The Durban food scene: what to eat and where

Posted on 7 November 2023 By Nomvelo Masango

Durban is known and loved for its interesting tourist attractions. However, that’s not all which the destination brings to the table. It is also renowned for its impressive and versatile food scene.

In the bustling streets of the lively city, there are different and delicious meals to suit the tastebuds of every kind of foodie. If you choose the right meal at the right place, you’re in for an unforgettable culinary experience.

When in Durban, here’s what to eat and where:

  1. Tasty bunny chow at The Oriental Restaurant

The Durban experience is quite incomplete without a tasty bunny chow. If you fancy one that oozes fresh and aromatic flavours, head to The Oriental Restaurant.

At the restaurant, you will be spoilt to an assortment of bunny chows including the kebab bunny, mutton bunny, mince bunny, sugar beans bunny and chicken bunny. If you appreciate a bit of seafood, the prawn bunny is also available. Although The Oriental Restaurant can be a bit busy at times, the tasty food is definitely worth the wait!

Contact: 082 777 9463

  1. Seafood at Jack Salmon


Jack Salmon Fish House offers delicious seafood with a delightful view. The restaurant has three branches across Durban and is the home of extraordinary seafood. Jack Salmon’s menu and set-up are inspired solely by the sea and serve as the perfect definition of how sea meets land. From a number of prawn dishes to irresistible salmon and even seafood platters, Jack Salmon has plenty in store for seafood fanatics.

Address: Shop 15, Glenore Centre, 1 Aubrey Drive

Glen Ashley, Durban.

Contact: +27 31 572 3664

  1. Portuguese cuisine at Julio’s

If you wish to explore authentic Portuguese cuisine made with fresh ingredients and spices, Julio’s is a good restaurant to try.  Their menu consists of a number of foodie favourites including the Mezza platter, Portuguese salad, Portuguese steak roll and their mouthwatering Portuguese steak.

Address: 4 Lagoon Drive, Umhlanga Plaza, Umhlanga Rocks.

Contact: 031 561 1958

  1. All things meaty at Ironman Rare Steaks

Ironman Rare Steaks is the perfect place for those who appreciate a bit of meat (or a lot)  on their plate The restaurant, which is located in Morningside, offers delectable dishes made with the freshest meat. The menu includes different  flavourful burgers, amazing chicken, spicy BBQ wings and the juiciest steaks.

Address: 415 Windermere Road, Morningside, Durban, KwaZulu Natal

Contact: 073 328 6647

  1. Freshly baked and sweet at Mary & Joe  

For those with a sweet tooth, there’s Mary & Joe at the heart of Umhlanga. The beautiful café offers tantalizing desserts including tarts, a selection of freshly baked cakes, as well as some waffles which are simply to die for!


You can enjoy a classic waffle with some ice-cream and syrup, or add some strawberries to the mix. For the chocoholics, the famous and decadent Chocoholics Anonymous waffle is a must-try.

Address: Shop 9, Lighthouse Quarter, 14 Chartwell Drive, Umhlanga Rocks, Durban.

Contact: 031 561 6593

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