Market serves simple, seasonal cuisine, using locally sourced, preferably organic ingredients, meaning the fine-dining experience constantly changes and specials are proudly displayed on the chalkboard.
All-day breakfasts encompass pastry treats like cinnamon hotcakes with banana, crème fraîche and honey; savoury crumpets with crispy bacon, poached egg and onion marmalade; and the full-house breakfast stack that speaks to the heart of English classic morning food: organic eggs, streaky bacon, hand-crafted lamb sausage, sautéed portabellini mushrooms, roasted cherry tomatoes and toast.
Casual lunches embrace complex global taste sensations, with the likes of flame-grilled steak with home-made chips; pan-fried calamari with quinoa, feta, red pesto and macadamia salad; home-made falafel with hummus, salsa and sesame salad; and spicy prawn couscous salad.
The warm and perfectly cooked hoisin-plum shredded duck salad showcases the delicate richness of this meat, while the white-truffle spaghetti carbonara is the essence of decadence, with pancetta and baby spinach cooked in a cream-and-egg sauce and finished with parmesan and white-truffle oil.
Main dinner choices satisfy every taste, from superbly delivered steaks or crusted Karoo lamb rack to free-range duck confit leg and pan-fried breast. Fresh line fish and South African game are available on request; the aroma rising from the Moroccan-spiced lamb burger with mint and feta has the taste buds tingling when it arrives on the table.
The casual menu opens innovative opportunities for vegetarian and pescetarian patrons, from open ravioli to grilled aubergine parcels stuffed with quinoa, courgettes and ricotta, served with crispy halloumi and a green Thai curry sauce or a spicy prawn couscous salad.
Anyone with space still remaining may be tempted by the chef’s speciality desserts.
The extensive wine list pays homage to Durban’s growing wine-drinking culture, with diligence paid to a balance across the price ranges, varietals and wineries without exorbitant mark-ups. Both the large names and the smaller, niche producers hold pride of place on the list, boasting award-winning wines with in-depth explanations on each wine type.
Slick professionalism always makes visiting Market entertaining.
The classic 1930s colonial building behind which Market is situated, coupled with the fairy-lit trees and calming water feature surrounded by a ring of leopard trees, completes the romantic experience, whether meant for intimacy with a partner or special times with friends.
Market is always available for large parties, private functions and weddings, but municipal noise regulations mean patrons must vacate by 11pm.
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