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A New Grimaldi’s Opens in Durban
D and I were thrilled to be invited to eat at the new Grimaldi’s at Durban Country Club. I had been to a ladies night at the Umhlanga branch months before and LOVED it, so I was excited to try out the new one.
Gee, where to start. I was trying to think of the highlights of the 3 1/2 hours spent there, and too many things came to mind to deem them a highlight. Also, just saying D and I were there for that long cannot be breezed over. We are homebodies, so we usually get in, eat and bounce. For this meal, we poured over the menu, had many courses, walked about the outside area, and chatted to the wonderful waiter and manager. We seriously had a great time!
It really doesn’t feel like you’re at a country club, over the road from Moses Mabhida, right next to the M4! First of all, anyone is allowed to enter the Durban Country Club and visit the restaurant. The previous establishment was for country club members only. Even being right next to a golf club, you certainly did not feel like you were at a halfway house. The restaurant is beautiful without feeling stuffy, and the view of the ocean is simply gorgeous.
D and I took aaaages to decide what to eat on our budget. There were so many options we wanted to try, so sharing was definitely the order of business. For “starters” we decided to try the Meze Platter and the starter-sized portion of Pork Rotolini.
We were duped! We totally expected a few slices of focaccia, not an entire serving! For the R159 we got deep-fried halloumi, grilled Falkland Island calamari, crispy calamari tentacles, marinated olives, focaccia bread and tartar sauce. UM, would you expect an entire focaccia bread??
Then, wow, here is the description of the Pork Rotolini (R85): “rolled pork belly stuffed with fresh garlic, whole grain dijon mustard, and topped with an orange juice, honey and cinnamon reduction, garnished with caramelised apple”. Eeep, it was also delish!
Other starter options for me were the baby marrow carpaccio that D wasn’t that interested in.
We were contemplating mains before we had our starters, thank goodness we didn’t order them all at once because we were pretty stuffed already! We took a break and then decided on “Rainbow Reloaded” for sushi. Their sushi is specially priced from Monday to Saturday until 6pm (as well as cocktails!). If you check out their menu in the link below you’ll see two different prices, the cheaper ones on the right are the special prices, I believe it’s 50% off prawns, tuna and crab and then 30% off salmon.
The Poke Bowls also looked out of this world.
Other options for our main meal were Pollo Involtini, Chicken Milanese and the Princess Linefish (“crowned” with three prawns and calamari). Their one side also really caught my eye; parmesan mash!
Then, it wouldn’t be a D and Cam date without dessert. We settled on Death by Brownie, deep-fried with dried chilli, salt and vanilla ice cream. Be sure to check out my Instagram video for footage on cracking open that deep-fried goodness.
Grimaldi’s Half-Price Gin Cocktail Special
D treated himself to a gin cocktail, the weather was just too good to resist one. I can’t remember which one he ordered but you can check out the menu below. He said it was really good. I stuck with sparkling water.
Julius was an awesome waiter! He gave us some advice on what to order, cleared the table quickly, and was the perfect amount of attentive – all very important to me as an ex-waitress myself. Claire the manager was also super-lovely, she came and chatted to us at the end of our meal to get our feedback.
My dad is coming to visit in a couple of weeks and we have already booked for Father’s Day. We are considering celebrating on the Saturday for half price sushi and cocktails though 😂
Grimaldi’s Gets 5 Stars from Us!
Here are their details, and you can even book your table online!
Address: 101 Isaiah Ntshangase Rd, Stamford Hill, Durban, 4001
Phone: 031 015 5895
Mon To Sat 12:00 AM – 22:00 PM
Sun 12:00 AM – 21:00 PM
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*Disclaimer: I was hosted at Grimaldi’s. The views on the post are not influenced by the invite to visit with the experience being paid for, they are true and my own.