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A Banting (or not so Banting) Breakfast at Eora

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Eora on Florida road is open for breakfast! Being my favourite meal of the day, I was obviously ecstatic to hear it! The restaurant is situated above House of Curries on Florida road (where the old Vicky Christina’s was). There was a welcoming breeze running through with the main view being the top of the palm trees – a great little escape in the busy surroundings. The staff were very friendly and everything we ordered came as we asked for it, what more do you need? The atmosphere is relaxed with a contemporary twist, and I think it could get quite vibey. Chef Nathan came out to great almost every table that came in for breakfast; he is an approachable and friendly man. If you get the chance, ask him about the name Eora, and he will tell you about the aboriginal tribe in Australia that he named the restaurant after.

The breakfast menu itself caters for everyone. They have Banting friendly and vegan dishes, fruity or sweet combos, the traditional choices and even options for the days you just don’t feel like eggs. Oh and don’t forget the selection of drinks! The vegetable and fruit juices were amazing! Almost a meal in themselves (well, maybe a breakfast starter) and the best is you can choose your own combination to be freshly made.

Some of the things I was lucky enough to taste included spiced vanilla and maple French toast, char-grilled bacon benedict and the pan scorched cumin and cannellini beans, chorizo, poached egg. The French toast was thick enough to not be soggy and it was accompanied by the freshest fruit and almond shavings (delicious!). The bacon benedict was very creamy and buttery and quite a generous size (side note: they offer a single or double option and I assure you the single option is more than enough – unless you are a big eater). Same goes for the cannellini bean and chorizo dish, it was truly a healthy sized portion. This was something a bit different for me as a breakfast meal, but was delicious. It is accompanied by a red chili mixture on the side that was not too hot but gave it that extra kick. The chorizo was the best for me and the WAY they poach their eggs… I’m not sure if they poach them in some magical way or if it’s because everything is free range, but when I try poach an egg they never turn out as good as that! The meals are paired with the right amount of ingredients, not too little for it to be a standard breakfast I could have made at home and not too much for it to be overdone; in the words of Goldilocks, it was just right!

At Eora they end the meal off with a nostalgic touch… a Chappie bubble gum! (Did you know… the ancient Egyptians shaved their eyebrows off to mourn the death of their cats?).

With a full tummy and new facts at hand, you leave feeling ready to get your day started. This was a great experience and I will certainly be paying them a visit again soon. I had a look at their tapas, lunch and dinner menus and they look equally amazing. Not to forget they have live jazz on a Sunday 15h00 – 18h00!

I rate Eora as a definite must see.

 

Useful info.

Facebook – Eora Florida Road: http://on.fb.me/1Sz6DGT

Facebook – Eora Umhlanga: http://on.fb.me/1L4LrRd

Website: http://www.eoracafe.co.za/

Email: thepeople@eora.co.za

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Diarise these Oyster Box events in December

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Diarise these Oyster Box events for the month of December.

DINNER AND A MOVIE 2nd December
It’s date night at The Oyster Box! Start your evening with a two-course dinner in the Ocean Terrace at 18h00, followed by a movie with popcorn and a glass
of sparkling wine in the cinema at 20h00.
18h00 in The Ocean Terrace I 20h00 in The Cinema I Price: R590 per person

CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT 14th & 15th December
A time of tradition and family, Christmas Carols on the Ocean Terrace at The Oyster Box, marks the beginning of the Festive season and summer holidays.
A plated starter, buffet main, plated dessert and festive entertainment are on the menu.
Time: 18h00 – 21h00 I Venue: The Ocean Terrace I
Price: R690 per adult, R420 per child under 12 years

CHRISTMAS EVE DINNER 24th December
Get the Festive weekend off to a stylish start with Christmas Eve Dinner in the elegant Grill Room.
Regrettably no children.
Time: 18h00 – 22h00 I Venue: The Grill Room I Price: R2 600 per person

CHRISTMAS DAY LUNCH 25th December
Each of The Oyster Box’s dining venues will be offering delicious lunch feasts on Christmas Day. All venues will be offering live music, a welcome beverage
on arrival and delicious seasonal menus.
Time: 12h00 – 16h00 I Venue: The Ocean Terrace and The Grill Room I
Price: R2 600 per person, R1 600 per child under 12 years

NEW YEAR’S EVE DINNER 31st December
“SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER”
Put on your best Boogie Shoes as we take you back to the Seventies this New Year’s Eve! Dance your way into 2023 in retro 70’s gear and join us for a blast from the past!
Time: 19h00 onwards I Venue: The Pearl Room I
Price: R2 900 per adult, R1 900 per child under 12 years

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Enzo – first KZN pizzeria recognised in nationwide challenge

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Scottburgh’s renowned Enzo Pizzeria Trattoria has become the first KwaZulu-Natal restaurant to make it into the Top 10 of the nationwide Porcupine Ridge Pizzeria Challenge 2022.

Owner Enzo Tilli is over the moon for making it to the number five spot despite stiff competition from around the country. No KZN restaurants made it into the top 10 in the 2021 challenge.

In 1990, at the tender age of 18, Tilli decided to follow his passion for creating authentic Italian food and with the help of his mother, embarked on an adventure into the unknown opening Enzo Pizzeria in Johannesburg’s West Rand. The authentic pizzas he dished up were an instant hit and it was not long before Tilli opened a second branch at Gold Reef City.

Seven years later Tilli sold his two eateries and moved to KwaZulu Natal to open Enzo Pizzeria Trattoria in Scottburgh. As was the case in Gauteng, it did not take long for Enzo to become a popular destination for locals and tourists who – 25-years later – still can’t get enough of his mouth-wateringly good pizzas. Says Tilli: “Like all good pizzas, ours are made with the finest ingredients and cooked to perfection in a wood-burning clay oven.”

Despite the celebrations, Tilli made some time to answer a few questions about Enzo and – more importantly – his coveted pizzas!

Tell us a bit about your restaurant and what makes your pizzas so popular
Enzo’s is more an eatery or as we say in Italy a ‘trattoria’ which means casual and relaxed dining. Our pizzas are made in the authentic Neapolitan style, in a wood-burning oven. They have a light and airy base, and we use only the best quality ingredients. We believe that whoever is making the pizza should have lots of love for what they are creating and that their passion is a big part of what makes them so good.

What is your signature pizza or best-seller?
Without doubt the Del Greco pizza which has a bacon feta and fresh avocado topping. We also have four different starter pizzas, three Calzongino choices (foot long, fold over pizzas), six different vegetarian pizzas and 19 more other options from which to choose.

What’s better, a thin crust or a thick crust?
For me, it must have a thin, light base and slightly charred on the bottom and must always be cooked in a wood-burning oven just like in Naples, the home of the pizza.

What is your favourite pizza topping?
I still like the classics – a Regina, a quattro stagioni or a simple Margarita with anchovies.

For more on Porcupine Ridge, please visit: www.boekenhoutskloof.co.za/porcupine-ridge

Enzo Pizzeria Trattoria can be found at Shop 5 The Terrace, 129 Marine Terrace, Scottburgh, KZN. Telephone number for bookings: 039 978 3674

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Top 10 Lekker Places To Celebrate Christmas Lunch

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We’ve got the Top 10 places to
visit in our lekker province, KZN!

Have we missed any epic places out? Let us know in the comments down below or drop us an email at hello@durbanite.co.za

 

1: The Oyster box, Umhlanga

2: Old Town Italy, Umhlanga

3: Brahman Hills, Midlands

Brahmin Hills

Photo: https://www.brahmanhills.co.za/

4: The Baron, Umhlanga Arch

Photo: https://www.thebaron.co.za

5: Grimaldis, Umhlanga Pearls

The Best View In Town

6: The Cargo Hold, Ushaka

7: La Piazza, Ballito

8: Stretta, Hillcrest

9: The Village Table, Umhlanga Pearls

Bringing people together in a central meeting place in the village of Umhlanga. The stylish and buzzing Village Table situated in The Pearls Shopping Centre is much more than just a restaurant – it is an experience. The cosmopolitan ambiance is ideal for intimate dinners and group gatherings alike. fusing cuisine, cocktails and culture in a fashionable setting.

10: The Black Rabbit, Hillcrest

Notable Mention:
Jack Salmon, Glen Ashley
Atasca, Westville
Bellevue, Kloof

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