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Posted on: Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Dining On The Dolphin Coast

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Mange Tout

Mange Tout

The Dolphin Coast refers to the northern coast of KwaZulu Natal, and is so named for the schools of Bottlenose Dolphins that leap out of the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, to the delight of spectators. This is a prime holiday hotpot for its undeniable beauty and almost year-round tropical climate.

The most commonly known holiday towns on the Dolphin Coast are Ballito, Salt Rock, Umdloti and Zinkwazi. However, Prince’s Grant, Tinley Manor and Umhlali are also loved for being quaint hubs with exquisite beaches. But, no vacation is complete without fabulous eating spots. Ditching the diet and enjoying the local cafés and restaurants is essential to getting into the holiday mood.

Here are some of the best eateries for dining on the Dolphin Coast:

Mange Tout(Dunkirk Estate, Salt Rock)

Al Pescatore

Al Pescatore

For the freshest, locally sourced ingredients and homemade dishes, Mange Tout remains a firm favourite, particularly amongst locals of Salt Rock and the Dolphin Coast. There are a number of delicious vegetarian dishes, as well as those that include meat so that the full spectrum of tastes and preferences is accommodated.

Breakfasts, lunches and dinners are all on offer, each dish boasting a unique twist and full, fresh flavours.

Al Pescatore
(14 Edward Place, Ballito)

This eatery has evolved from being a small Italian restaurant to a popular hotspot that showcases a number of Mediterranean favourites, all to be enjoyed while basking in the glorious ambience of the beachfront, with stunning views of the sea. As its name implies, Al Pescatore focuses on seafood to some extent. This is ideal as its positioning allows it access to the freshest fish and seafood available. An outside deck makes this eatery especially idyllic.

The Bunkers Restaurant

The Bunkers Restaurant

Downstairs from the restaurant is the Hops pub, where TV screens are available for watching sports and cold beers are on tap.

The Bunkers Restaurant
(The Lodge at Prince’s Grant, New Guelderland)

The Bunkers Restaurant, situated at Prince’s Grant Golf Estate, is all about authentic South African cuisine that does not negotiate on quality and style. Being situated on the golf course means stunning views of the jade-coloured fairways and the crystal waters of the ocean just beyond.

Popular dishes include genuine South African curries, for which this part of the country (particularly Durban) is acclaimed.

Mo-Zam-Bik

Mo-Zam-Bik

Mo-Zam-Bik
(The Boulevard, Ballito)

Excellent Mozambican cuisine can be enjoyed at this authentic restaurant. Mo-Zam-Bik is a vibrant hub for locals and visitors alike and includes a stunning bar area. Mozambican favourites available here include peri-peri chicken, espetadas, spicy seafood dishes and one of the country’s most popular beers, Laurentina.

Mo-Zam-Bik is centrally situated and easily accessible.

Useful Links:

Dolphin Coast Attractions
Things to Do In the Dolphin Coast

Amelia Meyer

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Amelia is a freelance writer and editor with a passion for all things travel-related. She is based in Knysna, but has studied, lived and travelled further afield. She studied Film, Media and Literature at the University of Cape Town. She began her solo career in the form of Voxate Writing & Editing in 2008 and loves every minute of it. Amelia believes in silver linings, lessons learnt and the responsibility to do what’s right. When she is not writing, she can frequently be found at the local animal shelter, on the bicycle trails of the nature reserves or sampling new restaurants with her family.

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