Off the Hook seafood

Off the Hook seafood

They call it their ‘Off the Hook Seafood buffet’ for a reason! When my husband and I were invited to experience Vasco’s Restaurant’s Friday night dinner buffet at the Hilton Durban, we knew we were in for a treat!  

Vasco’s have taken the buffet-concept up a level with absolutely decadent aromas, tantalising tastes and a visual delight for the eyes. Walking into Vasco’s, we were warmly greeted by the hostess who escorted us to our table and suggested a refreshing Ernie Els white wine (from the cellar of his restaurant just one floor down), a perfect pairing for the seafood we were about to feast on. 

Executive Chef Janine Fourie greeted us warmly and offered to take us through the buffet. Walking through the various stations we quickly realised we were in for a feast for all our senses and a taste of truly local cuisine. With a wide assortment of fresh seafood, the interactive, live food-station concept adds an element of entertainment to the dining experience. The grill was my personal favourite, with prawns, calamari and fresh fish all freshly prepared to your liking. Not only could I watch my meal being prepared, but I was also able to engage with the chefs and choose my own flavours and basting sauces. 
Other stand-out features were the Prawn Tandoori, the Madras Fish Curry and the Seafood Thermidor, which added bit of spice to the offering. The Tandoori oven is headed up by Tandoori chef, Anis Ahmed, who hails from North India and enthrals diners with his adept culinary skills. The delicious delights emerge from his oven, which is also the focal point of Vasco’s. 

Other dishes on the buffet include muscles, fresh oysters, pickled curried fish, seafood cocktail, smoked snoek, a calamari salad, panko prawns and a delicious seafood bisque soup. There is a wide variety of side dishes, including stir fried vegetables, roast potatoes, rice and fresh salads. And there is roast beef and other vegetarian offerings for those who don’t want to indulge in a lot of seafood.  

And to end off on something sweet, the dessert buffet boasts a variety of delicious cakes and tarts, including a carrot cake, chocolate brownies, fruit salad and eclairs.  

Feasting on these delicious offerings in this stylish, yet homely venue with subtle references to South African culture and landscapes felt truly uniquely-Durban.  

It is safe to say that we ate our full and were blown away by the excellent food, from the quality of the ingredients to the attention to detail and exceptional flavours of all the dishes! We will most definitely be back for more!

Get in touch:  
Vasco’s Restaurant12-14 Walnut Road, Durban

TEXT: Monique De Villiers-Delport 


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