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Quo Restaurant

Quo Restaurant
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  • Location 082 320 7906
  • Phone Number Gillitts Shopping Centre, 2 Clifton Road, Gillitts, KwaZulu-Natal
  • email quorestaurant@gmail.com
  • Opening Hours

    Lunch: Tuesday to Sunday 12noon to 2.30pm

    Dinner: Tuesday to Saturday 6pm to 9pm

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Cost
R100
Ambience
Classic elegance
Food
Asian, Modern
Payment
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Critic's review

Nicola Jenvey

Food
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.

Drinks
The small, balanced wine list complements the food without an unreasonable mark-up.

Service
Professional, attentive service guarantees a seamless evening and requests are effortlessly accommodated.

Ambience
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.

And...
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.

(September 2016)

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  • Zama Memela

    Food
    Dishing up modern fusion cuisine with an Asian twist, the menu at Quo abounds with Eastern flavours thanks to the use of galangal and ginger, scallions, lemongrass and Thai basil. A starter to look out for is the Asian fillet bruschetta: the tender strips of rare fillet are coated in a fantastically dark, rich, sweet-and-sour oyster sauce. The pan-fried calamari in phad Thai sauce is cooked to creamy perfection; it’s the kind of dish that will leave you begging for some bread to scoop up the remaining sauce. Their flagship dessert is really worth mentioning: a bread-and-butter-pudding prepped with croissants, cranberries, white Belgian chocolate, vanilla and cinnamon and served with vanilla ice cream. Also worth a try is their French nougat with Belgian milk chocolate.

    Drinks
    The eatery offers a selection of reasonably priced wines by the palate and the glass, with something for every palate. Ask the well-informed waitron for a wine pairing suggestion with your meal.

    Service
    The mantra here is service with a smile. Staff members will talk you through the menu, with recommendations like Quo’s signature dish – a succulent pork belly that the chef is probably prepping freshly for dinner at that very moment.

    Ambience
    A perfect balance of Asian calm and maritime atmosphere. The gentle blue and green colour scheme creates a zen-like experience. Soft rock and jazz music in the background, paired with the sounds of laughter and clinking glasses make it a very relaxing venue. This is the perfect spot either for a gathering of friends and family or a casual first date.

    And…
    Keep an ear to the ground for Quo’s daily dinner specials. That pork belly is really a must-try!

    (July 2014)

  • Food
    Jonathan Jones of Nourish fame has brought his immense talent to the upper Highway area with this latest venture. His style is modern fusion, concentrating on simple, pure flavours, with a lightness and deftness of touch. The ingredients are always fresh, seasonal and first class. Samples might include a good prawn salad, a Vietnamese-inspired chicken in coconut broth, fillet with goat’s cheese or even hoisin-spiced lamb cutlets. The five-spice roast pork belly was one of the best meals this year.

    Wine
    An enticing list is exceptionally well priced.

    Service
    Efficient, friendly and inviting.

    Ambience
    Elegant, light and minimalist, yet remarkably comfortable. The duck blue walls livened with pots of blooming orchids. There’s a patio out back for those balmy summer evenings or lazy Friday lunches.

    And...
    All ice creams and desserts are made on the premises, but the bread and butter pudding has a serious reputation. (FC, October 2012)

User reviews

  • Great restaurant; good ambience, service, food.
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  • We lunched at Quo yesterday for the fourth time. We were treated once again to wonderful fare and excellent service. I look forward with anticipation to our next visit.
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  • Went for dinner. Jonathan greeted us at the door and checked in on us during the night. What a friendly n hospitable gentleman. He really gives the place his warm n welcoming personality. I had the muscles as a starter. It was full of flavour n delicious. The pork belly was great. N the bread n butter pudding was Devine. Also loved the beautiful orchids on the walls. Good service. A great evening out. Will definitely go back.
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  • A friend raved about quo and treated me to lunch there today. One of the best meals I have had in that area. Will definitely be back. I had the fillet roll it was delicious and the bread and butter pudding was worth the 25 minute wait to make it. Well done on an excellent meal
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  • I wanted to share that I have just had the most amazing service from the owner Jonathan. I called from Cape Town to make a reservation as a surprise for my Fathers birthday this Sunday ( he lives in Durban). Jonathan was so accommodating that he totally blew me away. From making sure he orders the champagne I wanted to being so accommodating in terms of me making payment for the meal from Cape Town. Its no wonder you have such amazing reviews! Well done!
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  • Quo has to be one of the best in Durban. The fresh flavours and dishes with a difference make it worth travelling up the hill for. We would go much more often if Quo was closer to Durban. This is a real gem. Well done Jonathan Jones.
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  • We headed to Quo on a whim and luckily arrived early as they were completely fully booked! The location isn't great but the food was fantastic - we had the fillet baguette with parmesan cream and the seafood linguine. Great fresh produce, done beautifully, along with good service - overall an excellent option in an area a little low on restaurant talent!

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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Alfresco
  • Beer served
  • Breakfast
  • Child friendly
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Takeaways
  • Vegetarian
  • Wheelchair

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