This is Durban street food at its best – a simple, limited chicken-based menu made using good-quality ingredients. The well-priced menu embraces 1980s Durban surfer slang with tjips (chips) made from locally sourced potatoes and hand-cut at the shop with skins intact. The Afro’s sauces – served as chilli, lemony or 50/50 – are made in small batches with local ingredients and no colourants, preservatives, emulsifiers or additives.
Breakfast options include bacon or egg and bacon rolls, a breakfast wrap with bacon, scrambled egg and chilli chutney, or the regmaaker option of egg, streaky bacon, chicken strips, tjips, chicken livers and a toasted roll. The chicken strips (coated and deep fried) and tjips options range from the regular version to kiff (with avo), laanie (with avo and bacon) and laaitie’s chow (the child’s portion), all served with the choice of sauces.
This is a sunrise rather than sundowners venue, so coffee and cooldrinks rather than alcohol take centre stage. The OR Tambo Parade outlet does not offer the barista blend premium roasted coffee, but patrons can still enjoy reasonably priced cappuccinos, americanos and hot chocolates in 250ml and 350ml coffees. (Save R3 by bringing your own mug.) The regular range of sugary cooldrinks is available, but there are limited options on sugar-free ones.
Patrons are welcomed with characteristic laid-back Durban warmth and a smile only beaten by the view looking out at the ships sailing in and out of the port. A bamboo-covered al fresco dining area, comprising wooden benches and tables, accompanies the bright yellow shop container and encourages conversation between patrons. The time between placing your order and receiving it is inexplicably long, even when there are only one or two customers at the container.
The eThekwini Municipality has significantly invested into upgrading the Durban promenade to encourage tourists and locals to walk, cycle and enjoy the natural beauty. Afro’s fits into this ambience as an eatery located on the promenade. Patrons can catch something to eat and drink as a rest-stop in their walk or people-watch from under the shade of the bamboo canopy and thrill in the buzz that is beach life, sun and blue skies. There are no limits to Afro’s appeal, be it young children and their active parents, older people loving the sun or surfers.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Afro’s has taken the stance to remove plastic drinking straws from all its branches to help reduce waste.