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Celebrating Exceptional Taste at The Oyster Box

Standing tall on the dramatic shoreline of the Indian Ocean overlooking the iconic lighthouse of Umhlanga, the statuesque Oyster Box has been a celebrated symbol of taste since it first opened in 1947. Today under the leadership of executive chef, Kevin Joseph, the hotel remains one of South Africa’s premier business and leisure destinations, renowned for its exceptional cuisine.

Supported by head chef, Luke Nair and an inspired kitchen team, Kevin brings a wealth of experience garnered from around the world - The Peninsula Hotel in Cape Town, the Raffles Hotel in Singapore and the Michelin-starred ‘Tamarind’ and ‘Claridges’ Restaurants in London; invaluable time was also spent at various hotels within the international Red Carnation Hotels Collection including the Breezes Resort & Spa in Bali, The Milestone Hotel and Summer Lodge in London and Red Carnation Hotel’s South African portfolio, the Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat in the Cederberg and the Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa in Cape Town.                                                                                                    

The Oyster Box offers menus to suit the palate of every diner; from fine dining to simple, relaxed meals. Using the freshest seasonal ingredients, sourced from local suppliers, the cuisine at The Oyster Box offers guests the widest range of local flavours and global trends.

The Ocean Terrace patio, with gorgeous views across the Indian Ocean, serves a Bistro- styled menu and features a traditional wood-fire pizza oven and Tandoori oven. Favourite dishes include freshly prepared pizzas, freshly caught seafood and favourites from the Oyster Box of old.    

The Curry Buffet in the Ocean Terrace Restaurant continues to attract fans from far and wide. The incredible selection of Curries include, meat, fish and vegetarian options. Using delicate blends of spices and fresh herbs, each curry is a masterpiece in itself.                                               

The High Tea is legendary… the table laden with sumptuous treats, from freshly baked scones, pastries, quiches and cakes, to finger sandwiches and savouries, is a visual (and taste) spectacle.  Inspired by the hotels original, colonial architecture with chandeliers purchased from the Savoy Hotel in London, High Tea at The Oyster Box is a lengthy, leisurely affair. Live piano music provides the perfect backdrop and adds a personal element to the beautiful Palm Court, softening the atmosphere and putting guests at ease.  The menu changes regularly to suit seasonal availability and specialities.  All pastries and baked goods are prepared on the property by executive pastry chef, Joanita Venter and her dedicated team.

The Evening Indulgence in The Palm Court, makes for a perfect post-dinner or late afternoon treat. From 18h00 to 21h00, stop by the tranquil Palm Court and make your selection from an assortment of mouthwatering pastries, freshly baked scones with jam and cream and exquisite cakes, served with your choice of tea or coffee.

For a more intimate dining experience, the Chef’s Table in the wine cellar is ideal for private dinners, corporate functions and unique celebrations, for up to 10 guests. Bespoke menus created for every occasion and an exclusive venue make for an experience that promises to  be truly memorable.

Our Sommelier has assembled an extensive list of fine local and international vintages, combining Old World style wines with the more robust New World wines. He is on hand to offer advice on food and wine pairings for special events, or to individual diners looking for that ‘perfect match’ to go with their food choice.

The legendary Grill Room is the gem of The Oyster Box.  The menu is an inspired combination of enduringly popular dishes created by Bea Tollman, president and founder of the Red Carnation Hotel Collection, the restaurant’s Signature Dishes and new dishes from around the world.            

Authentic Gueridon service allows food to be prepared and presented at the individual diner’s table. Our Classic 1920’s Hors d’ Oeuvres Trolley is a popular favourite with its extensive range of 18 ‘old world’ appetizers.

The stylish Oyster Bar is an essential pre-dinner or sun-downer stop where you can enjoy chilled Champagne and freshly harvested oysters from the hotel’s own oyster beds and our Signature cocktail the Umhlanga Schling; or light snack meals in a sophisticated environment.  The Lighthouse Bar is one of Durban’s hottest meeting spot and offers breathtaking views over the Indian Ocean and lighthouse.

With its long marble bar a focal point, The Oyster Bar is a popular meeting place with patrons for live music and cocktails.  The Oyster, Salmon & Sushi Bar, takes the venue to new heights. From Monday to Friday 12h00 to 20h00, a tantalizing selection of Sushi, fresh Oysters, home-cured Salmon, inspired Asian Tacos, Asian Prawn Cocktail and delicious Prawns and Crayfish is on offer.  Items from the a la carte Seafood Menu can be ordered individually on request…. accompanied by a glass of delicious ‘Bubbly or a cocktail.          

A wide range of individually themed event and banqueting venues, has positioned the hotel as the region’s preferred conference, wedding and event destination.

Menus to suit every occasion can be created, in conjunction with our executive chef and skilled banqueting team. In addition, the property boasts a luxurious 24-seater movie theatre, offering special Dinner and Movie packages for hotel guests and private use. A fully-equipped business centre with complimentary high-speed internet facilities is available for all guests.

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The Oyster Box, Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks, KwaZulu-Natal