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“Authentic Food from 'Rorkes Drift' country” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Durban Dish

Durban Dish
Shop U8, 8 Old Northern Rd, Baulkham Hills, The Hills Shire, New South Wales 2153, Australia
(02) 9639 3872
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Cuisines: African
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Rotorua, New Zealand
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8 restaurant reviews
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“Authentic Food from 'Rorkes Drift' country”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

This tiny 'hole in the wall' eatery on a busy road, reminds me for some reason of similar German eateries offering a small range of great produce...save the sausage at Durban Dish is Boerewors, that Prince of farmers' sausage made with beef and pork seasoned with coriander, sometimes cloves and nutmeg, in a gut casing.

DD is run by a mother and daughter and run consistently. The basics are done well and flim-flam is avoided. Don't expect fine dining. Do expect honest, simple, tasty ethnic food made with simple ingredients and prepared as if at home. Parking is best made over the road in the small off-street carpark behind the strip shops. A pedestrian crossing outside the DD makes for safe passage.

Over a few visits or even on one gluttonish visit with a party of four...it's possible to savour the entire menu if you wish. Dishes to try are for us the signature Bunny Chow, Vetkoek, Chakalaka and Chilli Bites. Expect a cut of of working class Afican diet...high starch and fats coupled with unusual textures, flavour combinations and unfamiliar dishes, served in a kind of four star B&B atmosphere with the proprietor prepared to chat. One for a cold rainy night and a few bottles of BYO wine and beer. You may have it to yourself and be spoiled by the family.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Sydney, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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“A hidden gem. Indian / South African favourites tucked away in a shopping strip on Old Northern Rd”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012 via mobile

I've been eating here for 4 years.
The restaurant is only small so bookings are strongly advised.

The food is always good. I've taken several South African emigres here over the years & they've all loved the authentic experience.

The owner is friendly & there are many pantry favourites on sale (chutney, drinks, sauces etc)

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Small but very nice”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2012 via mobile

A small restaurant with huge flavours and a nice environment. Highly Recommended

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“A taste of home”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2012 via mobile

If you are south african you have to go here simple as that. Great food at good prices that tastes just like home what else could you ask for

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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