Continuing our coverage of South Africa, Elite Traveler brings you an essential guide to the best restaurants in Durban.
South Africa’s coastal city of Durban has spent a generation in the shadow of Cape Town and Johannesburg, but the city has experienced a dramatic rise in popularity following the World Cup in 2010.
With African, Indian and colonial influences as well as direct access to the sea, it is no wonder that the restaurant scene is thriving in the expanding metropolis.
Here, we take a look at five essential eateries.
9th Avenue Bistro
There is no better team than a husband and wife, as Graham & Gina Neilson have proved with their excellent running of 9th Avenue Bistro. The well-traveled pair cut their culinary teeth by working in establishments across the globe only to decide to set up shop in their home town.
The popular Morningside eatery succeeds in serving contemporary takes on modern classics in a non-pretentious manner. The Neilson’s have made a habit of creating fine-dining level dishes with high-quality local ingredients while keeping prices very reasonable.
Diners can choose from a range of classic dishes such as grilled ostrich fillet or crispy roasted duck. For a special occasion, the six-course tasting menu with wine flight gives diners the chance to enjoy their signature dishes.
The Grill Room
Situated within luxury hotel The Oyster Box is The Grill Room. The hotel and its restaurant have endured drastic political changes during their 70-year history. They have succeeded in delivering consistently excellent service and delicious food even in the most unstable of times.
Its coastal location makes freshly-caught seafood a must, but diners can select from a wide range of cuisines. Durban’s Indian influences make curry a local specialty and The Grill Room proudly serves up its own authentic versions of the dish.
The spectacular seafood platter is perfect for lovers of fresh fish. It includes crayfish, langoustines, local mussels and a delicious prawn curry. It takes a full 50 minutes to prepare, so order in advance if you can. Guests of the restaurant can dine on the Ocean Terrace where they can enjoy unobstructed views of the Indian Ocean.