As a youngster, my parents would often treat my brother and I to a toasted sandwich and a milkshake at The Press Club on our monthly jaunts into Durban from our home in Zululand. Located in the centre of town, I thought it was the coolest place ever; with its newsprint wallpaper I entertained romantic notions of becoming a journalist and memories of this little coffee shop have remained with me since the mid ‘80’s.
Luckily for me, my journalistic dreams might not be dead and buried as The Press Club is back again; the original owner reopened the restaurant last August! Now located in the Umhlanga Centre (also home to the up.market which takes place every Sunday), The Press Club attracts people from far and wide with many (perhaps like me, they also have fond memories of the 1980’s!) returning time and time again.
Two weekends ago my husband and I spent the weekend in Durban and on the way home popped in for a quick bite to eat. The friendly staff and relaxed atmosphere of the restaurant make one feel right at home. We chose a table inside although there are a number of tables that spill out onto the walkway of the shopping centre.
The interior is stylish with photos and prints lining the walls … I was also thrilled to see a small section of wall covered in newsprint – an ode to the original shop perhaps?
The food was delicious and the menu is extensive. After a weekend of 40th birthday parties and overeating, I felt I needed to opt for something relatively healthy and ordered a lentil and aubergine salad. Served in a large bowl, the portion was generous with more than enough aubergine, feta and basil to go around. I thoroughly enjoyed my meal and my husband was as pleased with his choice of calamari and homemade chips.
Other menu choices that I will be returning to sample are the chicken and mushroom pie (who can say no to a good pie?), the prawn and calamari linguine, hearty breakfasts, amazing curries and talked about great coffee! The Press Club also has a varied kids menu to keep little family members happy. If you aren’t in the mood for a large meal, one can always try a toasted sandwich or even just a slice of cake – they all looked moreish.
Contact The Press Club
Address: Umhlanga Centre, Ridge Road, Umhlanga, KwaZulu Natal
Opening hours: From 07h00 to 21h00 all week
Telephone: +27 (0)31 561-7117