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Unity Brasserie and Bar

Unity Brasserie and Bar
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Cost
R100
Ambience
Bar scene, Groups, Kids, Special occasions
Food
Bakery fare, Bistro fare, Modern, South African
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R30

Critic's review

Nikita Buxton

Food
The food here is hearty and unpretentious without being boring. There’s a definite nod to Durban’s local flavours and produce, and it makes for some darn tasty grub.

Kick things off with the popular deep-fried olives, perfectly cooked salt-and-pepper squid, and sweetcorn samoosas. If the appetiser list seems too daunting, go for a Unity platter, for which you can pick and choose. The marinated mushroom and parmesan bruschetta are definitely an unsung hero, while the sizzling garlic prawns are plump and beautifully seasoned.

From carefully cooked steaks to spot-on ribs, the mains are meaty and packed with flavour. You can’t go wrong with a burger here, either. The avo and jalapeño version is always a good pick, while the pulled pork sliders are everything you want in a bun: smoky, spicy and saucy with a sweet bite of juicy pineapple. Vegetarians will not go hungry, either: The veg burger with a chickpea-and-feta patty is one of the best in town.

As for seafood, the golden, beer-battered fish and chips will give a fish shop a run for its money – especially with the home-made tartare sauce.

If there’s any room left after mains, the beer-and-honey ice-cream sundae is a deliciously appropriate choice, and comes with peanut brittle and mini chocolate-dipped sugar cone. The cheesecake here also deserves a high-five.

Drinks
Locals often drop in for drinks and it’s clear why. The craft beer selection is impressive, with a good showcase of Durban’s very own That Brewing Co. beers. There are also some chalkboard specials with local ciders and quirkily named cocktails like the Fawlty Basil julep. If it’s wine you’re after, a list with easy-drinking favourites will please – and nearly all are available by the glass.

Service
The staff are on the ball and attentive. Whether you ask for a bottle of wine from big sister Café 1999, or simply drop a fork that needs replacing, there’s always someone willing to help.

Ambience
The long wooden beer-tap-lined bar takes centre stage, with a wall of interesting spirits and mixes behind it. The decor is simple yet on-trend with cool charcoal hues and steel and wooden accents. Large windows offer ample light during the day.

And…
Look out for the excellent weekday specials and happy hours.

(July 2017)

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User reviews

  • Awesome spot to go to after work. Nice craft beer selection and plenty of veg options. The spicy bean tacos are fantastic snack starter! Always good service as well
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  • Definitely the best burger and craft beer in South Africa! Burgers are perfectly balanced with a beef to bread ratio and having the Unity salsa takes it out of this world! Along with the home made chilli mayo that works well with the chips as well as the burger it self! Would recommend Unity to anyone and everyone!
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  • One of the coolest and most vibey places I have ever been to in Durban, great for spending time with friends and enjoying some craft beer if you are in to that. Their food always makes my mouth water, and whenever I go there, the place makes me feel like my opportunities for what lies in store that night are endless. Great place for starting the night before heading to a club or jol.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Beer served
  • Child friendly
  • Food
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Smoking
  • Takeaways
  • WiFi

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