Chef Kayla-Ann Osborn was named the Eat Out Rising Star at the 2017 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards, an accolade bestowed upon bright young chefs showing exceptional promise. Chef Kayla-Ann has turned her lashings of ‘potential’ to bonafide success with her restaurant, The Chefs’ Table, which since its opening has become a shining beacon in the KZN food scene, with high-quality ingredients prepared earnestly.
The seasonal menu uses ingredients and produce sourced from KZN as much as possible. There is a keen focus on the quality of these ingredients, some of which are supplied by Constantijn Hahndiek of Sagra Foods – a chef himself, who ensures only the best produce is supplied to clients. What Chef Kayla-Ann and her young team do with the ingredients shows a profound understanding for flavour and meticulous technique well beyond their collective years.
The starters offer an inspired selection of rare ingredients, with dishes such as the sea urchin risotto with preserved lemon, charred chive foam and parsley or the dune spinach and paneer ravioli with burnt butter and cashew paste. There’s also the stunning dish of chicken oysters with mushroom ravioli, wild mushrooms, parmesan and jus.
The generous main courses at The Chefs’ Table are all about celebrating provenance. Dishes such as the Moores Pitt chicken thighs with shiitake mushrooms, smoked apple, baby potatoes and spiced grapes, as well as the melt-in-your-mouth beef fillet with summer squash, pickled celery and horseradish are just some of the delicious standouts that are sourced from neighbouring producers.
The desserts are delicately plated, well balanced and always draw inspiration from a familiar childhood memory.
The wine list reads like a bible and the modern cellar, visible from the dining room, keeps some of the finest Cape vintages. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, the sommelier has a unique knack for pairing each dish with just the right wine based on the flavour profiles you tell her you enjoy.
It’s no secret that some of the warmest people hail from KZN – so it comes as no surprise that the wait staff at The Chefs’ Table are charming, engaging and courteous. Even when the ball is dropped, the recovery is so affable that it’s as if it never happened.
Modern bistro, Parisian café chairs, marble tops and jewel-toned velvets. The décor is lush and ultra-sexy without ever being over the top – even during lunchtime. The open kitchen is the added cherry on the top, for culinary connoisseurs to take in all the action from the slick bar seating.
A gourmet gathering where quality and convivial charm is center stage.
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Easily the best restaurant in Durban and one of the top restaurants in the country. If you're in Durban and haven't been as yet, go now!!!
Had a superb meal here this evening. Everything was carefully thought out and well attended to. Outstanding service, excellent response to unplanned occurrences - ticked every single box.
Impressed by the vegetarian option tasting menu - unusual for restaurants to have such an option. I had the non-veg tasting menu and my dining partner had the veg option - again highly unusual as most restaurants insist on the same tasting menu for the entire table.
Every dish was exquisite - great flavors and interesting challenges on some dishes. Thoroughly enjoyed it and can't wait to go back.