We enjoyed our meal at 9th Avenue Bistro. We were a bit sceptical about the area and the appearance of the restaurant but this proved to be unfounded. It is a bistro after all and not a fine dining establishment, I was surprised to see a small area what was outside but under cover, we would have liked to sit there instead of being inside on such a warm evening.
The set menu for NYE had several choices per course plus a glass of sparkling wine on arrival, an amuse bouche and a palate cleanser. We believe the price of ZAR475pp was very reasonable for NYE. Try getting a meal for this price in other cities eg London or Paris on NYE. Usually we pay about minimum of ZAR1000 just for a bottle of wine in a London restaurant. I can see that the price might be expensive for ZA standards. Usually the standard of cooking in restaurants goes downhill when you reach Christmas and NY but not at 9th Avenue Bistro.
We had butternut squash ravioli and a dish of smoked duck breast for starter. The ravioli was extremely good, duck breast was also good served with beetroot. For main, I had the roast suckling pig with gorgonzola mash, it was very delicious and was a big portion. For those who don't know, suckling pig is quite fatty anyway, so the restaurant had roasted this and "pulled" the meat from the pig and served it with crackling and a jus. It was very tasty. My other half had the free range duck which he enjoyed very much.
For dessert, I had a Drackensberg goats cheese with poached peaches, creme fraiche and a glass of dessert wine. I felt the peaches were not sweet enough and I didn't understand the combination but it was interesting to try (esp the cheese and dessert wine). My other half had a chocolate sponge with white chocolate ice cream (which was not rich or white chocolately enough to complement the chocolate sponge IMO) but very enjoyable nonetheless.
The service was very fast so we asked that they slow it down a little, which they did. It was a lovely meal and would definitely return if we are in Durban again.
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