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Unity Brasserie and Bar

Unity Brasserie and Bar
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Cost
R90 avg main meal
Ambience
Comfy & casual, Contemporary cool
Food
Bakery fare, Bistro fare, Modern, South African
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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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  • Trushka Soni

    Food
    Unity Bar and Brasserie, where uber trend meets a five star trio of dining perfection! This is a place where the food is simple, drawing on local flavours and favourites. It is one of those unique places where food, service and ambience all come together. A true gem!

    For a great start, try the sizzling garlic grilled prawns, plump and juicy with a crisp shell and spicy Spanish coating. It is simply delicious! However, the bread rolls could have been fresher. Another great option is the salt and pepper squid served with a tangy jalapeño mayo or why not go for something out of the ordinary like the bone marrow on toast, roasted with garlic and herbs balancing the richness of the dish.

    For a lighter more socialising meal, the vegetarian mezze plank which includes home-made dips, grilled and roasted vegetables, olives, spinach and feta samosas served with toasted pita bread and cheese is a good option.

    The main attractions are comforting and satisfying with the likes of bangers and mash, a silky mash with cider and topped with an onion gravy. The lemon and rosemary grilled chicken is definitely worth trying, served on roasted butternut and sweet potato, topped with soft, creamy feta, basil pesto and Peppadews. What more could you want in a meal? If you don’t want to go a la carte, try the carefully created house specials.
    Sign off your Unity experience with a warm and decadent pecan and white chocolate brownie, served with a smooth and rich vanilla ice-cream or try the noteworthy lemon scented cheesecake served with blueberry ice-cream.

    Highlighting the local flavours of Durban with quality local produce to create a simple and flavourful meal is what Unity is all about.

    Drinks
    There is a plentiful selection of wines, beers and cocktails to choose from. Just ask the waiters who will be happy to find you the perfect drink.

    Service
    The friendly waiters are highly skilled on the menu and definitely go the extra mile, undoubtedly, you will receive the most heart-felt and genuine service. Guests are made to feel welcomed and special from the moment you enter the door until you leave.

    Ambience
    The atmosphere is warm, relaxed and casual but also lively. The vibe and decor is trendy, however, the music can be a little loud.

    And…
    A great touch was added by the mixologist who brought complimentary shooters to match the dessert.

    (September 2016)

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  • Food
    The philosophy is food that’s fresh, local and honest, with flavours that are real. This brasserie and gastro pub is the latest offering from the Café 1999 team, so expect good value comfort staples like sausage and mash, beer-battered fish and chips, and some serious Durban curries, complete with roti and poppadoms. All the tantalising starters you would expect from the Café 1999 parent are available in a variety of platters that could range from after-work snacks to a complete meal. The salt and pepper squid is certainly worthy of main course treatment, so order two portions if you’re sharing. Regular specials augment the line-up, while gourmet sandwiches and bunnies fill out the all-day bar menu.

    Wine
    A good selection of boutique winery labels, plus a some top-notch local beers, including their own hand-crafted cowbell pilsner. Also present are cocktails and daiquiris, naturally.

    Service
    Part of the general buzz, but it’s not all eye candy: the pretty young things can deliver the goods.

    Ambience
    Clean and fresh décor, but it’s the food and the people that make it – it’s always buzzing.

    And...
    Got the munchies? Why not try a boerie platter? (FC, October 2012)

User reviews

  • 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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  • Everything on their menu is delicious so can't I really choose a favorite, lots of variety so something for everyone. The service is great, with friendly and efficient staff. Cool vibe, always meet fun and interesting people there. Can't beat it really :)
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  • My absolute favourite place. It's our home away from home and it never disappoints!
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  • This review is actually for their new bar/restaurant S43 there wasn't a page for it yet on Eat Out but I had a fantastic time there. The beer is fantastic, my favourite is the Red. The décor is super cool, love the whole place. The only issue is the parking is not great. The food is simple bar fare but very delicious. My boyfriend and I both ate delicious burgers and the cheesecake was very good. Definitely a place to check out.
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  • THE BEST! Consistently delicious food, excellent service, chilled daytime atmosphere and vibey weekend nights, not to mention the lovely selection of craft beers, interesting ciders, wine and cocktails. You cannot go wrong. And with the reasonable food prices I find myself going back again and again.
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  • An offspring of nearby Cafe 1999, this value for money easy diner/bistro has user-friendly menus, a great gourmet hot dog, and something for eveyone, we'll be back.

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  • Fun and very vibey restaurant. Great for a social evening. Don't skip the starters - definitely a highlight of the menu. Such a good range of food, from value for money options to superb steaks. Great service! Will definitely return regularly.

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  • Great food, reasonable price and interesting beers!

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  • Love the space, the staff and the atmosphere! Truly a gem to treasure in Durban. Had the quesedillas and they were spicy and so good! Also tasted the steak with mashed taters and it was super yum! Great bar options with the local beers and fantastic service! Prices are not outrageous and totally worth it.

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  • Had an awesome lazy afternoon lunch that was sublime - love the venue - can see this becoming our new "watering hole". The food was great, cappucino certainly rates as one of the best in Durban and the service was attentive.

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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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