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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.

Home-made Portuguese Peri-Peri Chicken Burgers

What do you do when your local chicken outlet starts charging a cock and a rooster for one small Portuguese Peri-Peri Chicken Burger? I’ll tell you. You take matters into your own hands.

Head along to your local Durban stores and buy:

Coat or marinade the fillets overnight with Veri Peri sauce, salt, black pepper, garlic, dried bay leafs and parsley.

Braai (barbecue) over a medium heat

 

Do not overcook

 

Clean and cut to size

 

Unpack the fresh rolls

 

 

Slice the rolls in half and spread the Flora on the bottom half. Spread the Trim and more Veri Peri generously on the top half

 

 

Layer chicken, cheese, onion, tomato, lettuce and even more Veri Peri to ensure the burger burns!

 

 

Serve on a plate and have burger no 2 lined up (the person eating no 1 will surely want another)

 

 

See what I mean?

 

 

 

the Walk & Talk strikes it hot at Richmond Night Market

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:

 

Now that I have your attention; click right here to see why I say the Walk & Talk strikes it hot at Richmond Night Market!

 

Oh what to do with that fish (Sardines) in the tin 2…

We previously had a look at Timol’s tin fish creation with Pilchards.

That tasted great!

Now the Sardines (also a Lucky Star product) get a chance to delight the taste-buds.

 

Now before we jump into the end result, let us explore what the term “Sardine fever” means to us folk living on the East Coast of South Africa.

Read here to find out more; and also look at some lovely photographs.

Let us go back to Timol’s latest creation:

  • Mince up fish
  • Add chopped onion & green chilli
  • Toss in diced tomato
  • Add salt to taste and Dhania (Coriander) leaves if you have
  • Mix all
  • Lump generously onto toasted wholewheat bread and enjoy!

Well done Timol.

Coming soon… peri-peri chicken burger made for Timol by Andy (I had to reciprocate of course).

Timol’s egg chutney

Timol is back in action, having whipped up a super-quick spicy breakfast.

Here are some pointers:

  • Fry onion in olive oil
  • Add green chilli
  • Bit of Turmeric powder & Marsala
  • Few minutes later toss in diced tomato (1 tomato per egg)
  • Simmer until cooked in 5 or so minutes
  • Throw in eggs and break up
  • Simmer for 5 more minutes until eggs fully done
  • Serve on toast with chopped Dhania on top

Better Eating through Mindfulness – by Jill Suttie

Better Eating through Mindfulness – by Jill Suttie

“To attain well-being, we need to take care not only of our bodies but also of our minds. Mindfulness practice is central to seeing the interdependence of mind and body.” ~ Lilian Cheung, Thich Nhat Hanh

Link to British Heart Foundation here.