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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

Location and contact

2 Maritime Place, Harbour, Durban

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
    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
    The ambiance was amazing however the food did not meet expectation in the least and even more so when the bill arrived. Wouldn't return.
    We had a fabulous experience at 9th Avenue Bistro when we went to try the First Thursdays tasting menu in August. The location itself is nothing overwhelmingly special as it’s in a small shopping centre , and the decor inside is simple and sparse, however this is made up for by the fabulous food, fantastic wine and knowledgeable waiters. Highlights of the meal included a hearty black bean soup with a beautifully contrasting sweet corn ice cream, and the black garlic aïoli that accompanied the potato, carrot and artichoke gratin was absolutely sublime. The meal was rounded off with a gorgeous dessert, the star of the show being a silky-smooth and beautifully tart lemon poppyseed ice cream. The waiters were very clued-up on all the menu items, and even where individual items had been sourced from. They were attentive and charming, and added to the fine-dining experience.
    The passion the people at 9th Avenue Bistro have for what they do is palpable. Though the setting/ isn't too appealing, you are quickly absorbed into all the tastes/dish presentations and wines on offer. Treat yourself on a special occasion!
    I've always had good experiences at 9th. I had the best prawn rissoto here. Definitely a good pick for a fancy celebratory dinner. I personally don't like the dimmed lighting, which I suppose most people do enjoy, but other than that, an amazing pick!
    We tried the 6 course tasting menu for the first time. What an amazing gustatory experience. Definitely the best in Durban. I look forward to seeing this gem of a restaurant making the Eat Out awards nominees for best restaurant. Can't wait to return.

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