G spots [ On our radar] Dur­ban

New eats to buzz about.

Glamour (South Africa) - - Glamour Head Out -

Dur­ban North; 031 564 3015

This artsy venue, with its retro vibe and Mex­i­can menu, is great for a group out­ing and in­cen­tive for a fi­esta. We loved the Cerdero tacos (pulled lamb with mint, rosa tomato chipo­tle and shred­ded greens; R80 for four) and the rich chur­ros pas­tries served with chilli ice cream (R48).

Umh­langa; 082 688 1310

A mod­ern Span­ish spot, Pin­tx­ada has an up­beat at­mos­phere and a menu de­signed for shar­ing, so or­der a range of tapas. Our rec­om­men­da­tions: the beef fil­let medal­lions (R60), grilled cala­mari and chorizo (R55), and pork ri­blets (R55). Be sure to leave space for the de­li­cious lemon pos­set (a tra­di­tional cold dessert made from thick­ened cream; R45).

Square, Hyde Park; 011 268 6369

Flo­ral wall­pa­per, fo­liage-pat­terned cush­ions and pink vel­vet couches com­bine with beau­ti­fully bal­anced dishes in this chic and charm­ing eatery. We loved the ar­ti­choke gratin (with French bread and rocket; R95) and the clas­sic steak and chips (with green sauce and a sage fried egg; R170).

Makeba St, New Town; 071 295 9241

The brain­child of me­dia vet­eran Gary Cot­terell and chef Canaan ‘Sbu’ Msongelwa, TOWN is a trendy den with a bar and fur­ni­ture by Gre­gor Jenkin. The six-piece dim sum fea­tures fill­ings like salmon and cream cheese, chicken and co­rian­der, and beef and gin­ger (R60 ea).

47 Main Rd, Green Point; 021 434 0709

If you’re af­ter a tasty Mid­dle Eastern meal in an in­ti­mate set­ting, com­plete with in­cense and dark-wood fin­ishes, Shego is for you. The mezze in­clude mor­eish dishes like Borek (filo pas­try filled with feta cheese and pars­ley; R45) and Manti (minced Turk­ish beef ravi­oli; R95), and the ten­der Mid­dle Eastern lamb shank (R165) and pas­try-wrapped chicken drum­sticks (R105) are stand­out mains.

313 Beach Rd, Sea Point; 021 430 7778

Pretty and invit­ing, Strolla of­fers in­door and out­door din­ing across the road from the ocean, plus free Wi-fi, a sep­a­rate bar area on the deck, and a su­per­vised kids’ room. For evening, we loved the Sai­son fish and chips (tem­pura kingk­lip with chilli blat­jang and rocket salad; R125) and pulled-pork risotto (R95), or stop in for a morn­ing Amer­i­cano (R20) and a muf­fin (R25) off their café menu.

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