Yet, another amazing lunch at the Butcher Block in Florida Road, Durban. Honestly, I am starting to wonder if the team at this establishment can do no wrong. The food is always tasty, well presented and quite frankly, extremely good value for money.
That’s a big thing for my generation, we can barely afford to get to work and back, so when we do go out for a meal, we want to know that we will be getting value for money, without compromising on the food standards.
I have slowly begun to notice that not only is the establishment, just a great place to be on any given day but that it seems to be building a reputation with the movers and shakers of this city. The creatives, the freelancers, the entrepreneurs, and the game changers.
My guest and I arrived just after 12 noon on a weekday, for a bite to eat and a glass of wine. Within minutes of sitting down, I noticed the 3 businessmen seated across from us. They were the crinkle cut businessman module. 2 piece suites, shiny, sharp shoes, starched shirts and a watch that said: “ I got dressed to make millions, this morning ”.
After they had greeted each other, been seated and had a bit of a chuckle, their serious faces were put on, for at least 45 minutes. And then the buttons were undone on their shirt collars, sleeves were rolled up. Posture went from ironing board straight, to the watching a movie at home slouch. The wine, wait no, the two wines arrived at their table, which was then passed around and sniffed. The expressions of anxiety and approval from each individual at the table were almost comedic. Waiting to see if their fellow colleagues agreed with the chosen wines. The wines obviously passed the test and minutes later, were poured into the respective glasses.
Back at our table, we were both on the fence about what we wanted to order. My friend was torn between a selection of starters and two salads and I was torn between, my curry and everything else on the menu. Besides meat, strangely enough. I know. Butcher Block, it is ALL about meat, but as someone who really isn’t that big a fan of red meat, there were AMPLE menu items for me to choose from.
Eventually, I chose the Prawn & Chicken Curry, which I asked to be made extra hot and my friend chose the Papaya & Prawn Salad, with added Avo and the Beef Carpaccio.
Just as we had ordered, a mutual friend of mine walked in. As always she looked amazing. You may know her as Lungi Nhlanhla, aka Chef Lungi. You can go find her Instagram page at @LungisCorner to follow what events and projects she is currently working on, and visit her Website in regards to hiring her, for your own corporate events. There are 2 things, I really like about Lungi. One, she always has the BIGGEST smile for you, and the second is her hair. Good heavens, I have hair envy! It’s so beautiful. Click THIS link to see what I mean.
After Lungi and I had a quick hug, I went back to my guest and our table. Our table which was in the bar lounge area of the establishment, had great lighting, the air moved easily and the sound balance was pretty good, especially when it started getting busy around 14h00.
Which is quite vital, if you are there to have a business meeting, or simply to use the table as a co-office for the day, or even just to have a good lunch, laugh and a chat with a very old friend like I did. It was nice to just sit, and have a laugh with my friend, and to forget about all the stuff going on in my life right now. The great thing about Durban is that if we had had the time, after lunch, a short drive would have taken us to the beachfront for a quick dip, surf or walk.
Okay, so about that food, let’s have a good look at it again.
The Prawn & Papaya Salad, with red onions, crisp salad greens dressed with a fresh lime & ginger dressing. And an extra of Avocado.
The Prawn & Chicken Curry, an island style medium curry flavored with coconut milk. Served with basmati rice, sambals & poppadom.
Simply delicious when paired with a Boschendal Blanc De Noir and the Wolf Trap Red respectively.
Then there was the Beef Carpaccio made up from, paper-thin slices of top raw beef fillet, drizzled with olive oil, capers, rocket & parmigiana shavings.
And if that wasn’t enough to put a smile on our faces, I even had dessert.
Can you say Chocolate Gooey Brownies, with dollops of melted marshmallow, ice cream, and fresh cream?
I know. It’s heaven and if you read my article on my last visit to Butcher Block SA, you would know, its almost a must for me, when I stop in. I think Butcher Block, should make me an ambassador. I gave my ice cream to my friend, and she added it to her cappuccino. Also known as innovation. Giggle.
It was almost bittersweet to leave, but I know we will be back. There are so many things I am yet to try on the menu. The manager on duty Ricky even came to say hello and make sure we were okay, which is always a nice touch.
Our waitress, Donna was REALLY friendly and she had some great suggestions regarding our meals, even with one of us not being able to eat anything with wheat. She knew her menu back to front and as someone who spent a good eight years in hospitality and event management myself, I always have time for people in the field, who know their stuff and are passionate about their job. Donna was as part of our experience as everything else.
It was a lovely lunch and gets a 10/10 for me, once again.
Thanks, Butcher Block SA.
And As Always
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