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REVIEW: Brooklyn Brothers Cornubia Mall



Can you eat sticky wings, ribs, burgers, hot dogs and waffles? We did!
We went to see what grub and gulp the newly opened Brooklyn Brothers had to offer in the way of a New York inspired, hip urban dining experience.

Brooklyn Brothers is located in Cornubia Mall, who itself recently opened its gates late September to a variety of lifestyle, fashion & food stores. Being the first restaurant outside of
Johannesburg we were eager to see what they had to offer.

Their story started like many others, back in the good ol’ days… And have kept an authentic american diner feel but with a modern, trendy twist. Before looking at the menu we took a few minutes to take in the trademark decor and branding that is synonymous with the restaurant’s urban feel, hanging lights with exposed wiring, big back to back B’s in light bulb letters illuminate the space.

Brookklyn Brothers

Looking through the menu, burgers on the left, wings and ribs on the right, our taste buds were tingling at the thought of putting together an order. We decided to do what any foodie would do, and order a selection… To share! 😉

Now to choose!

The Great Burger selection are BB’s take on classic New York burgers, with simple twists to suit all. If you’re more adventurous with your grub, there’s a ‘Be Different’ range, including the 4 smashed beef patties and a Colossal Coney Burger Tower to really hit the spot. The one that peaked our attention was ‘The Boss’. A smash burger patty with crispy bacon and a wicked blue cheese sauce.

Now for the Wacky Wings. 4? 12? 20? Or 100!!!!!

The flavours are mostly based on American classics with Honey, smoked, Buffalo and BBQ. On the spiced side you have Asian, Cajun and Tika, with some interesting additions of Garlic Parmesan and Lime coriander and ginger. If like most Durbanites you like things HOT, Brooklyn Brothers offers you the choice of destroying your taste buds with their hot wing flavours. Ranging from ‘Smiling’ at 1 chili to ‘Suicidal’ at 5, with a range in between. Our selection was 8 wings with 2 flavours. Lime coriander and ginger and buffalo honey, keeping things simple (and safe).

Winner winner rib dinner! We went with the half a rack of ribs with BBQ basting, but could have smashed the full rack of ribs if we tried.

If our tummies were big enough, we would have also be indulging on the Nachos and Downtown Dogs. But we will have to save that for next time… But there is always room for dessert! Crazy shake or waffle? That was the question that put us in a dessert conundrum. We decided Crazy Shakes deserved it’s own visit and went for the waffle option. Two golden brown waffles with a generous serving of Nutella plonked in the middle of each, ice cream on the top. They were gone in record speed. Food coma Mk2.

The friendly staff, the flavourful food and the festive atmosphere made this dining experience one I would go back for. We highly recommend giving this new spot on the bloc a try to experience the flavour sensation for yourself. When dining out at a Brooklyn Brothers restaurant there is only one thing to remember, “Forget the rules, if you like it, EAT IT!”

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Diarise these Oyster Box events in December




Diarise these Oyster Box events for the month of 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

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

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

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



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:

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



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


1: The Oyster box, Umhlanga

2: Old Town Italy, Umhlanga

3: Brahman Hills, Midlands

Brahmin Hills


4: The Baron, Umhlanga Arch


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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