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10 Best Local Restaurants to try when attending #ATI2023

If you’re attending Africa’s Travel Indaba 2023 in Durban, get ready to indulge in a culinary journey like no other. Our province is known for its diverse culture and rich culinary heritage, influenced by Indian, Zulu, and British flavours. With a vibrant food scene, KwaZulu-Natal offers a plethora of local restaurants that will tantalize your taste buds and leave you craving for more. Here are the 10 best local restaurants to try during Africa’s Travel Indaba 2023. They’re not too far out from where the main event is being hosted, at the Durban International Convention Centre:
  1. Crane and Feathers: A must-visit restaurant located in the new Oceans Mall in Umhlanga, and offers guests a unique and luxurious dining experience. The restaurant’s elegant and contemporary decor, combined with breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean, creates a sophisticated and relaxing ambiance. The menu is carefully curated to showcase the best of locally-sourced ingredients and globally-inspired flavours, with highlights including fresh seafood, succulent steaks, and vegetarian options. Whether you’re enjoying a romantic dinner for two or a celebratory meal with friends and family, Crane and Feathers is the perfect destination for a memorable dining experience in Umhlanga. Find more information at https://www.dineplan.com/restaurants/crane-and-feathers
  1. Fiamma Grill in Ballito: Located in the heart of Ballito, Fiamma Grill is a must-visit destination for meat lovers. This restaurant offers a wide selection of expertly prepared steaks, ribs, and chicken dishes that will tantalize your taste buds. Using only the finest quality meat cuts, Fiamma Grill prides itself on its exceptional flavour and texture. Their menu also features delicious sides and sauces that perfectly complement their meat dishes. Whether you’re looking for a casual lunch or a romantic dinner for two, Fiamma Grill is the perfect place to satisfy your cravings. Visit https://www.fiammagrill.co.za/ for more information.
  1. Little Gujarat: If you’re craving authentic Indian cuisine, Little Gujarat is a must-visit. Located in the heart of Durban’s Indian district, this family-run restaurant is known for its vegetarian fare, including mouthwatering curries, samosas, and biryanis, bursting with aromatic spices.
  1. The Glenwood Bakery: A hidden gem for foodies, The Glenwood Bakery is a cozy artisanal bakery and café that serves delicious baked goods and gourmet sandwiches. Using locally-sourced ingredients, their menu changes daily, offering a delightful surprise with every visit.
  1. 9th Avenue Bistro: For a fine dining experience, head to 9th Avenue Bistro, a renowned restaurant that focuses on seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients. With a menu that changes frequently, you can expect innovative dishes crafted with precision and creativity.
  1. Cargo Hold: Located on the iconic Durban beachfront, Cargo Hold is a unique dining experience set in a replica of a ship’s hold. Known for its seafood, including fresh oysters and prawns, this restaurant offers stunning views of the ocean and a memorable dining ambiance.
  1. Madam & Sir in Florida Road: If you’re looking for a unique and memorable dining experience, Madam & Sir is the perfect destination. This black-owned restaurant offers a fusion of African and European cuisine, with an emphasis on fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Their menu features a range of tantalizing dishes, including grilled meats, seafood, and vegetarian options. From the warm and welcoming atmosphere to the attentive service, Madam & Sir is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a delicious meal with friends and family. You can download their menu and make a booking at https://www.madamandsir.co.za/
  1. AuthentiQ in Morningside: For a contemporary twist on traditional South African cuisine, look no further than AuthentiQ. This black owned restaurant offers a range of fusion dishes inspired by the diverse cultures and flavours of South Africa. From classic favorites like bobotie and braaied lamb chops to unique creations like biltong risotto and ostrich carpaccio, the menu is a celebration of local ingredients and global influences. The stylish and sophisticated atmosphere, coupled with exceptional service, makes AuthentiQ the perfect destination for a special occasion or a romantic night out. Visit instagram.com/authentiq_bar
  1. Wok Box: For a taste of Durban’s unique fusion cuisine, Wok Box is the place to go. This trendy restaurant offers a blend of Asian and African flavours, with dishes like bunny chow stir-fry and Durban curry noodles, served in a stylish setting.
  1. Max’s Lifestyle in Umlazi: For an authentic township dining experience, Max’s Lifestyle is the perfect destination. This ShisaNyama restaurant offers a range of grilled meats, including beef, chicken, and lamb, prepared to perfection over an open flame. The atmosphere is lively and energetic, with live music and a bustling crowd. Pair your meal with a cold beer or a traditional South African beverage like mageu or ginger beer. Whether you’re looking for a fun night out with friends or a casual lunch, Max’s Lifestyle is the place to be. Visit https://maxslifestyle.co.za/
  Get ready to embark on a culinary adventure as you explore the diverse flavours and rich culinary heritage that KwaZulu-Natal has to offer. From iconic landmarks to hidden gems, there’s a restaurant for every palate and preference. So, let’s dive into the top 10 local restaurants that are a must-visit during your time at Africa’s Travel Indaba 2023.
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