Restaurant Review: Circus Circus Chartwell

December is all about relaxing and celebrating the hard work we’ve put into the year. So, if you’re looking for the ideal place to enjoy the best of the season, Circus Circus Chartwell is the place to be. Located on the iconic Chartwell Drive in Umhlanga, this restaurant boasts a tropical theme full of greenery which even extends to the design of their menus!   We were welcomed by the amazing Hlobisile who took care...

Spectacular Summer Sips

Take a look at the funkiest drinks of Umhlanga!   Freak Shakes at Romano Ice Cream Thick and creamy milkshake on a hot day? The answer is always yes! We went on a quest to find the craziest milkshakes on the East Coast, and Romano Ice Cream’s freak shakes top the list. Their three flavours, Oreo Bomb, Big Bang and Cotton Candy, are extravagant and heavenly sweet, so we had to try them all. Cotton...

Vibrant & Luxe

All Lights Lead to La Parada! Rooted in the rich tradition of Spanish-inspired tapas bars, the La Parada brand has won hearts across South Africa with its exquisite gastronomy, refined beverages and vibrant ambience. From its original abode on Bree Street in Cape Town to Gauteng and then KwaZulu-Natal, La Parada has consistently elevated the dining experience for everyone who walks into their colourful premises.   Since opening in 2020, La Parada Umhlanga has established...

Milk & Cookies

I can’t be the only one who gets a little jealous while scrolling through the endless scenes of European holidays all over my Instagram Explore page. If, like me, you didn’t summer in Paris or Amsterdam, there’s a new cafe now open in The Pearls Mall that offers a similar experience. Welcome to the quaint Milk & Cookies…   After spending many vacations strolling the streets of European cities, the owners of Milk & Cookies...

Festive, Family & Seafood

‘Tis the season to eat! This year, we put a coastal spin on our Christmas spread, shining a spotlight on scrumptious summer seafood. We collaborated with SUPERSPAR Salta to share this three-course menu by Chef Kayla-Ann Osborn!   Squid in Romesco Sauce With Toasted Almonds and Fresh Basil  This recipe is easy and absolutely delicious. Everyone licks their bowls when they’re finished!   INGREDIENTS 2kg squid or calamari, cleaned (it can be baby squid, rings...

Flavours of Tradition

Founded in 2014, Old Town Italy is a true Italian food lover’s paradise that offers a great combination of freshly baked goods, cooked on-the-go meals, imported and local retail items, and an upmarket restaurant. Oh, and let’s not forget the popular gelato station!    The cleverly curated space captures the essence of Italy. It is a portal back in time, slowing things down and celebrating wholesome food and products that contribute to a home-away-from-home experience. ...

The Hussar Grill – Classic Grill Experience

Warm, intimate, nostalgic – these are a few words that came to mind when we entered Hussar Grill, a timeless steakhouse with an award-winning menu. We were greeted by passionate General Manager Hyno, who has been in the industry for years. He shared the ins and outs of the restaurant, from their efficient kitchen to the private dining room, ideal for events. Hyno also delved into the history of Hussar. Every decor choice has a...

Where Nice People Meet

10 Years of SandBar! You can see the influence of oceanside living in the sea-inspired SandBar Restaurant and Cocktail Bar, evoking the ambience of a coastal holiday. Located in the picturesque town of Umdloti, this popular spot overlooks the ocean and is the place to be all year round thanks to the sunny Durban weather. SandBar is the perfect restaurant to slow down and relax while enjoying one of their signature cocktails. Stepping onto their...

Your New Braai Friends

Become a braai master this heritage day with Outdoor Warehouse.   In South Africa, Heritage Day is a celebration of our country’s rich diversity, and having a braai is the iconic way to commemorate the day. Outdoor Warehouse has a great range of braai utensils and products designed to make your braai easier, giving you more time for fun and eating.   Stainless Steel Braai Grids  There is no better way to bring South Africans...

Fantasy Made Reality: Sunsets & Mermaids

Sunsets & Mermaids was created as a place where dreams and folklore come to life. Biaggo Pellicia and Chef Brendon Newport have poured new life, magic and love into this restaurant, and it has quickly become a local favourite in Umhlanga Village.   The name denotes the unique vision of the restaurant. It is something that paints a mental picture for customers of the spot, which is a new brand making an entry into the...