Khuraka aims to immerse patrons in the province’s rich history and culture through food. Picture: Clinton Moodley.

KwaZulu-Natal is known for its distinctive food. From the bunny chow to shisanyama, there is much to whet the appetite of travellers. A new addition is Khuraka restaurant, in the Endless Horizons Boutique Hotel, in Durban North. 

Khuraka, which means forage in Hindu, aims to immerse patrons in the province’s rich history and culture through food. Life-size wallpaper images of an Indian king enliven the quaint eatery, along with palm leaf cushions and colonial design pieces reflecting the history. 

The real winner is the menu – a fusion of Indian, African and British tastes. Award-winning chef Gregory Henderson has done well to merge the cultures in one-of-a-kind dishes. 

“The inspiration behind Khuraka draws on the heritage of the KwaZulu-Natal settlements in the mid-1800s. We looked at various stories in the province, including the early Indian fishing communities and the battles between Zulu leaders on the banks of the Tugela River. These shape our menu.” 

Khuraka, like its sister restaurant, Forage, in the Western Cape, sources ingredients from various parts of its province, including wild mushrooms from the Midlands and black truffles from Underberg. 

Try the Marigold, a masala chickpea explosion made with pickled leek, cornmeal, cumin and carrot petals.

The seasonal menu is compact, but packs a punch. Try the Marigold, a masala chickpea explosion made with pickled leek, cornmeal, cumin and carrot petals, or a cosmopolitan twist on lamb breyani. 

A great dessert is made with sabja milk, rose jelly and coconut-ginger ice cream, and don’t miss the Bombay Crush, a deconstructed version of the Indian drink. 

Where: 108 uMhlanga Rocks Drive, Durban North, Durban, 4051 

Price: From R285 for a two-course-meal. 

Call: 031 564 0360