12 May 2012 by Denise Slabbert

Where to dine in Durbs

When the sun sets on INDABA, it’s time to head out on the town for delicious meals and local vibes

Aerial view of the city of Durban

After a full-on day at INDABA 2012, greeting, networking, wheeler-dealing, and tweeting, Durbs has a dining spot for you; whether you want to kick back with cocktails and sea views, or seal a business agreement.

Big ticket dining

When you’ve clinched a contract of note, or you’re just a magnum of Moët away from a profitable joint venture, head to

9th Avenue Bistro in Morningside. The 6-course seasonal tasting menu is the perfect platform for wooing gastronomes and decision makers alike.

Delicious seafood at 9th Avenue Bistro Delicious seafood at 9th Avenue Bistro

For sultry, spicy Franco-Mauritian fare that smacks of the Indian Ocean islands, you can’t beat Ile Maurice in Umhlanga. Attentive service, a terrific sommelier, superb sea views, and faultless food will have your prospective business partner signing on the dotted line in no time. 

Also in Umhlanga, Little Havana is the new kid on the block. Sleek and modern, the elegant eatery is a ‘can’t-go-wrong’ venue for entertaining clients, and the fresh seafood, wood-oven fired specialties, and the private dining/conference room are sure to impress.

Stylish setting at Little Havana Stylish setting at Little Havana

Vibey cosmopolitan

Energised by Durban’s tropical city vibe? Then Florida Road’s trendy cafes and eateries are perfect for relaxed dining and all-night bar hopping. Cool off with cocktails at The Keys on Florida or the laid back Latino cafe Cubana. Before you hit the areas clubs and pubs; carbo-load for your big night out at Spiga, an Italian eatery famous for its pizza, pasta, and friendly service.

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At Cafe 1999, in bustling Berea, seasonal dining is always on the menu. Share trade secrets over tasty tapas and a chilled bottle of vino, or plan your next big marketing campaign over platefuls of Chef Marcel Robert’s perfect pastas.

Make a splash at the spanking-new The Square Boutique Hotel & Spa in Umhlanga. Treat your clients to a soothing aqua spa before enjoying an indulgent meal at the Cosmopolitan restaurant, or vice versa. Both ways; you’ll win them over and there are conferencing facilities onsite for when it’s time to crunch the numbers.

Deliciously authentic

When a major deal’s at stake, and you can’t afford to put a foot wrong, seal the deal at Joop’s Place. Legions of local meat lovers can’t be wrong about one of Durban’s best-loved steakhouses. 9th Avenue, Durban. Tel: +27 (0)31 312 9135.

When hotshots need to curry favour with visitors and clients who’re keen to see and taste another side of eThekwini, they drive 15 minutes out of the city to Capsicum restaurant at the Britannia Hotel in Umgeni. Quirky and old-school it may be, but the Durban curries are served here are the real-deal. 1229 Umgeni Road, Durban Central. Tel: +27 (0)31 303 2266

A Durban institution, Roma Revolving Restaurant offers the best city views – period. Whether you sip G&T’s and watch the sunset from Ginos Sky Bar on the 33rd floor, or tuck into the revolving restaurant’s nostalgic Italian nosh, Roma’s the perfect venue to strategise with colleagues and toast new ventures.

For pre or post dinner drinks, Moyo at uShaka is always a good option. Remember to try and make a booking beforehand, Durban is always hectically busy during INDABA-time.

Pre or post dinner cocktails at Moyo, uShaka Pre or post dinner cocktails at Moyo, uShaka

Category: Food & Wine

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