I love to travel. And when I travel – I eat. And I really love eating. It’s all part of the ‘explorer’ package. On a recent trip to Durban, there were just a few ‘things to do’ I had planned before the trip (I always plan ahead!). One of which was, of course, indulging in a ‘Durban Hot Curry’.
I have traveled to Kwazulu-Natal before, but it was so many years ago with my family, and I didn’t leave the Golden Mile area except to go to the necessary malls and marine parks. This time was a little different.
I was never really a fan of spicy, hot or curried foods and flavours – but living in Mumbai changes a person, and you have to learn to eat curry or pretty much starve to death. In India, as one would imagine, everything has chili and cardamon undertones. I’ve experienced my fair share of hot foods before, and I have really grown to love that masala heat but this Natal curry was something else.
The friends we were staying with took us to their favourite curry take-away spot called ‘House of Curries‘. According to Dining Out, ‘House of Curries, situated on Florida Road, has been the main curry shop in this upmarket area since 1999 and is still highly rated as the most relaxed venue in the bustling Florida Road strip. For the owners, Trevor Beckett and Mark Brunskill, quality comes first and this is evident in the quality curries sold at the restaurant.’
I had to experience my first ever Bunny-Chow on my Durban hot curry mission – so the Mushroom and Potato Bunny was a must. The others at the table chose a Boneless Chicken Curry and Rice, Sweetcorn and Cheese Samosas, a Lamb Kebab Roti and the Mini-Bunny platter, which was six super cute mini Lamb bunny-chows. My dinner was so hot (both temperature hot and chili hot) I really battled to eat it – but it could have had more flavour behind that heat. I definitely will try this at home again, as this could be a winning combination with the right spices.
I was impressed with the non-meat variety I had. There was four different choices of vegetarian flavours for each style of food.
Our waitress was very sweet, the service was good and the boys loved that they served ice-cold quartz. The prices were excellent – maybe I’m just very used to Cape Town’s escalated restaurant prices, but our entire bill (dinner for 4, two rounds of drinks each and a child’s snacks + a tip) came in at R650. We happened to visit during a very heated football game on a Sunday evening, so there was quite a buzz around. Would definitely go back to try other meals.
Follow them on social: Facebook for updates or call 031 303 6076 to book your table at the 275 Florida Rd, Morningside, Durban restaurant. They are open between 9:30am – 10pm daily, and show all the big games on TV’s around the bar area. There is lots of free parking around the area. Just remember to tip your carguards.