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Four15

Four15
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  • Phone Number 031 564 0415
  • Location 41 MacKeurtan Avenue, Durban North, Durban
  • email admin@four15.co.za
  • Website URL http://four15.co.za
  • Opening Hours

    Mondays 4pm to 9pm; Tuesday to Thursday 11am to 9pm; Fridays and Saturdays 11am to 9.30pm; Sundays 11am to 9pm

Cost
R85 avg main meal
Ambience
Comfy & casual, Family friendly
Food
Mexican
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R25

Critic's review

Nicola Ashe

Food
This popular Mexican restaurant encourages you to eat with your hands, so the tone is set for an elbow-licking meal. Expect a passionate South African take on fiesta flavours, with the addition of items like ‘boerie’ and chakalaka to the menu. The usual fare of tacos, burritos, quesadillas and fajitas will satisfy most tastebuds, with make-your-own or a la carte meat and vegetarian options, but it’s the inclusion of a few snacky dishes that make this a menu worth working through. Have a glass of bottomless soda handy for the three-cheese stuffed pickled jalapenos, coated in crispy corn batter and served with spicy tomato sauce. Make space for the angry onions – thickly sliced crispy Cajun-battered onion rings, served with a chilli-lime aioli.

A basket of gluten-free tortilla chips is another good way to start, but order sides of guacamole, picante cheese dip, or sour cream to accompany the complimentary salsa, as they could do with a bit of a flavour kick. Vegetarian dishes include traditional huevos rancheros (poached eggs served in jalapeno-spiced tomato and onion sauce, with shredded cheese and flour tortillas) and a variety of tofu dishes, including the WTF – ‘Where The Fajitas’ – a sizzling skillet of grilled onions, peppers and tofu, served with tortillas, sour cream, mixed cheese and Mexican rice or beans. The Baja fish tacos may look promising, but the beer-battered hake portions are not deboned and are tricky to eat. Luckily our server obligingly replaced them with the Malibu shrimp tacos with cilantro-lime dressing, which were tasty, but the Cajun grilled flavour could do with more oomph.

Drinks
A small local beer and wine menu is available, including Naked Mexican and Jack Black craft beers. There’s a cocktail menu and a tequila server who holds 20 shots and comes around to your table to tempt those feeling adventurous.

Service
Staff are energetic and friendly and although this restaurant started off as an order-at-the-counter service, they will now serve you at your table from start to finish.

Ambience
There’s no shortage of atmosphere, with brightly graffitied walls and décor that transport you to the Mission District of San Francisco.

And…
Leave room for dessert – the cinnamon sugar-coated churros are extremely moreish and the ‘trio licuados’ are sinful – three flavours of milkshake made with either toasted coconut, chocolate brownies and mint or, the clincher, a toasted s’more shake made with marshmallows, crushed tennis biscuits and cinnamon.

(September 2016)

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  • Nikita Buxton

    Food
    Offering diners a variety of giant tortillas filled with a mixture of Mission burrito (AKA San Fran burrito) ingredients, the new taquería-style eatery joins a host of popular spots on the up-and-coming foodie strip that is Mackeurtan Avenue. This is certainly no dainty affair. Be warned, the burritos are rather hefty. That said, each bite has a different flavour and texture combination, making it too tasty to not finish. Classic burrito combinations of cheese, beans, rice and pico de gallo are bundled up in a large tortilla-style wrap that has a thicker texture (similar to that of a roti). The vast menu features traditional offerings as well as a range of exotic options, such as the Thai Me Up Burrito with grilled chicken, roasted red peppers and a spicy Thai peanut sauce. The carnitas burrito, filled with slow-cooked pulled pork, has a wonderful smoky flavour to it, and is beautifully paired with coriander and lime-infused rice. The fajito-rito option is great for those who want to forgo the rice and beans and prefer fresher ingredients, such as grilled green peppers, onions and shredded lettuce. The Mission original with carne asada is bursting with slow-roasted beef, guacamole and all the trimmings. If you can fit in dessert, try the churros (if they haven’t already sold out) or the refreshing tri-colour sorbet.

    Drinks
    A limited range of beers, ciders and wines are available, but the list includes refreshing Coronas and Naked Mexican beers that are served with a slice of lemon. For some Mexican thirst-quenchers, tequilas and margarita cocktails are also on offer.

    Ambience
    The décor adds something bright and eclectic to Durban’s restaurant scene. Pops of colour accent the space with a corrugated wall boasting cheerful graffiti art. Brick walls and wonky wooden tables and chairs add warmth.

    Service
    One of the latest restaurants to adopt the fast-casual dining concept, this spot doesn’t offer a full table service. Instead, diners place their orders and pay at the counter before heading back to their tables, where enthusiastic waiters will serve the food.

    And …
    The kiddies can take advantage of the unlimited soda from the soda station for R20.

  • Nikita Buxton

    Local entrepreneurs and Wakaberry founders Michele and Ken Fourie recently opened this trendy San Francisco-inspired burrito bar on Mackeurtan Avenue, Durban North. Offering diners a variety of giant tortillas filled with a mixture of Mission burrito (AKA San Fran burrito) ingredients, the new taquería-style eatery joins a host of popular spots on this up-and-coming foodie strip. Nikita Buxton grabbed herself a seat at Four15 for a Mexican feast.

    Food

    This is certainly no dainty affair. To start, a simple choice of chips and dips get the taste buds going. Warm corn tortilla chips are served with unlimited salsa from the salsa station for R25, guacamole is R30, picante cheese dip is R30, or get a combo of all three for R68. The warm crunch of the chips and refreshing accompaniments make for a fairly tame yet welcoming starter before the burrito binging commences.

    Be warned, the burritos are rather hefty. That said, each bite has a different flavour and texture combination, making it too tasty to not finish. Classic burrito combinations of cheese, beans, rice and pico de gallo are bundled up in a large tortilla-style wrap that has a thicker texture (similar to that of a roti). The vast menu features traditional offerings as well as a range of exotic options, such as the Thai Me Up Burrito with grilled chicken, roasted red peppers and a spicy Thai peanut sauce.

    We tucked in to our selections, which were all served with a side of sour cream and unlimited salsa. The carnitas burrito was filled with slow-cooked pulled pork that had a wonderful smoky flavour to it. This was complemented brilliantly with a tang of coriander and lime-infused rice (R68). The fajito-rito option is great for those who want to forgo the rice and beans and prefer fresher ingredients, such as grilled green peppers, onions and shredded lettuce (R78). The Mission original with carne asada is bursting with slow-roasted beef, guacamole and all the trimmings (R68).

    The consensus at the table was that the food is full of flavour but slightly lacking in the chilli department. If you’re looking for that extra lashing of heat, the salsa bar has a few options with added mild chilli, but maybe order a few jalapeños on the side. For those who want to try their hand at crafting their own combination, there’s also a build-your-own section.

    If you can fit in dessert, try the churros (if they haven’t already sold out) or the refreshing tri-colour sorbet. The gourmet Mexican milkshakes sound worth a try with flavours such as the toasted coconut shake, toasted s’more shake, or the choc-mint-brownie shake.

    Drinks

    A limited range of beers, ciders and wines are available, but the list includes refreshing Coronas and Naked Mexican beers that are served with a slice of lemon. Corkage is only R10 if you want to sip on something special from your wine cellar. For some Mexican thirst-quenchers, tequilas and margarita cocktails are also on offer. The kiddies can take advantage of the unlimited soda from the soda station for R20.

    Ambience

    The décor is transporting and it adds something bright and eclectic to Durban’s restaurant scene. Pops of colour accent the space with a corrugated wall boasting cheerful graffiti art. Brick walls and wonky wooden tables and chairs add warmth and the quirky salsa station adds more playfulness to the room. The bar section features booth seating (perfect for a date) and a cosy corner couch with funky scatter cushions.

    Service

    One of the latest restaurants to adopt the fast-casual dining concept, this spot doesn’t offer a full table service. Instead, diners place their orders and pay at the counter before heading back to their tables, where enthusiastic waiters will serve the food. Drinks can be ordered at the bar or with your waiter, and can be added to your bill. The restaurant has also recently obtained a new tablet POS system to make things run a bit more efficiently.

    (September 2015)

User reviews

  • Firstly, the decor here is beautiful. From the colourful cushions to the murals on the wall, I was excited to eat here. My friends and I went on a Tuesday, which had a half-price off special on main meals for ladies (score!). We all ordered the Philly steak quesadilla. It was okay. I love Mexican food but there was no spice and the filling in the quesadilla was minimal. Fortunately for dessert, we had the churros which were delicious. Churros to the rescue! Regrettably, if it were not for the half price special, I don't think I would visit unless it was for dessert and drinks, which is a tad unfortunate because the place is beautiful.
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  • Tuesday night and I, nor my fiance are in the mood to cook so we decided on a little trip to Four15. Nestled just a few 100 metres from Rocomamas, this little gem is the best thing for a dreary Tuesday night after work. As we walked up to the "Please wait to be seated" sign we were greeted by the amazingly colourful atmosphere, instantly calming vibe and a wonderful staff member laughing hysterically. We were seated quickly with friendly laughter and an ever present calming atmosphere. Here we listened to our lovely waitress who told us how the ordering worked and kindly let us know that there is a weekly salsa dancing evening taking place just off to the side. This may bug others but not me. The salsa dancing made it better than I thought possible. To see others having so much fun salsa dancing really does help you transport to Mexico. The colourful and amazingly done graffiti on the corrugated iron placed on the walls to the colourful tables and chairs made it welcoming, hip and fun for all ages. I ordered a Mexican Bulldog which is not on the menu but the staff were more than happy to oblige and make me one. At R45 I got the nicest corona beer in a tequila based substance. AMAZE-BALLS! Totally worth every cent! Following the Mexican Bulldog I ordered the nachos and queso. WOWEE! The cheese was so amazingly thick but smooth, just with a touch of chilly and the amazingly crisp nacho chips! This is a started but my gosh I should have just had it as a main. The portions are extra large so remember that point before ordering starters and mains! I went a step further and did order mains. I ordered to build my own burrito. I chose steak, chips and sour cream. Yum Yum. Service was always fast and with big, friendly smiles! Needless to say my burrito was delicious, not too spicey and massive. I had to take half home! I would definitely not hesitate going to Four15 again, heck I might even go back tomorrow! Definitely a place for the whole family. If your in the mood to "Get away" for a couple hours and are looking for friendly, vibrant individuals who dont mind promoting their tequilas like experts - This is the place for you!
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  • First off i dont know what restaurant these visitors are reviewing...but seriously!!! Its not Mexican, its not Latino i dont what it is ,what i believe it is, is a fast food strip-mall concept of Mexican food from San Francisco. i dont know any "fresh" food that gets made as fast their so called burritos do....cold spots and uncooked beans included, you can feel the radiation still seeping off the food from the microwaves,and when you get through some of the"burrito" you start tasting the cold and frozen spots form the so called freshly wrapped produce the rest is straight out of a packet, bucket or some frozen box , which accounts for the flash like speed that the food arrives at the table after ordering, unless they have a brigade of 50 or so highly qualified chef individuals in the kitchen which i doubt very much. be prepared to have tasteless gluten loaded and flour based "food" thrown at you in plastic baskets with badly cut grease proof paper, which is how their "nachos" arrive , when i asked the "manager" if they had any corn based or gluten free products i could literally see the sweat pour off his face. their so called salsa bar is filled with tasteless varieties of salad tomatoes, white onion and some other scary things i was too scared to touch not less put in my mouth. after looking very disappointed we had what we assumed was the "chef" come to the table and very tersely apologized like she was chewing glass offering to discount up to almost everything on our table which just sealed the fact that she has less confidence in her food offering than we did. oh yeah and after we had a disappointing 45 mins of food experience, our drinks finally arrived. if you want a fastfood version of what mexican food has to offer by all means enjoy, if you looking for value for money, no heartburn and sensible healthy eating....... avoid....... the decor is very nice though.
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  • Great atmosphere BUT food is simply gross!!!
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  • Just enjoyed a really nice quick bite out with the hubby. Lovely spot, great team working there and making such an effort to make the evening a pleasure. Tasty and fun starter chips with salsa for the unlimited salsa bar - I've never seen such choice! Margarita for hubby was good and strong while my blueberry lemonade was delish. Almost couldn't fit a burrito in after the generous amount of tortilla chips and salsa but we made a plan and demolished two impressively large burritos. tasty spiced chicken and all the goodies made it well worthwhile but for those who are going to skip the sour cream ask for guacamole inside to keep it juicy. Such a pleasure - we will be back
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  • I am so happy to have this restaurant in our neighbourhood. Delicious burritos with unlimited salsas to choose from as well as tasty starters and yummy desserts. Service was great and it's a new and refreshing concept for Durban.

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  • Delicious burritos!

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  • My 'Carnitas' burrito was great - and the salsa bar a great concept (help yourself to a variety of salsas...at no extra cost). Add to that a few Naked Mexican beers (with lime) and a couple of tequilas and you have yourself an awesome little Mexican feast. I think they also stock the standard SAB selection of beers which is great. There are also other menu items but we just went for the burritos. The service side of things was a little confusing however. I guess the whole idea is to place your own food order, which is fine, but having to order drinks separately from the bar makes it all seem a bit disjointed. This shouldn't really be a problem if, for example, you go as a family and one person orders and pays, but if you're with a group of friends all paying individually this can be a bit of a mission. Be prepared to all go and place your orders and pay before eating - exactly like a take-away - and then do the same thing with the bar bill at the end. I think you may actually be able to request that a waiter takes the orders - this will probably be easier for larger tables. Not sure if the drinks can be added though. Maybe ask about this when you arrive. Awesome place. Will be back.
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  • Accepts credit cards
  • Child friendly
  • Dinner
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