The flavour of Malaysia that Durbanites are going gaga for
Everybody’s talking about 45 on Eat Street in Ballito
45 on Eat Street (http://45oneatstreet.co.za) suddenly hit my radar when a variety of friends and acquaintances started asking if I’d eaten there. Tales of fantastic meals prompted me to make a reservation in haste and my husband Brett and I were soon braving a rainy night to head up north to see what the fuss was about.
Stepping in from the downpour, we were welcomed by a crackling log fire – an unexpected delight in KZN in February. The warmth of the firelit interior was rivalled by the welcome from manager Ricky and our vivacious waiter, Sihle. The enthusiastic staff spoke knowledgeably about the extensive menu and I wondered whether the flavour would match their fervour.
I needn’t have worried: my portion of arancini as a starter was delicious. Crisp on the outside, its soft mushroom risotto centre paired beautifully with the parmesan, spinach and lemon hollandaise sauce it was served with. Brett had the calamari ripieni – tubes crumbed, deep fried and stuffed with halloumi, peppadews, spring onions and pine nuts, served on a fresh basil and white wine tomato sauce – which was just as good...