Umhlanga’s Lighthouse Road-Chartwell Drive restaurant hub is a pulsating, cosmopolitan precinct where tables spill out onto the sidewalks and diners can choose from over 20 well-regarded establishments. Recently revamped The Dutch – whose stylish, retro decor and a menu focused on quality rather than quantity – appeals to all. It was a balmy East Coast evening, perfect for savouring a glass of wine outside while watching the world go by. My partner chose the grilled beef fillet with cheesy polenta, sautéed kale, Dijon peppercorn sauce and waffle fries. His score? Top marks. My choice was gnocchi Gorgonzola – the astonishingly good sauce fuses the contrasting flavours and textures of Gorgonzola dolce latte, toasted walnuts, butternut squash purée and dried cranberries. All that excellence created high expectations for dessert. It was surprising, therefore, that the lemon-infused crème brûlée, though pleasant and oh-so-pretty, was more blancmangelike. After chatting to the manager, we learnt others had expressed a similar opinion and that the pudding was undergoing a ‘refurb’. Chartwell Drive and Lighthouse Road; 060 588 5674; thedutch.co.za.
By Andrea Abbott