Little Havana – Umhlanga, Durban
Little Havana is a Cuban-influenced restaurant specialising in steak and Cuban-style dishes. The hormone-free meat is served directly from their in-house butchery at this modern eatery. The décor is slick, with colonial influences and a hint of Cuba. They serve meat, seafood and poultry complemented by an extensive wine-list comprising SA’s best estates.
Delhi Palace – Bryanston, Johannesburg
No prizes for guessing which cuisine is the specialty here. What is notable is that the food is prepared in the traditional way by chefs from Northern India (the region of specialty) in a tandoori oven – which is essentially a large clay pot with a whole where the smoke can escape. It is heated by coals.
Ponto Mozambique – Pretoria
Ponto Mozambique is housed in a rustic styled building with a thatched roof and cielings decorated with reeds – giving one the sensation of being in a beach hut. The dishes here comprise calamari, chicken, steak and espetadas, all with a Mozambiquan, Afro-Portuguese twist.
Hashi Japanese Fusion – Rosebank, Johannesburg
Hashi’s exotic cuisine is off-set by the serene, classy décor. On the surface, the place appears to be a Japanese sushi joint, but with a menu strongly influenced with South American flavours (thanks to the Venezuelan owners) eating might be more of an adventure than you anticipated.
Europa – Morningside, Johannesburg
Europa is an Italian inspired coffee shop specialising in breakfast s and light meals. The décor is all dark wood furniture, red walls and wooden floors and the menu is extensive. Choose from a host of breakfast options as well as tramezini, pastas, pizzas and more.