Below is a list of restaurants and coffee shops that we can recommend in the Salt Rock, Ballito, Umhlanga and Durban areas. Please note that this is not a comprehensive list but rather those from which we have had positive feedback from the guests at our YOLO Spaces properties.
Jack Salmon Fish House
Tiffany’s Centre, Salt Rock
Jack Salmon, a Fish & Grill restaurant, aims to serve only the best dishes where the sea purely inspires their menu and set-up. The chefs are well experienced in the best preparation method of each meal to ensure your dining pleasure. Each plate is an Instagram moment, with delicate pops of colour or other worldly coral-like structures. They will deliver quality that exceeds expectations as well as flavours that you’ll never forget. Jack Salmon offers their guests only the best service alongside their well renowned seafood dishes. The Poke bowls are the essential experience here. Guests can choose from soy-marinated salmon, tuna or prawns mixed with sesame seeds, radish, kewpie mayonnaise and pickled ginger in a fusion of flavour. The extensive sushi menu will satisfy even the most seasoned diner.
Salsa Mexican Grill Restaurant
Ballito Lifestyle Centre
Salsa is not your traditional Mexican Grill. Sure, they offer authentic Mexican recipes. And yes, they use traditional cooking methods. In fact, they travelled all the way to the West Coast of the USA to master them and bring them back to South Africa! But, what makes the Salsa experience truly special is the inspired, healthy, modern twist that they give each of their signature dishes. Salsa is all about freedom. Their passion for uncovering unique, fresh flavours knows no limit. If you’re feeling adventurous, you’re even welcome to create your own meal! And, of course, no fiesta would be complete without delicious refreshments. Satisfy your thirst with their fresh-pressed juices, signature cocktails and custom range of craft tequilas.
Ballito Lifestyle Centre
Different to anything else in town, Peron Peron is an authentic Argentinian grill with an emphasis on the flavours of Buenos Aires and a focus on different cuts and choices of beef. Their forte is aged steaks cooked in front of you on open fires over wood and charcoal. Peron Peron serves up Argentinian cuisine, with authentic flavours and cooking techniques, but also carefully considers the cuts and style that South Africans enjoy. 60% of the menu focusses on different cuts of beef, 30% on seafood. Or why not try their popular whole baby chicken and prawns? Be transported to another place with the décor, art, music and food of Peron Peron! Their restaurant design is unique, with amazing wall art and a mix of rustic and classic furnishings that truly brings Buenos Aires alive. To enhance your meal, the Peron Peron wine list includes 70 carefully selected Argentinian and South African wines, mainly red, with a focus on Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec.
Fairmont Zimbali Coastal Resort, Ballito
Enjoy the fragrant, flavoursome cuisine of India, prepared from recipes handed down by generations of Indian chefs. Savour the signature Butter Chicken or enjoy a traditional Thali. Each dish uses a unique blend of spices and herbs and is accompanied by traditional homemade condiments. The menu also offers a selection of signature grills that are sure to make your mouth water! Open for dinner from Tuesday to Saturday from 6.30pm to 10.30pm. Booking is essential.
on the beach in Ballito
Al Pescatore is one of the oldest and still one of the most popular restaurants on the North Coast. The secret to their success, owner Trevor Wolf believes, is the fact that they have been willing to change with the times. Al Pescatore started out as an Italian Trattoria but because of the change in the market, the restaurant has evolved into more of a casual Mediterranean / seafood restaurant.
Beach Bums Restaurant
Beach Bums International serves balmy sea breezes with their simple breakfast options, gourmet pizzas to enjoy with a beach sun-downer or two and a variety of simple succulent meals for lunch, dinner or in-between. Set on the shores of Casaurina Beach just south of Ballito and north of Durban. Watch the waves and ocean glow while sitting on the shore with your feet in the sand, sipping perfectly mixed cocktails and enjoying some of Durban’s finest cuisine.
The Grill Room
The Oyster Box Hotel, Umhlanga
The legendary award winning Grill Room, situated within The Oyster Box Hotel on Umhlanga’s beachfront has been renowned for its fine dining and outstanding cuisine for almost 70 years, The menu is an inspired combination of classic favourites from the spectacular seafood platter which includes crayfish, langoustines, local mussels and a delicious prawn curry, roast lamb, roast duck and a buffet of traditional curries. The wine list is varied, and offers an array of the finest wines available, both local and international. Guests dine on the Ocean Terrace where they can enjoy unobstructed views of the Indian Ocean. As The Grill Room is elegant and classy it is advised to dress semi-formal.
Butcher Boys Grill
For 20 years Butcher Boys Grill in Umhlanga, Morningside & Hillcrest has been offering a comfortable dining experience while continuously striving to ensure that patrons are presented with Great Steaks and great service. They’re still serving only the best South African beef sourced from local farmers, with cuts that are either wet or dry-aged and grilled to perfection with their famous basting sauce. Paired with a carefully curated selection of local South African wines, as well as an array of vintages, which are kept in refrigerated wine cellars at an optimum temperature between 16˚C and 17˚C, satisfaction and variety are to be expected from an adventurous menu.
Olive & Oil Restaurant
Olive & Oil is a proudly family-run Mediterranean inspired restaurant with inspiration drawn from a quaint village on an island in Greece. Meat-eaters, pasta lovers, vegetarians and food fans, there are a delectable number of dishes to suit all tastes. Olive & Oil has been the go-to spot for Umhlanga’s locals, tourists, business-people and families since 2006. It’s the perfect venue for leisurely lunches on the verandah, watching the world go by in the village below. The cool interior is elegant and intimate yet lively, allowing for brilliantly buzzy dinners.
9th Avenue Waterside
Yacht Marina, Durban
9th Avenue Waterside is a modern, warm and unpretentious venue in the heart of Durban’s harbour with breathtaking bay views in a stylish and comfortable environment. Diners can choose from a range of classic dishes such as grilled ostrich fillet or crispy roasted duck. For a special occasion, the six-course tasting menu with wine gives diners the chance to enjoy their signature dishes. Whether you want to start your day with an espresso and a bagel or watch the sunset with an espresso martini, 9th Avenue Waterside would love you to join them in their cocktail lounge.
Jeera Indian Restaurant
Suncoast Towers Hotel, Durban
Jeera Indian Restaurant at Suncoast Towers Hotel, Battery Beach Road, Durban, offers guests a taste of the finest authentic Indian food in Durban. Dishes are prepared using the freshest ingredients and the chef’s signature blend of exotic and aromatic spices. The menu offers a range of classic Indian dishes with a contemporary twist and a little bit of Durban inspiration. Flavourful curries, grills, tandoori dishes, Indian breads, a number of vegetarian options, and truly decadent desserts all feature prominently on the menu. The exceptional Indian cuisine and the warm, attentive service, makes for a truly remarkable dining experience.