Whether you’re touring the sunny city or live as a local looking for something new, Durban has a culinary delight for everyone! From the modern to the eclectic to the sweetly simple, here are 5 of the top restaurants the urban coastline has to offer.
Not all franchises are created equal. Lupa, in Durban North, has unassumingly filled the role of neighbourhood local. The menu is a clever combination of time-honoured classics and modern interpretations. The handsome interior embraces exposed brick and wooden accents with industrial-inspired chairs and quirky touches. Starters range from pretzel-dusted calamari to crispy tomato and mozzarella risotto cakes served with baby marrow fries and meatballs, slow-roasted in a tomato sauce. Meaty main courses, like veal saltimbocca and wood-roasted organic chicken, are teamed with sides like Tuscan potatoes or wilted spinach with chilli and garlic. Pastas include the unctuous salsicce with fennel sausage, bacon, mushrooms, Chianti and cream; aglio olio with prawns and butternut partnered with harissa cream, feta and dukkha. Two impressive ovens produce a steady stream of exemplary pizzas that are also available with gluten-free bases. And don’t forget, on Fridays, kids get a pizza or pasta, plus an iced tea and home-made ice cream for R65. 6 – 12 Swapo Road, Durban North; 031-941-1181.
An upbeat, red-lipstick- and sneaker-wearing sister-duo out to change the way people think about food! From a very young age, Katie and Becs loved to be in the kitchen – cooking, baking and trying out new things. Encouraged by a loving mom, whose passion for food and cooking certainly rubbed off on them, the girls were inspired to constantly grow, innovate and experiment with food. Delish Sisters café is the heart and soul of their business – a vibey and bustling ‘home’ nestled within The Litchi Orchard in Salt Rock. Expect all sorts of goodies, ranging from a unique breakfast menu, which branches away from the standard eggs on toast, to a lunch harvest table (that changes on a weekly basis) laden with fresh, wholesome dishes using recipes and seasonal ingredients that they are experimenting with or happen to be inspired by! BOOKINGS: 032-815-0413
Pizzetta pizzeria, café and bar is situated in the heart of Glenwood, Durban, offering patrons a gourmet eating experience of delicious woodfired pizzas with a selection of tasty pastas and organic salads. Owned by Tony Caloba and Pam Dickinson, Pizzetta has been an institution in the Glenwood community for over eight years, with importance placed on fresh ingredients and consistent delivery of good-quality food, inclusive of gluten-free options. BOOKINGS: 031-201-1019
Havana Grill offers an unforgettable dining experience with the combination of great food, an extensive wine selection, humidors for cigars and an environment that is relaxing, yet upmarket. With views overlooking the ocean, excellent meals and attentive staff, Havana Grill is a must when visiting Durban. The restaurant specialises in steaks, proudly offering grain- and grass-fed cuts of meat, as well as delicious seafood, lamb, poultry and game dishes. Plus, the wine list and cellar boast a variety of South African wines to choose from. Havana Grill is a popular choice for functions and events as the restaurant can be divided into distinct areas, and it also offers two private dining rooms. The private dining room is an ideal meeting place for corporates or for friends enjoying time together, lingering over a tasty meal. BOOKINGS: 031-337-1305
Bellevue Café has attracted quite a following in Kloof, with its focus on simple, flavourful and fresh cooking. There’s an arty feel to the café, a modern spacious and contemporary eatery that’s consistently lively and a favourite with families and celebratory parties. The large-volume space is broken into areas by screens and trees that grow from inside the room for an organic feel. BOOKINGS: Bellevue Café; 031-717-2780