Hot new restaurants to try in and around Durban

It’s been a busy few months for the Durban restaurant scene, with a host of new spots popping up on the coast and the classic Florida Road hub. From wine bars to brunch spots, here’s your list of the latest restaurants to have opened in and around the KZN city.

45 Eat Street (Ballito)

This relaxed new spot boasts a beautiful setting in Ballito’s Lifestyle Centre. The menu offers everything from easy-to-share-eats like poppers, mini bunny chows and sliders to hearty mains of ribs, burgers and pork belly. There’s also a sushi menu, a pizza menu and salads, so all cravings are taken care of!


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Chubby’s (Sunningdale)

The new Sunningdale Centre only has a few dining options and Chubby’s is the latest addition. The family-friendly spot offers a menu with a spicy Indian-inspired slant. Think filled parathas, chicken and naans, paneer-topped pizza and spicy burgers. There’s also a waffle menu for those with a sweet tooth.

Dukkah (Morningside)

A beautiful, moody interior invites locals in to this new Florida Road spot. The menu – designed by Pete Goffe-Wood – is a celebration of flavours drawn from Nairobi and Zanzibar all the way to the melting pot of Durban. Think spiced lentil soup, berber-spiced seafood curry, steamed mussels slowly steamed in pale ale and chalmar steak topped with masala butter.

The interior at Dukkah. Photo supplied.

Fork ‘n Cleaver (Midlands)

Located at the popular wedding venue, Netherwood Farm, this new meat-centric spot takes pride in using home-grown veggies and free-range beef. Expect great steaks and juicy Wagyu burgers alongside gorgeous Midlands views.

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Jack Salmon (Morningside)

Fans of this popular seafood brand can now get their seriously good sushi and fish-and-chips fix at this beautiful new location that is situated in the historic double-storey Natal Edwardian verandah house.

Khuluma (Morningside)

Khuluma – which means ‘to speak’ in Zulu – opened its doors in Station Drive in August and has since been flooding local Instagram feeds with its pink and emerald hues, good coffee and the best banana bread around.


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Lucky Shaker (Ballito)

The tropical-themed cocktail bar has now opened its doors further up the North Coast and its new venue with a balmy outdoor seating area. Sip on beautiful cocktails flavoured with fresh fruits and snack on taco boards and mini toasties to keep the hunger pangs at bay.


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Oh My Soul (Durban North)

This 100% vegan eatery caters for all plant-based foodies. The tiny spot boasts a larger-than-life menu filled with everything from vegan burgers (‘vurgers’) to waffles with vegan ice cream, vibrant brekkies and a delicious array of dairy-free coffees.

Taylor’s Kitchen (Morningside)

This eatery off Florida Road caters for meat lovers, vegans and healthy eaters. On any given day you’ll find freshly baked goods, breads from The Glenwood Bakery, buddha bowls, loaded sarmies, poké bowls, bagels and more. There are also homemade deli items on sale as well as cold-pressed juices and smoothies.


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Times Square (Morningside)

This new food-and-wine bar joins the slew of new spots opening up on Florida Road. The offering includes an extensive cocktail, beer and wine selection; easy-eating grub like pizzas, pastas, burgers and bagels; and large indoor and outdoor seating areas with televisions to catch any live sporting action.

Vicolo (Zimbali)

Vicolo is the latest offering from the team behind Old Town Italy. The restaurant and bar serves up pizzas and pastas as well as easy brunches and good coffee. The new spot is also pooch-friendly, so you can take your furry friend along and enjoy an al fresco meal sidewalk-style.


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