You can have your 300g chargrilled sirloin with mushrooms, gorgonzola sauce, chips and salad, if you must. But the range of creative and well-prepared smaller dishes here are the real pull. And we’re not just talking about the pulled pork tacos – chewy, juicy, barbecue-tangy and nicely textured, served with spicy coleslaw and a dollop of cool chilli-cream. This is a place you come to drink the beer (given that it is brewed on-site) and to eat really good pub grub.
The culinary team at S43 are known for their gourmet burgers. Included is a Banting option, which sees the bun replaced with a roasted brown mushroom. Vegetarians are well catered for, with options like the chickpea, spinach and feta burger. S43’s focus on Spanish-style tapas and street food has resulted in a butter chicken bunny, Punjabi samoosas, and salt-and-pepper squid with a Vietnamese pineapple salad. The chargrilled Mediterranean veggies with hummus, marinated olives and ciabatta speaks for itself. Their beer-battered onion rings are a winner and the beer-braised chicken wings are perfectly sticky.
Be sure to leave space for the beer-and-honey ice-cream waffle with salted caramel and macadamia nut praline. If this sounds too substantial, their home-made ice cream selection — available by the scoop — includes flavours like beer-and-honey and white chocolate and poppy seed. Milkshake lovers will enjoy the fantastic Bar One milkshake.
A flight of beers is a good way to go if you want to sample their range of brews. Otherwise, go for their craft beers on tap, a small but decent (and well-priced) list of wines by bottle and glass, and five standout cocktails.
The service that used to be spotty has on recent visits become attentive and helpful.
This cavernous one-time warehouse in a formerly grungy Durban hotspot has an inviting party vibe, thanks to great use of space, graffiti, bold and distinctive use of colour, a few hardy plants, distinctive light fixtures and a mix of tables.
Ask for a brewery tour, which is available on request, as well as about their specials.
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