While the rest of South Africa seems to be thawing from the onslaught of a bitter winter chill. Winter is just a figment of the imagination in an absolutely idyllic and sun-kissed Durban. We were greeted by warm and friendly faces at the Endless Horizons Boutique Hotel. The beautiful view of Durban North, Virginia Airport and the ocean are always a welcome sight. The room we got to stay in had a beautiful scenic view and a balcony.
That evening we dined at the in-house restaurant named Khuraka, which is described as an Indo Afro Indigenous dining experience. The word Khuraka is a Hindi word meaning forage and about adventure and new experiences. This sets the tone for the dishes on offer – an interesting culinary experience. Chilli infused roti & spiced papadums were a treat. I hope they could package those papadums because I would certainly be a regular customer. Complementary oysters served with wedges of lemon and Tabasco, definitely not for the faint-hearted!
Our starters were the marigold and poori.
The Marigold – Masala chickpea explosion, marigold and pickled leek cornmeal, cumin and carrot petals.
The carrots in a flower taste was unique and distinctly Indian, I especially like the fried spinach. Poori- Kerala style mussel baja, toasted cashew, tamarind. Beautifully puffed rounds with beautiful mussels reminiscent of coiled snakes in a snake charmer’s wicker basket.
The main course is described as The Cultural Odyssey. Dungbar – Leek ash beef, samp, smoked butternut, baby leeks, racemosa jus. The simple flavours work so well together. I love the portion size, I didn’t feel sick or bloated or didn’t have to take half my meal away in a doggie bag. The racemosa jus brought everything together nicely. Zongzi – Bamboo leaf wrapped line fish, pok choi, lemon balm, sweet potato, sumac, bamboo shoots. The dish was beautifully aromatic & pungent with melt in your mouth fish. The highlight was definitely the Bombay Crush dessert – a lovely deconstructed pink jelly, beautifully made cardamom spiced ice-cream and subja seeds. Definitely having sweet dreams tonight!
At breakfast soulful jazz compliments the scenery so well. Instant relaxation! The assortment of pastries, seasonal fruit, yoghurt and juices are a delight. We had the pulled pork eggs benedict and salmon eggs benedict. The pulled pork option came with a tart coleslaw comprising of apples and cranberries. The salmon option was very tasty with delicious, fresh salmon and creamy eggs.
The decor is an eclectic blend of beautiful, handcrafted wooden and marble trunks, Persian rugs & mandala design wooden features which lend to a Turkish Bazaar feel. Endless Horizons Boutique Hotel is able to cater to your specific function requirements. The staff component are very attentive, friendly and helpful. The hotel is a very charming setting to host a conference, wedding, product launch, cocktail function or any party for that matter with a capacity of 60 guests with 12 rooms on the property. Its close proximity to the King Shaka International Airport makes the hotel a good option for the business traveler. The GM, Janine, explains that the deck of the the hotel makes a perfect view point for the Virginia Airshow. There are also some new features being added to the hotel such as an honesty bar and cigar lounge. My favourite part of the hotel has to be the lit up infinity pool, which gives you the impression of an “endless horizon”. When you walk into the Endless Horizons Boutique Hotel you feel as though you have stepped out of the city hustle and bustle and into some sort of spa retreat. This hotel is perfect for a weekend getaway or a date night when you just need to relax and unwind.