Olive and Oil

Lillies Lifestyle Centre, Shop 19A, 12 – 16 Old Main Rd., Hillcrest

There’s nothing Popeye about Olive and Oil in Hillcrest Durban. This Mediterranean restaurant offers a vast menu, and features everything from queen prawns to pizza. The staff are very well informed and thoroughly attentive.

It’s an ideal place to take the family or for the more romantically-inclined, and caters to business clientele, too. The customer always comes first at Olive and Oil and as soon as you walk in the door, you’re made to feel special.

Gounden’s

520 Umbilo Rd.

Only open for lunches, and suited to the footie fan, as you’ll see if you care to visit. But don’t let that put you off, if at all possible. Gouden’s is all about Indian. The curry repertoire is composed of wonderful local versions of mutton, chicken, fish, chops chutney, and biryani. The bunny chow is king, but if you prefer rice or roti, there’s that, too.

The service is pleasant, hardworking, and fuss-free, and there’s a quick turnaround. Table tops are non-slip rubber, so you know what you’re getting into. Man. Utd. posters, together with MTV is a feature. Basic setting, great food.

Hemingway’s Bistro

131 Helen Joseph Rd., Glenwood

Maybe not quite Ernest Hemingway as there are no sultry women, cigar aromas, nor tales of the sea. It’s mostly Mediterranean-inspired, with a wide array of salads, hearty stakes, and cheeses. A favourite is the prawn and pesto pasta. Wine list is small, but it is well chosen. Service is knowledgeable and snappy.

Nice family atmosphere, relaxed and rather enchanting. The outdoor tables serve to take in the local Davenport atmosphere.

Mooki Noodle Bar

190 Brand Road, Glenwood

Personally, I’m not a fan of noodle bars as they tend to be chains and lack atmosphere and food that really offers much in the way of sensuality. However, Mooki’s is different. It’s Japanese, it’s fun, and it’s fresh.

The wide selection of foods includes not only noodle-based dishes but wonton wrappers, sushi, and other fresh fish fare. It comes with a playful atmosphere together with its popcorn chandelier. Service is also fun and yet knowledgeable. Caters to sit-in and takeaway diners.

Julio’s Continental Restaurant

175 Helen joseph Rd., Glenwood

It’s small, but quaint and simple. The food is attractive and comes with a strong Portuguese influence, though there’s also a good selection of continental stuff on the go – Spanish paellas, German Eisbein, and chicken and prawn curries to choose from.

Family-oriented and the staff are helpful and knowledgeable. Not quite the top of the tree in Durban, but you certainly can’t go wrong by coming here.

Atasca

171 Rodger Sishi Rd., Westville

Although again more leaning towards a Portuguese undercurrent, Atasca’s cuisines are traditional and authentic with the house specialty of Tripa and Bacalhau Assado, which to you and I is traditional salted codfish, is one not to be missed. Other seafood dishes include Caril de Camarão – prawn curry, and langoustines.

The meat and chicken meals can be prepared either in the style of Portuguese or Mozambican – certainly a nice touch which makes Atasca stand out.

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