Best Restaurants in Durban
Eating out in Durban is a multicultural activity, with its large
and diverse cultural communities each bringing their own
distinctive flavour to the table.
Durban''s Indian population, one of the largest outside of India,
permeates its cuisine at nearly every level. Take-away curry
restaurants abound on every corner, offering samoosas and Durban''s
own traditional food, the ''bunny chow'': a hollowed-out loaf of
bread filled with a hot helping of beef, mutton, chicken, prawn or
bean curry. Thanks to the generous helpings of peri-peri chillies,
the curries tend to be very spicy at most traditional restaurants;
most waiters will be able to recommend dishes suited to more
sensitive palates, though. If you find yourself battling with the
spiciness, you can end your meal with a bowl of mild soji (semolina
pudding) and cream. Iconic restaurant Silverani''s in Berea is a
great place for true Durban curries.
Because of the large Muslim population, many Indian restaurants
follow Halaal guidelines. Vegetarian options tend to be somewhat
lacking overall in Durban restaurants however, apart from vegetable
Durban''s strong and proud Zulu culture makes its own
contributions to local cuisine, though you''ll find it mostly in
more rural areas. Traditional restaurants in the Valley of 1000
Hills and Eshowe offer hearty meals of amadumbi (Zulu potatoes),
uphuthu or pap (hard maize porridge), mogodu (tripe), and more
adventurous options like boiled chicken feet and sheep heads.
Restaurants tend to be clustered in residential districts like
Glenwood''s Helen Joseph Road, Morningside''s Florida Road, or Durban
North''s Kensington Drive. There are cosmopolitan options to suit
every taste, including Chinese, Italian, Portuguese, Greek,
Mexican, Moroccan, Mediterranean fusion and sushi.
There is cheap food and fine dining for every budget when
deciding where to eat in Durban, ranging from burger joints like
Steers and Wimpy to the elegant Roma Revolving Restaurant, which
offers a romantic atmosphere, decadent food, and spectacular views
as it rotates on the 32nd floor of a South Beach skyscraper.
Most restaurants close their kitchens promptly at 10pm; however
you''ll find a few late-night dining options in the party districts
like Florida Road and Suncoast Casino, and Chartwell Drive in
Umhlanga. Pizza and pasta eatery Spiga d''Oro is popular with
locals, staying open until 3am on weekends.
Tipping is always encouraged, as many waiters don''t receive a
wage. 10 percent is the standard minimum, going up to 15 percent
for very good service. Most restaurants accept credit cards, but
don''t let it out of your sight as identity theft is a concern in