Since opening in 2016, The Chefs Table has earned its place as one of the more sophisticated dining experiences in Durban, while remaining contemporary and approachable.
Beautifully designed, with luxurious detail, The Chefs Table offers gracious hospitality, located in the heart of the Umhlanga village.
Award-winning executive, Chef Kayla-Ann Osborn presents a modern, seasonal menu inspired by the best fresh, seasonal ingredients that Kwa-Zulu Natal has to offer. The open plan kitchen is at the heart of the restaurant, allowing diners to watch the chefs at work and feel the connection to the food and the beautifully plated dishes being prepared.
A world-class wine cellar, stocked with unique, vintage wines from South Africa, as well as a selection of International wines, specifically French and New Zealand wines, rank among the noteworthy highlights of the restaurant’s wine programme, headed by the manager of the programme, George Dzubinsky.
We recently paid a visit to The Chefs Table on a Tuesday night, and boy were we in for a treat!
The Chefs’ Table has an all-new 6-course Autumn tasting menu which can be paired with wine. We opted to try this together with the wine pairing because “wine” not?
First up was the pre-starter which was crispy squid with green curry, lemon ricotta and cashew, paired with a 2017 Cape Point Sauvignon Blanc.
For our second course, we were served (my favourite) pork belly and mussels with pickled kohlrabi served in a bacon sauce. HEAVENLY! We paired this together with a divine 2015 Credo Chardonnay.
Following that was our 3rd course for the night – the angus beef carpaccio, smoked bone marrow, anchovy with leek ash and parsley. We moved onto red wine, trying a 2014 Idiom Sangiovese together with this meal.
For our 4th course we had the local chicken thigh press with miso, shimeji and shitake custard. This was enjoyed together with a glass of the 2014 Morgenster Merlot.
And now for the last main course before ending off with dessert, we had the glazed lamb belly together with mint jelly and horseradish. We ended the meal off with a delicious glass of the 2017 Longridge Pinotage.
The grand finale… The dessert! I was most excited to see and taste the dessert as I’ve always heard how The Chefs’ Table surprises you here, and WOW, we certainly weren’t dissapointed!
We were greeted with a delightful display of forest floor truffle, with black garlic, curry leaf, popcorn and chocolate!
Book your next night out at The Chefs Table:
Address: 23 & 24 First Floor, Protea Mall, Chartwell Drive,
Umhlanga Rocks, Durban, South Africa
Phone: 031 561 1629
Barkies Biscuits: Dog & Cat Pet Treats
Barkies is a small Durban business run by Bianca, where all pet treats are homemade and 25% of all proceeds are donated to selected animal rescue organisations.
All pet treats are made in Durban with fresh & healthy ingredients and no preservatives, they are guaranteed to be a hit with your best friend.
Barkies offer pet treats for cats & dog treats in various flavours as well as dog treat cakes for any doggie (not dodgy) celebration. Even if it’s just to show them you love them. Cat treats are available and a huge hit are the Tuna & Cat Nip Cat Treat Cakes.
Our pet treats have been a huge hit with customers and their furbabies.
“My cats have gone absolutely crazy for the frozen Salmon & Cat Nip Cat Treat Cakes!” – Sean
“My dog has allergies and I have had to take her off meat products. I have tried so many different things that won’t aggravate her allergies and Barkies has been the only pet treat that she not only loves but has proven to be good for her” – Deborah
“My dogs love your treats so much! I need to urgently order another pack as we cannot deprive them of Barkies dog treats!” – Helen
TAPAS OYSTER BOX STYLE
With nobody travelling internationally at the moment The Oyster Box’s Executive Chef, Kevin Joseph and his culinary Team, decided to take guests to exotic places through their food instead. So the Flavour-cation concept was born. Through a variety of food experiences ‘flavour vacations’ are put together to showcase exciting new tastes… literally on our doorstep.
With the Tapas menu (Spanish word for small savoury dishes), each item, has a main ingredient and everything else on the plate contributes to the overall taste sensation. “We looked at what is popular with diners,” says Chef Joseph, “such as oysters, prawns, sharing platters etc. and then added our own taste profile and flair to each dish, to give it an Oyster Box twist. The babotie spring rolls are an example; our steamed buns are baked in-house; the Oysters harvested from our own beds and the pear chutney and hummus cooked from scratch.” The menu also offers ample choice for Vegetarians.
Tapas will be on offer in The Lighthouse and Oyster Bars until the end of November, with new and exciting dishes being added to the menu on an ongoing basis, so that our guests always have something new to look forward to.
Alongside the menu, a wide selection of wine, beer, Champagne and sparkling wine is on offer. A special mention should be made of the House Wine Selection, from our internationally-acclaimed sister winery, Bouchard Finlayson in the Hemel en Aarde Valley in Hermanus. Known for producing exceptional Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and renowned Pinot Noirs.
The TAPAS Menu is served in The Lighthouse and Oyster Bars from 12:00-19:30 daily.
Booking is essential on 031 514 5000 or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Krispy Kreme’s NEW limited edition Jolly Holly Range
‘Tis the season to be jolly and with Krispy Kreme’s NEW Limited-Edition Jolly Holly Range is just that. Fill your homes with joy and cheer with the Caramel Pecan Pie doughnut, Custard Milk Tart Festive Tree doughnut, Candy Cane & chocolate doughnut and White Chocolate Kremey Chiller.
Brightening up your day is as easy as pie with the Caramel Pecan Pie doughnut. It’s an unglazed ring, dipped in a smooth Nestlé caramel treat, topped with crushed pecan nuts and a pecan nut Kreme swirl, topped off with peanut yogurt balls.
Ring in the festive season with the Custard Milk Tart Festive Tree. It’s an unglazed shell, dipped in white chocolate, filled with a milk tart flavoured filling and decorated with a festive tree and a white KitKat finger.
Your holiday can be as sweet as candy with the Candy Cane & Chocolate doughnut. It’s an Original Glazed doughnut, dipped in chocolate icing and topped with crushed candy canes, smarties and milky bar chocolates.
Sprinkle some joy and cheer on your day with the Jolly Sprinkles doughnut. It’s an Original Glazed doughnut, dipped in chocolate icing and topped with festive sprinkles.
Baby, it’s HOT outside! Cool down with the delicious White Chocolate Kremey Chiller. It’s a Milky bar flavoured creamy chiller, topped with white chocolate cream and milky bar chocolate shavings.
These doughnuts and chiller are available in stores and via Uber Eats and Mr D Food from 1 December to 3 January. The doughnuts are also available at participating Engen garages & Pick n Pay stores from 1 December to 27 December.
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