1. 9th Avenue Bistro
2 Avonmore Centre, 9th Avenue, Morningside, Durban
Constantly considered to be one of Durban’s finest restaurants, 9th Avenue Bistro isn’t gonna earn any awards for sights or place. Meaning the cuisine must be very damn exceptional. And it is. Same with the service. Featuring fresh in season cuisine, the menu is consistently developing and the 6 course tasting menu is really a highlight. The wine listing shifts frequently and focuses on smaller shop wineries providing a number of SA’s best, as well as numerous reasonable choices. It’s a great choice if you are seeking to impress.
2. Cafe 1999
Silvervause Centre, 117 Silverton Road, 4001 Durban
Stylish, vibrant and great deal of fun. Owners Sean and Marcelle insert a contagious dosage of vitality into this historical Durban favorite, in which modern Mediterranean cuisine is made around sharing. Popular features of the starters/titbits consist of sesame and prawn lollipops soaked in fairly sweet chilli and dished up with coriander mayonnaise and also the signature calamatas, filled with ricotta, crumbed and deep-fried.
If you are a vegetarian, consider the home-made gnocchi placed in Gorgonzola as well as walnut gravy with caramelized butternut and for carnivores, you can delight in the fillet of beef, smoked and padded with camembert, rocket as well as an onion marmalade and dished up with a chardonnay risotto. Hold on. There’s more. Upper level is a great bar/brasserie named Unity operated by the indefatigable Guy Woods (of previous Beanbag Bohemia celebrity) – solid wood floors, funky tunes and hip style. You might not leave behind the Silvervause Centre sober.
3. Bel Punto
1 South Beach Road, Umdhloti Beach, Umhdloti Centre
A company much-loved for lengthy, languid and undoubtedly boozy Sunday meals. Classy yet casual and trendy, Bel Punto is really a contemporary, family-run, genuine Italian restaurant. The services are first class and also the wine list is broad. The best starters are the Calamari Riepieni as well as the Crab Soup. For mains, you may want to test the Prawns Padella or perhaps a scrumptious T-Bone Fiorentina. And don’t ignore Mamma’s Tiramisu. Definitely not the lowest priced place in Durban, however it is really a special treat and among the few great spots having a wonderful sea view.
4. Mali’s Indian Restaurant
77 Smiso Nkwanyana Rd, Durban
As among the most favored spots around the local community, Mali’s offers excellent South Indian food. The restaurant’s Chettinad curries – a blend of tamarind, red pepper as well as curry leaves – have received particular interest, however don’t disregard the rest of their detailed menu. Coming from juicy butter chicken into the potato-filled, hot cake roll dosa, it is Durban cuisine at its most attractive.
They’ve got specialized chefs coming from India making delectable meals to tickle your tastebuds in a warm Indian setting.
5. Olive and Oil
Based in the center of the busy road with a popularity as a rising culinary hotspot around Durban, Olive and Oil Glenwood is certainly a frontrunner in quality dining set towards the casual background of the Mediterranean-style ambiance. As the old saying goes, individuals of the Mediterranean place take their food significantly. And thus they did!
Welcomed by nice and hospitable staff, the modest formality and freshly refurbished dining area fill one with the instant feeling of wellness. Attentive waiters are in hand to regale one with a scrumptious collection of daily specials, as well as being amply trained in the cooking treats provided by the A La Carte menu.
Around real Mediterranean style, every table is supplied with an array of the best olives upon arrival, and also a truly wonderful wine selection is available even for the most critical connoisseurs.
Given that the Mediterranean is about family, same goes with Olive and Oil. The freshly refurbished playroom is accessible for the next generation, and also a delightful collection of kiddies meals have already been included with the A La Carte menu.