Durbanites stand steadfast in their faith that Durban is without a doubt the country’s “Curry Capital”, and most importantly, the birthplace of the “Bunny Chow”. We get emotional about curry – we talk about it, yearn for it, love it, even fear it, and go on expeditions to find the very best of it. We have our favourite places for the best ‘bunny’, the best roti, the best chicken, lamb or beef curry, and the best breyani, yet still, there will always be a ‘curry den’ we haven’t yet tried.
One list won’t do it, so we’ve picked out only a few of the better known places to titillate you.
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Sunrise Chip ’n Ranch – Sparks Road, Overport, Berea, Durban
Also known as Johnny’s, Sunrise Chip ’n Ranch is the traditional stop-over for those late night, early morning cravings. This famous hole-in-the-wall takeaway is where you go for the delightfully decadent, signature ‘triple chip and cheese roti wrap with mutton gravy’. If you’re looking for a unique, unforgettable meal on a budget, then Johnny’s, who also do equally tasty curries, bunnies and breyanis, is the place for you.
House of Curries – Florida Road, Berea, Durban
The very popular House of Curries is known as the main ‘curry shop’ on Berea‘s trendy Florida Road, and guarantees you the perfect munchie food – ‘chip chow’, a large plate of chips topped with curry and covered in melted cheese! This highly rated venue’s prawn, chicken and mutton curry are also delicious, making the House of Curries the place to go for an after-work beer and curry, while relaxing on the outdoor deck.
Little India – Musgrave Road, Berea, Durban
Specialising in southern Indian cuisine, Little India’s delectable masala dosas served with potato curry and coconut, peanut chutney, will have your mouth watering for more. Other popular dishes include lamb rogan josh, butter chicken and madras fish curry, and with heavenly Indian treats such as Bombay Crush, cashew nut ice cream, and cheese naan, Little India is as good as it gets!
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Jeera Restaurant – Suncoast Towers, Durban Beachfront CBD
Enjoy sumptuous authentic Indian dishes made unique by the Jeera Restaurant’s signature blend of spices and sauces. For a delicious vegetarian option, try the fried paneer and marinated chickpeas with mustard seeds. For a ‘meaty’ main, the lamb chettinad with black pepper, coconut and tamarind paste goes wonderfully with the garlic naan. This fabulous Durban beachfront locale is sure to satisfy your spicy craving, with true exotic South Indian dishes.
Capsicum Restaurant – Umgeni Road, Durban
Located in the Britannia Hotel, a heritage building oozing history and charm, this Durban curry restaurant is a long time favourite among locals. For the best in appetizing soul food, try the peri peri prawn curry, Tandoori masala chicken, and the ‘must try’ chops chutney. For the braver palate, indulge in an exotic tripe or trotters bunny, which is sure to be a dish you’ll dine-out on for a long time to come.
Little Gujarat – Dr Goonam Street, Durban CBD
Catering strictly for vegetarians and vegans, Little Gujarat is surely Durban’s best kept secret. For fresh, flavourful traditional Indian food with Punjabi influences, this unassuming local spot offers puri patta, masala dosa, freshly made sojee, samoosas, vegetable curries, rotis, bunny chows, pakoras, and pickles, which can be washed down with sweet, milky chai tea. As an alternative to meat, this basic Indian restaurant is a healthy, affordable experience not to be missed.
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Going a little further afield …
Ocean Terrace Restaurant – Lighthouse Road, Umhlanga Rocks
For exceptional Indian cuisine in a luxurious setting, the Ocean Terrace Restaurant at the elegant Oyster Box hotel offers the ultimate dining experience, while overlooking the warm Indian Ocean. Here you can feast on an outstanding curry buffet with more than 11 spicy varieties to chose from, as well as other favourite dishes prepared in authentic Tandoori and pizza ovens. For casual, relaxed dining with magnificent sea views, this landmark Umhlanga Rocks restaurant is sure to become a firm family favourite.
Sasol – Mount Edgecombe, Umhlanga Area
Who knew a petrol station in Mount Edgecombe could also be home to an award-winning bunny chow? Described as ‘messy, crude and delicious’, the signature mutton bunny is
soaked with thick masala gravy, melting potatoes, tender lamb, and vinegar-dressed carrot salad – a taste sensation that will literally explode on your tongue.
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Thava Indian Restaurant at The Boathouse in Ballito – Compensation Beach Road, North Coast
Serving traditional Indian dishes from Kashmir, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Delhi and Kerala, Thava offers aromatic curry’s, breyani’s, and spicy Tandoori and masala dishes, served with traditional breads and freshly prepared chutneys, pickles or vegetables. Treat yourself at Thava Indian Restaurant, where you can celebrate the superb food of India, while watching the rolling Indian Ocean from the airy open terrace in beautiful Ballito.
Impulse by the Sea – Sea View Drive, Tinley Manor, North Coast
Renowned for their sensational curries, Tinley Manor’s Impulse by the Sea has become a legend on the KwaZulu Natal Dolphin Coast. It’s well known that the prawn curry covered in a thick, flavourful tomato-based curry sauce will take you ‘to Heaven and back’ in one meal. Other ‘to die for’ dishes are the lamb curry and butter chicken, which is the best around. The curries come with rice, fresh sambals and papadums – use the roti’s to mop up the leftover curry sauce in your bowl.
Priding themselves on serving the original ‘pukka’ Natal curry, Impulse by the Sea is the real deal.
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