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Oysters, naked topped with caviar onion & fennel vinegarette - Surfriders Cafe
Oysters, naked topped with caviar onion & fennel vinegarette - Surfriders Cafe

Top 5 Culinary Choices This Valentine’s Day!

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we thought of putting together our choice of top 5 eateries for Valentine’s Day  2019.

Dating back to the 5th century Valentine’s Day has always been a day dedicated to love, be it with a partner, your best friend or family members, the day  almost always culminates in a romantic meal of sorts. We have sourced out some of Durban’s hottest and most luxurious V-day locations and are narrowing down the choices for you 🙂 

Surf Riders Cafe

Situated on Durban’s Golden Mile South Side, Surfriders Cafe is popular with locals chilling down on the beach indulging in oysters, burgers garnished with caviar and not forgetting their famous cheese fries. Chef Brendon Newport has put together a delectable menu of opulence and indulgence because there’s no better way than sharing the day of love than with oysters and caviar.

Oysters, naked topped with caviar onion & fennel vinegarette (Share)

Oysters, naked topped with caviar onion & fennel vinegarette (Share)
Oysters, naked topped with caviar onion & fennel vinegarette

Fresh mussels pan cooked with chourizo, served with toasted ciabatta (Share)

Fresh mussels pan cooked with chourizo, served with toasted ciabatta (Share)
Fresh mussels pan cooked with chourizo, served with toasted ciabatta

24 hour slow cooked rib & grilled squid combo, served with beach slaw & potato chips


Lango tails on capellini pasta, with a tomato, lemon & basil sauce

Romantic sharable dessert, mexican doughnut with the best soft serve ice-cream

R550.00 / pp

Surf Riders Café

Includes 2 complimentary glasses of champagne.

Bookings mail samanthasmallshaw@gmail.com

9th Avenue Bistro 

Located in Morningside, Durban 9th Avenue Bistro has been a a Durban institution noted for fine dining and exquisite attention to detail. Throughout the year they celebrate anniversaries and birthdays with patrons. From socialites to the ‘whose who’ you can find them dining at 9th Avenue Bistro. What better way to spending the day dedicated to love than with a dinner at 9th Avenue Bistro.

9th Avenue Bistro - Image (Facebook)
9th Avenue Bistro – Image (Facebook)

Indulge in a candle-lit dinner for R650 per person, lovebirds can enjoy a five course meal plus a welcome drink, and coffee with petit fours. The menu includes dishes like: roasted butternut squash ravioli with candied pecans; crispy free-range duck with potato rosti and roasted carrots; and Belgian dark chocolate ganache tartlet for dessert.

Bookings and full menu contact: info@9thavenuebistro.co.za

Granny Mouse Country House & Spa 

Granny Mouse Country House & Spa, nestled in the heart of the KwaZulu Natal Midlands, is the perfect combination of relaxation and luxury; with a customised ethos of being a “home away from home!”

Granny Mouse’s Eaves Restaurant is the perfect setting for a romantic dinner in the Midlands and executive culinary artist, Wayland Green, has conjured up an aphrodisiac-inspired menu especially for Valentine’s Day. 

Sensual starters include a Goat’s Cheese, Spring Onion and Lentil Bake, Sundried Tomato Ragout, Olive Tapenade and micro herbs – lovingly paired with a Louisevale Rosé.  

Up next is a Squid Ink Risotto, Pan Seared Scallops, Paprika Crumbed Calamari Tentacles and Parsley and Lemon Pesto – accompanied by an exotic Velliria Jasmine. 

The third course is a lovingly prepared Springbok Carpaccio, Pistachio Cream Cheese, Portabella Mushrooms with Vodka infused Strawberries – paired with Sophie Te’Blanche. 

This is followed by the fourth course which includes Grilled Beef Fillet, Sweet Pea Puree, Mixed Mushrooms, Fondant Potato, Crackling with a Port & Red Wine Reduction – with De Toren Delicate as the wine of choice.

Meal from Granny Mouse - Image Supplied
Meal from Granny Mouse – Image Supplied

Of course, the ultimate end to a fine romantic dinner is dessert which is rich with the ultimate aphrodisiac – chocolate. Our culinary maestro has combined Textures of Chocolate, Dark Chocolate Foam, Ruby Chocolate Ganache, Gold Chocolate Cremeux, Pistachio & Milk Chocolate Soil with a tantalisingly sweet Hartenberg Straw wine. 

Bookings: 033 234 4071 or visit www.grannymouse.co.za

Cargo Hold – Ushaka Marine World 

Nestled inside the Phantom ship is uShaka’s unique dining experience, The Cargo Hold. Seated next to a huge glass shark tank, Cargo Hold is the perfect venue for your special occasion. The cuisine is international with a focus on seafood and an extensive, top-end wine list is available.


Get ready to get your heartstrings pulled with a delicious February Valentine menu. You will be welcomed with a Love Potion cocktail before being served up some sexy starters – you can choose between their Tuna Temptation, Vegetarian Vixon or Caring Carpaccio.

Mains include: Luscious Lamb (a lamb loin and shank parcel served with carrot mouse, pea puree and sherry mint juz), Flirty Fish (pecan panko crusted line fish with wilted baby spinach and garlic crushed baby potatoes), Charming Chicken (a panko crusted chicken breast, black garlic pommes puree, wilted baby spinach and dhuka jus), Beautiful Beef (a fillet of beef with garlic pommes puree, mushroom duxelle, charred asparagus and red wine jus) or our vegetarian option, Naughty Gnocchi (in a tomato puree with basil pesto, parmesan shards and pine nuts).

The ultimate end to a fine romantic dinner is definitely one of the Cargo Hold’s decadent desserts – you can choose between Chocolate Volcano, Mini Pavlova, Strawberries and cream or Black Pepper Vanilla Panacota.

This set menu is R550 per person.

Bookings: cargohold@ushakamarineworld.co.za

Thyme @ Royal Palm 

Start your night off with a romantic 3-course dinner for two at the newly refurbished Thyme @ Royal Palm restaurant, which includes a complimentary glass of our fine wine to set the mood. The restaurant has even prepared a special menu with a range of meals that offer comfort food with a gourmet twist, just for Valentine’s Day.

On this particular romantic line up, start with Amuse-buche where you have the option of fresh oysters served with a red onion vinaigrette or Smoked Salmon & Confit Tomato served with charcoaled grilled asparagus.

Next up, enjoy a sexy starter, either a Caprese Salad (cherry tomatoes stuffed with buffalo mozzarella and basil finished with capers and a balsamic reduction);

Main course options are Grilled Kingklip (served with sautéed mixed vegetables, honey and soya reduction finished with a chilli and lime dressing); Beef fillet (served with truffle mash potato, green beans and onion marmalade finished with a red wine jus) or Stuffed Chicken Supreme(served with braised peas, sautéed potatoes finished with a sauce vierge).

A meal from Thyme @ Royal Palm - Image Supplied
A meal from Thyme @ Royal Palm – Image Supplied

Ending this devilish feast is dessert, where you can choose between Decedent Chocolate Mousse served with chocolate coated strawberries and whipped cream or Gourmet Bread and Butter Pudding, layers of freshly baked croissants and Fresh Banana drizzled with a rich butter cream and baked until golden brown.

Bookings: 031 581 8000

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