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The Chefs’ Table

6 Reviews
Modern
Phone Number 0310010200 Opening Hours Lunch Dinner

Lunch: Monday to Sunday 12pm to 2.30pm

Dinner: Monday to Thursday and Sunday; Friday and Saturday 6pm to 10pm; 6.30pm to 10.30pm

Menu

Details

Cost
R150-R250 avg main meal
Food
Modern
Corkage
R85 (wine); R120 (MCC); R200 (French)
Cost
R150-R250 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
Facilities
Accepts credit cards, Dinner, Food, Lunch, Parking, Serves food, WiFi

Location and contact

25/28 First Floor, New Tower Protea Hotel, 1 Chartwell Drive, Umhlanga Rocks, KwaZulu Natal

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Seth Shezi

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.

Food
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.

Drinks
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.

Service
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.

Ambience
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.

Best for…
A gourmet gathering where quality and convivial charm is center stage.

(August 2018)

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User reviews

6 Reviews
    We ate as a table of four during restaurant week. The food was adventurous, but over seasoned, particularly the rissotto which was totally overwhelmed by the truffle oil. For me, the fish was totally under seasoned and over cooked. The menu was interesting, but the chef needs to work out flavour balance. The service was faultless. Ambience was great. Very disapointed at the unavailability of Bombay Saphire gin 7/10
    One of the Best Gourmet Dish Restaurant in Umhlanga. The service was fabulous, our waitor was very welcoming, made sure that we were okay all the time and served us with a smile. The Fooood OMG it was out of this world. Those Chefs truly know their story. Definitely coming back

    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.

    5 November, 2017 Four of us went to Chef's Table for my Birthday on Sunday, what a treat! We had the most superb meal and it was everything it was set out to be from their website, stipulating such fresh produce! The service was fantastic and I so enjoyed meeting Kayla Osborne, the chef. Thank you Kayla and your staff for making my day so special and for my Birthday cake!!

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