10 hot new restaurants to try in and around Durban

It’s been a busy few months for the Durban restaurant scene, with a host of new spots popping up on the coast and the classic Florida Road hub. From wine bars to coffee spots, here’s your list of the latest restaurants to have opened in and around the KZN city.

Barn Owl (Morningside)

This cute little coffee hatch located in the new Florida Fields square serves up delicious coffees as well as freshly prepared, wholesome eats made at their Midlands café. It’s a great spot for those midday snack breaks.

Dukkah (Morningside)

A beautiful, moody interior invites locals in to this new Florida Road spot. The menu – designed by Pete Goffe-Wood – features flavours from Nairobi and Zanzibar all the way to the melting pot of Durbs.

The interior at Dukkah. Photo supplied.

Fork ‘n Cleaver (Midlands)

Located at the popular wedding venue, Netherwood Farm, this new meat-centric spot takes pride in using home-grown veggies and free-range beef. Expect great steaks and juicy Wagyu burgers alongside gorgeous Midlands views.

The airy interior at Fork n Cleaver. Photo supplied.

Jack Salmon (Morningside)

Fans of this popular seafood brand can now get their seriously good sushi and fish-and-chips fix at this beautiful new location that is situated in the historic double-storey Natal Edwardian verandah house.

Kalamata Kouzina (Durban North)

Greek dancing, mezze spreads, and seriously good gyros is what you’ll find at this new addition to the Mackeurtan Avenue strip. Look out for their traditional Greek feast evenings where you can load your plates as much as you like at the traditional Greek buffet.

Leaf Café (Umhlanga)

Leaf Café is the latest plant-based spot to open up in the city. Tuck into options like smoothie bowls; aubergine and giant mushroom burgers; vegan chocolate cake; and loaded chilli wedges.

Paul’s Homemade Ice Cream (Morningside)

This well-loved ice-cream brand from Jozi has made its way to Florida Road. Get your favourite artisanal scoops, including flavours like birthday cake, Nutella and Oreo, rocky road, and dulce de leche. The scoop shop also serves milkshakes and waffles.

Spiga (Morningside)

It’s been a year since the Italian institution, Spiga, closed its doors on Florida Road after nearly 16 years in operation, now owner Marco Santoniccolo and team are back in action. The new spot is now located at 465 Innes Road and continues to serve its famed pastas and delicious thin-crust pizzas to rejoicing Durbanites.

Steak & Grill Co. (Morningside)

This stylish new steakhouse comes from the team behind the popular Jack Salmon (and is situated upstairs). It offers classic grillhouse steaks, including steak au poivre, fillet flambé and carpetbagger.

Times Square (Morningside)

This new food-and-wine bar joins the slew of new spots on Florida Road. The offering includes an extensive cocktail, beer and wine selection; easy-eating grub like pizzas, pastas, burgers and bagels; and large indoor and outdoor seating areas with televisions to catch any live sporting action.

Brought to you by Retail Capital, sponsors of the Eat Out Retail Capital New Restaurant of the Year Award. 


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