Yoh! Durbanites seem very conflicted about their sushi… Never have we had such mixed reactions to a poll before! The number one spot was a given, but after that, things got messy and chopsticks and wasabi started flying all over the show…
The last two picks were equally described as the best and worst venues in the city, but there was no denying their notoriety.
1. Green Mango
Described as ‘authentic’, this charming Thai-fusion gem in Morningside is hands-down Durban’s most popular sushi spot. Chef Watchara is said to be a master of innovation and his delicate morsels of fishy flavour are reasonably priced and excellently portioned. The ruddy parking lot of Avondale Centre aint the most picturesque of locations, but the longevity of this restaurant proves the food is totally worth it.
There is no better Japanese cuisine in Durban and according to local rumour, Daruma is also the place to go for top quality sushi. Situated on the beachfront inside the Elangeni Hotel, it’s equally famous for tepanyaki, which very few places do in the area. The menu is pricey but the sushi is said to be unique, fresh and abundant!
Wodka is a little-known bistro on the harbour side of town. The neighbourhood is an unlikely one for a fine-dining restaurant but compliments this industrial-chic space. Their gourmet sushi can be enjoyed as a starter or to compliment their extensive range of vodkas! If you’re looking for unusual sushi combinations and quality produce, Wodka should feature on your radar – although you’ll need to bring some bucks in order to really indulge.
4. Speak Sushi
We’ve heard excellent and not-so-excellent reviews of this Durban North sushi bar. It has weathered the storms though and seems to be putting up a fight against its’ nextdoor neighbour, who’s in fifth place. We’re told to expect consistent quality food and service and great half price deals, but don’t expect anything too creative or unusual.
Equally adored and reviled, this spot is packed most days of the week, but especially on their half price days. The service may be dismal, but the Tokyo Rolls certainly aren’t. Neither are the cucumber rolls or salmon roses. Loyalists say the sushi is always worth the wait!