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Durban winter restaurant special: new hot dishes to try

Fine dining: Wondering where to eat out this winter? Durban has a selection of top fine dining restaurants, complete with hearty winter menus and inviting fireplaces to warm you up

  • Restaurant: Cargo Hold Dinner & Dance,  uShaka Marine World

Forget about the clubs, house music and rap! Join the glamorous revival of dinner and dance – a magical combination of great food and the space to whirl around the floor to some easy dance music from the good olden days.

For starters, diners can select one of the following –  Patagonian calamari, grilled or fried with soya, garlic and ginger, Cream of tomato soup served with crème fraiche and basil pesto, crispy fried chicken livers with a peri-peri dipping sauce or thyme baked halloumi with red peppers and lemon.

The main course includes a selection of spicy line fish served with French fries; a 200g grilled sirloin steak or a marinated chickenb (half)  served with chips, and a vegetarian option – a toasted risotto, mixed mushrooms, parmesan cheese and truffle oi – among others. A dessert buffet – with malva pudding and custard, fruit salad, chocolate mousse, cheese cake as well as ice cream and a variety of condiments will come in handy to those with a sweet tooth. 

Address: Cargo Hold, uShaka Marine World, 1 Bell St, Point, Durban

Hot new dishes on offer at uShaka Marine Cargo Hold

Time: Dinner will be served from 18h00, while dancing will start at 20h00

Cost: R225 per person

Booking is essential: 031 328 8065 / 6 / 7

  • Restaurant: Eaves RestaurantGranny House

Having recently completed a host of renovations that have added an exquisite amount of grandeur to an already glorious property, Granny Mouse Country House & Spa boasts among others things, a state-of-the-art gin bar atop the newly renovated Eaves deck. The venue reveal took place last week, where members of the media treated to a special evening with a wine and cooking tasting session, followed by a decadent dinner in the refurbished Bistro, with glittering evenings views through the glass conservatory, to the night stars above.

Well known for its award-winning selection of dishes and wines, coupled with a host of elegant accommodation options, Granny Mouse Country House prides itself as a perfect, “home away from home” 5-star establishment. 

Granny Mouse’s Roasted Butternut with coconut and coriander Soup is a must on those chilly winter nights

There are two winter-friendly restaurants with new hot meals on offer and specially prepared winter food pairing specials. However the Eaves Restaurant is a must for those looking for exhilarating fine dining experience with a perfect romantic setting. The dishes, which can be perfectly enjoyed besides a large open fireplace are designed to be combined with  their extensive wine list and craft beer. Some main dishes on offer include the ‘squid ink risotto’ (pan seared prawns, crumbed calamari tentacles, parsley & lemon pesto), springbok carpaccio (pistachio cream cheese, portabellini mushrooms with vodka infused strawberries) and of course the hearty roasted butternut with coconut and coriander Soup, a must on those chilly winter nights

Address: Granny Mouse Country House & Spa,  Balgowan, KwaZulu-Natal

Cost: R650pp with wine / R450pp without wine

Booking: 033 234 4071 /

  • Restaurant: Giorgio’s at the View, Amanzimtoti

A perfect place for those who prioritize comfort and warmth, especially during the unbearably cold South African winter nights, as they do with carefully prepared hearty meals. 

Exuding luxurious earthy dĂ©cor,  perfectly completed by the arty wooden floors, chic chandeliers and a roaring fireplace, Giorgio’s at The View is renowned for unique dining experience,  which place comfort at the heart of its service offering.  

At this country restaurant with breathtaking sea views, local and international visitors alike can enjoy soul stirring signature meals, prepared using locally produced ingredients. A variety of specialty dishes ranging from freshly prepared succulent tiger prawns, tender fillet of beef resting on a delicious base of thinly slices creamy potatoes or the spicy Thai chicken curry served with fragrant basmati rice.


Address: 9 Hillside Rd, Doonside, Amanzimtoti, 4126

Cost: R70 (starters) to R240 (main) 

Booking is essential: Booking Essential: 031 903 1556 /

  • Restaurant: Fairmont Zimbali Resort

At NOWinSA, we absolutely believe there’s no great restaurant without a stellar chef, and that proof to be the case with this match made it havean – between renowned German-born diner, Tony Kocke and the picturesque Fairmont Zimbali Resort.  The award-winning cook’s extensive international experience has allowed him to add a very special magic to the menus at the resort since he arrived in 2017.

Looking back over the two years since taking over the reign of a total of six kitchens, namely the Beach CafĂ© and Bar, Bite Pool Bar, Coral Tree Restaurant, OSA Restaurant, 31 Degrees and In-Room Dining, Kocke can handle just about any challenge; weather it’s catering for a small, intimate clientele/vistors or catering for large corporate functions and weddings that take place at the hotel.

Fairmont Zimbali Resort’s executive chef Tony Kocke

In addition to having introduced the Chef’s Table monthly event which allows local foodies to sample to creativity of a culinary master, the Michelin starred chef has also facilitated the change from the Ayoba! Mexican restaurant to the Beach CafĂ© and Bar Restaurant and constantly reviews menus. In his current position as the executive chef,  Kocke – along with his team – is dedicated to providing guests with a variety of meal options made from quality ingredients, sustainably sourced where possible.

Although the establishment largely caters for large events and conference,  the resort’s dining facilities are also available to the public with a booking. Day visitors can enjoy a freshly-made sushi menu available as a takeaway (from 12h00 to 21h00) when visiting 31 Degrees or Dalchini.

Address: Fairmont Zimbali Resort,  5 Corkwood Drive,  Zimbali Coastal Estate, Ballito 

Cost: Menu pricing varies per restaurant

Booking: (+27) 32 538 5000 /

Phoeby Montari
Phoeby Montari
Phoeby Montari is a Psychology student, model, feminist activist, and published writer. Through complexities that stretch through different fields, she aims to make an impact through her varied professional sphere with a writing-style characterized by metaphorical nuances ranging from poetry to socio-political issues and cruelty-free vegetarian lifestyle.
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