4 hot new restaurants
The Beacon Rock Centre, Umhlanga Rocks
Sophisticated, trendy fusion food
Well known for its trendy vibe, minimalistic décor and casual, contemporary dining Mo Noodles has been running successfully in Durban for more than 17 years. Now the bustling restaurant, under the successful ownership of Jo-Ann Lundy, has moved to Umhlanga! Set just off Lighthouse Road in the Beacon Rock centre, Mo’s offers a sanctuary just slightly away from hustle of Umhlanga village. The tried-and-tested menu is packed with the usual favourites (Seared Calamari with Chilli and Lime, the authentic Thai flavours of the stir-fries, curries and Hot and Sour Soup), but also boasts exciting new specials and the addition of a solid craft beer and homemade Iced tea selection. The new-and-improved Mo’s is open from 10am until 10pm, seven days a week. It’s the perfect lunch time getaway, afternoon chill-out spot and trendy dinner stop before a night out. They cater for everyone from vegetarians and vegans to kids, and nearly everything is available in half portions. Already chock-a-block every night, booking is essential! Contact them on: 031 312 4193.
Dunkirk Estate, Salt Rock
Exquisite quality, affordable food
Slightly elevated above the indigenous coastal forest of Salt Rock’s Dunkirk Estate, Bistro 98’s open plan, spacious design offers a stylish, welcoming ambience coupled with delectable, always-beautiful food. Well known Ballito chef Althea Da Silva first made her mark on the North Coast with her popular Tin Roof Restaurant situated on a farm, slightly off the beaten track in Ballito. True to form, Althea (who has more than 20 years’ experience in the catering industry) has kept the menu at Bistro 98 all about quality ingredients and unique flavours, which are always exquisitely presented on the plate. With all of this in mind, Bistro 98 is definitely one of the hottest and surprisingly more affordable restaurants on the North Coast. Nothing on the menu is more than R100. Popular dishes include the Norwegian Salmon Fillet served with steamed black rice and a light hollandaise sauce and her signature dish, Vietnamese Chicken Lollipops wrapped with paper thin cucumber on porcupine quills with a spicy dipping sauce. There is a casual dining menu with wonderful open sandwiches and salads and there is also a great kids’ menu with food priced between R10 and R35. Bistro 98 also doubles as a wonderful functions venue catering for small, private functions for up to 30 or 40 people, or the whole restaurant for up to 60 people. Keep an eye out for Althea’s popular themed nights every last Friday of the month. For more information or to make a booking go to: http://www.bistro98.co.za/, phone: 032 525 8187 or email: email@example.com
Jack Salmon Fish House
Glenore Centre, Glenashley
Fresh seafood, fabulous view
Jack Salmon Fish House is a classy seafood restaurant that seems to draw it’s inspiration from the exquisite area in South Africa that we are so blessed to live in. With its panoramic sea views, contemporary white interior and carefully designed menu, everything seems to fall into place perfectly to create a relaxed, upmarket environment that almost celebrates the ocean itself. Owners Jason Roberts and Steve Christadoudou are both passionate about fine dining and have gone out of their way to ensure their food is as good as it can be. They called on award-winning Australian consultant chef John Porcelli to help fashion the menu and train their staff, and they source their fresh fish from only the best local suppliers. Describing themselves as a ‘casual, semi-fine-dining seafood restaurant’, Jason says the service will always be top class, the food simple and fresh and the atmosphere comfortable and welcoming. With dishes like Falkland Island Calamari, Skewered BBG Tiger Prawns, Chargrilled Tuna and Norwegian Salmon Fillet you can be assured that this is a seafood-lover’s delight – and dishes such as the Fillet Medallions and Napolitana Pasta satisfy the non-fish eaters’ appetites. Located at the Glenore Centre in Glenashley the restaurant is closed on Mondays and bookings are absolutely essential from Friday to Sunday. For more information or to book phone: 031 572 3664
Umdloti North Beach
Warm, welcoming ambience and colourful cocktails
Located on Umdloti’s main road in what is arguably one of the North Coast’s best restaurant venues, is an understated, sophisticated little haven. Having opened just a month ago, The SandBar was started by four locals who had had their eye on the property for a very long time. The group finally got to create what they thought was a restaurant that Durban lacked – a beach-side bar, where locals and holiday makers could enjoy good food combined with colourful cocktails in a relaxed environment with a good view. Determined to make their guests feel like they are at home, the restaurant has been beautifully decorated with warm colours and old images of long board surfers. The ambience is warm and relaxed with a touch of sophistication, which is very welcoming. The small-ish menu was designed with the sole purpose of ensuring that only the finest and freshest ingredients are used. They offer a selection of Tapas-style starters, gourmet sandwiches, burgers and seafood. The SandBar specialises in juicy, sticky pork ribs sourced from well known Midlands’ farm, Loving Hams. Diners can expect to pay under R165 for a main meal and are encouraged to take advantage of Ladies Night every Wednesday night, offering half price cocktails. And men can enjoy their 500g Ribs with Bottomless Chips and a local beer for R99 special every Tuesday to Thursday night. The SandBar is situated at Umdloti North Beach opposite the tidal pool. To book phone: 031 568 21 40 or check them out at: www.sandbarkzn.co.za.