If you missed my first post about the Lighthouse bar at The Oyster Box you can read it here. The birthday celebrations continued from there to The Grill Room located in the hotel for dinner.
This is the distinctive lighthouse that alerts everyone that you are at The Oyster Box.
Every picture you take here is Instagram worthy. I can’t wait to go back!
Posing pool side is a must when visiting The Oyster Box.
The chairs inside the Grill room were massive but I didn’t like the look of it. I do love the chandeliers though.
Of course there has to be a picture with the birthday girl :).
The decor is pretty and reminds me of what I would expect a fancy ship dining area to look like. I didn’t like the waiter uniforms which felt a little too colonial.
The complimentary bread and selection of butter was disappointing. It reminded me of a more brittle version of toast.
I was pleasantly surprised that we received a chicken amuse bouche. One of the options for starters as well as mains is the Hors D’oeuvres trolley. While certainly unique, the idea of a few days old food which has been wheeled about doesn’t sound appetizing.
I loved the mango sorbet palate cleanser.
Butter basted baby langoustines with dill and caper butter served with rosemary and caper butter potatoes for R340. The langoustines were delicious and I loved the flavour of the potatoes.
Avant Garde fish pie made with Kabeljou, parsley creamed potato, brunoise of plum tomatoes, capers and warm sauce tartar for R195.
Dyad of lamb for R220 is served with braised shank, roast rack, duo of purée, shaved radish, minted potato galette, coffee butter and jus for R220.
Oysters, flambéed medallions of beef, rich brown mushroom sauce laced with brandy and a parsley buttered mash make up the Oyster Steak Diane for R270 which is flambéed at your table. The server should have wiped the drop of sauce before serving.
I loved the presentation of the lemongrass poached Kabeljou with prawns, saffron bisque, pickled white radish, stewed orange, blistered tomatoes, lumpfish caviar and chilli pearls for R250.
Five spiced duck a la peach for R220 served with garden pea puree, French potato cake, duck bobotie spring roll, roast peach and honey jus for R220.
The waiter comes around with a selection of veggies in a saucepan for you to add to your main meal.
The Lindt chocolate brownie served with candied orange rind, rosemary and Lindt 70% chocolate mousse for R95 is a very decadent dessert. I felt that it needed icecream to break up the chocolate flavours.
The crepe suzette is flambéed at your table.
It is served with fresh orange segments and homemade honeycomb icecream for R120. I loved the lightness of this dessert and that it was something different.
Service was yet again not up to scratch. The waiters were slow, inattentive and a pain to order drinks from. Overall I enjoyed the experience. The hotel and it’s location are breathtakingly beautiful. I liked that they have an interesting menu with a variety of main meals. The prices are on par with what you expect to pay at an fancy hotel. It’s definitely worth a trip if you are in Durban.
Oysters & Boxes,