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Harvey’s Restaurant

It was my big day and I needed a top-spot to enjoy a great meal with my precious company.

Friends had told me of Harvey’s and I thought I would investigate. It turned out to be a very good decision.

Their “about” on the web states:

“In Durban’s bohemian suburb of Morningside, a restaurant that combined the demeanour of fine dining with a super-cool attitude and sleek modern styling that spelled instant success with its previous reputation intact and improved.

The original Harvey’s, opened fifteen years ago, has re-opened, This second incarnation of Harvey’s, has already won all the accolades the first one gathered over the years, SA Top Ten, Amex Platinum Fine Dining Awards and International Wine and Food Society best restaurant award for 2009.

Harvey’s restaurant is in a landmark building, nestled between two elegant parks in Durban’s prestigious Morningside suburb. Within its first few months it became a nationally known institution as one of Durban’s must visit venues for any visitor or local.

The venue comprising two rooms, one for dinning, named the picture room for its mass of original paintings covering the padded walls and out elegant Cocktail lounge that spills onto the veranda and pavement terrace, cheekily covered in “grass” and a pavement terrace. An open-air cigar lounge is strikingly decorated as a sort of indefinable retro-quasi-gothic-hunting lodge hodgepodge, complete with mounted buffalo trophies, padded velvet walls, gold ceilings and original oil paintings.

Consistently crowned Durban’s best since 1994, this stylish restaurant is known for its innovative flavour combinations, excellent presentation, and efficient service. The menu changes every two months, but may feature items like crisp fried spiced calamari served on marinated aubergine with an avocado ice-cream and a roasted pepper coulis or duck confit with grilled magret served on pak choi, with a sticky red currant and pink peppercorn jus, with pear infused pomme William or an assorted berry plate that includes a rhubarb and ginger crème brulee, with a white chocolate and strawberry cake, lightened by a cherry and nougat ice-cream.

Although the menu changes every two months, Timol and I did not miss the bold-printed information above as the waiter “purred” away.

We started at the Cocktail lounge that spills onto the veranda and pavement terrace.

It was lovely to just watch cars and pedestrians go by as we slowly sipped on the bottle of Alto Rouge.

 

 

They weren’t joking about the picture room

 

Timol was not the only pretty lady in that room

 

After viewing the frame below I had doubts about my gold card being able to pay for the meal we were about to have

 

The calamari was certainly crispy

 

Timol had the Dorado on mash

 

I went for the duck

 

A present was thrown in for good measure

 

We ended with more wine and coffee on the veranda

For me, it’s now a toss-up between Harvey’s and 9th Avenue Bistro. I was properly impressed with both and did not mind paying the extra Dollars for extraordinary food.

Cafe 1999, which I previously went to, is not really my cup of tea.

I will have to return to 9th Avenue for round 4 to make up my mind.

Cafe 1999 in Durban South Africa

On Saturday the 4th of August, Timol and I felt like spending a few extra ZAR on some really tasty food.

Cafe 1999 came up on the cards.

I did some research on their website, which revealed: “Cafe 1999 offers a dining experience to excite the senses: a vibrant ambiance, gracious service and a delectable menu in the heart of Durban’s trendy Berea. Chef Marcelle Roberts award winning contemporary Mediterranean cuisine is designed around sharing”.

Next thing, to test out this claim, Timol and I ambled over to the restaurant, after arranging a “rapid reservation”.

I was armed with my faithful Canon 550D and an FNB credit card.

We settled down to our starters below; whilst deciding what to devour as a main course.

Starters (liquid) – Barista: a good deal at ZAR 125.00

Tasted just as good as it looked on paper (once in our glasses)

Starters (complimentary) – Amuse-bouche : I needed a few more to chew on

 

A friendly waitress rapped off the specials and, before she finished, we made our choices without any further hesitation.

Timol had the large line-fish at ZAR140.00 – she loved it

 

 

I went for the seared tuna; also at ZAR 140.00 – down the hatch mate!

 

The wasabi and soy sauce was thrown in – a must of course (burnt like hell but top drawer)

 

Creme brûlée to share – ZAR 38.00: well worth it

 

Irish coffee for the short drive home (ZAR 30.00) – a genuine single shot of Jameson

A total of ZAR 570.00 for two, which included a healthy tip, for a great fine-dining experience.

Directions and telephone number here.

Read the Eat Out review.

But also give the spot a try yourself!

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Another super hot write-up by the Walk & Talk.

Information and beautiful pictures about being in Hong Kong but not having to pay to fly there.

Similar to “being in India” whilst at the Bangledesh Market in Chatsworth Durban South Africa.

Now back to business. Here is an image I found of Octopus Takoyaki:

 

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