5 eateries for inspired brunches around Durban

Brunch might just be the most important meal of the day – especially on a lazy Saturday or Sunday morning, when tables are laden with something eggy, buttery and boozy. These five trendy Durban eateries have their brunch games on-point, with interesting combos like wild-boar prosciutto, chakalaka eggs Benny, and rooibos flapjacks. Here’s where to get your mid-morning fix this weekend.

The Boiler Room (Morningside)

This bright and breezy eatery keeps things exciting with its fun and creative breakfast, brunch and lunch grub. Weekend brunch specials might feature the likes of scrambled egg and spring-onion croissant with wild-boar prosciutto, cheddar cheese and chutney; or braised short-rib sloppy Joe with basil-chilli pesto, chips and coleslaw. If you’re looking at the standard menu, brunchy favourites include braised short-rib on potato hash; spicy beans with smoky pork, sour cream and poached egg; boursin-and-black-pepper omelette with chives; and breakfast buns with egg, basil mayo and grilled mushrooms.

Freedom Café (Greyville)

This artsy spot is ideal for lingering brunches under the trees. The Benedict menu will have you torn between options served with chakalaka or sliced pork sausage, while the Turkish brekkie with boiled eggs, cucumber, Castelvetrano olives and feta will keep things fresh and light. There’s also a whole section dedicated to ‘things on toast’ as well as healthy super-food dishes. If you’re looking for French toast, they’ve got you covered with toppings of bacon jam or pear and Nutella. Wash your brunch down with a robot juice or go for the boozy options like the Red Snapper with gin, tomato juice and horseradish.

The Glenwood Bakery (Glenwood)

Locals flock to this suburban gem for lazy mid-morning feasts. While the classic eggs Benedict is wildly popular here, it’s the weekly specials that get us truly excited. Options might include savoury lamb mince with poached eggs on toast; buckwheat blinis with salmon and crème fraîche or raspberries and ice cream; or sourdough toast topped with roasted tomatoes and olive tapenade. Take a bottle of bubbles along with you to seal the deal, or sip on one of the expertly made coffees.

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The Joint Jazz Café (OR Tambo Parade)

This new jazz spot on the beachfront is not serving up tasty shisanyama only. Enjoy a late start with one of the sunny breakfast options that are served all day. The Mzansi-inspired choices include eggs with mushrooms, chakalaka beans, local wors and belly bacon; pork sausage on sweet potato toast; and a toppling Zulu flapjack stack served with rooibos syrup, whipped cream, banana, bacon, lemon and basil ricotta. If you’re into the simpler things, go for Marmite on toast, or a boozy Bloody Mary liquid breakfast with celery.

Parc Café (Glenwood)

This easy-going favourite is known for serving brilliant brunches on the sidewalk. The Not So Benedict is always a win, with a flurry of salty capers on top. Other exciting options might include croque monsieur with charcuterie, cheese and a brinjal pickle; soft polenta with smoked tomato concasse and a poached egg; or the sweet and satisfying toasted brioche with rosewater-poached stone fruit, home-made cheese curd and pistachios. Be sure to grab a spot early to enjoy the live acoustic music on the pavement.

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