Located on Station Drive, this restaurant, bar and brewery from the team behind Cafe 1999 and Unity Brasserie makes for the perfect weekend haunt.
The Durban-inspired tapas and street-food offering here lends itself perfectly to beer-fuelled evenings. It’s social dining with colourful and familiar flavours.
Starters are perfectly suited to table feasting and pairing with a draught. Kick things off with tapas bites like moreish deep-fried Kalamata olives stuffed with ricotta and served with chilli mayo; or lentil, chilli and feta samoosas with a minty yoghurt dip. Meat-eaters will enjoy sticky beer-braised chicken wings or the parmesan and herb-crusted marrow bones.
The tacos are great for smaller appetites or sharing with the table. The vegan-friendly black bean tacos filled with guacamole and tomato are a surprising hit, and the pulled pork or spicy chicken versions both have a good kick of chilli.
If you’re after something a little larger, the gourmet burger menu satisfies all tastes. The pleasingly crunchy southern-fried chicken burger with slaw and pickles ticks all the boxes, while the Durban burger combines a good beef patty with spiced pineapple, bacon and mature cheddar for a tangy bite. The veggie burger – made with chickpeas, spinach and feta – is a slight letdown in texture, but still offers decent flavour.
Other comforting mains include a mild butter chicken bunny, pork spare ribs, and an indulgent fried chicken waffle with bacon, pickles and a chilli crème.
End on the homemade beer and honey ice cream melting over warm golden waffles with a salted caramel praline.
Beers are the order of the day here. Order a brew from That Brewing Co. or sip on familiar wines from Mullineux, Jordan and Fairview. The cocktails are also great – try the refreshing Short Sean with gin, mint and cucumber, charged with soda and lemonade.
Chances are you’ll be here when it’s busy, which might mean some slow service. However, the team is still super friendly and keeps drinks topped up.
Industrial, with touches of blues and greenery to add a pop of colour. It’s cool and fits in with the Station Drive atmosphere. Weekends can get loud when the DJ comes out, so be sure to get your orders in before the party begins.
Drinks and tapas with mates.
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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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