Dotted alongside the Durban promenade, as it snakes its
well-paved way along the coastline, you’ll find some of Durban’s best eateries.
Their views, of course, cannot be beaten (who wouldn’t want to scoff some chips
while looking out to sea?) but it’s the casual yet quality culinary experiences
that make this part of Durban…my stomach’s favourite spot to visit.
Beach, Beer, Burger
Serving up the best Durban combination there is to have – beach, beer,
burger! – Surf Riders
isn’t your ordinary surfside café. Of course, it’s swimming-costume-casual, but
it’s also strict on serving super food. Opening its doors every morning at
06h30, Surf Riders is known and loved as the spot to park off, after your surf
or swim session. But for those of us who don’t live life completely in the warm
water, it’s just as wonderful too.
Let’s Talk Food
A quick look at the menu soon tells you that you’re not about to be served
soggy chips and stale rolls. Instead, expect great-quality, scrumptious meals
that don’t burn a hole through your pocket. Surf
Riders is known for its burgers, but you’d be silly to skip the pizzas, or forgo one
of their breakfast options. And, of course, the service matches the swell, with
your waiter pulling up when you need him, and ebbing away while you eat. My
recommendation? Whatever you do, do not skip the sweet potato fries. Crisp on
the outside, sweet as pie within, they’re impeccably seasoned and they’re not
slopping around in oil. I think of those fries, more often than I should
If Durbanites are known for their love of casual dining, then our love for
dogs comes in at a close second. That’s why Surf Riders Food Shack is a
dog-approved dining spot, and your best friend can enjoy some fun food too.
Check out their Woof! Menu for canine-friendly cuisine.
South Beach and
Next time you’re planning a seaside stroll, saunter into Surf Riders at the
end of your adventure. Crack open a chilled Heineken, and enjoy a little
sunshine while you chill out, Durban style.