Umdloti Restaurant Guide

There are a dozen different places at which to enjoy a meal in and around Umdloti, catering for different tastes, occasions and budgets. Judge them for yourself by visiting their websites (click on the name) and sampling their cuisine. We rate them as follows:

 

Mira Mar is the newest in the village. Very Portuguese theme and menu. The food is good and they offer some of the most interesting dishes in Umdloti. The kitchen is open all day, 365 days a year. There is no feeling of Africa here as it is Portugal, Portugal and Portugal. Homemade food cooked with passion and served with Portuguese bread and finger licking sauces. Pub lunches. There are no outside windows and smoking seems to be tolerated at the bar.

 

Beach Bums has a lovely setting right in the dunes with tables on the beach. You need a car to get there. Suffers an identity crisis and not sure whether it is a back packers or a restaurant. Worth the visit if you are the laid back type.

 

Bel Punto is regarded as one of the best restaurants in South Africa and boasts excellent food with stunning sea views. It is an upmarket, white linen, fine dining establishment with prices to match. The food has an Italian influence and is basically European, as are most of the staff and there is nothing of Africa here. Booking is essential.

 

Blue Mango has the best position of all restaurants in Umdloti and is a wonderful spot in good weather (sit outside). The menu is Portuguese in style but not always in stock or what you expect. Staff are somewhat laid back….. NOW UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT and looking good!...try it out! Our first breakfast there was excellent.

 

The Bush Tavern is the oldest restaurant/pub in the area with the only draught beer in the village. Good pub meals at prices the locals can afford. Restricted kitchen opening hours on week days. It has a pleasant African theme, local staff and some interesting dishes too. Sea views from an outdoor balcony, satellite T.V., pool tables, happy hours and live music at night add to the excitement and/or chaos. It sometimes lacks focus, being a family restaurant (children are welcome) during the day and a night club later on. Best not to allow younger teenagers here on their own!

 

Casa Nostra is a very successful Italian restaurant run by the owners of Bel Punto. Excellent Italian food (pasta/pizza), rather pricey but well worth the money. No sea views. No bookings taken and you may have to queue for a table. Walk if you can as parking is sometimes a problem.

 

The La Mercy Hotel is stuck in a colonial time warp. White linen, befezzed over fussy Indian waiters and excellent food at very fair prices. Try the prawn curry or catch of the day. A quiet out of the way place ideal for that “liaison”. Rooms can be booked for a day.

 

Nino’s is a South African franchised coffee shop with stunning sea views. Great for breakfasts, light lunches and early supper. Regrettably no kiddies menu available. Closes early.

 

Sea Belles was famous in the apartheid era as an authentic Indian restaurant in an Indian township, that served delicious curries to trendy, progressive whites. The food is still good but the bar is run down, the dining area lacks character and the establishment has lost its popularity.

 

Sibaya is a glitsy top of the range casino complex with an extravagent Zulu theme and an exotic variety of high quality eating establishments including: the outlandish “Aqua” seafood restaurant where guests dine amid a tubular aquarium filled with jellyfish and other sea creatures; the classy “Royal Court” a la Carte specialty restaurant; the “A2A” (Africa to Asia) buffet eatery; a coffee shop; cocktail bars; most valued guest lounge and an extensive fast food court.

 

Tasca Pizza is a small ice cream and pizza outlet with limited pavement seating overlooking the tidal pool. Great for the kids!

 

Fast Food / Take-Aways

Bush Tavern, Mr. Delivery, Tasca Pizza, Seasons Catering

 

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