5 best restaurants in Durban
Our favourite places to eat. Enjoy awesome food and stunning decor.
For the best Bunny Chow
If you’re new to the tradition of Bunny Chow, it’s a Durban classic - a square loaf of soft, white bread, middle scooped out and replaced with the spicy curry of your choice (mutton, prawn, chicken or veggie). Hot and messy, you’ll find the best ones within the old-school ambience of Capsicum, with its huge chandeliers and porcelain floors. Don’t miss the tender crab curry too, or try the grilled prawns and wash it all down with an exotic cocktail or a special Bombay Crush.
1299 Umgeni Road, Durban 4001
Tel: 031 303 2266/031 303 2417 www.hotelbrits.co.za
A well-earned status
Located just outside the city centre, Quo offers a contemporary menu of fabulous fusion dishes that satisfy the appetite as well as the palate. Fresh, seasonal ingredients are used to create mouthwatering mussels, Vietnamese-inspired chicken in coconut broth and hoisin-spiced lamb cutlets, to name just a few of your best bets. The bread and butter pudding has gained a great reputation, and even the ice cream is made on site. A well-priced wine list cements this venue as one of our favourites.
Gillitts Shopping Centre, corner York and Clifton Roads, Gillitts, Durban
Tel: 082 320 7906
Tel: 031 309 1328 www.vintagehotelandrestaurants.com/dur/index.php/durban-res
Located just off the busy Florida Road in Morningside, the décor at Vintage India may be a little outdated, but the standard of food and service are certainly up to scratch. From the kitchen run by an Indian chef, experience authentic North Indian curries, kebabs from the Tandoor oven and Goan delicacies, along with Chinese cuisine. Carefully selected wines are on offer to complement whichever dish you choose, for an unforgettable lunch or evening meal.
20 Lilian Ngoyi (Windermere) Road, Windermere, Durban 4001
Cargo Hold Restaurant
Sharks and samosas
No trip to Durban is deemed complete without a taste of the city’s samosas. A staple at most of the Indian restaurants, we love the little pastry parcels served here. That’s not to mention that you’ll dine alongside huge sharks while nestled in the stern of the Phantom Ship at uShaka Marine World, with views of the aquarium. A captivating, world-class venue, it serves international cuisine created using local produce and boasts a romantic, refined ambience.
uShaka Marine World, Bell Street, Durban
Tel: 031 328 8065 www.ushakamarineworld.co.za/restaurants/cargo-hold
Roma Revolving Restaurant
For the best boundless views
The awe-inspiring 360-degree views are the main draw at Roma, with its jaw-dropping panoramas of the city and harbour. The circular glass dining room is perched on the 32nd floor of a 358ft building and makes a complete revolution every 60-90 minutes. The menu is almost wide as the views, ranging from traditional Italian cuisine (excluding pizza!) to local seafood, oysters and speciality game dishes like crocodile and ostrich. A great way to explore Durban by day or night without taking a step!
32nd Floor, John Ross House, Margret Mncadi Avenue, Durban Central
Tel: 031 337 6707 www.roma.co.za