Today I set off to town looking for an adventure, I don’t know why but I knew when I got there I would find something interesting. And right I was, as I turned the corner of West street and Gardner street – there it was…a swam of protestors in red, I thought ‘might it be NUM hmm…but I had read they settled at 12%’. So, I decided to move in closer and satisfy my curiosity. It was a full on toyi-toyi with singing and the usual dance it seemed quite fun. At the back of my mind I was like what if this march turns violent? What than? But I felt a little reassured with the police leading and guarding the march that it would not get out of control. Anyway this is not the story I am trying to tell. Let’s get back to the story.
There is a new mall in town – Durban city centre, well not so new but new to me, it’s called the Mutual Mall. The mall has three entrance routes, one on West Street, the other on Smith Street and another on Gardner Street making sure it gets traffic from all directions. I had walked through the mall once before on my way to buy from Subway which is when I discovered this little gem.
I call it a gem because it introduces Durbanites to a variety of unfamiliar restaurants. It gives a different feel from the usual suspects such as the ever so popular KFC that needs no introduction, Mac Donald’s, Spur, Nando’s, Chicken Licken oh and not forgetting the underdog the Schwarma outlets that seem to be taking over the Durban CBD like a plague.
Mutual mall offers a new take on fast food or take away, it’s designed to cater for the busy workers in the city offering little or limited sitting within the restaurant and a centrally located open space where patrons can sit for a meal. This means you can buy a little of everything that the Mutual mall restaurants have on offer and enjoy it at your own leisure.
I visited restaurants that took my fancy and grabbed a menu to see what was on offer. I first went to The Fish and Chips Co. This is the first place that took my fancy first time I discovered the mall, it specialises in fish as I’m sure you have guessed. The menu is reasonably priced, you can have a meal for R30.00, and you can expect to find the usual suspects your fish, chips and calamari. The sitting is modest nothing fancy; it serves the purpose, what more can you want. Right across there is ‘Chillies’, as you might suspect its synonymous with Indian food, their menu cost a bit more I would say budget R60 if you would like to experience their food. Chillies is inviting to the eye too. I am planning on trying a thing or two from their menu when I have the appetite for hot Indian food. You can expect to find Durban’s very own ‘BUNNY CHOW’, your curries, biryani’s and roti’s. And last but not least there is Shefs Mediterranean kitchen which is literally two steps from Chillies. Their speciality is pasta, the menu is inviting with the food looking really tasty. Shefs is a presentable petite take away, expect a meal for R23 – R30, they also offer meals without pasta and sandwiches and wraps.
The different restaurants all offer a different taste and aesthetics to the mall giving the consumer variety and value for money. Although I did not try out any of the food in these restaurants I did go to Nino’s, keep a look out for my review to see if Nino’s should be your next stop or your biggest nightmare.
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