Durban’s Bluff is a popular suburban part of this cheerful city… It’s a region that offers plenty for the whole family to see and enjoy.
And with surfing spots, museums and outdoor fun, it’s safe to say that it is a pretty cool part of town.
Best of all, Durban’s Bluff also offers four fabulous eateries to enjoy… Let’s check them out below:
El-Arish is hands-down the best place to eat in the Bluff. This guesthouse, conference facility and restaurant in one is the perfect place to grab a special meal – or to celebrate a special occasion (like an anniversary or wedding reception) at.
The meals are excellent and wholesome, service is sound and the establishment’s ambiance is incredible.
Note: There’s plenty to choose from off the menu. So, whether you wish to enjoy seafood, desserts, curries or poultry/grill specialties – there is no shortage of options…
As far as takeaway food goes, the welcoming and consistently great Mr Chang’s Kitchen in Bluff seems to be the top pick across the board. In fact, some say this takeaway place offers the best Chinese cuisine in Durban…
Whatever you order off the menu, expect quality, fresh food and delicious, generous portions.
Note: You might have to wait for your order sometimes but it’s definitely worth it!
Contact: +27 (031) 466 2866
Address: Mr Chang’s Kitchen, Blue Centre, 788 Bluff Road, Bluff, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.
#3 Heidi’s Cafe
Since opening its doors in December 2012, Heidi’s Cafe has become known as a “rustic, comfortable hang spot”, where friends and family, surfers and Durban’s visitors alike can enjoy some truly great and altogether delicious meals.
This tranquil, hidden gem is a special find in the Bluff, most especially as it offers a serene setting, where affordable, good food and lovely service are the order of the day.
Note: The breakfast in particular is a winner – so be sure to give that a try when you visit!
Durban is loved for its tropical climate, beautiful beaches and fun activities for the whole family to enjoy – but this balmy, coastal-lying KZN city also offers some top notch eateries too.
Here are some of the best to try in 2017:
#1 Mali’s Indian Restaurant
This delicious Indian restaurant offers a broad menu, which incorporates both North and South Indian dishes.
Enjoy the likes of dosas, seafood, lamb, vegetable or chicken curries – or order a thali, with soup, succulent lamb curry, butter chicken, naan bread and so much more to enjoy… either way, your mouth will water from the spicy goodness that is Mali’s!
Butcher Boys is, as its name implies, a haven for meat-eaters. With a focus on succulent rumps, sirloins, rib-eye steaks, fillets and espetada to name but a few delicacies – this restaurant pays great attention to good-quality meat.
In fact, the beef is all wet- or dry-aged, over a period of 25–35 days, before being carefully basted and then expertly grilled over an open flame, according to your order preferences.
Serving Indian classics, this first-floor, open plan eatery – which offers both a delightful balcony and modern décor – strives to provide diners with an ultra-satisfying, yet modern dining experience.
Here, one can enjoy diverse dishes from all major corners of India.
Created by Anzai Yoshitoki – affectionately known as ‘Mooki’– Mooki Noodle Bar provides diners with Pan-Asian salads and delicious noodle dishes, served in a small and colourful café, that’s been decorated with fun and quirky cartoon artworks.
Contact: (031) 811 9199
Address: 190 Brand Road, Glenwood, Durban, KZN
#13 Lupa Osteria
With a quartet of stellar branches spread across Hillcrest, Westville, Durban North and also, Fourways – this Osteria is a neighbourhood spot where locals can enjoy a casual and above all, reasonably priced, meal with their loved ones.
The pasta is homemade, while the wood-fired pizza is made using only the finest imported Italian flour, free-range chickens and best veal going. Enjoy the likes of pizza, pasta, shellfish, veal, with a range of drinks to wash it all down with.
Contact: (031) 941 1181
Address: 6-12 Swapo Road, Durban North, KZN
This popular Mexican restaurant is a passionately South African Burrito Bar, which provides wholesome and fresh Mexican cuisine, in a unique and unfussy setting.
They work hard to perfect the blend of flavours and textures inside each tortillas, but also encourage integration of ‘mixed ingredients’ within local society.
Contact: (031) 564 0415
Address: 41 Mackeurtan Avenue, Durban North,
#15 Joop’s Place
Situated in trendy Morningside, this bistro-styled steak restaurant, established in 1993 by former Capetonians, Joop and Wendy Mol, offers a warm and welcoming ambience.
Chef-patron Joop – formerly a butcher – cooks all the meat, with special dishes like Joop’s Special or Joop’s Chicken Cacciatora.
Other highlights include: chicken/veal schnitzel, oxtail casserole, lamb-, chicken- or prawn-curry – and of course, the ‘steaks with a difference’!
Address: Shop 14, Avonmore Centre, 9th Avenue, Durban, KZN
With several equally highly rated branches spread between KZN and Gauteng, this restaurant serves mouth-watering Mozambique-Portuguese food. At Mo-Zam-Bik, guests can njoy rich meat and seafood dishes alike.
Highlights are chicken livers, trinchado beef and grilled calamari.
Offering a wide selection of foods, Vasco’s Restaurant lies within the upmarket Hilton Durban, well-known for its classy accommodation and entertainment. In keeping with this trend, Vasco’s is a new restaurant with a look, feel and menu, unique to Durban.
They are a buffet restaurant, with an a la carte menu. You will feel at home, particularly when seated in the comfortable embrace of this African-influenced space.
This lively tapas and tequila eatery offers classic Mexican food with an inventive twist.
There are great tapas, burritos, tacos, nachos, paella and more to be enjoyed from its spicy menu, but there is also plainer food for those who can’t take the bite.
Contact: (031) 564 3015
Address: 5 Mackeurtan Avenue, Durban North, KZN
#19 Big Easy Durban by Ernie Els
At Big Easy Winebar and Grill Durban, it’s all about great events, warm hospitality, a fun, relaxed environment and, of course, great food to boot.
Named after world-class golfer, Ernie Els – who is fondly known as ‘Big Easy’ – the restaurant is inspired by all the things Ernie Els looks for in a restaurant, particularly after his extensive global travels.