Surrounded by indigenous coastal forest, Ray’s Kitchen Restaurant in Salt Rock Durban is the perfect setting for bustling breakfasts, laid-back lunches and decadent dinners. The man behind Ray’s magic is Raymond Friedman: globetrotter, father of two, caterer to the Sharks rugby team and, together with renowned restaurateurs Paul Sheppard and Billy Franks, co-owners of Ray’s Kitchen. The interior is elegant, but understated, with palatial glass doors that open out onto a gorgeous deck overlooking trees, a play area and a swimming pool. Customers are invited to soak up the sun on the deck and swim to their hearts’ content. Breakfasts are homely and comforting; think oven-baked soufflé-style omelettes… Lunch and dinner celebrate a bistro-style array of fresh pastas, risottos, steaks, seriously exciting salads and fantastic peri-peri chicken. The sweet and succulent ribs are always the first to go and the thin-crust pizzas made from stone-ground artisan flour, lathered in a slow-cooked Napoletana sauce and quality mozzarella, will make your toes curl. Dunkirk Country Estate, Salt Rock, Durban; 032-525-4505; rayskitchen.co.za.
By Kate Liquorish