The Grill Room at The Oyster Box Hotel

The Grill Room at The Oyster Box Hotel
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R200 avg main meal
Groups, Special occasions
Fine-dining food, Indian, Modern
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Critic's review

Nicola Ashe

Chef Kevin Joseph aims to incorporate fresh local ingredients with global appeal, while catering to a clientele that expects refined elegance. Once you’ve settled into your pillowy seat, nibble on a selection from the hors-d'oeuvre trolley while perusing the evening’s menu – this is a dining experience designed to ensure that you enjoy classic Grill Room touches, along with Gueridon service, where servers prepare some menu items tableside.

These could include charcoal-grilled chateaubriand with flamed mushrooms and a rich béarnaise sauce, or a seafood platter featuring a decadent array of shellfish, line fish, calamari and mussels. The highlight is a beautifully simple dish of prawns served with lemon-infused jasmine rice, burnt lime and a spicy habanero-and-coriander sauce, drizzled lavishly with butter.

An array of fish dishes highlights the proximity to the coast and showcases the versatility of this protein – the Earl Grey smoked salmon is infinitely delicate, served with an unctuous truffle risotto, crisp bacon, parmesan tuille and a creamy white wine sauce.

The Oyster Box is renowned for its fine curries and the Journey to India menu features a delicious butter chicken, Natal lamb and Singaporean fish curry served with basmati rice and traditional roti and sambals.

Chicken, duck, game, beef and lamb all feature on the menu too, with delicious accompaniments like minted pea puree, roasted peach-and-honey jus, truffle cream or honey butter – a real triumph of flavours.

If you have space after all that, don’t skip the dessert menu – crêpes Suzette will be flambéed for you tableside with much aplomb, and the vanilla bean and raspberry mousse – which comes with guava gel and sorbet, sugared rose petals and toasted almond dust – is a beautiful end to a wonderful meal.

An extensive wine menu is available, as well as an experienced sommelier. This is the place to go if you want a vast array of delicious meal accompaniments. You’re even spoiled for choice with a selection of port, cognac and dessert wine for after your meal.

Tableside silver service from a well-managed team of efficient servers. Your every whim can be catered for.

Set inside the grand Oyster Box Hotel, the Grill Room is set smartly as a grand dining room.

Best for…
An extra special occasion or business celebration.


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  • When you talk of World Leading Restaurants in Durban. It has the Best Service, Best Food, Best Atmosphere. I had a 3 course meal on that evening & it was amazing done. This is a must visit when you in Durban. Booking is very Essential & you will never regret being at this restaurant.
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  • Accepts credit cards
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  • Booking required
  • Cocktails
  • Dancing
  • Dinner
  • Dog-friendly
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  • Functions
  • Licensed
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  • StreetSmart affliated
  • Wheelchair
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