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Jack Salmon Fish House (Glenashley)

Jack Salmon Fish House (Glenashley)
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Cost
R130
Ambience
Comfy & casual
Food
Health food, Modern, Seafood
Payment
Amex, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Nicola Ashe

Food
For a coastal city, Durban somehow lacks in the seafood restaurant category, so Jack Salmon scores big with its fresh-from-the-sea-to-your-plate promise. In keeping with the Mediterranean feel of the space, order a meze platter of olives, halloumi, calamari tubes and tentacles to start. The halloumi is grilled and then finished off on an open flame, giving the cheese a smoky golden crust which, once drizzled with fresh lemon juice, proves irresistible. The lemon butter grilled tubes are plump and tender – a sure sign that a seafood restaurant knows what it’s doing.

Crumbed calamari steak fingers or grilled tubes, stuffed with prawns and skewered with peppers, also feature on the menu, along with shucked oysters and steamed mussels (when available).

A range of seafood dishes, including salads, shellfish and pasta, might make it difficult to choose, in which case opt for one of the seafood platters. The Captain’s Platter of prawns, calamari and catch of the day (which could be dorado) is recommended, or try one of their signature dishes such as the parmesan- and panko-crumbed kingklip, a delicious symphony of flavours topped with tomato salsa, olives and capers.

If you can squeeze in a dessert after that, go with the waiter’s recommendation of decadent Death by Brownie.

Drinks
A good selection of white, red and rose cultivars is available, with some pricey bubbly options, too. You could easily be in a dinkum coastal taverna, with wine flowing and a convivial atmosphere on a buzzing evening.

Service
Welcoming and friendly.

Ambience
It feels like you’ve stepped into a beautiful café in the Mediterranean, with white-washed pebble walls and nautical touches in the form of wooden oars and seaside-scene wallpaper and not one kitsch hanging net in sight. However, it must be noted that you have to enter and leave the restaurant through a fog of smokers.

And…
They offer freshly made sushi at half price and and 30% off platters until 6.30pm from Monday to Saturday. (NA)

(September 2016)

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  • Durban’s best seafood-only restaurant. Savour the sea views during the day and quality, super-fresh seafood any time. Best for a lazy, long lunch. Stand-out dishes: chargrilled tuna with a dressing of lime, coriander, mint and hint of chilli; local black mussels steamed with wine and a Napoli cream sauce with a touch of chilli; and poached Norwegian salmon. ­(EO mag 2014)
  • Food
    One of the signature dishes, calamari tubes are stuffed with prawns, skewered with capsicum, seasoned with peri peri and char-grilled. Other starters include beautiful local mussels steamed with white wine and Napoli cream sauce with a touch of chilli, and snapper chowder served with ciabatta. Jack Salmon’s two iconic fish dishes are salmon poached in a prawn seafood sauce and tuna done with a fresh lime, coriander, mint and chilli dressing. The gourmet fish and chips option is fresh kingklip done in a beer batter, while delicious fish cakes also incorporate prawns and are served with a lemon, pineapple and sweet chilli dipping sauce. Kabeljou is lightly coated in curry powder with a yoghurt, mint, cucumber and banana salsa, or seasoned with parmesan and crumbed then topped with roasted tomatoes, olives and capers. The kabeljou is farmed in East London and other fish is supplied by nearby fish shop Bartho’s http://eatout.co.za/Stores-Markets/634/Durban/Fish/Barthos. Jason collects twice a day to ensure freshness and buys loins so steaks can be cut to order. The menu will be tweaked every two months and John is currently working to create a light lunchtime menu that will launch in the next few weeks. Jason is planning to implement a captain’s table, which will offer its very own specials, and is also hoping to extend the outside deck and add a built-in braai on which to cook fish whole.

    Wine
    The wine list is a well-considered list of local wines that is cognisant of the seafood pairings and has reasonable mark-ups.

    Service
    ServiceJason is omni-present and, despite his easy charm and ready smile, is relentless in ensuring that his young team of service staff is attentive, knowledgeable and offering the same standard delivered by the food.

    Ambience
    “We have taken the sea and the kitchen and put this in between,” Jason says indicating to the airy interior. It revolves around a crisp white palette that is fresh rather than stark, and a wall papered with a sepia photograph of a boat on a beach is the only nod towards the marine theme. The main attraction is the sweeping view of the Indian Ocean framed by stacking doors that open up the front of the restaurant. “We walked up the stairs and saw the view and said we’ll take it,” says Jason talking about their search for the right premises. “We hadn’t even gone inside and didn’t have a name; we didn’t have a menu and had no staff members.”

    And...
    This semi-fine dining restaurants is the furthest thing from a 'fish and chips' shop. (Tracy Gielink, July 2013)

User reviews

  • Couldn't have asked for a better evening. We spend New Years here and form have a single regret. The food is fantastic and you can really see that the owner has poured his soul into each and every detail. Definitely going back soon!!!!
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  • Having heard so many great reviews from friends at last experienced this restaurant. We enjoyed top rate friendly service and a delicious meal. Really enjoyed the amazing chargrilled taste.

    Welldone!

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  • Wonderful service and great reception. The food was amazingly fresh and well prepared. Great selection of wine. Fresh oysters were outstanding . The King prawns were a major let down though. I could have bought bigger prawns from the bait shop. A better alternative to Ocean Basket (glorified fish & chips) or Cape Town Fish Market.
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  • Given that our favourite seafood restaurant in Durban was closed we decided to try Jack Salmon after hearing about its winning awards. Great views as expected and ambience was very nice. We went for the mussel starter with the Napoli sauce which was delicious so I expected great things from the rest of our meal. Sushi was average, too much rice so we couldn't really taste the fish. The main was very disappointing. I went for the signature salmon dish. The fish arrived drowning in gluggy sauce that reminded me of packet soup. I was really not impressed at all. My husband's grilled prawns were just ok. He enjoyed the rice more.

    Really expected more from this award winning restaurant.
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  • We went out for dinner with friends ....the sushi is the best that we have tasted thus far ...our mains was just as awesome.

    We will be returning.

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  • As far as ambiance goes, the venue is a little lacking. I could attribute it to poor weather, resulting in the venue having to close the blinds. Their décor is, however, clean and slick which is a positive. It cleverly uses classy individual pieces that result in the diner knowing they are in a seafood restaurant without having to stare up at any rescued fishing nets and defunct buoys.
    Service from our waiter was very average indeed, but looking around it seemed other tables were getting acceptable attention.
    My starter (Crispy Calamari Tentacles) was average, not helped that it arrived a little on the cold side with a rather strange-tasting dipping sauce. I had a mix of fish, prawns and calamari for mains and although a little on the small side, the taste and preparation were fantastic. In general, the menu is fairly simple and lacks the option of anything special. No ‘crays’ (unless they have a seasonal menu) and no crab or ‘langos’. That said, they say they are a “fish house” and indeed they live up to that.
    For a seafood restaurant, the wine list is well-balanced with a solid selection of whites and a few reds for the folk who may order the beef fillet that the menu offers. Bubble options (MCC or other) are conspicuous by their absence which I found rather disappointing.
    Jack Salmon is worth a try if you like fish.

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  • What a great place! Went there on a windy, chilly Durban lunchtime and was majorly impressed by food and service. Best chow I've had in Durban for ages.

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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Child friendly
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Smoking
  • Takeaways
  • WiFi

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