G spots [ On our radar] Durban
New eats to buzz about.
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.