Holiday dining: Ballito

Ballito on KZN’s famed Dolphin Coast is a big favourite for holidaymakers this time of year. And it’s no wonder: the golden beaches are packed with bevies of beautiful people; activities like surfing competitions and touch rugby abound; the promenade curves along the coast for miles; and shopping opportunities are in ample supply. Here’s where to dine out in bustling Ballito.

Gigi’s Brasserie
Here you’ll find gourmet pub fare made from organic ingredients and home-grown veggies. Start off with the plump and juicy garlic grilled prawns served with a tangy Asian noodle salad or try the pork belly. Massive portion sizes mean a three-course meal here is not for the faint-hearted! The newly renovated restaurant now boasts an elaborate chandelier, splashes of bright pink, romantic lighting and pictures of the owners’ beloved pets on the walls. An intimate and warm spot perfect for a quiet dinner.
Average main course: R95

Treat your palate to green olives stuffed with cashews, or giblets prepared with tomato, red wine and paprika. The expected peri peri chicken is wonderful, but seafood also appeals with items like prawns cooked in beer or line fish prepared with green banana, mango, coriander and coconut milk. Kick back at this supremely relaxed hut with rustic décor. The upstairs bar, constructed from wood, is nestled in the trees.
Average main course: R85

Café food that’s fresh, flavourful and fabulous. Breakfast could be creamy mushrooms on toasted ciabatta with ricotta, and lunch options vary from freshly baked bagels with myriad toppings to grilled calamari. Homemade cakes are delicious and a fantastic kids’ menu is also available. This is an organic space with tables sprinkled throughout the picturesque garden and on the wraparound veranda. Reservations are essential for weekends or holidays. Average main course: R70

Tin Roof
Beautiful presentation prepares you for the deliciously fresh food. Try tempura prawns with a nutty dipping sauce or duck breast on quinoa tossed with dukka and coriander, and served with pawpaw and onion ceviche. The intimate open-sided restaurant is nestled in pretty nursery gardens, making it perfect for daytime dining.
Average main course: R80

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