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Review: Big Easy Wine Bar & Grill Durban by Ernie Els

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Durbanite recently had the opportunity to review the Big Easy, we loved the cosy homey vibes, the atmosphere was relaxed and friendly. Décor was fab, with a notable wall dedicated to Ernie Els. This gives patrons some insight into his life as a family man and professional golfer.

Our chosen wine for the evening had to be from Ernie’s collection, the Big Easy, White – Chenin Blanc (which we thoroughly enjoyed). The Wine Bar offers an expansive selection of South African premier wines along with fine whiskies, craft beers and some of the world’s choicest cigars.

Big Easy Winebar & Grill Bar Area

Big Easy Winebar & Grill Bar Area

The best place to begin… the start(ers)

The homemade corn bread served with a sweet chilli butter reminded us of home. The Cape malay shrimp samoosa was my top pick. With the home-made spiced coconut chutney accompanying it for a ‘lil bite – not too fishy – it was just rite. The grilled rolled pork belly and bacon was also a favourite. To spice things up it was served with a sticky braai sauce marinade, jalapeno and pineapple salsa.

Moving onto mains

For mains the hubster opted to try something different. He went with the chef’s recommendation of the bacon wrapped crocodile medallions. Never having tried crocodile before, this was a treat with the portion size being notably big. The dish was served on a bed of spicy carrot and sweet potato mash with a brandy and smoked mussel sauce, which lent itself to the sweeter side of things. Overall the dish was tasty and quite rich in flavour. I would recommend going lite on the starters to really enjoy the flavours of this main.

I tried the baked line fish which was absolutely delicious. It was light, fluffy and cooked to perfection. Served on a bed of west coast smoor smoked snoek and onion rice with a creamy mussel, lime and fresh coriander sauce to compliment.

Big Easy Winebar & Grill

Big Easy Winebar & Grill

Sweet tooth?

By dessert time we were quite literally stuffed (with takeaway boxes mind you!) and so opted to share the Dark Chocolate Cardamom Crème Caramel. Go BIG or go home, rite? Every bite was sent from heaven and the entire dessert was surprisingly lite. But then… there is ALWAYS space for dessert.

To Ayanda (manager), Phiwe (our loooooovely waitress) and Samkelo (chef) – thank you for the wonderful dining experience. Top class from start to finish.

For a full look at the menu and other dining options at the Hilton Durban, click here. If you enjoyed this review check out our reviews of Vasco’s Restaurant as well as the Hilton Durban!

ARE YOU…

Planning a trip to Durban and not sure where to stay?

A Durbanite looking for something new to do?

A foodie or wine lover looking to expand your horizons?

Then look no further and hook yourself up with a stay or visit to the Hilton Durban! 

If you are looking for things to do during your stay at the Hilton Durban in and around KZN, check out this list of 20 things to do!

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Barkies Biscuits: Dog & Cat Pet Treats

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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

To order your batch or find out more:
– Visit Barkies on Instagram
– Call/Whatsapp Bianca on 082 467 0551

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TAPAS OYSTER BOX STYLE

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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 restaurants@oysterbox.co.za

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Krispy Kreme’s NEW limited edition Jolly Holly Range

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‘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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