The success of Kung Thai Durban North has now given birth to what Nina (Chef and proprietor) and Kit (proprietor) calls their “new baby” in the village in Umhlanga. The name Kung Thai, “City of Thai” and the logo of the dragonfly was inspired by the fusion of eastern tastes from every Thai city and the dragonfly symbolizes freedom. The décor of Kung Thai is minimilistic, red and white with signs of ‘home’ throughout.
The menu is true Thai inspiration and most of the herbs used in the dishes are grown by Nina in her garden at home. A meal at Kung Thai is a meal that assures you of true Thai authenticity. Adamant on quality, every meal is prepared fresh and if Nina is unhappy about the freshness of a single ingredient then she’d rather not make the dish.
Every mouthful of every meal is a trip of the senses to Thailand, from the Puu Cha ( Prawn and Crab donuts) to the Chu Chee Duck (Crispy duck served on a bed of spinach, topped with red curry paste, coconut milk, lime leaf, basil and chilli)
There is a standard menu with all the Thai favourites but as Nina explains she gets bored easily so she has an additional Specials menu, which changes regularly. When asked what her ‘signature dish’ is, with absolute humility and total lack of vanity, Nina answers ”Everything. I can’t say” because people return time and again and always try different menu items, so much so that all items are as popular as each other.
Travel from Durban towards Umhlanga on the M4. Take the Umhlanga Rocks Drive (M12) exit towards Lighthouse Road / Umhlanga (N2). Keep right at the fork and follow signs for Umhlanga Rocks / Lighthouse Road. Turn right onto Chartwell Drive and the destination will be on the right.
-29° 43' 37.38''
31° 5' 6.46''
13 Lighthouse Mall
Monday - Sunday: 11:00 - 22:00