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Market Restaurant

6 Reviews
Bakery fare, Bistro fare, Burgers, Café fare, Modern, Vegetarian
Phone Number 0313098581 Opening Hours

Tuesdays 11am to 9.30pm; Wednesday to Saturday 8am to 9.30pm; Sundays 8.30am to 3.30pm

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Menu

Menu - Market Restaurant Night Menu Summer - updated February 2018 Market Restaurant Day Menu Summer - updated February 2018

Details

Cost
R130 (lunch), R160 (dinner) avg main meal
Food
Bakery fare, Bistro fare, Burgers, Café fare, Modern, Vegetarian
Corkage
R55(local) R75(international)
Cost
R130 (lunch), R160 (dinner) avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Quick meals, Special occasions, Views
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
Facilities
Accepts credit cards, Booking required, Breakfast, Dinner, Dog-friendly, Eat Out reviewed, Food, Functions, Licensed, Live entertainment, Lunch, Parking, Serves food, Smoking, Takeaways, Wheelchair, WiFi

Location and contact

40 Gladys Mazibuko Road Essenwood, Durban

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Nicola Jenvey

Situated in a quiet courtyard behind a classic 1930s colonial building on Durban’s Berea, Market Restaurant is an award-winning garden café and restaurant serving simple seasonal cuisine produced from local and/or organic ingredients.

Food
Market Restaurant embodies seasonal freshness and innovation, meaning the menu can change between visits, but the quality and dedication to craft remains unequivocal. As a contemporary eatery, breakfast is served day-long and the waiters can provide information on gluten-free, vegan and banting options. Beyond the (varied and innovative) egg-and-bacon brigade, the calls for a lazy weekend brunches are vast.

Arousing memories of your grandmother’s kitchen, the cinnamon-spiced hotcakes arrive with fresh banana, crème fraîche and honey; while the French toast with seasonal fruit, honey and lavender hints at a summer break in Provence. The smoked salmon on sweet potato and quinoa cake topped with herbed cream cheese, red onions and crispy capers delights the senses for its luxurious indulgence. Else go for the perfect twice-baked butternut soufflé with caramelised onions, gorgonzola cream and bacon.

Casual daytime meals include honey-and-miso-glazed pork rashers served on quinoa, rice and broccoli; Thai calamari salad with chilli, lime and coriander dressing; roast butternut and beetroot salad topped with goat’s cheese, micro greens and pumpkin seeds; seafood chowder with line fish, clams and mussels; or a Mediterranean lamb burger topped with marinated roast tomato and red peppers, finished with salsa verde.

Main dinner choices include matured fillet and sirloin; braised Karoo lamb shank; and free-range duck confit leg and pan-seared duck breast served on ginger pumpkin with tangy cherry compote and wilted pak choi. Vegetarian options include wild mushroom and baby spinach tagliatelle with fresh rocket; goat’s cheese and fried wild mushrooms; and a grilled aubergine stack layered with a lentil and tomato relish.

Market Restaurant also serves South African venison when available.

Drinks
The restaurant has an award-winning wine list – an extensive, substantially informative tome that covers in-depth South Africa’s prestigious, lesser known and mass market offerings to cater for every demand. Beer-drinkers have an enviable craft beer selection at their fingertips, and Market is known for its freshly squeezed fruit juice options displayed on the blackboard and its coffees.

Service
Professional service completes the Market experience. Kitchen delays are explained to patrons and meals are served with aplomb.

Ambience
The courtyard has a central fountain surrounded by a ring of leopard trees to provide year-round mottled shade and the tranquillity stimulated by the sounds of gentling flowing water. The outdoor furniture and tables are modelled on 18th century French garden furniture, while the indoor section has a more minimalistic feel. First impressions are carried through to the food for a holistic experience.

And…
Market is always available for large parties, private functions and wedding receptions. The fairy lights hanging in the leopard trees enhance the romantic atmosphere and dedicated menus are available for functions of this ilk.

(2018)

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User reviews

6 Reviews
    The setting is absolutely stunning, beautiful, clean and peaceful.The food was quite delicious, some of the best I have eaten. The service was great; friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. Overall, I thoroughly enjoy the experience.
    Excellent all round and great fresh food.
    CUSTOMER SERVICE & AMBIENCE I made a booking earlier in the day for a table inside at 18h30. When my family and I arrived, we discovered that no actually booking was made. The waitor that was attending to us suggested that we may have dialed the wrong restaurant. To rule out this theory, I redialed the number I had called earlier and lo and behold; one of the guys behind the counter picked up the phone and asked me if I wanted to make a reservation. No one seemed bothered about rectifying the situation so we ended up sitting outside (on the uncomfortable seating and in the chilling breeze). SERVICE There were no shortage of staff, yet our waiter was running around, sweating profusely, and not entirely 'on the ball'. FOOD Four out of five meals was very average with some lacking favour or creativity. The quality food(on the dinner menu) does not justify the prices. Dessert came around: two people order the chocolate brownies which was soggy and spongy. You could tell that it was warned from frozen due to the unpleasant texture and manufactured taste as well as the amount of water that poured out of the 'brownie'. On the other hand, the bread and butter pudding which I ordered was the saving grace of the entire night and is probably the only reason that the food is rated 2 out 5.
    I had recently visted the restuarant after hearing much talk about it. The cappuccino was excellent and so were the fish cake starters. Sadly the mains (Chicken stuffed with cream cheese garlic and pesto) was saltless and extremely bland. The waiter paid very little attention to us the whole evening and constantly brought the meals out at different times. This resulted in some of us eating while others waited for there food. If the service and food matched the setting of the restaurant this could be a definite go to place.
    We had our wine club at Market in Mariott Road last night. My parents had gone there for dinner the previous Friday, and discussed the concept with the manager, who confirmed that everything would be all right. They even discussed the number of bottles of wine he'd bring, as well as the corkage Dad would pay. We were all seated last night (all 12 of us), ready to order lots of food. As Dad opened the first bottle the manager came over - the SAME manager who had agreed to this last Friday - and started telling him he couldn't open so many bottles, only 6 were allowed etc. He was really arrogant about it, and my Dad didn't know what to do as we were all seated, had ordered drinks etc. The manager eventually, with very bad grace, agreed to let us have 8 bottles of wine. So we went ahead, but it soured what would otherwise have been a pleasant evening with good food, and good service from our waiter. I really think his behaviour was shocking and short-sighted - for a matter of two bottles of wine (for which we was having corkage paid in any event, as agreed!) he has ensured that 12 people who eat out often in Durban won't go there again, and will tell other people not to as well.

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