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Review: Tender burgers and satisfying sides at Afro’s Chicken in South Beach, Durban

One of the best options for a succulent chicken burger in Durbs is still Afro’s on OR Tambo Parade, says Eat Out critic Nikita Buxton.

Fast facts

Best for: Casual breakfast or lunch from Monday to Sunday
Cost: Average main meal is R45
Serves: Light meals, chicken and burgers
Star ratings: Food 4, ambience 5, service 4

The infamous yellow container on Durban's South Beach. Photo supplied.

The infamous yellow container on Durban’s South Beach. Photo supplied.

Food

The team at Afro’s does chicken, and they do it extremely well. The signature chicken burgers are still as popular as ever, and with good reason. Soft, flour-dusted bread rolls are filled with succulent chicken breast that has been braaied to perfection. The chicken is then topped with either a tangy lemon marinade or the hot option with fiery chilli. If you’re a heat seeker, the spicy version is sensational. It’s messy, but in the best kind of way. Carb dodgers can still get their chicken fix with the option of the chicken salad or juicy strips, which are marinated to perfection in your choice of sauce.

The chicken burger and chips at Afro's. Photo supplied.

The chicken burger and chips at Afro’s. Photo supplied.

As for the sides, the ‘tjips’ here are the real deal: Hand cut, rustic and chunky, they exhibit that elusive fluffiness on the inside and have the perfect crunch on the outside. There’s also a choice of colourful coleslaw that’s been doused in homemade mayo, a refreshing avo-and-mango salsa, and pineapple relish.

Chicken strips, chips and fresh slaw at Afro's. Photo supplied.

Chicken strips, chips and fresh slaw at Afro’s. Photo supplied.

Drinks

Drinks are simple. No alcohol is served, but you can opt for sustainable African-sourced coffees, fruit juices, iced tea, soft drinks, and mineral water.

Service

This is fast-casual style. Place your order at the counter, find your spot at one of the tables, and wait for your number to be called. The staff here are super efficient and friendly, making Afro’s an ideal spot for a speedy work lunch.

The stretch of promenade makes the perfect backdrop for lunch at Afro's. Photo supplied.

The stretch of promenade makes the perfect backdrop for lunch at Afro’s. Photo supplied.

Ambience

You can’t go wrong with a view of the Indian Ocean. Grab your meal to go and find a spot on the beach, or perch in the shade of the funky yellow container as you people-watch on the promenade.

And…

Afro’s Chicken has taken the stance to remove plastic drinking straws from all its branches to help reduce waste.

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