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Cafe 1999 offers a dining experience to excite the senses: a vibrant ambiance, gracious service and a delectable menu in the heart of Durban’s trendy Berea. Chef Marcelle Roberts' award winning contemporary Mediterranean cuisine is designed around sharing.
The menu is informed by the seasons using only the finest local and imported ingredients, hand-picked by Marcelle and her team, culminating in fresh and innovative seasonal dishes. Cafe 1999 has has been in operation for 12 years and has remained a firm favourite for locals and visitors alike.
Thank you Eat Out for the review of Cafe 1999. It was the reason I visited and it was undoubtedly the best meal we have had.
It vibes (though can get a bit too noisy at times). A gem among most restaurants in Durban because the staff are efficient, knowledgeable and give great service even when the restaurant is slammed. Food is tasty, a bit overpriced on some things but overall well worth the visit. The first place in Durban that has had soft shelled crab! Thank you for offering something different.
Living in Johannesburg surrounded by a plethora of restaurants varying in quality, most of them mediocre to say the least. I have been consistently impressed with the Cafe 1999 food and service delivery over the 8 years I have had the pleasure of savouring Marcelle and Sean's cuisine and vibe. I have never had a bad meal or evening there on my visits during the December holidays and various business lunches during that time. They can be proud of the consistent quality they deliver. Something restaurants in Johannesburg don't seem to master. If only there was a Cafe1999 in Johannesburg!
I’ve been to Café 1999 four times now on separate trips to Durban. The second time, a lunch, was such a disappointment I resisted trying again until a couple of months back. On this occasion my mother and I had a delightful meal so in Durban again last week, I booked for dinner on the day after we’d had a delicious lunch at my all-time KZN favourite, Ile Maurice. It was freezing and Durban is not geared for keeping its diners warm, plus the acoustics are quite appalling. In spite of these negatives, four of us rated the buzzy restaurant a great success. What I really like about Café 1999’s main courses is their option of titbit or big-bit sized portions. Only one among us had a starter, a calamari dish which got the thumb’s up, while three of us picked at green olives stuffed with anchovies and red peppers – yummy. Two of us had the titbit lamb cutlets, one chose the big-bit fillet steak on special, and the fourth selected fishcakes and salad. Everyone was happy with their choice – a rare phenomenon in my family. I usually battle to find a restaurant that meets my expectations in Durban so for this diner Café 1999 is likely to stay on the radar for future visits.