Local craft brewery Robson’s Real Beer has opened a laid-back eatery on Durban’s old Point Road. Eat Out critic Nikita Buxton heads out for a few cold ones and some tasty pub grub.
Best for: Beer-filled meals with mates
Parking: There is some parking on the street
Price: The average main costs between R80 and R100
Star ratings: Food 4, service 3, ambience 4
The menu at Robson’s is split into sections of lighter eats, boards, salads, pub meals, burgers and pizzas. On the lighter end of the spectrum, the Ducking Good spring rolls are ideal for a fuss-free lunch. The golden scrolls are filled with spicy barbecue pulled duck and served with a Japanese dipping mayo and fluffy chips. If you’re a seafood fan, the pint of crispy panko prawns is just the ticket. These are plump, golden and sweet and served with fries and a slightly unusual garlicky skordalia (a Greek-style potato dip).
The San Diego catch of the day is fried in beer batter and is a good pub grub choice, but it’s the burgers here that tick all the boxes. The Thor’s burger is made up of a juicy 100% beef patty with smoky bacon, mature cheddar, braised onions and a homemade Jack Daniel’s barbecue sauce. It’s rib-stickingly good and is the perfect beer accompaniment. As for desserts – if you have any space left – go for a Nutella milkshake.
Robson’s beers are proudly on display here. The bar is equipped with draught taps of all their brews and they also offer a nifty beer tasting flight. For others, there are a few easy-drinking wines like Pierre Jourdan Tranquille, or look to the list of refreshing cocktails.
Friendly but a little unsure.
The eatery is housed inside the brewery, which lends it a cool, industrial feel. The hum of the beer tanks, wooden tables and exposed brick offer extra ambience to the space. Be sure to nab a table outside in the shade on hot and humid days as the interior doesn’t have any air-conditioning.
They have great weekday specials as well as live music and trivia quizzes on certain evenings. Check out their Facebook page for updates.
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