Owner Selwyn Sklarchik has been serving up his homely dishes since the original Press Club opened in 1982. The restaurant in uMhlanga has come a long way through the Three Monkeys, Oscars and many other establishments, but Sklarchik’s food philosophy hasn’t changed.
Its success is a simple recipe based on great value, great comfort nosh and great service. The welcome, as always, is friendly and personal, usually from the owner himself.
The first thing the waiter organises is to charge my phone, before a rich coffee hits the table complete with little crunchie.
Breakfast is a hearty affair with a number of options one rarely sees elsewhere.
Kippers are a favourite here, as are kidneys, along with a decent selection of omelettes, a good eggs Benedict and an array of eggy options from a pensioner special to the full works.
A woman at the next door table is happily munching on their famous toasted prawn sandwich, something Sklarchik is famous for. He’s also famed for his specials. You get events like Rib Wednesdays, Burger Thursdays or curry nights. If you don’t feel like cooking and fancy a traditional Durban curry, these are hard to beat for value. And the flavour is authentic.
A friend opted for the liver and bacon on home-made bread with a fried egg. This was a generous portion of tasty liver and onions topped with crispy streaky bacon on a thick wedge of a nutty brown bread. The egg on top added to a gloriously messy, delicious meal.
I opted for the steak and kidney, again on home-made bread and topped with a fried egg.
It was a rich and thoroughly satisfying meal that replaced lunch and most of dinner that day.
There was little room to try the Press Club’s array of cakes, which are always fresh, with slices on the generous side. We managed to nibble on a slice of their own home-baked deep apple pie, which we enjoyed and washed down with a second cup of coffee.
WHERE: Umhlanga Centre, Ridge Road, Umhlanga
Call: 031 561 7117
Open: Monday to Saturday, 7am to 9pm. Sunday, 7am to 4pm.