Festive Season: Where to treat your taste buds in Durban

2017-12-15 20:00 - Kavitha Pillay
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Cape Town – Durban’s melting pot of cultures means the city offers a vast menu to suit varying taste buds.

Whether you have your firm favourite dishes or are willing to try something uniquely local, there are many Durban restaurants that boast drinks with a view, a festive vibe and of course, quality meals that are delicious.

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From traditional Zulu delicacies and hot South African Indian dishes, to fine dining and mega-sized pizzas, here’s where you can treat your taste buds in the Zulu Kingdom.

Afro’s Chicken

Afro’s began in a trailer at a Durban Day event back in 2012. Two years later, the chicken takeaway joint moved into its first shop in South Beach, serving “fresh, affordable and simple fast food to the people”.

You can’t miss the yellow shipping container in which it is located at Addington Beach which serves 'burger & tjips’.

Choose from a selection of burgers, wraps or rolls, for on the go food at affordable prices – perfect for families busy about their touring of the city during the festive season.

Cane Cutters

One cannot stop in Durbs without having a bunny chow - a proudly South African Indian dish comprising of a hollowed loaf of bread filled with a choice of mutton curry, beans curry or chicken curry, accompanied with sambles and/or carrot salad.

We assure you that you won’t find a bunny chow as intense as you would find in Durban or surrounding areas, and while there are many places to have bunny chows in Durban, a firm favourite is Cane Cutters in Glenwood, which holds many prestigious titles and awards for making the “best bunny”.

The Chef’s Table

Thirteen qualified chefs crafted the menu around fresh, local and seasonal ingredients that can be enjoyed at The Chef’s Table in Umhlanga Rocks.

The chefs use fresh produce from local, organic farmers and “dishes are tweaked and arranged accordingly” and prepared in an open plan kitchen visible to the visitors, and allows chefs” to stay connected to the energy of the diners”.

This exquisite fine dining restaurant sculptures each dish and plates it as a work of art “on hand crafted ceramic dishes” in an attempt to enhance the artisanal nature of the dining experience.

Distillery 031

A proudly local eatery situated in Durban's buzzing Station Drive precinct off Umgeni Road, Distillery031 is the city's first craft distillery.

It produces limited-edition artisanal spirits – vodka, cachaça, gin, spiced rum and absinthe, served with mac 'n cheese balls, zucchini crisps and scrumptious burgers.

At Station Drive, factory buildings have been converted for mixed creative use by an eclectic mix of tenants and another must-visit spot in the area is the artisanal food market, Morning Trade, held every Sunday morning.

Eyadini Lounge

One of the most popular shisa nyamas in Durban, Eyadini Lounge in Umlazi offers patrons quick bites and hearty meals at a venue booming with activity.

The local cuisine, “carefully crafted in the signature Eyadini way”, includes traditionally inspired dishes such as pap and chakalaka, and “urban” meals such as chicken or beef curry.

Get a selection of braai or boiled meat, add a choice of traditional food and a few sides such as butternut or coleslaw, and you’re set for a proper local dining experience.

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Taco Zulu

Essentially a Mexican restaurant with a South African twist and a touch of Japanese, Taco Zulu presents a vibe as unique as its food at hip-and-happening Florida Road.

“Creating a new take on Mexican cuisine,the menu aims to showcase a diversity of flavours completed with a service style that creates a unique, fun and vibey dining experience,” says the restaurant which also serves sushi and an extensive cocktail list.

Whether you’re trawling Florida Road (which is like a smaller version of Cape Town’s Long Street) in search of a good time with friends, or just happen to be in the area, a visit to the eatery is a must -especially to devour the famous Taco Pizzas. Yes, there’s pizzas too… These pizzas are massive – probably the largest in the country!

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The Chairman

This uber cool bar and jazz lounge at Point Waterfront is the ideal place to catch up with friends over a few drinks and snacks.

Try out a snack platter of traditional Zulu delicacies – including goat with dumplings -  and sip on some top-notch whiskeys. “It has an impressive whisky (and cigar) selection”, according to Food 24.

The Chairman was created by KwaMashu-born architect, Ndabo Langa, in the ruined shell of a 100-year-old building. It offers live jazz and an eclectic ambience that stimulates imaginations while bending rules and conventions.

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