G spots [ Beautiful dining] Durban
Gorgeous food meets gorgeous decor.
7 Weltevreden St, Gardens; 021 286 0187
The old Leinster Hall has been restored to its former glory and reopened as The Stack, courtesy of interior guru Sarah Ord and hotelier Nigel Pace. The upstairs members’ lounge is bold and eclectic, while the downstairs dining room is swish and sophisticated, with plum chairs and moody lighting. We liked the Saldanha Big Bay oysters (R22 each), beef bourguignon (R150) and classic crème brûlée (R65).
Sandhurst; 011 292 6000
Talent runs in chef Luke Dale-roberts’ family: his wife, Sandalene worked on the decor for this new eatery, with its concrete walls, turquoise and brass details and green vistas. Revel in the opulent intimacy with the seven-course tasting menu, which features dishes like smoked scallops and pork belly (R1 300 p/person).
38 4th Ave, Parkhurst; 011 447 0710
Chef James Diack called in his mom Janet when it came to Coobs’ decor, and the result is bright paintings, furniture made of wood from the family farm and a funky Karoo meets Joburg feel. The great bistro-style menu features offerings like beef carpaccio (R80), slow-braised lamb (R140) and chocolate trio dessert (R70).
Umhlanga; 031 561 2211
An airy atmosphere is the order of the day at this luxurious eatery with its plush seating, stunning sea views and fusion of classic and contemporary cuisine. To start, tuck into the salmon roulade (R135), then move on to the line fish fillet with chive beurre blanc sauce (R180).