Big Easy Wine Bar & Grill Durban by Ernie Els

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Light meals, Pub fare, South African, Steak, Vegetarian
Phone Number 0313368166 Opening Hours

Monday to Sunday 11am to 11pm


R150 avg main meal
Light meals, Pub fare, South African, Steak, Vegetarian
R150 avg main meal
Bar scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Quick meals
Amex, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
Accepts credit cards, Beer served, Booking required, Dinner, Food, Licensed, Lunch, Parking, Serves food

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Nicola Ashe

Snack on the complimentary toasted cornbread and flavoured butter while you’re deciding on your meal. Served in a mini potjie, the menu celebrates the diversity of South African cuisine – bunny chow, burgers, beef ribs and braai platters sit side by side on a succinct yet extravagant menu.

Titbits and starters invite you to try an array of flavours. Lamb three ways celebrates this protein with a masala-spiced lamb mini boerie roll topped with tomato relish, succulent lamb shoulder fritters dipped in apricot chutney, and a lamb slider with cumin raita. The grilled rolled pork belly is wrapped in bacon and dipped in sticky braai sauce – a mouthful of meaty flavour served with jalapeño and pineapple salsa.

Grills are the focus of the menu, with rump, sirloin, fillet and T-bone steaks all featuring, as well as pork or lamb ribs and lamb cutlets. Spice-rubbed chicken breast and peri-peri baby chicken round off the grill selection. All are served with your choice of Big Easy Fries, salad, sautéed vegetables, rice or mashed potatoes, or add pap and tomato relish, curried corn rice, or tomato and zucchini bake to your meal.

A selection of salads, sandwiches and wraps cater to lighter eaters, with the chef’s selection and Ernie’s Favourites rounding off the menu. Served in a large hollowed-out baked bun, the bunny chow is filled with succulent slow-cooked lamb shank and mild curry sauce.

The braai platter for two is piled with lamb chops, boerewors, sirloin steak and peri-peri chicken wings, with a selection of two sauces, pap or fries. Seafood dishes include masala-spiced kingklip with sautéed sweet potato and coconut lemongrass sauce, or Norwegian salmon simply served with a fennel and white wine reduction, garden peas and baby potatoes.

End off on a sweet note with a decadent espresso and Amarula crème brûlée topped with the perfect crack of caramelised sugar, or a decadent slab of tart passion fruit cheesecake served with blueberry coulis and crushed lemon meringue curd. A Midlands cheeseboard features a variety of KZN artisan cheese, home-made poached fruit, onion marmalade and toasted bread.

The extensive wine list offering a great variety of South African wines, as well as whiskies, brandies, spirits and craft beers. Guests are also offered a selection of fine imported cigars.

Attentive but not intrusive. More care needs to be taken though to ensure placemats and cutlery are clean. The open kitchen is well presented, offering great views of the chefs at work.

A warm, cosy interior with touches of elegant African décor leads on to a sun-soaked outside terrace that’s perfect for Durban’s climate. It’s a sophisticated space with well-considered areas – retreat for a romantic meal or entertain a large group.

Best for...

Business lunches or dinners, or for a special celebration with friends in the private dining room.

(August 2019)

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User reviews

5 Reviews
    Wow the food was amazing. Gourmet Standard. The waitor was really good & when I ordered for Room service as I was sleeping in with Hilton Hotel, they Brought a nice table with wheels, well decorated with the exact food I ordered. I was really good. I was truly amazed by how nice they work together with the hotel to make sure we as tenants have a comfortable stay. Truly Amazed
    Enjoyable, great ambiance, well presented food.
    Big Easy has gone completely overboard with their prices. The only main meal under R200 is a Hamburger which is R170. !!! Big Easy wine has increased to R230!
    An exquisitely unique setting, with excellent service and the food was an exceptional blend of modern comfort food.

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