Support local business and order in.
Support local business and order in.
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PLEASE NOTE: As of Thursday March 26 at midnight, all restaurants, bars and coffee shops (including home deliveries, takeaways or curbside-collections) are closed / suspended during the nation-wide lockdown for 21 days in South Africa.

Covid-19 has seen the closure of some restaurants and a decline in the number of patrons at others as a result of social distancing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. However, this is when local businesses are going to need you most. If you’re staying at home, you can still support Durban restaurants by ordering in. Our favourite neighbourhood spots, all over the city, have extensive menus available for delivery and have upped their already stringent hygiene standards to fit Covid-19 protocol.

1. MO NOODLES

Mo Noodles is a Durban institution which makes favourite restaurant lists on the regular. It’s no surprise as their Asian fusion cuisine is consistently excellent and you’ll find most Durbanites have a favourite dish there – many would say the seared calamari with the feta and lentil salad. That’s on the delivery menu, along with a variety of curries, noodle dishes and soups, as well as specialities like sesame peanut chicken and prawn skewers. It’s all tasty, and moreish, so don’t skimp on your order. You’re sure to want seconds.

Mo Noodles calamari with lentil and feta salad.
Mo Noodles calamari with lentil and feta salad.
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Available on Mr D Food.

2. LUPA OSTERIA

Lupa Osteria’s authentic Italian atmosphere and consistently good food have seen its original single Durban eatery expand to 13 branches countrywide. Their menu is broad, even for delivery, and whether you feel like a crispy-based, wood-fired pizza, inventive pasta or saucy rack of ribs, they’ve got an option to tickle your fancy. Raid the cellar for a good red to go with their outstanding lamb shank or a crisp white to accompany a delicious portion of pretzel-dusted Falkland calamari if you feel like something swankier than a focaccia or bolognaise (although those are great too).

Available on Uber Eats and Mr D Food.

3. OLD TOWN ITALY

Old Town Italy’s restaurant, market and deli serve Italian delicacies full of flavour. Their delivery menu is replete with pizza topped with the finest mozzarella and fresh ingredients from the deli, from prosciutto crudo, olives and marinated aubergine to artichokes and spicy pork sausage, and pastas that range from the classic, like lasagne and gnocchi al gorgonzola, to signature dishes like Joey Zasa – rigatoni tossed with slow-braised lamb ragu, green peas, cherry tomatoes and fresh chilli. They’re all as delicious as they sound. Sit in your garden, put on some Pavarotti and pretend you’re in Tuscany.

Available on Uber Eats and Mr D Food.

4. WICKED DONUTS

Wicked Donuts.
Wicked Donuts.
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You might not thank me for this one. Wicked Donuts do deliveries! If you need a reward for getting some work done, despite the kids/ lure of Netflix/ temptation to KonMari your whole house now that you’re staring at it more than usual, or just think that the world’s gone mad so you might as well too, you can’t go wrong with a Wicked doughnut. Think rings topped with Nutella, salted caramel or strawberry glaze or filled with Oreo cheesecake, milk tart, lemon cream, blueberry muffin or Milo, to name but a few. The best part? They have waived their delivery fee for now.

Available on Mr D Food.

5. SPIGA

After a devastating closure just over a year ago, Spiga is back in full swing and serving up the food which made it famous. Think Penne Mona Lisa with its smoked salmon pieces, creamy feta sauce and avo, Don Corleone pizza boasting homemade Italian meatballs and melanzane parmigiana. Finish with their rich, decadent chocolate volcano for dessert and enjoy the fact that you can recline on the couch immediately afterwards to let your food settle.

Available on Uber Eats and Mr D Food.

This article was last updated 26 March 2020.

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