“Free your mind, body and soul at Freedom Cafe; good food, great company and beautiful surroundings.”
The cafe-in-a-can is a concentrate of all we enjoy most in entertaining. It’s intimate, relaxed, and with decor by crack Egg Designs duo Roche and Greg Dry, unselfconsciously stylish. The menu, like the man, evolves constantly, guided only by the mantra: “local, fresh, direct.”
Guests watch through a hatch in the compact courtyard kitchen, even wander through this en route to the loo. They linger contentedly under trees strung with jam-jar lights and beaded dreams (joy – love – peace), nursing cappy and cupcakes on yellow wire Egg rockers or black plastic daxie benches. Then as the shadow of neighboring St Mary’s church spire creeps slowly across the sand.
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Dinner Time Stories at The Beverly Hills, Durban
Dinner Time Stories is a two and a half hour dining show that tells the story of how the world’s smallest chef follows the route of Marco Polo.
The show’s 6 course menu takes guests along a culinary journey across the regions visited by the legendary traveller.
The 3D show is complimented by a unique gastronomic experience full of fun and surprises. Diners engage in a 5-senses spectacle as they savour the tastes of the story along its sights, sounds and aromas.
The 3D mapping concept uses animated optical illusion techniques which project a little chef cooking on your plate and table top.
Durbanite was invited to experience this unique dining setting.
“Upon arrival at the Beverly Hills Hotel around 7:00pm, we were given a glass of bubbly each and seated in the waiting area outside.
Our host for the evening came around to collect our tickets and told us our seat numbers for the evening. He also asked whether we had any dietary requirements, to which we responded with none.
Shortly after, we were ushered inside to a beautiful room where we spotted the projectors pointing downwards towards the tables.
Sitting down at the dining table, we greeted and met the other guests who we were sharing our table with. Our glasses were filled with wine and the show kicked off around 8:00pm.
For starters, we were served a slow roasted carrot puree & carrot top pesto macaron. We have never heard of nor tasted a savoury macaron before! A vietnamese panko crumbed prawn tail with fresh mango, cilantro salsa was also presented.
One word: DELICIOUS.
Moving on, our petit chef took us on an Arabic tasting adventure. We were served a middle eastern tabbouleh salad with chickpea falafel and arabic bread crisps. Sounds exotic doesn’t it?
It didn’t end there.
The other arabic additions were the skordalia, roasted garlic & creamy potato dip. A smoked baba ghanoush with griddled pita bread and toasted pistachio encrusted goat’s cheese truffle on green fig & date compote.
It’s enough to make you drool… and I think this has to be my favourite as I’ve never tasted anything like this before.
The next stop was India. I was incredibly excited for the spicy food and boy, was I not disappointed! We were presented a wonderful array of Indian food.
Starting with a spicy paneer, pea & potato samosa with minted chining dipping sauce. This was served with a Beverly Hills signature lamb curry, basmati rice, sambas & poppadum crisp. Can you say, mmmm……
Let’s not forget the added touch of some freshly chopped Durban chilli! Nothing like a bit of local flavour from my hometown.
To water down the meal, we had a Bombay crush with elachi & rose syrup flavoured milk with Sabja seeds
We then jetted off to the Himalays for a frozen treat; a orange and finger sorbet. BUT with a twist. We’re not going to give too much away here as you need to see and do it yourself!
A short interlude followed for people to take their much needed bathroom break while the others headed down to the gorgeous poolside of Beverly Hills.
Before long, we were back inside and off to China. Don’t worry, no Coronavirus was contracted here!
Our Chinese dish consisted of sushi, a tom yum broth, fried rice balls, spiced grilled chicken, asian veggies and fresh coriander. The additional bonus was the fortune cookie which we enjoyed reading out aloud to the rest of the table.
“Le Petit Chef says… The universe is simple. It’s the explanation that is complex.”
For dessert, we had an incredible decadent cardamom creme brulee, popped rich shard finished with a date biscotti. Creme Brulee is my favourite dessert, and they blew me away here, that’s for sure!
Tea & coffee were served along with candy floss sugar, because normal sugar is out of the question, right?
Just before the show, we slipped into the kitchen to get a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes:
These chefs are the finest, and most hard working people you will ever come across!
Thank you DinnerTimeStories!
What a wonderful date night idea, or even for a special occasion…
Be sure not to miss out on this spectacular experience!
Book your seat for Dinner Time Stories here.
The Beauty of Brahman Hills, Midlands
Our Durbanite contributors, Shelley and her mother, Carmen were invited to experience Brahman Hills, their spa as well as the Midlands Kitchen.
Read more on what they had to say about it.
“I had been to Brahman Hills back in March with two of my friends, and I absolutely loved it! So you can imagine my delight when I would be returning, but this time with my mom.
We left our busy little city of Umhlanga and made our way towards Brahman Hills. The drive there is fairly quick and accessible, taking only an hour and a half.
THE MIDLANDS KITCHEN
Before arriving at Brahman Hills, we decided to try out The Midlands Kitchen.
The Midlands Kitchen is an eating area which hosts 15 kitchens, including Mexican, Mediterranean, Burgers, Chicken, Pizza, Indian and Vegan dishes. There’s also a harvest table for instant artisan fresh meals.
We loved the fact that is is both kid and pet-friendly!
We sat down and our waitress promptly greeted us while handing us menus to browse through. We were given a card with a table number on it. This is for The Midlands Kitchen to keep track of our orders throughout our visit.
I ordered a vegan dish which was a Cauliflower-based burger, while my mom opted for the spring-chicken burger. We added on two cappuccinos to go with our order.
The food was DELICIOUS! We were both delighted to have made the right choice, but I’m sure with any one of their options, it would never be a disappointment.
We ended off our meal with an ice cream cone each from their gelato station. Oh, and can we make a note that this was undoubtably the yummiest gelato? I mean, they had Nutella flavoured ice cream!
On our way out, we grabbed two chocolate croissants for later indulgence, because… why not?
BRAHMAN HILLS SPA
After our lunch at The Midlands Kitchen, we arrived at Brahman Hills to check into our room. We were seated in the lounge area and offered tea/coffee while our room and key was being organised.
We checked in to the most beautiful little hotel with a private garden all to ourselves!
After a quick power nap, we headed out to the much talked about spa. We were excited to experience our treatments in the countryside.
At the spa, we both had a full body massage with an exfoliation and soak off in a bath. Beforehand, we got to choose which essential oils we would like. We both opted for lavender which helps with stress and sleep.
After our massages, we headed upstairs to get a mani & pedi done. There’s nothing quite like getting a mani while watching the cows roam around outside in the open. So incredibly relaxing!
89 ON COPPER
For dinner we had the pleasure of dining at the incredibly beautiful 89 on Copper restaurant which is underground in a cellar-like environment.
We had the two-course dinner. Both of us chose the rib wing for mains, and had the cheesecake & brownie for dessert.
Can we talk about how pretty this restaurant is?
We loved the holes in the walls where different bottles of wine was stored!
BREAKFAST AT BRAHMAN CAFE
We woke up early to start off the day with breakfast Brahman cafe.
We had the choice of choosing which breakfast we wanted.
Never in my life have I had such a good start to the day with their breakfast!
If you’re ever in the Midlands, do yourself a favour and pop into the Midlands Kitchen and of course, Brahman Hills!
Phone: +27 (0)33 266 6965
Mobile: +27 (0) 81 370 9478
Address: Old Curry’s Post Road, Mount West, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa
Oh My Soul Cafe in Durban North
It’s just the ‘veginning’ for Oh My Soul Café, now trending in Durban North!
Durbanite was invited to indulge in some of the best wraps, waffles, buddha bowls and more… They were all 100% vegan and 110% delicious!
“Be kind to every kind” is the beautiful message that Oh My Soul is spreading and encouraging everyone to live by. This is by no means an activist establishment and no one is going to push veganism down your throat. Owners Richard and Tallulah have created an environment that everyone can enjoy whether you’re vegan, health conscious or simply looking for somewhere cool to go for lunch with you friends and fur babies.
The personal touch on the decor and service made for a memorable experience. One of the highlights was being able to take my dog to lunch, she may not have been impressed by the vegan snacks this pet friendly restaurant serves but my boyfriend and I were!
Browsing the menu, there were so many dishes I wanted to try but my eyes are normally bigger than my belly so I kept things reasonable and ordered a vurger (vegan burger), sweet potato fries and a waffle with a fresh raw juice.
While I’ve been burned by the classic dry chickpea burger before, the vurger I tried was deliciously delectable and had the coolest name “Flower Power”. In fact the whole menu was quirky and well put together. Richard explained that people like different, so they are catering for regular menu updates and changes.
The problem with being vegan is that there is no place you can just run into to grab a ready made veg lasagne or meal and Oh My Soul Café is catering for just that. With the aim to create hassle-free meals that you can pop in the oven and enjoy. And delivery is possibly on the cards as well.
Another awesome addition to the café is that they have applied for their liquor license. Which means a new night scene in Durban offering G&T and craft beer on tap with a selection of organic wines and live music, which sounds epic!
There is a general perception that veganism is expensive but the reasonable prices and exceptional quality really blew us away. We can’t wait to go back for lunch and soon enough a night out on the town at Oh My Soul Café.
Address: 68 Adelaide Tambo Dr, Durban North
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