The Grill Jichana

4 Reviews
Bistro fare, Fine-dining food, South African, Steak
Phone Number 0313621300 Opening Hours Dinner

Dinner: Monday to Saturday 6pm to

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Menu - Grill Jichana Food Menu - Updated March 2018


R150 avg main meal
Bistro fare, Fine-dining food, South African, Steak
R45 (wine), R75 (champagne), R90 (magnum)
R150 avg main meal
Bar scene, Groups, Special occasions
Mastercard, Visa
Accepts credit cards, Accommodation, Alfresco, Beer served, Cocktails, Dinner, Hotel, Licensed, Parking, Serves food, Vegetarian

Owner's description

‘Jichana’, the Swahili slang term for ‘eating good’, is located on Durban’s Golden Mile in Tsogo Sun’s Southern Sun Elangeni and Maharani hotel complex. The restaurant has a modern and minimalistic interior design. Food is prepared in the most authentic way to highlight the natural flavours.

The Grill Jichanas menu explores flavours of cassia, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, turmeric and pepper with the perfectly grilled meat, fish and chicken dishes.

Executive chef, Shaun Munro, uses premium grade and Karan-sourced Beef, carefully selected and hand cut by an in-house butcher before being aged through a specific maturation process. Fillet, rump, T-bone and the 200 gram Jichana burger are all served perfectly grilled to every customer’s liking, as is the duo of lamb chops or lamb skewer.

Those who prefer poultry will not be disappointed with the small but well considered offering of rotisserie chicken, supreme chicken or roast duck, all of which are free range and raised in the Dargle Valley in KZN.

On the fish front, all but the Norwegian salmon is sustainably sourced from local fisheries and are all SASSI listed, with the option of fresh linefish in an East Coast spice rub, inland salt water dusky kob served with homemade aioli, Norwegan salmon with savoury mango salsa or grilled LM tiger king prawns. Vegetarians have the option of a haloumi stack or veggie medley.

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User reviews

4 Reviews
    This was possibly one of the best steaks I have ever had - together with the French Butter Topping. It was so good we went the next night too and placed the exact same order from the previous evening. I'm also not in the habit of writing reviews, so doing just that in itself says something.
    We had dinner at Grill Jichana last night and were so impressed with the food and the service. The steak with the 20 ingredient sauce was executed perfectly and really is all that it promises on the menu. The 5 chocolate ball dessert was one of those death by chocolate experiences - decadent, delicious & delightful. Great attention to detail. Sithembiso, our waiter was just great. We would highly recommend you try it out. Kim & Enban
    Jichana is apparently a Swahili slang word meaning “eating well”. I didn’t know that; and to see the restaurant décor, branding and menu, you’d not expect anything vaguely “Swahili” about it. As a matter of fact, when we walked in, I guessed the place to be more of a Cuban Fusion Jazz joint. Not that there is anything wrong with it, mind you, just didn’t know where the Swahili element fitted in.
    Jichana Grill is also located on the ground floor of the Elangeni (Tsogo Sun) hotel (next to Daruma Japanese Restaurant and Teppan Yaki which we were fortunate to visit the night before). Just off to the side street, the solid metal door with lightbox branding above gives the impression of a nightclub entrance and since we were on time, were a little confused about getting in through that door at all since so many restaurants we had visited were still prepping at 6pm. But Mr Burly-Man let us in and we were shown to our table, past the temperature controlled glass wall enclosed wine cellar and little humidor (you see why I thought the place Cuban). Our server was pleasant and informative and made every effort to make our dinner an enjoyable one although his knowledge of the menu adequate.
    Our meal included a beef carpaccio with watercress, balsamic vinegar reduction, fresh citrus squeezed over, and I am sure I detected a hint of truffle oil. You can’t really go wrong with Carpaccio but I will say that the portion size was nice and the accompanying flavours fresh and well suited.
    Grill Jichana is getting to be well known for their steak dishes. 500g rump steak ordered bleu with 20 ingredient café de paris butter and a side order of fries. Now I will introduce you to the very reason why we have decided to stop booking our dinners at 6pm and opting for 8pm. Being the first people ordering, my hunk of meat was pulled out of the fridge and slapped immediately onto the grill. Now a bleu steak can’t be cooked directly from fridge cold because it leaves the inside, well, cold. So it was with regret that I had to inform our server of the chilly situation and see how he would handle it. Absolutely no excuses or arguments, my plate was returned to the kitchen to be inspected by the chef and subsequently replaced with a perfectly bleu grilled steak exactly to my liking.
    The pan seared tuna steak with red peppers showed off excellent quality ingredients and superior skill in preparation. Simple flavours and presented with style. Although Grill Jichana is making a name for themselves with their beef, it would be remiss of me not to mention the excellent quality of the fish too.
    Our dessert of homemade crème Brule was simple and creamy with half a strawberry on the side with a little berry coulis again made a meeting of angels on the taste buds. Very nice.
    On leaving Grill Jichana you will most likely be handed a business card with a Tripadvisor link on the back with a request to rate or review the restaurant. Very proactive and an excellent way for them to keep things at the highest standard possible.

    My husband and I were looking for some place different to eat out at one evening and we were pleasantly surprised by the food and hospitality!

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