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WWith warm weather all year round, Durban welcomes visitors to a relaxed, outdoor lifestyle where beaches, barbecues, seafood and curry restaurants, clubs and upmarket accommodation establishments provide everything an out-of-towner could wish for while on holiday. KwaZulu-Natal is known for its distinctive food, from the bunny chow (a South African fast food dish consisting of a hollowed-out loaf of white bread filled with curry), to shisanyama (a term used to describe a barbecue where friends and families come together to grill meat in an open fire), there is much to whet the appetite of travellers.
A new addition is Khuraka restaurant, in the Endless Horizons Boutique Hotel, in Durban North.
Khuraka, which means forage in Hindu, aims to immerse patrons in the province’s rich history and culture through food. Life-size wallpaper images of an Indian king enliven the quaint eatery, along with palm leaf cushions and colonial design pieces reflecting the history.
TThe real winner is the menu – a fusion of Indian, African and British tastes. Award-winning chef Gregory Henderson has done well to merge the cultures in one-of-a-kind dishes.
“The inspiration behind Khuraka draws on the heritage of the KwaZulu-Natal settlements in the mid-1800s. We looked at various stories in the province, including the early Indian fishing communities and the battles between Zulu leaders on the banks of the Tugela River. These shape our menu.”
Kharuku heritage dining in Durban
KKhuraka, like its sister restaurant, Forage, in the Western Cape, sources ingredients from various parts of its province, including wild mushrooms from the Midlands and black truffles from Underberg. The seasonal menu is compact but packs a punch.
Among the offerings include the Marigold, a masala chickpea explosion made with pickled leek, cornmeal, cumin and carrot petals and a cosmopolitan twist on lamb breyani. The desserts are delightful. Try the sabja milk, rose jelly and coconut-ginger ice cream, or the Bombay Crush, a deconstructed version of the Indian drink.
Enjoy a weekend in Durban when you visit this great restaurant, it is South Africa’s self-styled 'playground', where year-round warm weather encourages visitors to make the most of the province’s outdoor lifestyle. Also known as 'Surf City', Durban is renowned for its magnificent bathing and surfing beaches, which stretch along the city's beachfront from Durban harbour in the south to the upmarket suburb of Umhlanga in the north. An expansive paved promenade offers access to the best of these beaches – the Golden Mile – where joggers, cyclists, dog owners, surfers, body boarders and walkers enjoy early-morning and late-afternoon exercise.
This place is food for the soul!