outdoor seating at Mundo Vida

Mundo Vida Restaurant

Cost
R115 avg main meal
Ambience
Special occasions, Views
Food
Bistro fare, Modern, Seafood, Thai
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
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Food
Given the idyllic coastal setting, seafood is high on the agenda. Starters include deep fried salt and pepper calamari teamed with a spicy Asian style salad and tom yum aioli; wild KZN oysters and generous fishcakes with a sweet chilli dipping sauce. Main course highlights run the gauntlet from tequila prawns (in a tequila, lemon and chilli sauce with capsicum and dill, served with basmati rice and a tomato and mint salad) and there are normally three types of fresh fish available including sustainable, farmed kabeljou. There is an undeniable Asian influence – try the slow-roasted pork belly with a red dragon sauce, egg noodles and sautéed Asian vegetables. But the menu also includes a few well-considered pizzas and pastas. All of the beautifully presented dishes are a riot of colour and texture.

Drinks
The stellar wine list represents a selection of South Africa’s most highly regarded estates. Sauvignon blanc dominates the list and there is a good choice of wines served by the carafe. Happily, the quality wines offer lower mark-ups than one might expect. A smattering of Champagnes, prosecco and Lambrusco lend international representation. There is also a cocktail collection focusing on fresh flavours and contemporary interpretations.

Service
Seamless service is provided by a slew of friendly staff who work well together. They keep popping up and checking in with friendly smiles and a casual air that belies attention to detail and an industrious work ethic.

Ambience
There is something life affirming about the ocean tantalising the senses – the crash of the waves, smell of the salty air and 180 degree sea views. The restaurant combines serene blue walls and subtle marine accents but it’s the covered wooden deck area that entices. The elegant simplicity of tables bedecked in white linen and wine glasses forms a subtle backdrop to the breath taking views.

And…
There is a delicious banting menu.

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User reviews

  • What can I say about Joni and her amazing team. Always greeted with a smile and a huge hug. From George her amazing Manager to the waiters and waitresses you ALWAYS get the best service and attention with the utmost professionalism. The food is 5 star, there is not one dish I have had there that I have had a problem with. From their Beach Garden Salad .....to die for, to their steaks, prawns, roasted pork belly to their amazing deserts. I would highly recommend this amazing restaurant which is for me by far my favourite.
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  • As a late Valentines lunch, my husband and I visited Mundo Vida yesterday for a full three course meal. The breathtaking views from the beautiful contemporary restaurant overlooking the Umdloti beach in combination with the cool relaxing atmosphere makes it the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of our busy life. The speedy service from the warm, welcoming and friendly waitresses; together with the most exquisite and delectable food made our visit to Mundo Vida the perfect eating spot. My hubby and I started our afternoon sipping on cocktails whilst admiring the panoramic views from the deck. I enjoyed a pinna colada whilst my hubby had a cosmopolitan. The drinks were made with sheer skill and passion and made every sip worth while. We had the famous duck spring roll for starters which certainly lived up to its raving reputation! The duck was cooked to perfection whilst the spring roll encapsulating the pieces of duck had the perfect crisp. Good food and drinks were certainly on our agenda this afternoon. For mains, I had the prawn and calamari and my hubby had the chicken and prawn combo. I must commend the chef for cooking the prawn perfectly. It was not over cooked nor under cooked but prepared just right! My hubby's mains also looked pretty darn amazing and I was tempted to have an occasional taste here and there, and oh boy, it was definitely worth it. The chicken was delish! We finished our evening with the signature Oreo cheesecake laced with Milkybar.. I'm not one for desserts but when I tasted this, I had no choice but to indulge in every bit of the piece of heaven laying before me, including the edible flowers!! :D I would definitely recommend Mundo Vida to anyone wishing to enjoy beautiful food and transporting views in the most complementary tranquil setting. We cant wait to return to enjoy our next meal, next time under the starry moonlit sky which im sure will be just as special! :)
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  • My family and I have been there numerous times and as always, there was great food, great service and the beautiful view just adds that little bit extra!!! I had the Jalapeno Sirloin with veg and shoestring fries.........My steak was cooked to perfection and the cheese and jalapeno sauce just oozing with flavor!!! Will definitely be back
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  • Just ate here this afternoon, have visited many times but we will not go back. Three reasons: I understand and accept this restaurant has two sittings but the owner put such pressure on us to order our main course - " have you decided yet, I will come back in 2 minutes, when we said we would like some more time she says I will come back in 5 minutes Secondly we could hear the chef calling the orders through the closed doors, we had chosen to sit inside but surely this is not right, destroys the ambience. The food was good but not outstanding. We were more than prepared to have a long relaxed lunch so we felt we constantly being pushed to finish and leave. In fact when we left both the senior waiter and the owner, barely said good bye.
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  • I eat here often and have always had a great experience. The food is brilliant, never had a meal that was less than perfect.
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  • Wonderful food and a beautiful setting.

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  • Magic prawns with shoestring fries, wasabi mayo and fresh salad with honey mustard dressing - superb.

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  • Food was good, yet the service was pathethic - We never got asked not once if everything was okay. When my food arrived it was cold and had to be resent to be warmed up. When we were done the waitress asked if she could clean up the plates not even attempting to ask if the food was to our satisfaction - In my opion a waste of money as we expected much more.

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  • Their food is excellent and affordable! We can take the children and enjoy a superb meal ! Their chicken and cous cous is unbelievable!

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  • Excellent food quality, good portions, friendly service, great value for money and awesome!
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  • Wow! Great fresh fish and seafood. The french fries are the BEST. You can taste Dons passion in his food. Joni ensures service is excellent . Beautiful seaviews. All together a winning comibination.
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Facilities

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

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