For the longest time Durban has equaled bunny chow or roti and curry in my mind. It was just unthinkable to me to visit the country’s curry capital and not dive, head first, into these spicy delights. That being said, Durban has grown into quite the foodie travel destination. Should you care to venture beyond the compulsory curry you will find that there is a world of other gastronomic delights to enjoy.
Chief among them being the Burgers at Surf Cafe situated at 17 Erskine Terrace, Addington Beach, North Beach, Durban it is fast becoming renowned for its outrageously delicious burgers.
Holding true to the ethos of simplicity, the menu is a quick read but certainly not a boring one. Your options range from healthy breakfast options like the stewed fruit homemade muesli and thick Greek yoghurt to the more indulgent Chicken Deluxe Burger, which boasts a free-range chicken fillet, marinated in lemon and garlic Portuguese inspired basting. With lettuce, rocket and the house-made mayo.
The dessert menu was designed to sabotage your diet fast. Given my predilection for chocolate I went straight for the Chocolate Mudpie, which has a thick brownie base with praline, chocolate mousse and ice cream layers…and velvety chocolate sauce on top.
This kind of unpretentious, fresh flavour, good-kind-of-sloppy food may now become the new definition of Durban cuisine.