The Grill Room at The Oyster Box Hotel

6 Reviews
Fine-dining food, Indian, Modern
Phone Number 0315145000 Opening Hours Dinner

Dinner: Monday to Sunday 6pm - 10.30pm

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R200 avg main meal
Fine-dining food, Indian, Modern
R200 avg main meal
Groups, Special occasions
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
Accepts credit cards, Accommodation, Booking required, Cocktails, Dancing, Dinner, Dog-friendly, Dress code, Eat Out reviewed, Food, Functions, Licensed, Live entertainment, Parking, StreetSmart affliated, Wheelchair, WiFi

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Kgomotoso Moncho-Maripane

Executive chef Kevin Joseph emphasises the use of fresh and locally sourced ingredients for a glorious fine-dining experience inspired by classic and global trends.

Start with the vintage hors d’oeuvres table side trolley service for a variety of traditional accompaniments ranging from curried pickled fish to olives and broccoli coleslaw. Or go for a refined starter option like the cipollini and parsley prawns with a delicious chardonnay cream.

There’s also the carving trolley and gueridon table-side service to enjoy, including options like the Oyster Steak Diane with brown mushroom and brandy jus, pea purée and potato gratin, or a seafood platter with a selection of crayfish, prawns, line fish, calamari and mussels.

The mains boast meat, seafood and vegetarian dishes including the beautifully presented dyad of lamb – crumbed shank with a hint of Eastern spices with minted butter, pan jus and crunchy-soft fresh vegetables. Try the five-spice duck breast with Asian plum and coriander for a delightfully tangy, spicy taste.

The dessert menu is a mix of sophisticated variations on traditional sweets, like the Amarula-scented crème brûlée with sugar glaze and raspberry sorbet. The pretty blood orange and vanilla panna cotta is a party in your mouth, with the different textures of the orange ice cream, stewed orange segments, pomegranate and meringue crumble all complementing each other.

A full and extensive menu of wines that can be paired with what you’re having, alongside a selection of dessert wines such as Port, and cognac.

Professional and knowledgeable, providing first-class, charming service.

Situated inside a corner of the Oyster Hotel, featuring a navy blue and white colour scheme with a touch of gold, it’s about fine dining with refined elegance.

Best for…
Special occasions and celebrations.

(August 2019)

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User reviews

6 Reviews
    When you talk of World Leading Restaurants in Durban. It has the Best Service, Best Food, Best Atmosphere. I had a 3 course meal on that evening & it was amazing done. This is a must visit when you in Durban. Booking is very Essential & you will never regret being at this restaurant.

    Classy, crispy, elegant with a touch of Cape cod with a African twist. And perfect for a romantic dinner or special occasion. Service is excellent and attentive. Food is in general very well executed and tasty. Of course the oysters are a safe choice here, as well as prawn cocktail and the trolley with hors d'oevres. Classic fish and meat mains are not so incentive, but good and hearty. Unfortunately our sirloin was a bit on the chewy side. Bea's cheescake is a dream, as well as honeycomb ice cream. Crepes Suzette is always a happening to watch happen. Wine list is good with some high quality wines. The menu could be a little more adventurous and innovative. But all in all a lovely place on a fantastic hotel.

    I was very pleased with my experience at the ocean terrace for Sunday lunch. From the professional and warm welcome of the hostess, friendly charm of the decor, punctual and pleasant service of the waiter, and not to forget the delicious food - my Sunday lunch was truly one to remember. the resturant could easily become 4 or 5 star shortly, just more attention on clean floors and presentation. Well done and I will surely be back and recommend the restaurant to friends and family!

    This review is for the Ocean Terrace - we had a lovely afternoon - beautiful view, stunning live music and a great ambiance. Our starters, my hubby had oysters which he thoroughly enjoyed. I had a Greek salad (at over R70 a pop) - greens left much to be desired, although the OBH salad dressing was nice. The mains, my hubby had prawns - he said it was average. I had the Natal prawn curry - DIVINE! We shared a dessert - chocolate brownies - it was stunning as well.The service was a problem on the particular afternoon, and our poor waiter kept on apologising profusely for the delays - sure it was a once-off hiccupWith two glasses of wine, a soft drink and two coffees, the bill came to R700 (without a tip) - worth the price if you include atmosphere
    Unfortunately a poor show for the new Grill Room at the recently revamped Oyster Box. A lost reservation (after being phoned back to confirm!) and being offered to sit in their other restaurant. Stale bread rolls and average food did not make a good impression.Service was good with attentive wait staff.However, the lack of corkage should be communicated to the person booking a reservation to avoid the awkwardness of bringing a bottle of wine to dinner. For a 5-star hotel I expected more. I hope they improve soon to avoid the Durban curse of a flash in the pan phenomenon so common to new restaurants here. It will take a lot for our friends and I to try them again.

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