NKONZO'S KITCHEN ( 275 Dr Yusuf Dadoo St, Durban Central)
With just a few weeks in business the restaurant has already gained a following. It's always buzzing during the week and weekends, it's really important to come as early as possible to get a spot. Is it that good, or do people like the owner? I wanted to believe they have just been at the right place at the right time.
When I visited Nkonzo’s Kitchen it was before lunch time but it was already teaming with people from all walks of life. From business people, Durban socialites and students, it’s a proper spot for anyone who likes traditional African food, stews and fast food meals.
The owner of the place, Siyabonga Zikode is very hands-on, making sure that the service runs smoothly and quickly. Nkonzo’s Kitchen mostly sells traditional African food, chicken and beef curries served with rice or uphuthu. There's also breakfast.
I ordered uphuthu and beef served with salads and it only took 3-minutes for my order to arrive. I did expect the service to be quick, especially with the owner present, but it was still a shock to be served so soon.
The portions? Enough to feed an army. Make sure you come with an empty stomach as their portions are really generous.
Besides the service and the portions, what I loved about the restaurant is that it closes at 11pm everyday, which is very rare for a restaurant in the CBD. It’s clearly going to be popular for people who stay at the CBD who are always lazy to cook.