Lingela at Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani

5 Reviews
Buffet, Steak, Strictly Halaal
Phone Number 0313621300 Opening Hours Breakfast Lunch Dinner


Lunch: Sunday 12.30 to 3.30pm

Dinner: Monday to Sunday 6.30pm to 10.30pm


Menu - Lingela Restaurant Buffet - Menu - Updated in October 2021


Adult R395; Child R160
Buffet, Steak, Strictly Halaal
Adult R395; Child R160
Groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Amex, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
Accepts credit cards, Booking required, Breakfast, Dinner, Food, Functions, Licensed, Lunch, Parking, Serves food, Vegetarian, Wheelchair

Owner's description

Please also note that although the lunch buffet will be as per the normal buffet menu offering as Sunday evening buffet, it may include variations. Booking is essential, subject to availability.

Kindly note that a 50% non-refundable deposit is required for bookings of 10 and more. The restaurant accommodates a maximum of 40 guests in a group.
Should you wish to proceed with your booking a reservation, kindly revert with the following details:

Ø Number of guests

Ø Date of reservation

Ø Reservation name, individual or company details

Ø Mobile number

Ø Time of arrival

Please note that no decorations, balloons, banners or posters are permitted in the restaurant.

Please note all of our meat is sourced from a halaal certified butcher however we cannot be certified halaal as we do serve alcohol in the restaurant.

Please be advised that no provisional bookings are held on guests’ behalf.

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User reviews

5 Reviews
    On the 17th of December we visited the lingela restaurant for our anniversary and I must say wow everything was absolutely brilliant. Every meal and dessert that we had tasted had so much of flavour, it was absolutely delicious. The restuarant had friendly staff and assisted us, they were so welcoming. I definitely recommend family and friends to try the buffet. 10/10 from my side.
    Best buffet in Durban . Love the variety of food. The price point is totally worth it. The customer service has room for improvement. The ambience is amazing. Lovely for special occasions and events but be sure to book early. My fave dish/meal has to be their grilled prawns❤
    One of the best buffets I have ever experienced in Durban is at the Lingela. With a wide range to choose from one would not know where to start off first and with myself being a sweet tooth I would first run off to the mouth watering selection of desserts with a chocolate fountain that keeps me drooling. To keep with the tradition it starters first with a fresh & healthy selection. Then to the mains, with so many delicious selections to cater for every taste and something that is so unique you get a chef at the buffet station preparing a dish such as prawns or steak according to your taste. Save the best for last the dessert selections ends of on a high note enjoying every sweet selection and flowing chocolate fountain. The breathtaking views from the Lingela restaurant at Elangeni has beautiful waters of the ocean of Durban beach front, people walking and cycling along the promenade. Seated and dined in comfort, served to perfection with the most friendly staff, this is the best buffet restaurant in Durban that I will highly recommend.
    One word of warning before you set foot at Lingela...arrive hungry and be prepared to be blown away with THE BEST buffet spread in KZN. Prawns on skewers, fresh fish, braaied meats, decadent curries and lots and lots more. The thing is that the food is delicious & will keep you going back for more. Let’s not get started with the desserts, that is another story itself. Prepare to be mesmerized as Lingela lives up to the hype!
    The reputation as the best buffet in Durban, Lingela at Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani is most definitely well earned. From the booking with special instructions online through to the final impression, I must applaud this well managed establishment. Arriving early before the crowd descends allows one to fully take in this beautiful, well orchestrated gem in local service and cuisine. One gets to see the entire setup as the stage is set for an awesome experience in the finest buffet in Durban, in my opinion at least. The maître d’ on hand is superb in his hospitality and most accommodating. The anticipation of the delectable dishes one sees in the online images pales to the actual experience of vibrant colours and wide array of dishes on offer to devour at one’s whim. Seafood lovers are spoiled for choice by the variety and added bonus of inviting diners to interact with the chefs who prepare dishes as per your specifications right before you. A rare treat in buffet offerings indeed. The experience of watching these masters work their magic up close and personal certainly adds to the entire experience. Whilst the aromas bring mouth watering expectations of the fresh seafood being prepared. The assortment of starters, breads and savouries are plentiful, accompanied by well trained ever present eager staff to assist you. Our waiter was professionally attentive without being overly intrusive and this certainly adds to the awesome experience. Of the various curries on offer the Durban Lamb Curry and Chicken and Prawn Curry were equally superb in taste and texture. Our unanimous vote of excellence for the best grilled steak in Durban with delicious grill basting rivals any steakhouse offering. From the cheeses and breads to the refreshing drinks and ice cream station packed with a variety of toppings one is certainly spoiled for choice. The carvery boasts Roast leg of Karoo lamb with mint sauce, Roast Chicken with cranberry sauce as well as Roast Beef with horseradish. We were equally delighted at the puddings and dessert buffet offerings. A selection of gateaux, tartlets, mousses and by far the best chocolate brownies ever that are gooey, soft and melt in the mouth with big chunks of peppermint crisp certainly was a cherry on the top. The memorable delight of seeing mother’s twinkle in her eye as the waiter surprised her with a special birthday cake to celebrate her birthday made the occasion all the more noteworthy. I salute staff and management for our outstanding customer service experience.

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