Eating Out Guide
2
CBD & BAY AREA
BLUE DOLPHIN
Blue Waters Hotel, 175 Snell Parade, 031 327 7000
This casual eatery spills out on to the pavement.The menu
specialises on gourmet pizzas served straight from the
oven in the courtyard; R55 pizza specials are popular.
Mon-Sun 11am - midnight C: No BYO WF
BUD’S BAY SHACK
No 30 Grunter’s Gully, Bayhead Park C
031 466 6100
Relax at this “dockside diner”, which offers simple fare like
grilled fish, but also fun “cranky cuisine” and dishes from
Thailand and Vietnam. A covered deck overlooks the bay.
Don’t expect to be served in a hurry – just chill.
Tues-Sun lunch,Tues-Sat dinner B: R25, R30 for bubbly WF
CIAO BELLA CAFE
162 Mahatma Gandhi (Point) Road 031 332 5917
Family-run cafe in an historic old police station, which
produces fresh, home-made Italian food served with flair.A
deli and an array of fresh baking complete the picture.
Mon-Sat 8am-3.30pm, Sun 10.30-2.30pm, C: R30
DELICIO
14 Boatman’s Road,Wilson’s Wharf, 031 3014877
This Italian inspired diner serves light, fresh lunches, a
selection of pizzas, and burgers for a giant appetite.
Tues-Sun 8am-9pm C/B: R40
JULIOS ON THE BAY
Wilson’s Wharf, 076 4400 057 or 072 420 1747
Julio Duarte brings his own brand of Mozambique back to
Durban after a long stint in Ballito. Fans know to expect
plenty of prawns, chicken and peri-peri.
Tues-Sun noon-9pm C/B: R25
RAINBOW TERRACE
Hilton Hotel, 12-14 Walnut Road, 031 336 8100
A big, all-purpose venue, with a buffet.There’s also a brief
but interesting à la carte menu and light bites. On Friday
night the focus is on seafood and on Saturday there’s an
Indian-themed buffet.
Mon-Sun breakfast & dinner, Mon-Sat lunch subject to
availability, Sun lunch buffet. B/A: R65 WF
ROMA REVOLVING RESTAURANT (Views ✬)
John Ross House, Margaret Mncadi Road
(Victoria Embankment) 031 337 6707
This retro venue is an institution after 40 years.Views
from the suburbs, to bay and beachfront, unfold as the
restaurant turns.The menu is international, but some of
the best dishes are, naturally, Italian. Good fresh fish and
veal dishes. Senior citizens’ discounts.
Fri & Sat lunch, Mon-Sat dinner A/B: R40
ROYAL GRILL
Royal Hotel, 267 Anton Lembede (Smith) Street
031 333 6000
Lovely, 70-year-old restaurant restored to colonial
splendour.There’s been a move back to a la carte fare in
the evenings, with a breakfast buffet for R110.
Mon-Sun breakfast & dinner B/C: No BYO
CAFE JIRAN
Belaire Suites, 151 Snell Parade, North Beach
031 332 4485
Healthy, fresh seasonal food is the focus at this cafe
opening on to the pavement. Casual during the day, it
features an imaginative bistro menu from Tuesday to
Saturday from 6pm. Great coffees.
Mon-Sun 6.30am-10pm B/C: R35 WF
THE OYSTER BAR & ZENBISUSHI
Wilson’s Wharf, 031 307 7883
Sit back and sup on oysters and sushi (or prawns) at big
windows at the edge of the small craft mooring.
Mon-Sun noon-8pm C: R20
CAPE TOWN FISH MARKET
Suncoast Casino, Suncoast Beach 031 368 3320
Member of the chain, offering a huge range of mostly fishy
dishes. Sushi carousel.
Mon-Sun 11am-11pm B/C: R35 WF
ZACK’S ON THE WHARF
Wilson’s Wharf, 031 305 1677
Buzzing cafe-style restaurant with a wide range of meals
and a deck with a great view of the bay.
Mon-Sun from noon C: R20
CARGO HOLD
Phantom Ship, uShaka Marine World, 031 328 8065
Enter a fantasy world on a shipwreck and descend into
the bowels of the vessel. One wall is the glass of a shark
tank, the other looks over the beach. In between are all
the trappings of the decaying ship. Food draws from
influences around the world. Booking advisable.
Mon-Sat lunch & dinner, Sun noon-5pm A: R50 WF
BEACHFRONT
ACE BUTCHERY
27 Tysack Street 031 368 4485
Selection of African traditional cuisine, including tripe
and hot pap. No-frills, unsophisticated butchery, where
meat is braaied while you wait.
Mon-Sun 7am-10pm C: Pub
AFRO’S CHICKEN (Frank ✩)
South Beach Promenade, bottom of Rutherford
Steet, 078 509 8276
Look for the yellow container that’s being making waves
with the most succulent chicken burgers in Durban,
served with home-made tjips and a spicy peri-peri sauce.
Sit on the pavement, eat out of cardboard and watch the
world go by. Bacon and egg rolls for breakfast.
Mon-Sun 6am-6pm C: Not licenced
AL MEHRAN
191 OR Tambo Road (Marine Parade)
031 332 5127
Halaal venue with a menu that covers a broad
geographical field from China to Pakistan, with the latter
being a popular choice. Kids’ menu.
Mon-Sun lunch & dinner C: Halaal
CHESA NYAMA
570 Mahatma Gandhi Road, Point
New kid on the block. Promises, and
delivers, good meat flame-grilled “the
traditional way”. Halaal.As their payoff line says, it’s “Nyamalicious”. C
Pub
DARUMA (Oriental ✩)
Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani,
63 Snell Parade, North Beach, 031 362 1322
A big room with a sushi bar, teppanyaki area, separate
tables for those who aren’t into communal eating.The
sushi is some of the best in town, but there’s a wide range
of other Japanese fare.
Mon-Sat lunch, Mon-Sun dinner A/B: R75 WF
EDWARD BRASSERIE
Protea Edward Hotel, 147 OR Tambo Road
(Marine Parade), 031 337 3681
Upmarket venue in a hotel which has celebrated its
centenary.There are light meals, as well as an à la carte list.
Buffet Sunday to Friday nights for R210.The Saturday night
seafood buffet is R230.
Mon-Sun breakfast, lunch & dinner B/A: R35 WF
HAVANA (Grills ✩)
Suncoast Casino, Suncoast Beach, 031 337 1305
Buzzy, trendy venue with two levels giving great views of
the beach and sea. Really good, well-aged steaks are the
speciality, but the extensive menu offers a lot of variety,
showcasing fine cooking. Cigars and cocktails give it that
distinctly Cuban touch.
Mon-Sun lunch & dinner A/B: R50
JEERA
Suncoast Hotel and Towers, 031 314 7878
Specialises in authentic Indian dishes and signature
Durban curries.Top marks for the crab curry and
butter chicken and the wide array of accompaniments.
A la carte during the week. Friday and Saturday
night R245 buffet.
The
Mon-Sun 6am to 10pm. B: R75 WF
BIKE &
BEAN on Country
THE GRILL JICHANA (Grills ✩)
Club Beach offers great
Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani,
views, great cappuccinos
63 Snell Parade, North Beach, 031
and light meals after a ride
362 1300
along the promenade.
Sophisticated steakhouse in Durban’s
Also equipment hire.
refurbished super hotel, Jichana,“eating
082 773 6870
good” in Swahili, celebrates first-class
CIRCLE CAFE
Jewish Club, 44 KE Masinga
(Old Fort) Road, 031 368 1766
Peaceful spot in the Garden of
Remembrance, with the best cheesecake
in town. Here they do real blinis.
Mon-Thurs 8.30am-4pm, Fri 8.30am to 2pm, Sun
830am-4pm C: BYO
CIRCUS CIRCUS BEACH CAFE
90 Snell Parade, North Beach, 031 337 7700
Wake up to breakfast on the beach, or enjoy sundowners
with the sand between your toes. Light cafe food covers
everything in between.
Mon-Thurs 6am-5pm, Fri to Sun 6am-5.30pm C: R35
ingredients and good grillroom cooking,
influenced by the East African spice routes. Steaks,
chops and duck feature.The chocolate bomb is a
talking point.
Mon-Sat 6pm-10pm A/B: No BYO WF
KAI THAI
Suncoast Casino, Suncoast Beach, 031 368 3226
Lavishly decorated in black and gold, this venue offers a
wide selection of Thai dishes.
Mon-Sun lunch & dinner B: R40
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GREEN MANGO (Oriental ✩)
Avonmore Centre, 9th Avenue, 031 312 7054
Chef-owner Roger Watchara Siravajanakul dishes up
stylish fresh sushi, sashimi and other more unusual
Japanese fare in modern surrounds.There are also
authentic Thai dishes with a kick.
Mon-Sun lunch & dinner C/B: R35
BILLY THE BUM’S
504 Lilian Ngoyi (Windermere) Road, 031 303 1988
The bar is the centre of the action and cocktails the
speciality, but there is a wide range of burgers, steaks and
the like, with sports fans served by big-screen TVs.
Mon-Sat lunch & dinner C: R25
BLUE ZOO
Mitchell Park, 6 Nimmo Road, 031 303 2265
Venue in the park. Favourites are oxtail and curries.
Mon-Sun 8am-4.30pm C: R50
BUTCHER BOYS
170 Florida Road, 031 312 8248
Busy venue aimed at the well-fed carnivore. More than just
another steakhouse, it offers top-quality meat dishes. But
it’s not all about steak and there are plenty of options.
Daily specials and kids’ menu.
Mon-Fri & Sun lunch, Mon-Sun dinner B/A: R40
CAMDEN 031 COMEDY CLUB & BISTRO
507 Lillian Ngoyi Road, 061 028 7248
A fun and funky spot with extremely limited menu but
offering some of the best steaks in town. Cool deck on
which to chill with cocktails.Weekends are comedy nights,
weekdays offer unpluged jazzy vibes.
Tues-Sun 2pm-midnight B: R40
CAPERS
Shop 3,Avonmore Centre, 9th Avenue,
Morningside, 031 303 9238
Simple restaurant and sports bar with a reasonably priced
menu. Sunday roast (R49) and weekday specials.
Tues-Sun lunch,Tues-Sat dinner C: R30
CAPSICUM (Curries ✬)
Britannia Hotel, 1299 Umgeni Road, 031 303 2266
The restaurant in this national monument has been
revamped, but is still a little short on style.What it’s not
short on is flavour.The menu has become formidably
extensive, but Durban curry is the draw.
Mon-Sun breakfast, lunch & dinner C: R30
CASABLANCA
413 Lilian Ngoyi (Windermere) Road, 031 312 4648
Venue specialising in Indo-Portuguese food. Strictly halaal
and no alcohol permitted.
Tues-Thurs & Sat-Sun lunch, Mon-Sun dinner C: Halaal
CHILL COCKTAIL LOUNGE
170 Florida Road, 031 303 9095
Restaurant and cocktail lounge with a menu offering
home-style fare including grills, wraps and bunnies.
Mon-Sun 6.30am till late C: No BYO
HASHTAG
85 Lilian Ngoyi (Windermere) Road, Greyville,
031 837 8762
Steak burgers and build you own pizzas feature at this
trendy Bollywood-style wine bar.
Mon-Thurs 7am-10pm, Fri-Sat 7am-1am C: R40
CHUCK & BOBS
465 Innes Road, Morningside, 082 565 7545
This fun little hole in the wall, that spills out onto a patio
overlooking Mitchell Park, specialises in charcuterie. So
expect baguettes filled with home-cured coppa ham,
charcuterie planks or scrambled eggs with Cumberland
sausage. Coffee and juices complete the picture.
Mon-Wed, Fri 7am-4pm,Thurs 7am-7pm, Sat 8am-2pm C: R45
CUBANA
23 Florida Road, Morningside, 031 303 4383
Vibey bar and grill with a wide-ranging menu. A place to
see and be seen for the trendy set. Open till late.
Mon-Sun from 7am-2am C/B: R30 (management’s discretion)
DELFI (Continental flavour, Frank ✩)
386 Lilian Ngoyi (Windermere) Road, 031 312 7032
Tables spill on to the pavement in a little family-run venue
that oozes Greek flavour and warmth.The menu is strong
on mezze, but also watch for daily specials like fresh
linefish. Stuffed tomatoes are a favourite.
Wed-Mon lunch & dinner C: R25
DROPKICK MURPHIES
219 Florida Road, Morningside, 031 825 1858
Rugby pub aimed at the younger set. Menu ranges from an
Irish inspired Guiness pie to gourmet nachos.
Mon-Sun 11.30am-1am C/B: R30
FREEDOM CAFE
37-43 St Mary’s Avenue, Greyville, 031 309 4434
Tiny, stylish venue attached to a funky boutique hotel.
Housed mostly in a shipping container, it has a patio which
is pleasant in good weather.The menu highlights fresh
produce and is interesting.
Tues-Sun breakfast & lunch C: R35
HOUSE OF CURRIES ON FLORIDA
275 Florida Road, Morningside, 031 303 6076
Reasonably-priced local curries served mostly on a deck
area.The roti wraps are enormous.
Mon-Sun 10am-10.30pm C: R40
INDIAN CONNECTION
485 Lilian Ngoyi (Windermere) Road,
031 312 1440
A revamped, redecorated old home with an eastern
theme. Chefs from India produce mostly northern dishes,
with a good vegetarian selection. Kids’ menu.
Mon-Sun lunch & dinner C: R25
JOOP’S PLACE
Avondale Centre, 9th Avenue, 031 312 9135
Popular steakhouse cum bistro that’s a cut above most,
with former butcher Joop Mol fanning the flames in an
open-plan kitchen.Try his meat croquettes and oxtail.
Fri lunch (Wed-Fri in December), Mon-Sat dinner
A/B: No BYO
LUNA BLU
427 Lilian Ngoyi (Windermere)
Road, 031 312 4665
Tiny venue with a pavement area,
turning out unusual pizzas and
pastas. Blackboard specials. No
alcohol allowed.
Mon-Sun from 11am C: Halaal
MAMMA LUCIANA’S
52 Florida Road, Greyville, 031 303 8350
An offshoot of Marco’s, and sharing its kitchens, this is a
casual venue spilling on to the pavement and offering light
fare and good pastas like prawn panzerotti.
Mon-Sun from 8am C/B: R40
MARCO’S
48 Lilian Ngoyi (Windermere) Road, Greyville,
031 303 3078
Modern trattoria with a bright, fresh look. Dishes include
interesting pastas, pizzas and mains.
Mon-Fri & Sun lunch, Mon-Sun dinner B: R40
9TH AVENUE BISTRO (Fine dining, Innovation ✩)
Avonmore Centre, 9th Avenue, 031 312 9134
Chef-patron Graham Neilson has elevated this modern
bistro to new heights.The menu changes regularly, but
expect the likes of roast quail breast with wild mushrooms
and pea puree.A five-course tasting menu offers
exceptional value.The Bistro menu features popular dishes
and there are lunch specials.
Tues-Fri lunch, Mon-Sat dinner A: R55 WF
PL8
Signature Life Hotel 64, 64 Gordon Road,
Morningside, 031 312 8907
Functional boutique hotel with a dining area and open
kitchen.An interesting menu changes regularly.
Mon-Sun all day C: R35
QUARTERS BRASSERIE (Breakfast ✩)
101 Florida Road, Morningside, 031 303 5246
Classy boutique hotel with a cool restaurant. The
courtyard is ideal for lingering over excellent eggs
Benedict or lunching lightly on a salad.
MARK
Mon-Sun breakfast, Mon-Sat lunch & dinner B:
R45
GOLD in Innes
Road is a jewellery
shop stroke coffee
outlet offering award
winning coffees, simple
salmon sandwiches and
views of the park.
031 303 4417
MALI’S
77 Smiso Nkwanyana Road (Goble
Road), Morningside, 031 312 8535
Wide ranging Indian restaurant from Mali, the man who
brought us Palki, featuring the full-flavoured dishes of north
and south and a small Indo-Chinese menu.Vegetarians well
catered for.
Tues-Sun lunch and dinner C/B: BYO
SPIGA D’ORO
200 Florida Road, 031 303 9511/
303 2231
Buzzing family-run venue spilling out on to
the pavement, offering mostly pizzas and
pastas, and open till the wee hours. Be
prepared to queue, but a lot of people are
there to see and be seen.
Mon-Sun from 7am B/C: R35
TACO ZULU
237 Florida Road, Morningside, 031 303 9584
Young, vibey venue with an upstairs bar area, offering
Mexican-themed dishes.There is also mainstream fare.
Mon-Sun noon until late C: R30
5
THE ADDRESS
cnr Innes and Lilian Ngoyi (Windermere) roads,
Morningside, 031 303 8822
Simple corner venue with a menu focusing on grills, but
also featuring pasta and pizza. Friday lunch buffet (R70)
from 1.15pm offers good value
Mon-Sun lunch & dinner C: Halaal
THE SAINT JAMES
100 Venice Road, Morningside, 031 312 9488
An old Morningside home has been turned into a little
boutique hotel with an airy dining room and courtyard.
The menus are limited, but attractive. High tea.
Mon-Sun breakfast & lunch, Mon-Thurs dinner B/A: R35
VICKY CRISTINA’S
275 Florida Road, Morningside, 031 561 1000
Offshoot of the uMhlanga venue, offering a range of tapas
and Spanish-style pizzas in a vibey atmosphere with
dramatic decor.
Tues-Sun lunch & dinner C: R35
VINTAGE
20 Lilian Ngoyi (Windermere) Road, Greyville,
031 309 1328,
Long-established restaurant in an old house that covers
the cuisines of north and south India in an extensive menu
ranging from Goa to Rajasthan.Vegetarians have a field day.
Mon-Sun lunch & dinner C/B: R25
ZACK’S
Windermere Centre, Lilian Ngoyi (Windermere)
Road, Greyville, 031 312 0755
Cafe with a pleasant terrace area.The menu ranges from
the light to more substantial. Live music Friday and Sunday.
Mon-Sun from 7.30am C: R20
BEREA
2GO
141 Musgrave Road, Berea 031 202 1911
Huge selection of meals with an international flavour in a
pavement cafe atmosphere. No alcohol. Kids’ menu.
Mon-Fri from 9am, Sat-Sun from 8.30am C: Halaal
315
Coastlands on the Ridge, Ridge Road, 031 271 8200
Hotel aimed mostly at the corporate market, with a
restaurant opening on to a terrace. Extensive halaal menu.
Mon-Sun breakfast, lunch & dinner C/B: No BYO Halaal
ADEGA
534 Peter Mokaba (Ridge) Road, 031 207 8353
This popular Portuguese inspired chain offers all the usual
TONG LOK
136 Problem Mkhize (Cowey) Road, 031 309 3467
An array of Cantonese dishes that is interesting if you
steer away from set menus and predictable items like
chow mein. Peking duck can be ordered in advance.
Mon-Sun lunch & dinner C: R25
seafood options, plus it’s halaaal.
Mon-Sun lunch and dinner B: Halaal WF
BERTUOA
Musgrave Centre, Berea,
031 828 1979
Vibey venue with a big terrace area,
open from breakfast till the wee
hours.The menu is wide-ranging, and
it’s a popular place for a late-night
snack.
Mon-Sun 9am-2am C/B: R65 WF
CAFE 1999 (Casual Dining,
Innovation ✩)
Silvervause Centre, cnr Silverton
and Vause roads, Berea 031 202
3406
A range of dishes is offered in starter-size or slightly bigger
portions in this buzzy, casual venue. Menus change
regularly, but always show style and imagination.Think of
the likes of chorizo poached in cider and served with feta
and dates. Chocolate brownies highly recommended.
Mon-Fri lunch, Mon-Sat dinner B/A: R40 first bottle per couple,
then R70, bubbly R55 per couple.
CAFE ABYSSINIA
77 Problem Mkhize (Cowey) Road, 031 836 4777
Charity Asfew warms local hearts with the dishes of her
homeland. Expect spicy dishes, where everyone breaks
bread and dips in. Simple, messy and a lot of fun.
Mon-Sat 11am-9pm C: BYO
FUSION WORLD FOOD CAFE
Silvervause Centre, cnr Silverton and Vause roads,
Berea, 031 202 6182
Small venue with a menu leaning towards the east and
molecular gastronomy. Liquid nitrogen ice-cream a hit.
Tues-Sat lunch, Mon-Sat dinner B/A: R25
GREEN WITH ENVY
281 Vause Road, 031 201 3779
Casual eatery attached to a charming local nursery. Enjoy
simple home-made quiches under the trees, or a decadent
eggs benedict. Good abking.
Mon-Sun 7.30am to 4.30pm C: R40
LA BELLA
199 Steven Dlamini (Essenwood) Road,
031201 9176
Former power station turned vibey restaurant, with a view
over the park.The menu is Italianate in flavour, strong on
pastas and pizzas.A little bar is popular with locals.
Thursday quiz nights a hit.
Mon-Sat 6.30am till late, Sun, public holidays 7am C: R25
UNITY (Casual Dining, Frank ✩)
Silvervause Centre, cnr Silverton and Vause roads,
031 201 3470
Casual venture from the Cafe 1999 team, aiming at a
wider market, with mainstream fare like steaks and pub
grub, but with their trademark flair.
Mon-Sat noon-11pm or midnight B/C: R30
GLENWOOD
LITTLE INDIA
155 Musgrave Road, 031 201 1121
First-floor venue overlooking the street and an enticing list
of north and south Indian dishes.The prawn curry, dosa
and spicy chickpeas are exceptional. Extensive veg
selection.
Mon-Sun lunch & dinner C/B: R25
MARKET (Casual Dining ✩)
The Courtyard, 40 Gladys Mazibuko (Marriott)
Road, 031 309 8581
This has evolved from a cool place for breakfasts and light
lunches into a classy fine-dining destination with innovative
seasonal menus that change regularly. Laid back jazz on
friday afternoons.
Mon-Sun all day,Tues-Sat dinner C/B/A: R45
MEI XIN CHINESE RESTAURANT
213 Musgrave Road, 031 201 5433
Simple range of Cantonese dishes. Crispy duck and salt
and pepper prawns are notable.
Mon-Sun lunch & dinner C: R25
PALKI
225 Musgrave Road, 031 201 0019
Member of a worldwide chain, with chefs from India and a
comprehensive menu. Snacks like puri with potato masala
and mince dosas are tops. Kids’ menu.
Mon-Sun lunch & dinner C/B: R30
ST CLEMENTS
191 Musgrave Road, 031 202 2511
Appealing array of fresh light bites, but Thai dishes are the
tops. Delightful garden setting (if the weather’s fine), with
room for children to play. Regular live music evenings.
Mon-Fri 8am-4.30pm, Sat 8.30am-4.30pm, Sun 8am-3.30pm
C: R20
ARTS CAFE
KZNSA Gallery, 166 Bulwer Road, 031 201 9969
Indoor-outdoor venue attached to a gallery, with leafy
surrounds and fresh light menu options. Breakfasts popular.
Tues-Sun 8am-4pm C: R30
BEAN GREEN
147 Helen Joseph (Davenport) Road, 031 201 8122
Unpretentious venue with award-winning coffee and a
simple range of home-made sandwiches and muffins. Chill
to the 60s and 70s vinyl spinning on the decks.
Mon-Fri 8am-5pm, Sat 8am-1pm C: Not licenced
CAKE AND SATAY HOUSE
Albert Dlomo (Willowvale) Road, Umbilo,
082 716 3793
Very basic room attached to a kitchen which turns out a
selection of authentic eastern dishes like nasi goreng and
satay. No frills – fun for the adventurous only.Take your
own wine - and wine glasses.
Mon-Sat dinner C: BYO
EARTHMOTHER ORGANIC
Brand Road, 031 202 1527
Funky cafe focusing on organic food, salads and
sandwiches. Everything squeaky fresh but sinfully delicious.
Also deli options.
Mon-Fri 9am-4pm C: R20
GLENWOOD BAKERY (Frank ✩)
398 Esther Roberts (Frere) Road
Artisanal bakery with a simple lunchtime menu of
sandwiches made with the best of breads.The rosemary
sweetpotato bread is tops and cheese straws never make
the journey home. Monday nights is pizza night, get there
early or join the queues.
Mon 5pm-8pm,Mon-Fri 6am to 3.30pm, Sat 6am-1pm
072 614 6081 C: Not licenced
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JACKIE HORNER PUB AND GRILL
cnr Helen Joseph (Davenport) and Esther Roberts
(Frere) roads, 031 202 9192
Local with an English pub vibe.There are daily specials and
a Sunday roast. Live music on Sunday and Wednesday is
quiz night.
Mon-Sun 11am-late C: Pub
JULIO’S
Stella Sports Club, 175 Helen Joseph (Davenport)
Road, Glenwood, 031 201 3133
Simple venue popular with locals offering mainly
Portuguese-style fare. Good value line fish, calamari and
peri-peri chicken or any combination of them.
Tues-Sun lunch & dinner C: R25
MAAN HING
Glenwood Village Centre, Che
Guevara (Moore) Road,
Glenwood, 031 201 0115
Simple shopfront venue with a few
tables, mostly concentrating on
takeaway Cantonese fare.
Mon-Sun lunch & dinner C: R25
The
COFFEE
TREE, from the
Corner Cafe team,
offers organic coffees and
a range of veggie sarmies.
Daventry Place, off Cato
Road
PIZZETTA
139 Helen Joseph (Davenport)
Road 031 201 1019
Simple, funky little meeting place with a
veranda overlooking the road.The focus is
MOOKI NOODLE BAR
031 201 0219
on good, unusual pizzas, but there are also
Brand Road, Glenwood,
salads and pastas.
031 811 9199
Tues-Sun 11.30am-9.30pm C: R30
Small, fun, no-frills venue offering a range of noodle
dishes, from soups to stir-fries, and spring rolls to fishcakes.
STELLA SPORTS CLUB
Tues-Sat 11am-9pm, Sun 11am-3.30pm C: R15
175 Helen Joseph (Davenport) Road, 031 201 7717
This simple clean-lined restaurant attached to a sports
O’BRYAN’S
club offers exceptional value.You don’t have to be a
131 Helen Joseph (Davenport) Road, 079 638 8574
member to enjoy good prawns or chicken curry. HomePopular sports bar offering a range of hearty pub grub.
made burgers have developed a reputation. Get involved in
Tues-Thurs 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 11am-5pm
the soccer action on Tuesday and Thursday nights.
C/B: R30
Mon-Sun 9am-9.30pm C/B: R30
OLIVE AND OIL
THE SUSHI CORNER
cnr Helen Joseph (Davenport) and Bulwer roads,
127 Helen Joseph (Davenport) Road, 073 274 8649
Glenwood, 031 201 6146
Simple, fun sushi outlet squeezed into an alley betweem
Wide range of Mediterranean fare. Pasta, linefish and
Yossis and O’Bryans.Tuna sashimi and salmon roses are
prawns are good bets.There is a separate room for
star performers.
children to play and watch videos.Also a vegetarian
Mon-Sun noon-10pm C/B: Not licenced
selection. New lunch menu
Mon-Sun lunch & dinner C/B: R35
THE CORNER CAFE
197 Brand Road, Glenwood 031 201 0219
PARC CAFE
Friendly, trendy “green” cafe with a small menu that
394 Ester Roberts (Frere) Road, 031 205 7285
changes daily, offering wraps, salads, pizzas and heartier
Fresh, buzzy and contemporary venue run by Brett
dishes like gnocchi or pasta.A little outside area is fun.
Gentles, formerly at 9th Avenue Bistro. Big on unusual
Great coffee.
combinations, exotic salads and light lunches. Breakfasts
Mon-Thurs 6am-4.30pm, Fri 6am-4.30pm, Sat 8am-2.30pm
might inlude banana bread French toast.
C: R25
Mon noon-4pm,Tues-Fri 7.30am-4pm, Sat 8am-2pm C: R35
THE FACTORY CAFE
369 Gale Street, Glenwood,
031 205 3283
Cool coffee in the old Columbo
warehouse where hip young things
hang out and quaff award winning
coffees with gourmet sandwiches
and custard tarts.
Mon-Fri 7.30am-4.30pm, Sat 8.30am2pm C: BYO
YOSSI’S
127 Helen Joseph (Davenport)
Road, 031 201 0090
Vibey little coffee shop-cumrestaurant with a menu ranging
from breakfasts to dinner. Influences
from Mozambique and Morocco.
Mon from 4pm,Tues-Sun 11am-10pm
C/B: R50
WESTVILLE TO PINETOWN
AROY THAI
Engen Centre, Roger Sishi (Blair Atholl) Road,
Westville North, 031 262 1299
Thai food and sushi, served in simple surrounds.Apart
from all the curries, there are items like minced beef salad.
Takeaways available.
Mon-Sun lunch & dinner C: R25
pot pie and steaks.
Mon-Sun lunch, Mon-Sat dinner C: R25
FOON LOK NIEN
Village Market, Jan Hofmeyr Road,Westville,
031 266 2921/31
Simple, family-run restaurant in a shopping centre offering
Cantonese dishes.
Mon-Sun lunch & dinner C: R25
LE THAI
Jan Hofmeyer Road,Westville, 031 266 7368
Thai food from a proven formula.A platter is a good way
to start. Kids’ menu, sushi and lunchtime specials.
Tues-Sun lunch & dinner C: R30
SHADOWS TAVERN
A512 Clermont, 083 553 7898
Upmarket spot fashioned as the home of jazz, fusion and
R&B. Lots of movers and shakers, playground for serious
players. Sunday jazz sessions.
Events based, check for opening hours. C: Pub
TATE’S KASI GRILL
cnr North Road and Seventh Avenue, Clermont,
082 833 1810
Meat braaied while you wait, bring your own drinks.You
might even bump into the odd local celeb.
Mon-Thurs 8am-8pm, Fri-Sat 8am-10pm, Sun 8am-2pm. C
THE BLOCKMANS GRILL
40 King’s Road, Pinetown, 031 702 9010
Top-quality meat at a reasonable price, but there are a
number of options for those who don’t eat red meat.
Children’s menu.
Mon-Sun lunch, Mon-Sat dinner C/B R35
A TASCA
Engen Centre, Roger Sishi (Blair Atholl) Road,
Westville, 031 262 2305
Tasty Portuguese food in a suburban setting with a
loyal clientele.A buzzy bar area adds to the
MARULA’S
vibe.
Tues-Sun lunch,Tues-Sat dinner C: R35
at 112 Maryvale
BLACK FOREST TAVERN
55 Glenugie Street, Pinetown,
031 702 2908
Family-run restaurant and pub that has
become a landmark after more than 25
years. Mostly Germanic food is served at
reasonable prices. Lunch specials.
Mon-Sat lunch & dinner C: R15 WF
WAXY O’CONNOR’S
124 Jan Hofmeyr Road,Westville,
031 266 2565
Road,Westville, offers
Irish-theme pub with a warm,
light meals, coffees, a
homely feel, and good meals
petting zoo and places for
including home-made pies. Ladies’
the kids to roam. Popular
night Tuesdays.
with young families.
Mon-Sun noon-midnight C: Pub
031 266 7600
CHEZ NOUS
Blue Heights shopping centre,Westville,
031 266 7011
This popular family restaurant offers a good selection of
fish and seafood, as well as homely food like lamb shank,
WOODCUTTER’S GRILLHOUSE
AND BAR
48 Buckingham Terrace,Westville,
031 266 1843
Casual family steakhouse with a deck area. Kids’ menu.
Live music on Sundays and a pub area that buzzes
throughout the evening.
Mon-Sun lunch & dinner C/B: R30
7
KLOOF TO BOTHA’S HILL
over the Valley of 1000 Hills, serving
everything from breakfasts, light lunches,
teas to hearty dinners.The Pot and
Barrel sports bar is popular on match
days.
Mon-Sun 8.30am-4.30pm
BAZARUTO’S
Maytime Centre, Lyngarth Road, Kloof,
031 764 4406
Suburban venue with an adjoining pub and a traditional
line-up of Portuguese dishes.A faithful clientele has
ensured this is a stayer, open now for nearly 20 years.
Mon-Sat lunch & dinner C/B: R29
THE OLIVE GARDEN
Dieter’s Nursery, off Kassier Road,
Assagay, 031 768 1314
Family-run venue with a deck
overlooking gardens and a seasonal
Mediterranean menu. Sunday roast
(R130) and sundowner specials Thursday
to Saturday. Booking essential at
weekends.
Mon-Sun 8am-4pm C: R35
BELLEVUE CAFE (Casual Dining ✩)
Bellevue Road, Kloof, 031 717 2780
Casual but stylish venture from Chris Black of Aubergine
and Guy Cluver (who now also have Lupa Osteria).This is
not fine dining, but honest food, prepared with panache, at
a reasonable price. Slow-roasted lamb ravioli stars.
Mon-Sun breakfast & lunch, Mon-Sat dinner B: R40 (first
bottle, then R55)
4PRAWNS RESTAURANT
Heritage Market, Old Main Road, Hillcrest & Kloof
Village Mall, Old Main Road, Kloof, 031 765 2480
Big restaurant offering reasonably priced fare for both
seafood lovers and carnivores, with daily specials.
Mon-Sun 11.45am-9pm C: R30
KEG AND TROUT
Heritage Market, Hillcrest, 031 765 2070
Pub food like pies in a bar-restaurant with a cosy vibe.
Mon-Sun 11am-late C: Pub
LA PIZZA PAZZA
Del Cairn Centre,Village Road, Kloof, 031 764 0749
Attractive venue with a menu strong on pizza and pastas,
but also offering risotti, veal, fish and seafood.
Sun lunch, Mon-Sun dinner, B: R35
LA TALA
Tala private game reserve, Eston Road near
Camperdown, 031 781 8013
Game-watching can be followed by lunch at this big
restaurant, which has views over the reserve. Buffet on
Sundays, à la carte meals the rest of the time.
Mon-Sun breakfast & lunch, Mon-Sat dinner B/A: R40 WF
LUPA OSTERIA (Casual Dining ✩)
Lillies Lifestyle Centre, Old Main Road, Hillcrest,
031 765 3059
Venture from Chris Black of Aubergine fame, and Guy
Cluver, who also have Bellevue Cafe.The feel is modern
Italian, with clean lines and strong colours.The menu
ranges from carpaccio and risotto balls, to fillet with
porcini mushroom sauce.
Mon-Sun lunch and dinner B: R50
MO-ZAM-BIK
9 Inanda Road, Hillcrest, 031 765 6556
Spin-off of the Ballito venue, with a rustic vibe.The fare is,
obviously, Mozambican in flavour. Check for special offers.
Tues-Sun lunch, Mon-Sun dinner B: R30
NONNA
Makaranga Garden Lodge, 1a Igwababa Road,
Kloof, 031 764 6616
Clean-lined Italianate venue with wonderful views over
lush botanical gardens from a big deck. Wheelchair
friendly, with picnics available from the deli area.
Mon-Sun breakfast & lunch, Mon-Sat dinner C/B: R30 WF
OLIVE AND OIL
Lillies Lifestyle Centre, 12/16 Old Main Road,
Hillcrest, 031 765 6214
Mediterranean menu for the whole family, strong on pastas
and seafood.The linefish and prawns are hot sellers. Deck
looking over the suburban surrounds.
Mon-Sun lunch & dinner B: R35
PAPA GIOVANNI’S
11 Hillcrest Centre, Old Main Road, Hillcrest,
031 765 3617
Small venue with pavement cafe vibe, serving modern
Italian fare strong on pastas and wood-fired pizzas.There
are also grills, oven-baked chicken and oxtail.
Mon-Sun from noon till late C: R25
QUO (Innovation, Frank ✩)
Gillitts Shopping Centre, cnr York and Clifton
roads, Gillitts, 082 320 7906
This stylish venture from Jonathan Jones has moved into
larger airier premises across the courtyard.The style is
Mediterranean with eastern influences, like wasabi and
ginger buttered prawns and fresh snapper on Asian
noodles in a mirin sauce. Chocolate bread and butter
pudding is notable. Pleasant courtyard area to sit outside.
Tues-Sun lunch,Tues-Sat dinner C: R40
SPRIGS
Field’s Centre, Kloof, 031 764 6031
The ultimate in coffee shops, frequented by yummy
mummies, offering items like a great baked cheesecake.
Appealing pay-as-you-weigh lunchtime buffet and deli.
Mon-Fri 7.30-5pm, Sat 8am-3pm C: No corkage WF
STRETTA CAFE (Italian ✩)
Colony Centre, 50 Old Main Road, Hillcrest,
031 765 8862
Italian cafe with industrial chic decor, offering light meals
like panini and a more formal menu with pasta, pizza,
steaks and fish.The focus is on simple, fresh and
exceptional value. Coffees from SA’s top
barrista.
Mon-Sun breakfast, lunch & dinner C:
Breakfast
R30
SU THAI
Delcairn Centre,Village
Road, Kloof, 082 744 9955
Tiny venue with just a few
tables and a busy takeaway
trade.The favourites are there,
but for something a bit different
try the northern Thai chicken
curry.
Tues-Sun 11am-8pm C: BYO
THE RAINBOW RESTAURANT
23 Stanfield Lane, Pinetown, 031 702 9161
A live music mainstay, this is one of South Africa’s oldest
jazz venues and the first in a so-called white suburb to get
a licence to serve a multiracial clientele. Offers traditional
cuisine and classic comfort food.
Mon-Sun 10am-7.30pm C: Pub
WAI THAI
Hillgate Centre, Old Main Road, Hillcrest
031 765 5019
Authenic Thai food and sushi, served in simple surrounds.
The menu is extensive, the flavours true.
Mon-Sun 11.30am-9pm C: R30
YANG
Heritage Market, Old Main Road, 031 765 5114
Simple first-floor, family-run venue offering a range of
Cantonese dishes including Shanghai-style seafood.
Tues-Sun lunch & dinner C: R35
on eggs benedict
at the TREAT CAFE
KWA MASHU/INANDA
in the stylish Talloula
Conference Centre and
KWAHLABISA
take in views of the valley
KwaMashu section E
bellow. 161 Old Main
Cool, laid-back venue. Braai, drinks, not a bad
place to unwind.Authentic township experience
Road, Botha’s Hill.
popular with international tourists.
031 777 1586
THE POT & KETTLE
168 Old Main Road, Botha’s Hill, 031 777 1312
Long running pub and restaurant with spectacular views
SBU’S LOUNGE
Road MR 93,Amatikwe Phase 2, Inanda,
083 726 0251
Humble, chilled, safe, increasingly popular township spot.
Braai prepared while you wait. Sometimes features A-list
artists and DJs. Great vibe.
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DURBAN NORTH AREA
AL FIRENZE (Italian ✬, Seafood ✬)
21 Ray Paul Drive, La Lucia, 031 572 5559
This favourite of locals has kept to a winning formula with
a wide-ranging Italian menu that extends from risotto and
pasta to good seafood and quail. Pizzas are excellent and
daily specials are a treat.
Tues-Sun lunch & dinner B/A: R40
BITE YOUR TONGUE
62b Astra Centre,Adelaide Tambo
(Kensington) Drive, Durban
North, 031 563 4419
Eastern venue offering a sushi
carousel and Chinese dishes like
sizzling beef, dumplings, belly of pork
and Singapore noodles.The sushi is
half-price on Tuesday,Thursday and
Saturday.
Mon-Sun 10.30am-9.30pm C: R30
CONNOR’S
Mackeurtan Avenue, Durban North
031 563 4462
Vibrant family-run pub offering live music at weekends and
good pub grub like liver with onions.A deck overlooking
the road is popular.
Mon-Sun 10am-midnight C: Pub
PANAJI
68 Adelaide Tambo (Kensington)
Drive, Durban North, 031 564 0828
Simple venue offering a range of Indian
dishes, from the kormas of the north to
tandoori items, Indo-Asian fare and
some local curries and bunnies.
Takeaways.
Mon-Sun 11am-8.30pm C: R20
GREEDY BUDDHA
59 Adelaide Tambo (Kensington) Drive,
Durban North, 031 563 1919
A novel menu of Asian-style “tapas”,
EAT GREEK
designed to be shared and including
at the Hellenic Centre,
steamed and fried dumplings, and some
Durban North, stages
fusion fare. Favourites are Szechuan
lavish buffet lunches in the
chicken with candied cashews and fried
spinach with a prawn “sugar”.
hall on the first and last
Tues-Sat noon-8.30pm, Sun noon-2.30pm
Sunday of every month.
B/C: R35 WF
031 563 3877
BOMBAY BLU
Astra Centre, Adelaide Tambo (Kensington) Drive,
Durban North, 031 564 7914
Casual, small Indian restaurant.The menu covers the range
from north to south, with dishes like lamb sagwala,
tandoori chicken and Goan prawns.
Mon-Sun 11am-9.30pm C: R20
CAFFE ITALIA
Sunningdale Centre, Umhlanga Rocks Drive,
Durban North, 031 572 5670
Unassuming little Italian shopfront venue.There are
starters like bruschetta, solid mains like slow-cooked lamb
shank and good pastas and pizzas.Takeaways and specials.
Mon-Sun noon-9pm (Fri 10pm) C: R30
CAFFE ITALIA EXPRESS
Park Boulevard, Browns Drift Road, Umgeni Park,
031 563 0333
Branch of the Sunningdale venue, with much the same
menu.The main focus is takeaways, with just a few tables.
Mon-Sun noon-9pm (Fri 10pm) C: R30
CHINA PLATE (Oriental ✩)
Park Boulevard, Browns Drift Road, Umgeni Park,
031 564 6437
Long-established suburban shopping centre venue run by
George Hu.Tastes are fresh and authentic, especially if you
ask for guidance. Great roast pork and crunchy garlic
langoustines are musts.
Tues-Sun lunch & dinner C/B: R35 WF
HOPS
Riverside Hotel, Kenneth Kaunda Road
(Northway), Durban North, 031 573 1657
Fare ranging from seafood to steak, salads, pizza, burgers
and tacos. Live music on Friday and Saturday. Gets busy at
weekends.
Mon-Sun noon-2am C: Pub
KEG AND THISTLE
Glenore Centre, Glenashley, 031 562 9018
The format at this venue is one that won custom in
Florida Road more than 20 years ago, with an English pub
atmosphere, home-made pies and staples like bangers and
mash and grills.
Mon-Sun11am-10.30pm B/C: R35
INDIAN SUMMER (Anne’s pick, Indian ✩)
Shop 17, Sunningdale Centre, Umhlanga Rocks
Drive, Sunningdale, 031 562 1234
Simple, unprepossessing shopfront venue serving really
good South Indian food. Chat, the snacks sold on Mumbai’s
beachfront, are a great way to start and unusual in these
parts.Try the masala dosa, chicken lollipops and Goan
prawn curry. Kids’ menu.
Mon-Sun 11am-9pm C: R20 WF
KUNG THAI (Oriental ✩)
59 Adelaide Tambo (Kensington) Drive, Durban
North, 031 564 5458
Wide-ranging menu of Thai dishes from a highly
competent kitchen.The flavours are authentic and the
style more upmarket than similar venues, presented with a
little more panache.
Mon-Sat noon-9.30pm, Sun noon-8pm B: R35 WF
JACK SALMON FISH HOUSE (Seafood ✩)
Glenore Centre, Glenashley, 031 572 3664
The fare in this venue overlooking the M4 to the beach is,
surprise, surprise, fishy, with winning dishes ranging from
seared tuna and grilled prawns to a gourmet fish and
chips. Sushi on offer from Tuesday to Saturday.
Mon-Sun noon-10pm C/B: R35
MAMMA LUCIANA’S
Glenore Centre, Glenashley, 031 562 1405
Buzzy venue with a long room brightened by murals and a
view of the sea.The menu is strong on pizzas and pastas
and there are daily specials.A spacious deli section next
door offers a value-for-money harvest table at lunchtime,
and also serves breakfasts (deli shut on Mondays).
Mon-Sun noon-10pm C/B: R40, R60 for bubbly
JAIPUR PALACE
131 Waterkant Street, Durban North,
031 563 0287
Well-established, upmarket operation serving food in the
traditions of north and south India. A buffet is a good way
to test a variety of dishes.
Mon-Sun lunch & dinner B/C: R30
NEO CAFE (Continental ✩)
12a Mackeurtan Avenue, Durban North,
031 563 5546
A new branch of the popular Portuguese eaterie on the
beachfront.The speciality is the flame-grilled chicken, but
look also at grilled calamari tentacles with peri-peri, prawn
rissoles and Mozambican-style curries.
Mon-Sat noon-9pm C: R25
PASHA’S
Newport Avenue, Glenashley,
031 562 0564/7
Tiny venue with a menu that covers just
about every angle, but is strong on
pizzas and pastas.The welcome is warm.
A fish, seafood/flame-grilled chicken
outlet, Pasha’s Bistro, operates under the
same management a couple of doors
down.
Tues-Sun 10am-9pm C: R25
RIVERSIDE CAFE
Riverside Hotel, Kenneth Kaunda Road
(Northway), Durban North, 031 563 0600
Airy restaurant opening on to the palm-fringed pool.The
menu is contemporary cafe, with an à la carte selection.
Mon-Sun 6.30am-11pm C/B: No BYO WF
SPEAK SUSHI
54 Adelaide Tambo (Kensington) Drive, Durban
North, 031 563 6464
Sushi and teppanyaki in an airy venue opening on to tables
on the pavement.There are also salads, stirfries and
tempura. Half-price sushi Tuesday and Thursday.
Mon-Sat noon-9pm C: R30 WF
SPIGA D’ORO
17 Mackeurtan Ave, Durban North, 031 303 9511
Branch of the popular Morningside spot, with a menu that
repeats all the old favourites like penne with salmon and a
creamy feta sauce. Breakfasts, pizzas from a wood-fired
oven and cocktails too.
Tues-Sun 11am-10pm C: R40
SPLASHES AND FAT BAZ
Glenashley Views Centre, 36 Newport Avenue,
Glenashley, 031 572 3152
Views over suburbs to the sea give the edge to this airy
venue which features two eating destinations under the
same management. Splashes has a Mediterranean menu;
Fat Baz features pub fare and is aimed at the younger set.
Tues-Thurs lunch & dinner, Fri, Sat & Sun noon-9pm/10pm
C/B: R30
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SUN SUN
63 Umhlanga Rocks Drive, Durban North,
031 564 4548
Hearty Japanese and Chinese dishes served at a few tables
at the side of an Oriental supermarket.Authenic tastes but
absolutely no frills.
Mon-Sun 11am-8pm C: BYO
THE LOOKOUT
Glenashley Views Centre, Newport Avenue,
Glenashley, 031 562 1415
A popular haunt of locals, this venue with a great view
over suburbs to the sea offers items like peri-peri chicken,
oxtail, lamb curry and grilled seafood. Lunchtime specials.
The bar is open from 10.30am. Deck area.
Mon-Sat lunch & dinner, Sun noon-8pm C/B: R30
THE MAD ITALIAN
66 Adelaide Tambo (Kensington) Drive, Durban
North, 031 573 2938
Italian menu, strong on pizzas and pastas, in a family-run
restaurant. Dishes like fresh fish with pesto are augmented
by daily specials.
Tues-Fri & Sun lunch, Mon-Sun dinner C/B: R30
THE WOK BOX
Mackeurtan Ave, Durban North, 031 564 2939
Sean Beatt is back in the business with a very casual Thai
restaurant that has a strong takeaway trade.Aside from
the favourites, there are interesting daily specials like slowcooked five-spice pork shank.
Mon-Sat lunch & dinner, Sun11am-5pm C: R25
TON HOI
Newport Ave, Glenashley, 031 562 9933
Simple venue offering a mix of Cantonese standards with
some more exotic items like dumplings, whole steamed
fish, Peking duck and hotpots. Sushi bar with specials.
Tues-Sun lunch & dinner C: R25
UMHLANGA
ADEGA
Palm Court, Gateway, uMhlanga Ridge,
031 584 6311
Casual halaal venue which offers traditional Portuguese
fare. No alcohol permitted.
Mon-Sun noon-9.30pm C/B: Halaal
ADEGA
uMhlanga Plaza, Lagoon Drive, 031 561 4794
New venue with a menu of mostly traditional Portuguese
fare but also the likes of sushi.
Mon-Sun noon-10pm or 11pm C/B: R50
ANGELO’S
Granada Centre, Chartwell Drive, uMhlanga,
031 561 3245
Dependable trattoria that spills out into a courtyard with
a menu of pasta, pizza, risotto and other traditional dishes,
plus seafood.
Mon-Fri & Sun lunch, Mon-Sun dinner C/B: R30 (R22 at
lunchtime) WF
AURELIA’S
The Square, uMhlanga Ridge,
031 566 2725
New Italianate venue from the
owners of the Square boutique
hotel next door. Opening on to the
courtyard, it has a wood-fired pizza
oven, pastas and mains like lamb chops
grilled with garlic and rosemary.
Sun-Thurs noon-10pm, Fri & Sat noon-2am
C/B: R35
BLU
Breakers, 88 Lagoon Drive, uMhlanga, 031 561 2271
Clean-lined room overlooking the pool area. Menu of
contemporary fusion fare and a kids’ selection. Catering
mostly for hotel guests.
Mon-Sun breakfast, lunch & dinner B: No BYO WF
BUTCHER BLOCK
Express Holiday Inn, cnr Ncondo Place &
Ntusi Road, uMhlanga Ridge,
FERRUCCI,
031 566 3547
in Granada Centre
Member of the franchise, with great sea
in Chartwell Drive,
views and light wood decor. There are
uMhlanga, is a vibey little
appealing meaty options to the standard
cafe and bakery, offering
grills.
interesting breakfasts and
Mon-Sun lunch & dinner B/A: R38
gourmet sandwiches.
031 561 4140
BAMBOO LOUNGE
Protea Mall, Ridge Road, uMhlanga, 031 561 2705
Recently renovated, open-fronted room dominated by a
sushi carousel.The full range is there, at very reasonable
prices.There are a few options to sushi and specials.
Mon-Sun noon-9pm C: R25
BAR BA COA
Lighthouse Mall, Chartwell Drive, 031 561 4106
Fun, modern, vibey “Argentinian grill”. Steaks with
chimichurri sauce rule supreme, but there are options like
a good deboned, flame-grilled chicken and slow-cooked
lamb shank.
Mon-Sun lunch & dinner B/A: R40
BARRIO (Continental ✩)
12 on Palm Boulevard, uMhlanga Ridge,
031 566 7456
The former Plaka still offers Greek and Mediterranean
flavours, in an airy, summery venue.The focus is on a wide
range of good mezze, with mains ranging from moussaka
to seafood.Try the prawns with tomato and feta.
Mon-Sun noon-10pm B: R40, R60 for local bubbly, R150
Champagne
BELUGA (Eastern ✩)
Gateway, uMhlanga Ridge, 031 584 7430
Huge double-tiered venue with wine cellar, bar and
boulevard terrace, a place to see and be seen.The menu
ranges from duck liver creme brulee to sesame-crusted
tuna, but the winning features are great sushi and an array
of dim sum (dumplings).
Mon-Sun 11am-10pm A/B: R40 WF
CAPE TOWN FISH MARKET
Gateway, uMhlanga Ridge, 031 566 4432
Franchise operation open from breakfast, with the
focus later in the day obviously on seafood. Colour-coded
sushi carousel and teppanyaki.There is another branch at
King Shaka airport (032 436 3018).
Mon-Sun 11am-10pm C/B: R30 WF
COL’CACCHIO
Gateway, uMhlanga Ridge, 031 584 6822
Franchise operation extending into the main hall of the
centre, offering a wide range of really good thin-based
pizzas, pastas and salads in big portions.Takeaways.
Mon-Thurs 11am-9pm, Fri-Sun 10am-10.30pm C: R20 WF
COSMOPOLITAN
Square Hotel, uMhlanga Ridge, 031 566 1814
Restaurant off the lobby of a boutique hotel, with an
appealing menu which changes seasonally and offers the
likes of gnocchi with butternut in a creamy blue cheese
sauce. Light lunches.
Mon-Sun 6.30am-10pm C/B: R85
COSMOPOLITAN
Urban Park, 60 Meridian Drive, uMhlanga Ridge,
087 350 4662
New venue in a new development, with the focus on
Indian food in a menu that covers most bases.
Mon-Sun 6.30am-10pm C/B: R25
COTTON FIELDS
McCausland Crescent, uMhlanga, 031 561 3371
Reincarnation of the popular pub, here on three floors
with terraces overlooking the sea.There is occasional live
music and Sunday lunches on the roof.The kitchen closes
at 10pm.
Tues-Sun noon-2am C: Pub
DISH
1st floor, Royal Palm Hotel, 6 Palm Boulevard,
uMhlanga Ridge, 031 581 8181
Signature restaurant of a stylish boutique hotel, with a
circular bar, open kitchen and modern dining area opening
on to a piazza with tables.
Mon-Sun breakfast, then noon-10.30pm A/B: R40 WF
ELEMENTS (View ✩)
Beverly Hills Hotel, Lighthouse Road, uMhlanga,
031 561 2211
Airy venue opening out on to two terraces with great
views of the pool and the ocean.The menu is imaginative,
and some dishes are available in smaller portions. Sit
outside on a balmy evening.
Mon-Sun noon-10pm A/B: No BYO WF
FISH (Seafood ✩)
Protea Mall, 100 Ridge Road, uMhlanga,
031 561 2912
Unpretentious fish shop cum restaurant, which is always
busy, so book.There is fresh seafood on sale, with the likes
of oysters, tuna and calamari served at the table. Good
battered hake, scampi and calamari.
Mon-Sat noon-9pm, Sun noon-8pm C/B: R35
GATEWAY TO INDIA
Gateway, uMhlanga Ridge, 031 566 5711
Lovely restaurant, with saffron-orange silk panels and
stone lions. Chefs from India serve up mostly north Indian
dishes. Good tandoor and vegetarian selection.
Mon-Sun 11.30am-9.30pm A: R45
GRINGO’S
Lighthouse Mall, Chartwell Drive, uMhlanga,
031 811 4258
The flavour is Mexican, with enchiladas, tacos and the like,
but the focus is on tapas-like snacks and platters. Pavement
cafe vibe.
Mon-Sun 11.30am-10pm C: R35
HARVEY’S (Fine Dining ✩, Innovation ✩)
Umhlanga Centre, Ridge Road, uMhlanga,
031 561 4977
Andrew Draper’s elegant venue (relocated from
Morningside) bears his trademark innovative style, with
dishes as imaginative as the decor. Menu’s change regularly
with what’s in season. Harry’s Bar next door offers the
likes of gourmet pizzas and burgers from lunch until 10pm
(also available in restaurant). Regular wine pairing dinners
feature some of South Africa’s top wine makers.
Tues-Sun lunch, Mon-Sun dinner B/A: R60
10
MARITIMO’S
Cabana Beach, Lagoon Drive, uMhlanga,
031 561 5672
A big, covered deck looking over the beach, sea
and promenade provides an idyllic setting.The
once-standard menu has been expanded and
enlivened by the arrival of experienced chef
Andras Fenyves, who provides dishes like prawn
cakes and Hungarian goulash, along with fresh
fish.
Mon-Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 11am-9pm B/C: R30
WF
HOOTERS
2 Lagoon Drive, uMhlanga, 031 561 2744
Bright decor, perky waitresses in short shorts, and
American-style food like burgers and chicken wings.
Popular with the younger set.
Mon-Sun 11.30am-midnight C: Pub
ILE MAURICE (Anne’s pick, Fine Dining ✩)
9 McCausland Crescent, uMhlanga
Special venue which is one of the longest-running class
acts in town with a mix of French and Mauritian dishes
like crab soup, rack of lamb and octopus curry.The
atmosphere is colonial, with a cool veranda. Notable wine
list.There’s a new menu.
Tues-Sun lunch & dinner 031 561 7609 A: R50 for local
wines, R100 for imports
JOITA’S (Continental ✩)
Protea Mall, uMhlanga, 031 561 3577
Family-run Portuguese venture in new
premises in the mall. Great peri-peri
chicken and grilled prawns make it a
favourite of locals.
Mon-Sat l1am-10pm C: R40
LIGHTHOUSE
CAFE in the Cabana
steakhouses.The decor is lush and
Beach complex offers
fare equally appealing.Think of the
stunning views of
likes of Norwegian salmon and
uMhlanga beachfront from
prawn fishcakes – and the best of
a big deck area and
steaks.
serves light meals.
Mon-Sun lunch & dinner A/B: R50
031 561 5752
KAI THAI
Umhlanga Plaza, uMhlanga,
060 633 9325
Lavishly decorated in black and gold, this offshoot
of the Suncoast Casino venue offers a wide selection
of Thai dishes in more formal surroundings than most.
Mon-Sun 12.30-10pm B: R40
KASHMIR
McCausland Crescent, uMhlanga, 031 561 7486
Smartly appointed restaurant with a view of the sea,
specialising in the rich dishes of north India, but also
offering a taste of the south.
Mon-Sun lunch & dinner B/C: No BYO
KUNG THAI (Anne’s pick, Oriental ✩)
Shop 13, Lighthouse Mall, Chartwell Drive,
uMhlanga, 031 561 2050
A thriving branch of the successful venue in Durban
North.The menu is more upmarket than found in most
Thai outlets and tastes are true. Pavement cafe vibe. Lunch
specials attract locals.
Mon-Sun 10am-10pm C/B: R35
LITTLE HAVANA (Grills ✩)
Granada Centre, Chartwell Drive, uMhlanga,
031 561 7589
A classy venue voted one of the country’s top
LORD PRAWN
Umhlanga Plaza, uMhlanga, 031 561 1133
This venture started more than 30 years ago on the
Durban beachfront and has loyal followers.The retro
menu caters for just about every taste. Kids’ menu.
Mon-Sun lunch & dinner B: R35
LUIGI’S
Shop 5a, Lighthouse Mall, Chartwell Drive,
uMhlanga, 031 561 3988
Under new ownership, this trattoria has widened its scope
to become a “Mediterranean” restaurant.Tables set out
under cover on the pavement are ideal for peoplewatching.
Mon-Sun noon-10pm (Sun 9pm) C: R30 WF
MARCOPAULO (Anne’s pick, Casual Dining ✩)
Accord House, 2 Golf Course Drive, Mount
Edgecombe, 031 502 2221
This venue offers modern, Italian-style fare, with strong,
true flavours.The menu is inventive, with daily specials
adding interest. Lunches are reasonably priced.An
industrial chic bar next door, Frank’s Speakeasy, offers
craft beers and the likes of gourmet burgers.
Mon-Fri lunch, Mon-Sat dinner B/A: R40 WF
MING BOW
Protea Mall, Ridge Road, uMhlanga,
031 561 3789
Months after having to close in Lighthouse Mall,
this long-running Chinese restaurant has found
new premises.The venue is smaller, but the
menu stays close to the Cantonese staples. Four
set menus and à la carte fare.
Mon-Sun noon-till 9pm C: R25
MO NOODLES
Beacon Rock, 21 Lighthouse Road, 031 561 1722
Funky and popular venue in a new centre offering fusion
food with noodles and more noodles mostly the call, from
soups to stirfries, with dishes available in half portions.
Indoor and outdoor eating areas.The calamari is notable.
Mon-Sat 11.30am-9.30pm, Sun 11.30am-4pm B/C: R30
MO-ZAM-BIK
Level 2, Gateway, uMhlanga Ridge, 031 836 1574
An offshoot of the popular venue of the same name in
Ballito, this no-frills venture offers Mozambican-style dishes
like pregos and espetada in very casual surrounds.
Mon-Sun noon-9pm or later, depending on trade B: R30
OCEAN TERRACE (Curries ✩,Views ✩)
Oyster Box Hotel, 2 Lighthouse Road, uMhlanga,
031 514 5000
A casual, busy room overlooking the lighthouse and sea.
Breakfasts are served and there is à la carte fare, but the
highlight is an extensive, quality curry buffet. Sit outside on
the terrace to make the best of the view.
Mon-Sun 7am-10.30pm A/B: No BYO WF
OLIVE AND OIL
Chartwell Centre, Chartwell Drive, 031 561 2618
Bustling venue with a wide menu of Mediterranean fare
from pizzas to Greek specialities. Suitable for the whole
family and booking is advisable.
Mon-Sun lunch & dinner B: R40
OYSTER BOX GRILL
Oyster Box Hotel, 2 Lighthouse Road, uMhlanga
031 514 5000
Fine-dining spot with elegant decor and a classic menu
that includes an old-style hors d’oeuvre trolley. Menus
change regularly. Saturday night dinner-dance.
Mon-Sun dinner A: No BYO WF
PALM COURT
Oyster Box Hotel, 2 Lighthouse Road, uMhlanga,
031 514 5000
Lovely, high-ceilinged room with rattan fans and delicate
chandeliers, open for light meals 24 hours a day and a
lavish high tea from 2.30pm to 5pm. Live piano music and
an air of yesteryear.
Mon-Sun all day B: No BYO WF
PRIMI
Gateway, uMhlanga Ridge, 031 566 5102
Vibey venue with a large menu ranging from snack items
to pastas, steaks and good pizzas.The style seems to have
morphed into Italian-Indian fusion.
Mon-Sun 8am-10pm B/C: R25 WF
PONTA D’OURO
Granada Centre, Chartwell Drive, uMhlanga,
031 561 7849
Casual venue in the square, with a pavement cafe vibe.The
fare is (obviously) Mozambican in style, and the prawns
and flame-grilled chicken very good.
Mon-Sun 11am-9.30pm C/B: R40
REMO’S (Casual dining ✩)
Shop 5, Flanders Mall, 14 Flanders Drive, Mount
Edgecombe, 031 539 5955
Bright, buzzy, casual venue with an Italianate menu from
breakfast to dinner. Pizzas and pastas are good, main
courses offering dishes with home-cooked flavour.
Mon-Sun 7am-3pm B/C: R50 WF
REMO’S VILLAGIO (Casual dining ✩)
Chartwell Drive, uMhlanga, 031 561 7143
Buzzy, stylish cafe-style bistro set in the heart of the village,
with a curved bar, covered terrace and a bakery to one
side.A branch of the Mount Edgecombe venture, it has a
similar Italianate menu, full of interesting items.
Mon-Sat 7am-11pm, Sun 7am-3pm B/C: No BYO
SAFFRON
Coastlands Hotel, uMhlanga Ridge, 031 514 6500
Upmarket venue primarily aimed at hotel guests, which
offers a buffet as well as à la carte fare.
Mon-Sun breakfast, lunch & dinner A/B: R70
11
ltalianate venue offers a
wide selection, including
pizza and pasta. Light
lunch selection and
chidren’s menu.
Mon-Sun 11am-late C/B:
R35
SIMPLY ASIA
Gateway, uMhlanga Ridge, 031 584 7518
Thai food and sushi from the second KZN outlet of a
national franchise.
Mon-Sun 11am-9pm or 10pm C/B: BYO
STEAK AND ALE
Chartwell Centre, Chartwell Drive, 031 561 7234
Steakhouse-bar, with a terrace sheltered by glass panels,
ideal for watching the world go by.The menu obviously
focuses on meat, but there are options for non-carnivores.
Popular for after-work drinks.
Mon-Sun 9am-9.30pm C/B: R30
TASHAS
Gateway, uMhlanga Ridge, 031 566 5209
Attractively decorated, modern, vibey, noisy venue with a
comprehensive menu that runs from breakfast through to
dinner.Think of the likes of quesadillas, fishcakes and
chicken pie – all served in huge portions.
Mon-Sat 7.30am-9.30pm, Sun 8am-8.30pm B/C: R30
THE DROS
Palm Boulevard, Gateway, uMhlanga Ridge,
031 566 4111
Mainstream venue on two levels, with bars on both.
Mon-Sun 9am-10.30pm B/C: R30
THE GEORGE
Lighthouse Mall, Chartwell Drive, uMhlanga,
031 561 5850
Buzzy, popular local venue with pavement tables and a
wide range of freshly made dishes.Try the home-made
pies and burgers. Sporting events are a draw and a
younger set moves in in the evening.
Mon-Sun 10am-midnight C: Pub
THE PRESS CLUB
Umhlanga Centre, Ridge Road, uMhlanga
031 561 7117
More than just a coffee shop, this venture from veteran
proprietor Selwyn Sklarchick and his son Brett offers fare
from breakfast to dinner, from Eggs Benedict to oxtail – all
hot off the press.
Mon-Sat 7am-9pm, Sun 7am-4pm C: R25 WF
THE SUGAR CLUB
Beverly Hills Hotel, Lighthouse Road, uMhlanga,
031 561 2211
A formal room opening out on to the terrace, with
a great sea view.Although more contemporary than the
surrounds, the menu stays true to the classics. Breakfasts
are an experience to be savoured.
Mon-Sun breakfast & dinner A: No BYO WF
VICKI CRISTINA’S
100 Ridge Road, uMhlanga, 031 561 1000
Small venue with dramatic decor, offering
Spanish tapas, and a selection of thin-based
pizzas with some unusual toppings.
Tues-Sun, noon-11pm C: R35
PRAWN
SHACK,
Amatikulu: Set among
sand dunes, this rustic
venue offers lazy sevencourse lunches on
Saturdays and Sundays.
Booking essential
084 737 6493
VOVO TELO
Lighthouse Mall, Chartwell Drive, uMhlanga,
031 561 6593
Coffee shop, informal restaurant and bakery spreading on
to the sidewalk. It’s bright and buzzy and creating a stir
among locals with fare ranging from breakfasts to pastas.
Tues-Sat 7am-9pm, Sun & Mon 7am-6pm C: No corkage
NORTH COAST &
ZULULAND
A2A
Sibaya Casino, uMhlanga-eMdloti road, 031 580
5900
Buffet of dishes with Asian,Arabian and African influences.
No booking on weekends. Deck with views.
Fri & Sun lunch, Mon-Sun dinner B: No BYO WF
AL FRESCO’S
Basil Hulett Drive (next to hotel), Salt Rock,
032 525 7792
Italian venue with an extensive wine list. Dishes include
prawn ravioli and lamb shank, along with pizzas. Busy bar.
Mon-Sun 10am-10pm B/C: R30
AL PESCATORE
14 Edward Place, Ballito, 032 946 3574
With great sea views from windows and deck, this
AQUA
Sibaya Casino,
uMhlanga-eMdloti
road, 031 580 5601
Fun, retro restaurant
with central, cylindrical
fish tank, underlit bar
area and kitsch decor.
Raised teppanyaki
section, sushi and an interesting à
la carte menu.
Mon-Sun dinner B/A: No BYO WF
BEIRA ALTA
Ballito Lifestyle Centre,
Ballito, 032 946 2388
Attractively appointed venue
offering traditional Portuguese dishes
such as bacalhau and pork belly with
clams.There is also a selection of mainstream
items.
Mon-Sun noon-10pm B/C: R35 WF
BEL PUNTO (Views ✩, Seafood ✩)
Umdloti Beach Centre, 1 South Beach Road,
Umdloti, 031 568 2407
An upmarket offshoot of La Casa Nostra, also family-run,
offering beach and sea views from a covered deck area,
and a modern Italian menu strong on seafood.Try
specialities like crab soup and grilled quail. Good wine list.
Wed-Sun lunch,Tues-Sun dinner A/B: R50, Champagne R100
The menu is strong on pizzas and pastas.Also a children’s
selection.
Wed-Mon 11am-10pm C: R20
CORAL TREE
Fairmont Zimbali Resort, 032 538 5000
Plush room with a sea-view terrace. International à la carte
selection with different-themed buffets.
Mon-Sun breakfast & dinner A: No BYO
CRAWDADDY’S
16 Compensation Beach Road, Ballito,
032 946 1858
Franchise offering an extensive menu, from seafood to
burgers and ribs.Aimed at the whole family.
Tues-Sun 10.30am-10pm (9pm Sun) C/B: No BYO
CRAYFISH INN
La Montagne resort, 100 Compensation Beach
Road, Ballito, 032 946 2121
Upmarket resort restaurant in a resort complex, offering
seafood specialities, steaks and a good winelist. Caters
mostly for locals.
Sun lunch,Tues-Sat dinner C/B: No BYO
DON CARLOS
Tuzi Gazi Waterfront, Richards Bay, 035 788 0312
Italianate venue overlooking boats in the small craft
harbour. Great on a sunny day. Kids’ menu.
Mon-Sun 10am-10pm B/C: R35 WF
FAT CAT
1 Station Road, Mtunzini, 035 340 2897
Alfresco eating with a view of the sea.The extensive menu
ranges from breakfasts and pancakes to pizzas, with fresh
fish and chicken and prawn curry specialities.
Mon-Sat 8am-8pm, Sun 8am-2pm C: R20
FENSUI
Balvista Centre, 23 Sandra Road, Ballito,
032 946 1588
BISTRO 98
Chinese food and sushi, either to eat in or take away.
Dunkirk Estate, Salt Rock, 032 525 8187
Mon-Sun 10.30am-9pm C: R30
This casual venue in the stylish clubhouse at
a gated estate, has a wonderfully green
CAPTAIN
FIG TREE (Coastal escapes ✩)
outlook.The menus focus on fresh
FINE’S FISH
produce with a classic approach.
Simibith estate, north of Ballito,
FACTORY in the
Tues,Thurs, Sun 8.30am-4.30pm,Wed,
032 946 5405
Home and Decor Centre,
Fri, Sat 8.30am-9.30pm C: R40 WF
Restaurant in the country club, offering a
Douglas Crowe Drive,
wide range of dishes.The concept and style
Ballito, offers fresh and
CLAY OVEN
show panache, with an experienced
cooked fish to take away
2 Hely-Hutchinson Road,
executive chef at the helm.
and a range to eat in.
Mtunzini, 035 340 1262
Tues-Sat 6.30am-10pm, Sun 6.30am-6pm B/A:
032 946 3933
Family restaurant with a deck and view
R30 WF
over a nature reserve to the sea.
12
Thai-style beach-garden salad, to favourites like
seared tuna with wasabi mash. Great views of the
beach from a large covered deck.
Mon & Wed-Sun lunch, Mon & Wed-Sat dinner B/A:
R40, bubbly R50
FRANCO’S
Valente Centre, 16 Compensation Beach Road,
Ballito, 032 946 1588
Mainstream trattoria with the accent on pasta and
pizza.
Tues-Sun lunch,Tues-Sat dinner C: R50 during season, no
corkage out of season
OSA
Fairmont Zimbali Resort, near Ballito, 032
538 5000
Striking, modern restaurant in the Fairmont
complex, specialising in steak and game dishes. Bar
on upper level and an award-winning winelist. Not
suitable for children.
Tues-Sat dinner A: No BYO WF
GIANNI’S RISTORANTE
17 Compensation Beach Road, Ballito,
032 946 3217
With spectacular views overlooking the beach, this
Italianate venue offers a wide range from pizzas and
pastas to grills, including quail grilled with chilli.
Mon-Sun 7am-9pm B: R40 WF
GIGI’S BRASSERIE
Hotel iZulu, Ballito, 032 946 3444
Luxury hotel with a matching menu featuring items
like Greek-style marinated rack of lamb. Light lunches
by the pool and monthly gatherings with wine, food
and music.
Mon-Sun breakfast, lunch & dinner B: R40 WF
IMPULSE BY THE SEA
167 Seaview Drive,Tinley Manor Beach,
032 554 4626
Fine home-style local curries at reasonable prices.The
prawn and mutton ones are more complex than most in
KZN and the crab and prawn versions are notable.
Tues-Sun lunch & dinner C: R30
IN THE REEDS
Protea Imvubu Lodge, cnr Hibbert Drive and
Krewelkring, Richards Bay, 035 753 4122
Upmarket venue overlooking Lake Menywa.The
international menu covers all bases. Pub meals on deck.
Mon-Sun breakfast & dinner B/A: R45 WF
LA CASA NOSTRA (Italian ✩)
Whitesands Centre, Main Road, eMdloti,
031 568 1996
Appealing, casual, family-run trattoria with an outside area
that dishes up excellent wood-fired pizzas and pastas, as
well as main dishes like risotto.The grilled quail is
memorable, the fish grilled to perfection.
Wed-Sun lunch,Tues-Sun dinner A/B: R50 WF
LA FIAMMA ITALIAN GRILL
Coco de Mer Hotel, Ballito, 032 946 1029
Upmarket, contemporary Italian venue offering pizzas,
pastas and items grilled or cooked in a wood-fired oven.
Upper pool deck and koi pond. Lunch menu with specials.
Wed-Sun lunch, Mon-Sun dinner B/A: R40
LA MERCY BEACH HOTEL
Beach Road, La Mercy, 032 941 6221
The menu in this hotel restaurant over the
road from the beach, and offering good
views, should cover most tastes, but curry
and prawns are specialities.
Mon-Sun breakfast, lunch & dinner C: No BYO WF
PRINCE’S GRANT
N2 near Stanger, 032 482 0005
Set on a links course, with views of the sea and
sugarcane fields, this colonial-style golf lodge
serves dinner in a cosy diningroom and
in a pub which is open for lunches
ZARA’S, in the
too.
Lifestyle Centre,
Mon-Sun breakfast & dinner B/C:
Ballito, is the very model
R30
of a high-end cafe with
interesting menu.
032 586 3204
LA PIAZZA CAFE
The Well centre, Ballito, 032 946 1527
Trattoria manned by Italian chefs, and featuring a woodfired pizza oven, deli and bakery.
Mon-Fri 7am-10pm, Sat & Sun 8am-10pm C: R40
MAMMA G’S
Ballito Junction Centre, Ballito, 032 946 2214
Italian venue with pizzas from a wood-fired oven and a
wide range of pastas using imported ingredients. Child
friendly, with breakfasts also served.
Mon-Sun 7am-10pm C: R30
MO-ZAM-BIK
Cnr Jack Powell Street & Compensation Beach
Road, Ballito, 032 946 0979
Portuguese food as it is cooked in Mozambique, with
unusual options. A deck-bar area upstairs is fun.
Mon-Sun noon-about 9.30pm C/B: R30
MUNDO VIDA (View ✩, Seafood ✩)
Shop 8, Umdloti Beach Centre, 1 South Beach
Road, eMdloti, 031 568 2286
The focus at this family-run venue has moved to fresh fish
and seafood, with a menu that ranges from the exotic, like
RIVERMILL RESTAURANT
Umfolozi Country Club, Club
Road, Mtubatuba, 035 550 0178
A la carte restaurant with a mainstream
menu. Steaks are the big sellers. Children’s menu.
Separate bar.
Mon-Sun lunch & dinner B/C: No BYO WF
ROYAL COURT GRILL
ibaya Casino, uMhlanga-eMdloti road, 031 580 5302
Intimate à la carte venue with a deck overlooking gardens
and water features.The menu features dishes like
vegetable mille feuille with chive goat’s cheese, balsamic
syrup and pistachio froth.
Mon-Sun breakfast & dinner A/B: R45 WF
SAGAWAT
27 Sandra Road, Ballito, 032 586 1384
Venue specialising in the dishes of North India.
Mon-Sun 10am-10pm C: R30
SAGE (Coastal escapes ✩)
Sage Centre, Old Fort Road, Umhlali, 032 525 8059
Delightful venue with verandas, outside tables and a
playground for children.The fare is sophisticated and wideranging, from pizzas and pastas to panini and salads.Try the
aubergine cakes and risotto balls.
Mon-Sun 8am-4pm, dinner Friday and during holiday season
C: R30
SEA-BELLE (Curries ✩)
Seabelle Hotel, Beach Road, Desainagar,
032 941 5551
After 44 years, this establishment is part of KZN’s history.
There are few frills, but generously portioned local-style
curries.The prawn and mutton ones are tops, but there
are also grills, pastas and pizzas on an extended menu.
Mon-Sun noon-9.30pm C: R20
SENHUI
522 Sandra Road, Ballito, 032 946 1588
Comprehensive menu of sushi, Chinese and Thai food.
Mon-Sun 11am-9pm C: R30
SIGGI’S
65 Basil Hulett Drive, Salt Rock, 032 525 7460
German-style restaurant and pub offering traditional food
and live music every Sunday. Kids’ playground.
Mon-Sun lunch, Mon-Sat dinner C: R25
SIMPLY ASIA
Ballito Junction Centre, Ballito, 032 586 3461
Franchise outlet offering sushi and a wide range of Thai
food, with a few fusion items.
Mon-Sun 11am-9.30 or 10pm C: R25
SPICE (Anne’s pick, Casual Dining ✩)
Beach Road,Westbrook Beach, 032 943 3558
Linda and Russell Burger have moved their acclaimed
Morningside restaurant up the coast, to a venue with a
more laid-back feel, with wonderful beach views.The fare
is still delectable, ranging from prawn tempura to rack of
lamb, with an affordable lunchtime selection.
Tues-Sun lunch,Tues-Sat dinner B: R35 WF
THAI WOK
Shop 5, Mzigazi Esplanade, Richards Bay,
035 788 0525
The tastes of Thailand looking over a small craft harbour.
Tues-Sun 10am-9.30pm C: R35
ZANJ
Main Road, Mtunzini, 035 340 1288
Little family-run gem offering value-for-money favourites
alongside imaginative dishes given a touch of the spice.
Menus change regularly. Monthly theme evenings.
Tues-Sun lunch,Tues-Sat dinner C/B: R30 WF
ZIMBALI LODGE
M4 near Ballito, 032 538 5000
Indonesian-themed five-star resort with an airy
diningroom opening out on to the pool area where
lunches are served with a view of the sea.
Mon-Sun breakfast, lunch & dinner A: No BYO WF
13
BLUFF
PIETERMARITZBURG
CHICKENSHACK
41 Old Mission Road, Bluff, 031 467 9461
Friendly suburban restaurant serving a wide range of
mainstream fare. Specialities are (you guessed it) chicken
dishes and pizzas.
Tues-Thurs 8am-9pm, Fri-Sat 8am-9.30pm, Sun 8am-4pm
C: R20
033 LIFESTYLE
2272 Thwala Road, Unit 3, Imbali Township,
033 398 7098
Relaxed ambience.Also boasts a car wash, bottle store and
restaurant.“Hungry? We’ve got the goods with more meat
than a presidential wedding” goes the pay-off line.
C Pub
EL-ARISH
899 Bluff Road, Bluff, 031 467 9576
Palatial suburban restaurant and conference centre
that covers all bases, from seafood to grills. But the
drawcard has always been good local-style curry.
Tues-Sun lunch & dinner C: R35 WF
COFFEEBERRY CAFE
Cascades Centre, McCarthy Drive, 033 347 0708
Wholesome meals, as well as snacks and coffees.Waffles
are popular with the younger set.
Mon-Sun 8am-5pm C: BYO
GREEN DOLPHIN
17 Foreshore Drive, Bluff, 031 467 4063
Meals all day, from breakfasts to steaks and seafood, with a
view of the beach from a popular suburban venue.
Mon-Sun 7am-8pm C: R25
LORDS AND LEGENDS
148 Foreshore Drive, Bluff, 031 4671677
Relaxed family venue with great views of the ocean
offering home comforts and steakhouse-type specials.
Sun-Mon 9am to 8:30pm,Tues-Sat 10:30am to 9pm
SOUTHERN SUBURBS
EYADINI LOUNGE
Mbhe Road, Umlazi, 031 906 1395
Cool hang-out spot ideal for the weekend chill.Top DJs in
the mix, meat braaied while you wait.African and Western
cuisine.
Open Weekends only C: Pub
GIORGIO’S
The View, 9 Hillside Road,Amanzimtoti,
031 903 1556
A five-star boutique hotel and spa has an attractive
upmarket restaurant, with views down to the coastline and
tables under the trees.The fare is mostly Italian in flavour,
with light lunches and interesting breakfasts.
Mon-Sun breakfast, lunch & dinner B/C: R40
LINCOLN STEAKHOUSE
Kingsburgh Centre, Kingsburgh, 031 916 7588
Family venue with steaks and grilled sole the top sellers.
Relaxed pub area and regular gigs. Sunday nights karaoke is
popular.
Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 10am-7pm C: R38
LORDS AND LEGENDS
1600 Riverside Road,Amanzimtoti, 031 903 4534
Mainstream family venue.
Mon-Sun 11am-9pm C: R25
MAX’S LIFESTYLE
V1328 Mbhe Road, Umlazi, 031 906 1393
Durban’s original big-time township lounge. Impressive,
large, double-storey Tuscan-style venue. Full bar, braaied
meat, tripe, mogudu and other African dishes.
Sun-Thur 7am-8pm, Fri-Sat 7am-midnight C/B Pub
MIA’S
Chatsworth Centre, Chatsworth, 031 403 5621/
084 403 6321
Local-style curry in a shopping centre setting. Halaal and
no alcohol permitted.
Mon-Sun 7am-6pm C: Halaal
SERGIO’S
Andrew Zondo Road (Kingsway), Amanzimtoti
031 903 7390
Steakhouse fare and sushi for the whole family in this large
venue with pub and ouside terrace.
Mon-Sun lunch & dinner C: R25
ZANZIBAR
149 Kings Road,Warner Beach, 031 916 3611
Set in an old house, this popular venue specialises in
seafood. But there are also steaks and chicken dishes.
Tues-Fri & Sun lunch,Tues-Sat dinner C/B: R30
OLIVE AND OIL
Cascades Shopping Centre, 23 McCarthy Drive,
033 347 1131
Another offering from this Durban concern that
specialises in good value Mediterranean food for the
whole family. Emphasis on seafoods.
Mon-Thurs noon-3pm, 5pm-9pm, Fri-Sat noon-10pm, Sun noon7pm B: R35 if not in stock
REDLANDS LODGE AND HOTEL
1 George McFarlane Lane,Wembley, 033 394 3333
Comfortable, small hotel on the outskirts of the city,
which offers light lunches and à la carte fare in the
evenings. Booking essential.
Mon-Sun breakfast, lunch & dinner C: R45 WF
ROSEHURST CAFE
CUBANA
239 Boom Street 033 394 3833
Shop 12, Invesco Centre, Boshoff Street,
Treat yourself to gourmet breakfasts or delicious light
033 342 1058
lunches in a beautiful Victorian garden. Relax in this
A heady mix of coctails, high flyers, Latino music and light
secret hideaway amid the hustle and bustle of
meals make this a popular nightspot and eatery.
the city.
Mon-Thurs 8am-midnight, Fri-Sun 8am-2pm
The
Mon-Fri 8.30-4pm, Sat 8.30am-2pm C:
B/A: R50
PAINTED
BYO
LADY
COFFEE
JUST LAVENDER
SHOP at Butterflies For
SAKI PACIFIC GRILL
10 Gough Road,Wembley,
Africa offers light lunches
Victoria Centre, 151 Victoria
033 342 6425
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Comprehensive lunch menu in a
inviting and quirky setting.
Funky decor, a sushi bar and à la carte
quirky ambience in a charming old
37 Willowton Road,
menu of Pacific Rim dishes, stretching
home.
033 387 1356
from Thailand to Samoa.
Mon-Fri 8-4.30, Sat 8.30-12.30 C: Not
Mon-Sun from 11am to 10pm C: R25 WF
licenced
LAKESIDE CAFE
9 Armitage Road, Maritzburg, 033 345 0125
Idyllic setting around the old bird sanctuary in the middle
of the city. Lunches include sophisticated pastas.
Mon-Fri 7.30am-5pm, Sat-Sun 7.30am-3pm C: R25
LA VITA
Shop 10 Invesco Centre, cnr Sanctuary and
Armitage roads, 033 342 0024, 072 518 0395
Popular Italian restaurant offering everything from hearty
pastas just like Mamma used to make, to more upmarket
fare with a modern twist. Good seafood selection.
Mon-Sun 10am-10pm B/C R30
MAMMA MIA’S
101 Roberts Road,033 342 2778
Wide-ranging Italian menu with some unusual dishes like
wood-fired pizza with roast lamb and mint, and sundried
tomato and feta ravioli. Deck and kids’ menu. Pizzas only
available on Sundays.
Mon-Sun lunch & dinner C: No corkage
TANDOOR
319 Bulwer Street, 033 342 8853
Mainly north Indian dishes, including tandoori chicken,
stuffed paratha and vegetable korma in an old doublestorey house.
Mon-Sun lunch & dinner C/B: R25
THE OLIVE TREE
McDonald’s Nursery, Boshoff Street, 033 394 7033
Nursery featuring dishes like oxtail and pot pies. Light
lunches and good baking also feature.
Mon-Sat 7.30am-4pm, Sun 8am-3.30pm C: R35
TRAFFORD’S AT 43 MILLER
43 Miller Street, 033 394 4364
Victorian home built in the 1870s turned into an upmarket
venue with Forties and Fifties decor, offering fine dining.
Small menus reflect competent cooking and change
regularly. Lovely garden setting and accomodation and
breakfasts available.
Tues-Fri lunch,Tues-Sat dinner B: R35 WF
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MIDLANDS
IL POSTINO, Dargle Valley
Popular trattoria with a wood-burning pizza oven
and menu that covers favourites from xxx to xxx.
Wed-Sun lunch,Tues-Sun dinner 072 905 9390 C:
R30
JAXX
Upper Quarry Centre, Hilton, 033 343 2226
Good value restaurant, coffee shop and eatery
focusing on fresh ingredients and good service.
Full breakfast selection, salads and light meals for
lunch.The humble fish and chips recommended.
Kiddie friendly.
Sun-Mon 8am-4pm,Tues-Sat 8am-9pm C: BYO
ABINGDON (Country Outings ✩)
Near Lions River, 033 234 4335
A rare KZN wine estate where you can sample dishes
that complement the wines.The emphasis is on fresh,
home-style cooking. Eat outside under trees or in the cosy
interior when it’s chilly. Or grab a picnic basket.
Sat-Sun & public holidays 9am-5pm C: No BYO WF
BIERFASSL
Main Road, Nottingham Road, 033 266 6320
Hearty Germanic fare like eisbein and sausages in an
attractive setting, with outside tables for fine weather, and
a cosy pub with fire for winter days. Child-friendly with a
playground and special menu for them.
Mon-Sun 9am-9pm C: R30
CAVERSHAM MILL
Near Lidgetton. 033 234 4524
Overlooking a waterfall, the terrace of this little restaurant
is the place to sit on a good day, but the bright interior is
cosy. Imaginative menus change regularly. Child-friendly
with a kids’ menu.
Mon-Sun breakfast & lunch,Wed-Sat dinner B: R40
CAFE BLOOM
Country Courtyard, Old Main Road, Nottingham
Road, 033 266 6118
Delightful, quirkily decorated, family-run cafe in a barn-like
building attached to a nursery.The focus is on vegetarian
dishes and the freshest of produce. One of the owners is
noted potter Michael Haigh.
Wed-Mon 7.30am-4pm C: R25
CORNER POST
124 Main Street, Howick, 033 330 7636
The style is modern comfort food and the focus is on
local, seasonal products.Affordable daily specials and light
bar meals.
Mon-Sun 10am-Midnight C/B: R55
ELS AMICS
Fort Nottingham, 082 487 0922
With forest and country garden views, the best place to
sit is on the veranda.A small menu offers the likes of
tomato and basil soup, and fillet with Bearnaise sauce. By
booking only. No credit cards.
Sat & Sun & public holidays lunch B/C: R20
GOSH
55 Caversham Road, Lidgetton, 079 619 8442
The former Cooking Bear, set in English-style gardens, now
serves Mediterranean-style food with weekly specials.
Child friendly, with pub meals.
Wed-Sat lunch & dinner, Sun lunch 079 375 9795, B: R50
GRANNY MOUSE COUNTRY HOUSE
Lidgetton, 033 234 4071/4523
This upmarket country hotel has long been renowned for
its good table. Casual bistro fare and light meals are served
on the terrace, with a lovely view over a river and valley.
Fine dining is an option in the Eaves restaurant, with a
seasonal menu. Booking is advised.
Mon-Sun breakfast, lunch & dinner B/A: R70
GUNTHER’S
Caversham Road, near Lidgetton, 083 600 0923
Set on the side of a green hill, this relaxed venue, complete
with big St Bernard, oompah music and great views, is as
close to Switzerland as you are going to get in this
country.Think bratwurst and lots of beer.
Mon-Sun 10am-5pm, closed Tues and Wed except in season
C: BYO
HARTFORD HOUSE (Fine dining ✩, Innovation ✩)
Near Mooi River, 033 263 2713
Acclaimed chef Jackie Cameron has shone at this
upmarket country inn for 12 years, cooking her way into
the country’s top 10. Now she is moving on to an exciting
new venture with the opening of a cooking school in
Hilton. Her legacy is being passed on to Travis Finch, who
has worked at several leading European eateries and at
The Greenhouse in Cape Town. Finch is joined by another
Greenhouse graduate, Brendan Ryan, who moves from
Singita. So what to expect? Stylish and imaginative fivecourse dinners (R430) that change daily.A la carte lunches
on the veranda overlooking the gardens. Booking essential.
Mon-Sun breakfast, lunch & dinner A: Corkage at manager’s
discretion
LA LAMPARA (Country outings ✩)
Caversham, 082 416 0195
With its warm terracotta hues and views over a valley, this
restored brick dairy is as close to Tuscany as you’ll get
without leaving SA. Pizzas come from a wood-fired oven
and there are log fires in winter.The menu changes every
week.
Thurs-Sun lunch,Thurs-Sat & public holidays, dinner A: R45
LITTLE MOCAMBIQUE
Greendale Centre, Old Main Road, Howick,
033 330 3284
The tastes of Mozambique and mainland Portugal served
in a room with a seaside vibe, or out on the veranda.Think
of dishes like trinchado, chicken curry with coconut milk
and prawns.
Mon-Sun 11am-9pm C: No corkage
LORDS OF THE MANOR
D487, Hidcote, Mooi River, 033 263 2733
The Robinsons, who had Afton in Howick, run this
sandstone country house which has been turned into an
upmarket boutique hotel.
Mon-Sun breakfast, lunch & dinner by reservation only
B: R30 WF
MIDLANDS & BERG
Blueberry Hill, R103 Nottingham Road,
033 266 6899:
Stunning modern complex set high on a hill, with
panoramic views.
Barbs Cafe, Gowrie Village, Nottingham Road,
033 266 6773:
Great coffee, good lunches and teas and goodies
to take away.
Chinwag Cafe, Main Street, Howick,
033 330 6432:
Hearty breakfasts and staples.
Piggly Wiggly, R103 Lion’s River 033 234 4323:
Farm stall and cafe, looking out over green fields.
Snooty Fox, Fern Hill hotel and hotel school,
Midmar 033 330 5071: Popular restaurant and
pub with a Sunday carvery.
Sue Tarr’s Summerhouse, Folly Hill, Dennis
Shepstone Drive, Hilton 033 343 1448:
Country meals in a pretty setting.
Terbodore,The Coach House, 87 Old Main
Road, Currys Post 033 330 2380:
Fresh-roasted coffee and cheesecake, light meals.
NICOLSON’S COUNTRY CAFE
Garlington Estate, Hilton, 033 329 5200
Bistro lunches and gourmet dinners from an experienced
team, in a country setting.The menu changes frequently,
but think of the likes of Dargle duck pie and smoked trout
with horseradish aioli and crumbed new potatoes.Tapas
deck and bar (open Tues-Sat from 5pm).
Tues-Sun lunch,Thurs-Sat dinner B: R35 WF
MIRROR
38 Hilton Avenue, Hilton, 033 343 4289
Bistro-style Continental cuisine, with fare ranging from
open sandwiches to beef fillet. Under new management.
Tues-Sun lunch, Mon-Sun dinner C/B: No Corkage
NOTTIES PUB
Nottingham Road Hotel, 033 266 6151
The pub at this legendary old hotel, established in 1854, is
a great spot for a light bite – especially when it’s chilly and
the fire is lit. In addition to the usual fare like bangers and
mash, you’ll find items like lamb shank with rosemary. Kids’
menu in the dining room.
Mon-Sun breakfast, lunch & dinner C/B: R25 or at
management’s discretion
MULBERRY HILL BISTRO
Main Road, Curry’s Post, 082 691 9064
Little bistro set next to a guesthouse on a hill, with views
over green valleys. It’s classic country fare, like gourmet
duck and cherry pie, with a Sunday roast. Child-friendly,
with a kids’ menu.
Fri-Tues lunch,Thurs-Sat dinner C: R25 WF
OLD HALLIWELL
Curry’s Post, 033 330 2602 / 071 942 4130
This 1830s staging post between the Rand and the coast,
turned upmarket country inn, has a cosy bar with fireplace
and attractive restaurant, Lemon and Lavender, looking
over the green landscape.
Mon-Sun breakfast, teas, lunch & dinner C: R40
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MOORCROFT MANOR
Sani Road, Himeville, southern
Drakensberg,
033 702 1967
Four-star guest house which has Swiss
owners. Dishes change frequently. Light
lunches and breakfasts served on the
terrace. Reservations essential. Kids’
menu.
Mon-Sun breakfast, lunch & dinner A: R35
WF
RAWDONS
Old Main Road, near Nottingham Road,
033 266 6044
Imposing thatched hotel which serves contemporary food
like chicken stuffed with spinach and feta, wrapped in
phyllo. Kids’ menu and specials.There is also a cosy pub
with lighter meals.
Mon-Sun breakfast, lunch & dinner C/B: R45 WF
SAPORE
Meander Square, Nottingham Road, 033 266 6921
Lively little venue offering a selection of sushi, pastas and
pizzas, as well as items like baby chicken, burgers and
brandy pudding. Look for specials.
Mon-Sun 11am till late C: R40, R80 Champagne
SKYE
Fordoun Hotel and Spa, Nottingham Road,
033 266 6079
Upmarket boutique venue which has a fine dining
restaurant overlooking lovely gardens.The fare at
lunchtime is lighter, moving into more indulgent territory
in the evening.
Mon-Sun breakfast, lunch & dinner A: R45 WF
TRUTH CAFE
R103, Mandela capture site, Lions River,
079 971 3074
Bistro-style venue with light meals like burgers,
ploughman’s lunches, salads and cheese platters.
Tues-Sun 8.30am-4pm B: R35
TUMBLE DOWNS CAFÉ AND RESTAURANT
Currys Post Road, 8km from Howick, 033 330 8099
Family venue in a rural setting with views of Karkloof
valley.Think of dishes like Moroccan beef curry with
chickpeas and butternut, and herb-crusted sole.
Wed-Sun 11am-4pm,Thurs-Sat dinner C/B: R30
YELLOWWOOD CAFÉ
1 Shafton Road, Howick, 033 330 2461
A historic farmhouse built from local stone in 1872 has
been renovated with gleaming wood and chandeliers.
Wholesome country food is served, there is room for
children to play and a distant view of the falls.
Tues-Thurs & Sun 8am-4.30pm, Fri & Sat 8am-8.30pm Open
on public holidays C/B: R25
Due to continuing problems with
Telkom telephone cable theft, some
numbers may not be available
PINT AND PIG OUT
26 Victoria Road, Newcastle, 034 315
2468
Popular bar and restaurant serving
everything from light meals to steaks and
seafood.
Mon-Sun lunch, Mon-Sat dinner B/C: R20
DRAKENSBERG &
BATTLEFIELDS
BINGELELA
Oliviershoek Pass road, near Bergville,
036 448 1336
Restaurant, bar and function facility with an extensive,
imaginative menu. Much of the produce is sourced locally
and there is a pizzeria. Child friendly.
Mon-Sat 7am-9.30pm, Sun 9am-3pm C/B: R30 WF
DRAGON’S REST PUB AND RESTAURANT
Champagne Valley, central Drakensberg,
036 468 1218
Family-run country kitchen using fresh local farm produce.
A la carte menus with a buffet (R95) on Sundays. Desserts
a speciality.
Mon-Sun breakfast, lunch & dinner C: R20
LA GRUYERES
Alpine Heath, northern Drakensberg, 036 438 6484
A hotel and timeshare complex with an Alpine theme that
offers a buffet or seasonal à la carte menu, depending on
occupancy. Light lunches in the Tavern. Child-friendly
development.
Mon-Sun breakfast & dinner B: R80 WF
LEMON TREE BISTRO
Clock Tower Centre, Main Road, Underberg,
033 701 1589
Intimate venue opening on to a courtyard, with a menu
that leans towards the Mediterranean. Light lunches.
Tues-Sat 8.30am-9pm, Sun & Mon 8.30am-5pm C: R25
PIONEER ROOM (Fine dining ✩)
Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse, Kamberg,
033 267 7243
This upmarket country inn provides the ultimate in
gourmet getaways, with a lounge, restaurant and deck
hanging over the water of a trout dam, overlooked by
mountains. Lunches are à la carte and, like Richard
Poynton’s five-course dinners (R350), are created from the
finest ingredients. Breakfasts are exciting. Booking advised.
Mon-Sun breakfast, lunch & dinner A: R50 WF
QAMBATHI MOUNTAIN LODGE
Kamberg, 033 267 7515
Beautifully designed and decorated, this upmarket lodge in
a scenic setting offers four-course meals by appointment
and picnic baskets to be enjoyed on a forest deck. Booking
essential.
Mon-Sun breakfast, lunch & dinner B: R50
THE GRIND CAFE
Underberg Village Mall, Sani Road, Underberg,
033 701 1571
All-purpose venue serving meals throughout the day, from
breakfast to dinner. Dishes include pizza, pasta, steaks, lamb
chops and trout. Children’s menu.
Mon-Sun breakfast & lunch Mon-Sat dinner C: R35
SANDFORD PARK LODGE
Bergville, 036 448 1001
Historic 150-year-old hotel, close to the Spioenkop
battlefield, with a cosy pub and deck.There is an à la carte
menu for lazy lunches, featuring some South African items.
Five-course set dinner menu (R140).
Mon-Sun breakfast, lunch & dinner C: R50
UPPER SOUTH COAST
BELL AND ANCHOR
Rocky Bay, Old Main Road, Park Rynie,
039 976 0867
Laidback restaurant set among holiday chalets with a good
sea view and deck. Mainstream à la carte menu. Buffet
Sunday lunch. Children’s menu and room for them to play.
Mon-Sun 10am-9pm (Closed Mon out of season) C/B: R30
DODO’S BISTRO
18 Cordiner Street, Scottburgh, 039 978 3550
Engaging family-run bistro in a house, serving homely
French-Mauritian food and standard items like steaks.A
stayer after 15 years, it also has a children’s menu.
Mon-Sat lunch & dinner C: R30
ENZO PIZZERIA
1 Summer Sands Marine Drive, Scottburgh,
039 978 3674
Authentic southern Italian dishes from Enzo and his
mother Lenna Tilli make this casual pizzeria a popular spot.
Mon-Sun lunch and dinner B: R30
LE RENDEZ-VOUS RESTAURANT
Crocworld, Old Main Road, near Scottburgh,
039 976 0083
A chef-patron from Normandy gives French flavour to this
venue with great views of the sea. Dishes range from
fishcakes to duck confit and include, of course, crocodile.
Mon-Sun 9.30am-3pm,Thurs-Sat dinner B: R35
MEMORIES
Shop 3, Alexander Court, cnr Abelia and Booth
roads, Athlone Park, 031 904 2310
Cosy 45-seater venue with the theme of memories picked
up in old photographs. Extensive mainstream menu, with
specials like venison potjie and seared tuna.
Tues-Fri lunch, Mon-Sat dinner C/B: R20
SABASTIANS
21 Harvey Street, Umkomaas, 039 973 2671
Casual venue with a deck, popular with divers after trips
to Aliwal Shoal. Fare ranges from burgers to calamari and
seafood grills. Hours extended during season.
Mon-Fri 10am-10pm, Sat & Sun 7.30am-10pm C/B: R25 (if
wine is not stocked, 2 a table)
WRECKED HERON
Happy Wanderers Resort, Kelso
039 975 1226
A la carte and children’s menu, focused on grills and
seafood, in a setting on a wide beach. Booking essential.
Mon-Sun lunch, Mon-Sat dinner C: R35 WF
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LIGHT FARE: SOUTH COAST
LOWER SOUTH COAST
BURLESQUE CAFE
957 Marine Drive, Ramsgate, 039 314 9886
Buzzing day and night, this funky, chic venue also has an
outside sitting area.An exciting menu also provides a good
deal for vegetarians. good cheesecake makes it an ideal
afternoon tea spot.
Mon-Sat lunch,Wed-Sat dinner C: R25
CASA TOSCANA (Coastal escape ✩)
Trafalgar (600m inland of main turnoff, follow
signs), 039 313 0058
Family-run Italian venue on a hillside, with views of an
estuary. Chef-owners Marisa Toniolo and Andrea Bossi
serve real Italian food, using fresh produce like local
porcini mushrooms and mussels from Saldanha. Sit back
and relax on the lawn. Menus change regularly.
Wed-Sun lunch,Wed-Sat dinner B/C: R30
CRAYFISH INN
Marine Drive, Ramsgate, 039 314 4720
Trip back to the past in the quaint warren of this longestablished restaurant with a nautical theme.The menu
concentrates on seafood. Garden area.
Mon-Sun 11am-9pm C/B: R25 WF
FISH EAGLE
Estuary Hotel, Port Edward, 039 311 2675
With beautiful woodwork detail, the restaurant of this
Cape Dutch-style country hotel has considerable appeal.
Plus beautiful views of an unspoiled coastal estuary.
A la carte offers some old-time favourites, with a buffet
Sunday lunchtime.
Mon-Sun breakfast, lunch & dinner C/B: R35 WF
FLAVOURS
1303 Marine Drive, Ramsgate, 039 314 4370
Classic dishes from around the world, prepared by a
trained couple who spent six years travelling in the Far
East before settling on the South Coast.The emphasis is
on fresh local produce.
Tues-Sun lunch,Tues-Sat dinner B/C: R25
HIGHLAND FRYER AND TAVERN
8 Game Centre, Coniston Road, Shelley Beach,
039 315 6454
Views to the sea from a restaurant and pub with
wide-ranging fare. Special children’s menu.
Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 10am-4pm C: R20 if not stocked
NIVONIA
Kapenta Bay Hotel, Port Shepstone, 039 682 5528
Large room adjoining the pool area, which does breakfasts,
light lunches or à la carte at midday, and a full menu in the
evenings. Children’s menu.
Mon-Sun breakfast, lunch & dinner C: R30 WF
RIPTIDE
Main beach Southbroom, 039 316 6151
You’re virtually out of doors on a wooden deck with a
view of the beach and lagoon. Dishes concentrate on
fish/seafood, but there are also steaks and burgers.
Wed-Sun 8am till late B/C: R30
LA CAPANNINA
206 Marine Drive, Ramsgate, 039 317 1078
Traditional Italian fare, strong on pizzas and pastas. But
there are also mains like crumbed prawns and a T-bone
with rosemary and garlic. Hours extended in season.
Tues-Sat lunch & dinner C: R30
TEA@BAY TREE
Shop 61, South Coast Mall, Izotsha Road, Shelly
Beach, 039 315 0015
This quirky little cafe may be inside a decor and furniture
shop, but it specialises in imaginative and decadent teas,
and delicious light and squeeky fresh lunches.
Mon-Fri 8.30am-5.50pm, Sat-Sun 8.30-3.30 C: BYO
LOBSTER POT
Main Road, Ramsgate, 039 314 9809
A long-established restaurant with a nautical theme and
menu offering a range from seafood to curry. Four-course
Sunday lunch (R70).
Tues-Fri & Sun lunch,Tues-Sun dinner C: R15
THE BISTRO
Main Road, Ramsgate, 039 314 4128
Well-established venue with an extensive European-based
menu.Award-winning winelist. Le Petit Cafe also serves
breakfasts and light lunches. Hours extended in season.
Mon-Sat breakfast, lunch & dinner C: R30
MARINERS
Marina Beach, 039 313 0448
Right on the beach, this is a spot to chill, get your feet
sandy and eat grub strong on the seafood side.There are
also steaks and curries. Children’s menu.
Mon-Sun 9am-9pm C: R20
THE CELLAR (Coastal Escapes ✩)
Honeywood, 32 Abelia Crescent, Seapark,
039 695 1036
Intimate venue run by Dylan Smith, who has worked at
venues like Society and Harvey’s in Durban.The food is
inventive and the service personal. Menus change regularly,
Beaver Creek Coffee Estate and Cafe,
Izingolweni Road, Port Edward 039 311 2347:
Watch coffee being processed with a cuppa, or
sit outside under shady trees.
Blue Lagoon, Ramsgate beach 039 314 4149:
Meals on a deck with a view.
Jaxx,Abingdon Road, Umtentweni, 039 695 1731:
Family venue with modern decor and sea views
from a deck.
Mojo’z, Shelley Centre, Marine Drive, Shelley
Beach 039 315 6996: Busy venue run with a
personal touch.
Pavilion, Uvongo beach, 039 315 0010: Italian
family fare. Kitchen closes at 8.30-9pm.
Tight Lines, national road, near the police
station, Margate, 039 312 1270: Fish and chips
outside at wooden tables under umbrellas.
The Waffle House, Ramsgate Lagoon,
039 314 9424:Waffles, with a lagoon view.
Stephward Estate, 17 Peter Road, Uvongo,
039 315 5926:A la carte lunches, teas.
but are individual and imaginative. Booking is essential.
Ideal for a romantic getaway
Sat lunch,Tues-Sat dinner B: R40
THE GORGE PRIVATE GAME
LODGE AND SPA
Oribi Gorge, inland of Port Shepstone,
039 687 0378
Modern boutique hotel on the edge of Oribi Gorge, with
breathtaking views.The innovative menu changes every
day. Booking is essential.
Mon-Sun breakfast, lunch & dinner A: R35
TRATTORIA LA TERRAZZA (Coastal escapes ✩)
Umkobi Lagoon, Southbroom, 039 316 6162
Contemporary Italian fare prepared with considerable
panache in this eatery established in 1992 by Nicci and
Massimo Negra. Sit outside and soak up the great view of
the lagoon from the covered veranda in a relaxed setting.
Thoughtful winelist. Booking essential.
Thurs-Sun lunch,Tues-Sat dinner (extended in season) A/B: R50
ZIZZI’S
Rethman Drive, Umtentweni, 039 695 0224
Attractive and popular à la carte venue covering most
bases.Veranda with sea views. Booking essential.
Mon-Sat breakfast & dinner C/B: R30 WF
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