The Oyster Box at Umhlanga Rocks is one of South Africa’s most famous boutique hotels - partly because of one of its star culinary offerings.
The Curry Buffet in the Ocean Terrace Restaurant is a drawcard for both locals and tourists, along with an extensive, award-winning wine list centring on South Africa and Bordeaux, along with offerings from Italy, New Zealand, Australia and Burgundy.
Set on a terrace with views of the Indian Ocean, the impressive curry selection, of at least 11 curries daily (and up to 20 on busy days), includes meat, fish and vegetarian options.
Using delicate blends of spices and fresh herbs, each curry reflects Indian or South African roots.
Tastes range from a Singapore fish curry to the spicy, hot lamb vindaloo, smooth butter chicken, vegetable korma and sugar-bean curry. The nearby city of Durban’s famous chicken and prawn curry and the Oyster Box’s signature traditional Durban lamb curry remain firm favourites.
The buffet is accompanied by fresh, homemade condiments (an amazing number thereof) including lime and vegetable pickle, chutneys, raitas, sambals and freshly baked naan breads, pappadums and rotis.
The curry buffet costs just R320 ($32 Australian) per person and is available for both lunch and dinner. To make a restaurant booking call +27 315145000.
The Oyster Box, a gorgeous hotel in its own right, is a member of Red Carnation Hotels, a private, family-run collection of boutique hotels in London, Guernsey, Dorset, Geneva, South Africa and Palm Beach. www.redcarnationhotels.com.
# The writer was a guest of South African Tourism.