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9th Avenue Waterside

7 Reviews
Bistro fare, Fine-dining food, South African, Steak
Phone Number 0319404628 Opening Hours Lunch Dinner

Lunch: Tuesday to Friday 12pm to 2.30pm

Dinner: Monday to Saturday 6pm to 9.30pm

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Menu

Menu - 9th Avenue Bistro Menu  - Updated August 2019 9th Avenue Bistro Desserts  - Updated August 2019

Details

Cost
avg main meal R245; tasting menu R475 per person (for wine pairing an additional R600)
Food
Bistro fare, Fine-dining food, South African, Steak
Corkage
No BYO
Cost
avg main meal R245; tasting menu R475 per person (for wine pairing an additional R600)
Ambience
Local cuisine, Special occasions
Payment
Amex, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
Facilities
Accepts credit cards, Booking required, Cocktails, Eat Out reviewed, Functions, Licensed, Lunch, Parking, Serves food, Takeaways, Wheelchair

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Nicola Ashe

Food
With a setting that locals will now proclaim suits the offering much better, it’s great to see that all the favourites are still there, with the addition of an array of new seafood dishes that just seem to taste better with a view of the sea! Langoustine tails set atop creamy orzo; delicate gin-cured salmon dotted with dill, trout roe and crème fraîche; and Saldanha Bay mussels in a flavour-packed sea-salty broth – all are a celebration of simple flavours married beautifully with fresh ingredients.

A casual daytime menu caters to the lunch crowd, with main courses featuring a good balance of land and sea dishes. Try the crispy roasted free-range duck served with glazed carrots and green beans topped with mushroom-and-lentil cream and hazelnuts; or the squid-ink linguine laced with tomato-and-fennel cream and topped with prawn tails, chilli pesto and rocket. Meatier options impress, including the likes of lamb shoulder, charcoal roasted pork belly, or organic free-range beef with hand-cut chips, black garlic aïoli, spinach and a brandy green peppercorn sauce.

End on a sweet note with a decadent chocolate hazelnut pot de crème – a cookie crumble base topped with rich coffee Chantilly cream and white chocolate shavings, or the apple, pear and raisin bread pudding drenched in whisky sauce with honeycomb and honey ice cream.

Drinks
A well-researched wine list places emphasis on smaller South African boutique wineries, though a selection of international wines and locally sourced craft beers is also available.

Service
A charming team works effortlessly to deliver an exceptional dining experience, with Gina steering the front of house team and Graham in the marble-clad open plan kitchen working the pass. The menu is still sophisticated, but the experience is unpretentious – servers are easily on hand to assist with menu choices and wine pairing.

Ambience
An exquisite view by day is transformed into a drop-dead gorgeous one at night, with Durban’s harbour pulling out all the stops to emulate a cosmopolitan marina the likes of anywhere in the Mediterranean. This is a multifunctional space that allows you to start your day with an espresso or watch the sunset with an espresso martini from the cocktail lounge, as well as enjoy a variety of dining options, be that in the main restaurant or private dining room.

(October 2019)

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User reviews

7 Reviews
    The staff is useless...had to ask top up guests wine glasses. They are not accommodating...when requesting a tasting menu the chef’s say they can’t do it, yet other restaurants can. They only thing you get at this restaurant is a view and huge portions...food is mediocre
    The bread The extra addition of sumac and salt to the bread served gave us a hint that we were in for an extraordinary dining experience. Drinks Given lock down restrictions we were provided with a virgin cocktail and dink list. I opted for a very refreshing and pallet cleansing no sex on the bay cocktail and minty Mojito. I would highly recommend both. Starters In addition to the clear and concise menu a salad and soup was recommended for the day. Having tried the crispy fried calamari, fresh saldanha muscles and prawn tails I can say with confidence it was the best starters I have ever had. The crispy calamari spiced simply allowed the calamari to be the star of the show. The glossy sauce accompanying the muscles was light yet immaculately flavored. The prawn tails with jasmine foam was a one of a kind dish. Mains I was immediately drawn to the beef fillet. I always say that a restaurant is only as good as its steak. This steak melted like butter. The prawn tail squid ink linguine had an unbelievable flavorful sauce and the fish and chips the most buttery and fluffy fish. Desert I am a crembrule lover and just wish the custard was a tad bit firmer. However, the custard was silky and filled with vanilla bean. It is pointless for me to recommend any dishes as the menu is constantly changing. However, I do recommend the restaurant as a whole because you're guaranteed to love everything.
    Exquisite dinning experience. Top class quality meals that are innovative, cooked to perfection and a totally sophisticated touch to each meal presented. I would rate this the best private dinning restaurant in Durban. Beautiful views over the harbor, comfortable seating and decor. Just a all round fabulous dinning experience.
    9th Avenue Waterside is such a stunning restaurant, eloquently decorated and overlooking the yacht's in the harbor. I had such a mind blowing experience, the staff are super friendly and welcoming and the food is heavenly. The ambiance and vibe at this fabulous restuarant was amazing and with the wide variety of flavoursome food I would highly recommend this place. I cant wait to visit again😁
    9th Avenue Waterside is such a stunning restaurant, eloquently decorated and overlooking the yacht's in the harbor. I had such a mind blowing experience, the staff are super friendly and welcoming and the food is heavenly. The ambiance and vibe at this fabulous restuarant was amazing and with the wide variety of flavoursome food I would highly recommend this place. I cant wait to visit again😁
    Great occassion restaurant Stunning setting Food a mixed bag, expensive without expertise and far from making the grade. Creme Brulee was an egg custard...awful Staff need better training. Decor, tables and ambiance excellent. Chef needs to work out his flavours...chips oily...simple things that can be polished

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