Durban's Little Corners of Portugal: 5 Portuguese restaurants to tickle your tastebuds

2018-02-09 13:30 - Saara Mowlana
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Cape Town - Durban is known for its beaches, water park, diversity of cultures and, of course its mouthwatering food. 

Calling all food fundis, hangry citizens and friends: If you're a chicken, seafood, meat lover, vegetarian or just hungry and curious, these 5 Portuguese restaurants in Durban has got you covered with a menu suited to whichever food mood you're in. 

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Kicking off the list is the latest installment to Durban's array of Portuguese restaurants:

Senhor Peri Peri

This slice of Portugal is nestled in Mount Edgecombe’s newest shopping destination, Cornubia Mall. They aim to entice Durbanites with their take on a modern twist of Portuguese cuisine. Their menu goes from tantalising Peri Peri Chicken to scrumptious Mozambican style prawns, Chicken Livers, delicious Beef Prego and includes something for everyone.

The business grabs inspiration from both founder Jorge Calisto's Portugal roots as well as his travels to the vibrant country of Mozambique. The bright Mozambican colours inspired the interior design of the restaurant. 

"We are extremely excited about the launch of Senhor Peri Peri in Durban," says brand manager, Varina Singh. "We think our concept of the modern Portuguese eatery will bring a unique and flavoursome experience to Cornubia Mall."

Name: Senhor Peri Peri

Address: Shop U38A, Cornubia Retail Mall, Cornubia Drive, Mount Edgecombe, Durban North

Average cost: About R80 for a meal


Mo-Zam-Bik offers guests exquisite and delicious Portuguese food and implores its customers to bring their family and friends to have a good time over good food.  Located in Florida Road, the theme of the menu is Afro-Porto cuisine, including influences from both African and Portuguese dishes.

Other locations in KZN include: Ballito, Gateway, Hillcrest and Uvongo.

Their goal is to take visitors' taste buds on a flavourful journey while setting a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere.

Name: Mo-Zam-Bik


Ballito: 4 Boulevard Centre, Compensation Road, Ballito, 4420

Gateway: Shop F183, Gateway Shopping Centre, Palm Grove Avenue, Umhlanga, 4319

Hillcrest: 12 Elangeni Centre, 9 Inanda Road, Hillcrest, 3650

Uvongo: Lot 9 Saints View, Corner of Collin and Stafford Street, Uvongo, 4270 

Average cost: About R100 for a meal

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Julio's on the Bay

Julio's has a wide and extensive menu that has items that vary in both flavour and price. The menu includes starters that range from Chicken Livers to Mussels, mains that go from Calamari to the famous Mozambican Peri-Peri or Lemon and Garlic Chicken to a seafood platter for two including a Lobster. The plethora of options promises to transport your palate from land to sea in one sitting and offers something for both the extravagant and simplistic foodie. They are located along the Wilson Wharf and have an outdoor seating area overlooking stunning Durban vistas.

If you're not feeling for a meal healing, the menu also has a variety of dessert options - from traditional Portuguese desserts to surprising new additions to the menu. Julio's also has a cocktail and a kids menu, making it versatile to cater for the whole family and any of your food moods.

Name: Julio's on the Bay

Address: 18 Boatmans Road, Wilson's Wharf, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal 4001

Average cost: About R120 for a meal


This piece of Portugal has set up shop in Durban North, Westville and Malvern. Atasca is named after the Portuguese phrase tasca which is used to describe quaint cafes, bistros or tavernas. Atasca is meticulous when it comes to the quality of their ingredients and food and ask guests to be patient and immerse themselves in the little Portuguese escape atmosphere the restaurant sets.  

The menu offer a diverse range of Portuguese courses: entradas (starters), saladas (salads- available in full or half portions), prato da cassa (house speciality), massas & legumes (pasta & vegetables), marisco (seafood), galinha (chicken), carne grelhada (meat), sobremesas (desserts) as well as a kids menu (all meals served with a complimentary milkshake). They also offer specials!

The versatility of such a menu is sure to cater to every food lover out there and is perfect for families too.

Name: Atasca


Durban North: 1, Kensington Centre, 53 Adelaide Tambo Dr, Durban North, Durban, 4016

Westville: 171 Rodger Sishi Rd, Westville, Durban, 3629

Malvern: 155 Main Road, Malvern Park Shopping Centre, Malvern, Durban, 3144

Average cost: About R120 for a meal

Image by: Atasca

Neo Cafe

This niche Portuguese restaurant has two locations in Durban North along the beach. Neo Cafe has a relaxed Portuguese setting and offers a wide range of Mozambican and Portuguese inspired dishes. They serve lunch, dinner and dessert and house favourites include: chicken, prawns, calamari, feijoada & dobrada. The restaurant is quite busy so be sure to book in advance. The restaurant urges guests to book early to avoid a missed opportunity to indulge in the great food and Mozambican beer.

If you're in the mood to kick back and unwind with good food and company in a rustic beach bar type setting - Neo Cafe is your Port-of-call to transport to Portugal! If you can't splurge on actual travel right now, these 5 Portuguese food escapes are perfect for a little getaway for your appetite!

Name: Neo Cafe

Address: 37 Sol Harris Cres, North Beach, Durban, 4063 & 12 Mackeurtan Ave, Durban North, Durban, 4051

Average cost: About R65 for a meal

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