I had read about the Britannia Hotel and after asking local friends about it, it turns out that the Brittania is a bit of a legend in Durban. The building, built in 1897, is now listed and forms part of the heritage of the city.
The front of the building must have been impressive in its hey day but seeing as Umgeni Road and its volumes of traffic now run past the venue its difficult to get a good look and appreciate the workmanship, for fear of being knocked over by a car!
However, we had not come to the Britannia to admire the architecture; we had come to sample a good curry (Britannia Bunnies to be exact). I’m sometimes a bit wary of new places but not being able to find a parking spot and then finding out there was a waiting list for a table in the restaurant was clearly a good sign!
The Britannia is divided into two eating venues; the restaurant and the Sports Bar. We had arranged to meet a friend for lunch and he’d managed to grab a table in the Sports Bar. With walls adorned with Premier Division football shirts and Ferrari flags the atmosphere was friendly and relaxed. A great place to kick back and watch sport on the big screen.
The menu is pretty standard; there’s chicken, mutton or vegetarian curry, chicken, mutton or vegetarian roti’s and finally chicken, mutton or vegetarian Bunnie Chows.
The Bunnie Chows also come as a either a quarter or half (loaf of bread that is!). The portions are more than adequate … in fact my brother and father order three half bunnies between them and had to take the 3rd home. I had the chicken roti but I’m a bit of a weakling when it comes to spicy food and it turned out to be a bit too hot for me.
Prices are more than reasonable with a quarter Bunnie starting at R16 and the mutton curry only R39.90. So next time you feel the need for a Quarter Bean Bunnie make your way to the Britannia Hotel – it’s definitely worth it.
Britannia Hotel, 1299 Umgeni Road, Durban
Telephone: +27 (0)31 303-2266