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The Chefs Table

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Attributes

  • Romantic
  • Gourmet Guide Plated

Executive Chef Mathew Armbruster and his brigade of 12 qualified chefs have crafted their menu around fresh, local and seasonal ingredients. The dishes are inspired by what is readily available on the day. Fresh produce from local, organic farmers arrives in the morning and the dishes are tweaked and arranged accordingly. The menu changes slightly every day and each season will see different ingredients and new dishes to enjoy.

The open plan kitchen is at the heart of the restaurant - for the theatre of it but also for the chefs, to stay connected to the energy of the diners. Watch the chefs at work and feel the connection to the food and the beautifully plated dishes being prepared.

Gourmet Guide Description

On one side Umhlanga’s bustling shopping hub, Durban’s coastline on
the other. It’s here that chef Mathew Armbruster works his magic. Italian
and American parents, plus studies and work in the US, have carved his
culinary pedigree. His tenure at The Chefs’ Table began in 2016, with a
brief hiatus at Hartford House, returning in 2020 as executive chef.
Paying immense attention to the sourcing of local, incredible produce
from farmers and small suppliers, Mathew and his team create the
balance between creativity and business in this in-vogue, 150-seater
restaurant. Lunches are quiet, it’s once the sun sets that residents
and visitors come to relax and eat the finest food in the classy,
contemporary setting. The dramatic Tretchikoff mural and bar vie for
your attention – it’s from here that they present a unique and varied
selection of cocktails and wine. The open kitchen allows the diner
to see the mastery behind their meal, but as the epicurean voyage
begins, it will be all eyes on the plate.

“It’s just about respecting the produce, then there is no need to
manipulate and handle it,” says Mathew. “My aim is to build a team,
creating an environment in which people want to work.”

His tasting menu is imaginative, genuinely inviting vegans and
vegetarians to enjoy equal, elegant dishes. Spices, fresh seafood and
the colours of the beachfront share the excitement of Durban cuisine.
He is at the forefront. The starter menu is largely on the beach –
oysters, octopus, mussels, fish, prawn and squid plus an enticing array
of meat and vegetarian dishes. You may not want to venture further –
but do, as it’s on the mains menu that Mathew pays homage to his
nonna, with airy pasta or gnocchi.

Dishes are seductive – some spicy, others more subtle – noteworthy,
each with Mathew’s own signature.

Reviews (1997)

4.6 out of 5.0
Food 4.6
Value 4.4
Service 4.8
Ambience 4.6
  • Peter A. Dined: 1 day ago
    4.5
    Food 5.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 4.0
    Ambience 5.0
  • Ashleigh D. Dined: 5 days ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Tue 29 Nov 22
    Thank you for always making our special moments incredible

  • Ayanda M. Dined: 4 days ago
    4.8
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 4.0
  • Kishore V. Dined: 4 days ago
    4.3
    Food 4.0
    Value 0.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 4.0

    Reviewed on: Sun 27 Nov 22
    Excellent service Good value for money Will recommend

  • Gordon M. Dined: 5 days ago
    4
    Food 4.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 2.0

    Reviewed on: Sat 26 Nov 22
    The menu was priced in Rand of course because we are in Durban, the floor manager couldn’t or wouldnt explain why he was trying to run our credit card in Sterling equivalent of the Rand total which converted the Rand at a very unfavourable rate! Would appear between the bank and restaurant they are looking to dupe international customers! We asked 5 times to pay in Rand on our credit card, the manager even suggested that we go to the ATM to get Rand out and then contradicted himself when he told us that it was our request to pay in sterling! Having traveled in South Africa for 20 years both for business and pleasure, this situation has now occurred twice in the last week. Be warned. Other than that, booked a table for 2 people over one month prior to visit to basically be given the worse table in the restaurant, in a corridor on its own by the hot kitchen area, you only need to read previous reviews on line to understand why it’s not suitable. They moved us outside but as it was raining and windy we had to be asked to be moved again inside to another table, which again was in a corridor like position near the hot kitchen but slightly better than the first. I don’t like leaving bad reviews considering how great our waitress was and how good the food was, but important international guest are made aware of this currency conversion scam.

  • Clare R. Dined: 6 days ago
    4.5
    Food 5.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 4.0

    Reviewed on: Sat 26 Nov 22
    Enoch was an excellent server and the whole experience was outstanding.

  • Rao P. Dined: 6 days ago
    4.8
    Food 4.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Fri 25 Nov 22
    It was a really good experience for my family and I. The only thing we found was the menu was a bit limited and the prawns were a bit bland. Everything else we had was great.

  • Kereson M. Dined: 1 week ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Tue 22 Nov 22
    One of the best experiences we have had, From the booking to the additions that I requested, to the service and the food. Everything was effortless and exceeded our expectations, Will definitely be coming back soon!

  • kashmeera p. Dined: 1 week ago
    2.5
    Food 1.0
    Value 2.0
    Service 3.0
    Ambience 4.0

    Reviewed on: Mon 21 Nov 22
    We were in town on holiday. There was no correlation between the menu's description and the actual meal; for example, the "heirloom tomato tagliatelle" is a lemon based 'white' sauce with 5x tomatoes on top. The veg menu lacked flavour differentiation. I will neither return nor recommend this restaurant to anyone .±

  • Buyisile M. Dined: 1 week ago
    4.5
    Food 4.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 4.0
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  • Monday 12h00 - 14h30, 18h00 - 22h00
  • Tuesday 12h00 - 14h30, 18h00 - 22h00
  • Wednesday 12h00 - 14h30, 18h00 - 22h00
  • Thursday 12h00 - 14h30, 18h00 - 22h00
  • Friday 12h00 - 14h30, 18h00 - 22h30
  • Saturday 12h00 - 14h30, 18h00 - 22h30
  • Sunday CLOSED