference whether it be lean or with a little fat or of a particular weight or thickness.

    Their butcheries will also supply their super aged beef vacuum packed to take home Non-carnivores are not neglected and they have a fine selection of line fish, prawns, calamari and chicken dishes.

    Unique temperature controlled wine cellars proudly house a diverse selection of indigenous vintage estate wines from the fairest Cape and surrounds.

    The décor is subtle yet effective, dining areas warm and inviting and complimented by well appointed patios. (optional smoking areas)

    Favorite Dish: The Rump Steak!!!

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    Little India: A true Indian Gem

    by GerryFM Written Oct 28, 2003

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    Scrumptious!!!!

    Little India is an Indian gem, tucked away in the heart of Musgrave's popular restaurant area. Easy to miss on your first visit, the restaurant is reached by climbing a short flight of stairs and is the start of a dining experience you will want to repeat time and again. From the moment you arrive, your host’s friendly service will charm you, leaving you pampered and content at the end of the evening.

    The cooks are imported from India from both the North and the South, serving up a wide range of styles and flavours that even includes a category known as "Indian Chinese Food". The range of curries is excellent offering a variety of strengths and flavours, and the very whiff of the Tandoori Chicken going past your table will have you calling for your order of the same

    Favorite Dish: It is the more exotic dishes that will pique your interest and your taste buds. Try the Kheema Dosa, a delicate, thin, rice flour pancake filled with mince or the Vada, made from fried green Dhall. It is also the Biryanis that will be another reason to bring you back - delicious in Prawn, Mutton, Chicken, Fish and Vegetable. The list goes on with Chicken and Fish Tikka, Butter Chicken Masala and from the Chinese influence - Spring Rolls, Fried Rice or Noodles and Chicken with Chilli or Ginger. If you can save some room try the Ice Cream with Gulab Jaamun (cream of wheat rounders in sugar syrup, served hot) or maybe the Fruit Sooji. One thing is certain, you will be back very soon.

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    News Cafe: Great food, cheap price

    by littlebush Written Jan 31, 2003

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    News Cafe are a chain all over south africa. Food is superb and reasonably priced. Theres one just around the corner from the Nomads hostel. Me and a friend had 3 courses and 3 beers each for only 160rand! bargain!

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    Siggi's German Restaurant: Great German Grub!

    by Bushman23 Written Dec 17, 2012

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    The comfortable bar area, popular with the locals

    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.

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    BBM cafe: Scrumptious mix of Italian and African!

    by Bushman23 Written Dec 18, 2012

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    Fresh, Stylish and sizzling hot!

    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.

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    The Roma: 70s retro dining at its best!

    by CatherineReichardt Updated May 14, 2012

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    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!

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    Olive & Oil

    by Gili_S Updated Jan 25, 2009

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    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.

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    Bistro 136: Swiss Cuisine in Africa

    by MikeAtSea Written Apr 3, 2005

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    Bistro 136

    Willi's restaurant is one of the best in Durban. The Swiss culinary chef offers some of the best meals and great wines in this lovely small restaurant in Morningside.

    Favorite Dish: The Veal with typcial Roesti
    Oysters!!!
    The various casseroles he offers!!!

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    Eat Out: A useful online restaurant guide

    by CatherineReichardt Updated May 25, 2011

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    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!

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    Ile Maurice: One of the best in Durban

    by MikeAtSea Written Apr 5, 2005

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    Ile Maurice Restaurant

    This French restaurant by owner Robert Mauvis with a Creole underlining is strong competition to be one of the best restaurants in Durban.
    The food and service in the exclusive venue is simply marvelous in particular if you like the combination of French dishes from the Island of Mauritius.

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    Roma Revolving Restaurant: Durban's only revolving restaurant

    by MikeAtSea Written Jul 15, 2005

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    Roma Revolving Restaurant

    The Italian owners are masters in their cuisine - or should I say cucina... :-) Besides stunning views on the 32nd floor high above the harbour and the city of Durban the food and beverage collection is stunning.

    Favorite Dish: The veal is great!

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