Green Mango, Durban
Did you know?
South Africa was arguably home to the first fusion cuisine, blending colonial French, Dutch, English and Malaysian influences.
Durban’s Green Mango is a modern Asian restaurant that serves fusion food, its menu listing Thai, Japanese and sushi offerings – all of the must-try-that variety.
Chef Watchara Sirvajanakul is a master in creating authentic Thai dishes (from his homeland), and diners flock here for his delicious dishes and angry curries. It has seating to please all-comers, whether outside, sheltered from the elements inside, at the bar or at the sushi counter. The restaurant's dining concept is loosely based on the original Green Mango restaurant in Thailand.
The décor is minimalist but pleasing, in keeping with the Asian sense of style that dictates less is best. The restaurant, in Morningside’s Avonmore Centre, makes perfect sense as it features food that complements Durban’s subtropical weather.
Worth trying are the enticing skewers featuring bite-sized titbits bursting with flavours such as ginger, garlic, lemongrass and mint. The spring rolls and dim sum are favourite starters among regular patrons, as is the sesame prawn toast.
The crispy spinach and crispy chilli calamari are delicious, and if you simply can't make up your mind what you'd like to eat, try the starter platter for one (or more). Have some spicy prawns, peanut-complemented satay skewers, fragrant wontons and then indulge in some crispy duck.
The list of curries is pretty impressive and you can make your choices from the wok menu. There are delicious rice and noodle dishes, and vegetarians are well catered for. The best-known dishes include the crispy duck, crispy chilli chicken and fillet, while 'angry dishes' (for those who like spices) include duck, chicken, beef fillet and seafood.
The Japanese menu is a treat and of course includes teriyaki and tempura, as well as Japanese noodle dishes (Japanese noodle soups are a revelation if you haven’t tried them – they combine greens, deep pork and seafood flavours with a satisfying broth and the lightest of noodles steaming away in the fragrant soup). The sushi menu is extensive and the sushi combos are an absolute must for avid sushi fans.
Green Mango has a decent enough wine list and also serves wine by the glass. Just remember, if you are battling to make up your mind regarding the menu, the waiters are only too happy to assist you with the specials of the day.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Tel: +27 (0)31 312 7054
Best time to visit
The restaurant is open from Monday to Sunday from 12 noon until 2.30/3pm for lunch. Dinners are from 6pm to 10pm, Monday to Sunday.
Around the area
There is so much to do in Durban – visit the galleries and art centres, the Royal Natal Yacht Club, uShaka Marine World and the Victoria Street Market.
Tours to do
Take a tour of the Moses Mabhida Stadium, or a visit to Gandhi's ashram.
What will it cost
Meals range from R80 to R150 depending on what you order.
Where to stay
There is loads of accommodation in Durban – and some delightful B&B options in the suburb of Morningside.
What to eat
The red duck curry is legendary