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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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Details

Cost
R200 avg main meal
Food
Fine-dining food, Indian, Modern
Corkage
No BYO
Cost
R200 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Special occasions
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
Facilities
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

Location and contact

The Oyster Box Hotel, 2 Lighthouse Road, Umhlanga Rocks, Durban

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Nicola Ashe

Food
Chef Kevin Joseph aims to incorporate fresh local ingredients with global appeal, while catering to a clientele that expects refined elegance. Once you’ve settled into your pillowy seat, nibble on a selection from the hors-d'oeuvre trolley while perusing the evening’s menu – this is a dining experience designed to ensure that you enjoy classic Grill Room touches, along with Gueridon service, where servers prepare some menu items tableside.

These could include charcoal-grilled chateaubriand with flamed mushrooms and a rich béarnaise sauce, or a seafood platter featuring a decadent array of shellfish, line fish, calamari and mussels. The highlight is a beautifully simple dish of prawns served with lemon-infused jasmine rice, burnt lime and a spicy habanero-and-coriander sauce, drizzled lavishly with butter.

An array of fish dishes highlights the proximity to the coast and showcases the versatility of this protein – the Earl Grey smoked salmon is infinitely delicate, served with an unctuous truffle risotto, crisp bacon, parmesan tuille and a creamy white wine sauce.

The Oyster Box is renowned for its fine curries and the Journey to India menu features a delicious butter chicken, Natal lamb and Singaporean fish curry served with basmati rice and traditional roti and sambals.

Chicken, duck, game, beef and lamb all feature on the menu too, with delicious accompaniments like minted pea puree, roasted peach-and-honey jus, truffle cream or honey butter – a real triumph of flavours.

If you have space after all that, don’t skip the dessert menu – crêpes Suzette will be flambéed for you tableside with much aplomb, and the vanilla bean and raspberry mousse – which comes with guava gel and sorbet, sugared rose petals and toasted almond dust – is a beautiful end to a wonderful meal.

Drinks
An extensive wine menu is available, as well as an experienced sommelier. This is the place to go if you want a vast array of delicious meal accompaniments. You’re even spoiled for choice with a selection of port, cognac and dessert wine for after your meal.

Service
Tableside silver service from a well-managed team of efficient servers. Your every whim can be catered for.

Ambience
Set inside the grand Oyster Box Hotel, the Grill Room is set smartly as a grand dining room.

Best for…
An extra special occasion or business celebration.

(2018)

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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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