The Grill Jichana
is where you want to be when looking for a truly great meal in Durban. It’s The Grill Jichana – and it’s all about ‘jichana’, the Swahili slang term for ‘eating good’.
Located on Durban’s Golden Mile in the recently launched Tsogo Sun’s Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani hotel complex, The Grill Jichana is in a league of its own.
Entering through either the hotel or the street entrance, diners will be struck by the modern and minimalistic interior design, which is instantly made welcoming with warm touches. This is a place where the focus is on comfort, a relaxing ambience, and good, simple food prepared in the most authentic way to highlight the natural flavours.
The Grill Jichana brings in the African theming of its host hotel and is an exploration of the African East Coast spice route, combining the flavours of cassia, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, turmeric and pepper with the perfectly grilled meat, fish and chicken dishes on the menu.
The starter menu offers a simple but substantial selection of salads, hand crafted from fresh market ingredients, to best complement the focus of the menu, which is on grills.
Fillet, rump, T-bone and the 200 gram Jichana burger are all served perfectly grilled to every customer’s liking, as is the duo of lamb chops or lamb skewer. Those who prefer poultry will not be disappointed with the small but well considered offering of rotisserie chicken, supreme chicken or roast duck, all of which are free range and raised in the Dargle Valley in KZN.
On the fish front, all but the Norwegian salmon is sustainably sourced from local fisheries and are all SASSI listed, with the option of fresh linefish in an East Coast spice rub, inland salt water dusky kob served with homemade aioli, Norwegan salmon with savoury mango salsa or grilled LM tiger king prawns.
Vegetarians have the option of a haloumi stack or veggie medley. Side orders are plentiful and include the never-to-be-missed homemade bafana potato chips – actually more of a pillar than a mere chip – which undergo an extensive cooking process to create the perfect chip.
The dessert menu is a simple but glorious affair, with tried and trusted favourites given an injection of freshness, including a deconstructed milk tart and the ultimate creation for any chocoholic – a five-chocolate Valrhona chocolate ball with fresh fruit relish, that explodes into a melted puddle of decadent chocolate on the plate.
The wine list is part of the menu and is carefully selected to perfectly complement all the mouth-watering dishes on offer – whether by the glass or by the bottle.
The Grill Jichana is fast becoming a favourite place for a truly great meal in an absolutely ideal setting, whatever your preference.
Travel on the N3 towards Durban. Take exit 1 to merge onto the M4 / R102 toward North Coast. Continue to follow the M4 and continue onto K E Masinga Road. Turn left onto Sylvester Ntuli Road and then take the 1st right onto Molyneux Road. At the circle, take the 1st exit onto Snell Parade and the destination will be on the left.