Think grand, think
colonial, picture sweeping sea views with a romantic lighthouse to boot. This
is The Oyster Box, a ridiculously beautiful hotel set amidst the leaping
sky-scraper apartments that is Umhlanga, just north of Durban. The funny thing is, you
don’t even know you’re there, it feels like France or Italy or better still,
Morocco, oozing exotic international fabulousness.
We lunched at The Terrace which is the more casual of their restaurants. When
the curry buffet was mentioned, the husbands tongue rolled out Roger
rabbit-style and we simply had to try it.
ordered à la carte and had a gorgeous
calamari starter which was imaginatively spiked with a touch of plum sauce (R70)
– really good. A linefish (dorado) main which was perfectly cooked on crushed
potatoes with a lemony sauce (R130). Really fine finishes and better than I expected
as other dishes on the menu include toasted sandwiches and pizzas.
The curry buffet (R195): top-notch as it impressed the curry connoisseur on my left and he was making all sorts of worrying passionate sounds. I
tasted most of his seven different dishes but there were about 12 all in all.
Delicious, fragrant, with some kick-you-in-the-ass ones that reminded us that we
were close to the curry capital. I also very nearly stuffed some of the
live-giving naan bread into my bag as it was so darn good.
Check out the gallery of what we ate here.
A beautiful wine list that includes a fancy water list too. Wines by the glass start at R26 with something for everyone. A bottle starts at R95 so not for the tight wallet and there are some seriously eye-popping wines.
How about a bottle of Chateau Margaux '83 for R68 000 or perhaps a Chateau Lafite-Rothschild '86 for R60 000, any takers?
A la Carte: R55 for a soup to R120 for jazzed up oysters (they looked amazing), the mains range from R95 for traditional fish and chips to R240 for langoustines. Sandwiches and salads R75-R90 (which is way too steep in my book) and pizzas from R55-R95.
The curry buffet goes for R195 - not cheap but seriously beautiful and substantial, it's a grand experience for all curry-lovers.
want something more smarty-pants try their exquisite fine dining restaurant The
Grill Room, that’s where I’m going next time I’m there.
A long lazy lunch with
friends to watch the sea and life go by in a glorious setting with excellent food. See what other people have to say here.
- Caro de Waal