This iconic, award-winning restaurant holds a special place in the hearts of local and travelling diners as a gem hidden away in the Gillitts shopping centre courtyard. There is the all-embracing welcome from owner Jonathan Jones himself; the professionalism from staff that ensures an efficient evening and the innovation of the menu that keeps drawing back its regulars. The prawn pot with Asian chilli and ginger sauce is a sublime starter or try the calamari in a phad Thai sauce.
The mains capture global food interpretations that can be delivered as a round-the-world experience at the table – from baguettes with fillet of beef, honey-glazed onions and a parmesan and garlic cream sauce to linguini with cherry tomatoes, garlic, chilli, basil and rocket and additional prawn, chicken or calamari and chorizo or mussels, prawns and mixed seafood with a variety of Asian-inspired sauces and broths.
Each dish is comes in hearty portions with individual taste experienced in each bite, but also a holistic experience that exemplifies an innovative, modern chef.
Desserts cross boundaries with traditional bread and butter pudding to Turkish nougat, caramel and brandy pears or ice-cream and strawberries. Again, each bite is worth savouring and worth keeping space after sublime starters and mains.
The small, balanced wine list complements the food without an unreasonable mark-up.
Professional, attentive service guarantees a seamless evening and requests are effortlessly accommodated.
The minimalistic white and glass décor and trademark live orchid collection along the main wall exudes crisp elegance for a memorable fine dining experience. The al fresco outdoor area is an ideal venue for Durban’s balmy summer evenings.
The signature pork belly is not listed on the menu, so always ask the waitron for availability as it is a worthy contender for the best you will have tasted.
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