5 great places for fish tacos in Durban

They’ve got the perfect combo of crunch and zing, and they go particularly well with an icy cocktail. Here’s where to get your fish taco fix in balmy Durban.

El Toro (Durban North)

This Mexican tapas spot is known for its rowdy, tequila-infused nights. To soak up the Mezcal, order a batch of tacos to share. Get yours soft or crispy, filled with hake and minted peas (R56 for two), or with fresh and zingy tuna ceviche (R79 for two). The tacos fillings are tossed with grilled mixed veg and unique chipotles and cremas.

Four15 (Durban North)

This San Fran-inspired burrito bar has branched out to offer a good taco selection. Get your fix with the Baja fish tacos with beer-battered hake, diced tomatoes, crunchy cabbage slaw and mixed cheese. A chilli-lime aioli brings it all together with a creamy kick (R89). If it’s shellfish you’re in the mood for, try the Malibu shrimp tacos with cajun shrimp, fresh slaw, avo, salsa fresca and that same zingy aioli (R99).

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Lucky Shaker (Umhlanga)

Known for their killer cocktails, this tropical-themed bar also does a mean soft flour taco to pair with the booze. Order the fish tempura version filled with citrus mayo, radish, cabbage, fresh coriander and a jalapeño relish (R55). Order yours with a lettuce wrap if you’re feeling virtuous.

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Salsa Mexican Grill (Umhlanga)

New to the Umhlanga restaurant scene is this vibrant Mexican brand. The festive menu features all kinds of taco-centric options. Build your own with a hard shell, soft shell, or lettuce shell and fill it to your heart’s content. Alternatively, go for the El Pescado taco filled with beer-battered hake, brown and wild rice, chopped lettuce, roasted corn, red-hot salsa and white cheddar (R78).

The fish tacos at Salsa Mexican Grill. Photo supplied.

Surf Riders (OR Tambo Parade)

As this surf shack is adjacent to the beach, it’s no surprise that they’ve got this fish taco thing down. Get a fresh local tuna poké taco served with greens, lime, chilli sauce and dots of Japanese mayo, or a wood-fired and shredded snapper soft-shell taco with guacamole and crunchy slaw (R85). Get it with a sneaky side of fries for good measure.

The snapper tacos at Surf Riders. Photo supplied.

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