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The Chefs Table

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Attributes

  • Romantic
  • Gourmet Guide Plated

Executive Chef Kayla-Ann Osborn and her 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

'creative coastal fine dining' Locals are quick to laud The Chefs' Table in Umhlanga for cementing Durban in the fine dining scene. Here humble, talented chef Kayla-Ann Osborn has made a name for herself and introduced the coastal town to cutting edge, adventurous cuisine. The expansive, open kitchen offers delightful and engaging entertainment should you be seated at the counter or a spacious table nearby. Alternatively, settle into a table where you can admire the chic interiors, and the large Tretchikoff mural, replicated on the menu, and start with a signature cocktail. Kayla-Ann's food philosophy is simple, "I want my food to be forward-thinking, progressive, interesting for me and for diners," she says. Ask this inventive chef about her ethos, and you will discover that it is based on local produce. Origin, and even distance to where the produce is sourced, is indicated on her menu. Authentic and exploratory, the à la carte, three-course set and seven-course tasting menus offer something for everyone – vegetarian and vegans too. When she headed down to Cape Town recently, she not only secured a dinner reservation at The Test Kitchen, but also the opportunity of cooking there for the day. She is constantly learning, heading further afield to cook with the likes of Clare Smythe and Michel Roux Jnr in London – so know that you will want to return to follow her expansion and ever-escalating culinary progress. As a winner of the SASSI Trailblazer Award, it comes as no surprise that her favourite ingredient is seafood, sourced from a local fishing boat. Dishes are light, carefully considered and beautifully plated. The Summer-pea brûlée – whole-milk cheese curd, tomato broth, smoked tomato and pea shoot – is delectable. Regulars return for the paella, with cuttlefish, tomato-saffron purée, marinated peppers, sardines, chorizo-saffron dressing and rice chip. The six-course menu ensures that every mouthful will give a great return on investment. You'll get good advice on pairings, the team is justifiably proud of their collection of Western Cape, European and New Zealand premium and boutique wines. "First and foremost, food must be delicious." Chef Kayla-Ann Osborn

Reviews (109)

4.6 out of 5.0
Food 4.7
Value 4.4
Service 4.8
Ambience 4.6
  • Erica H. Dined: 2 weeks ago
    4.8
    Food 5.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Tue 28 Jul 20
    An absolute treat!

  • Richard L. Dined: 2 weeks ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Tue 28 Jul 20
    Great experience. Great fun cooking it all.

  • Moira M. Dined: 2 weeks ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Mon 27 Jul 20
    Hi , what an amazing Christmas in July experience. Thanks for putting together an awesome menu and clear instructions . Everything was delicious and we look forward to many more . Great to see our favorite Chef Tijn giving of his time to deliver our orders . Well done to everyone involved and thanks . Moira Murray

  • Anna A. Dined: 2 weeks ago
    4.5
    Food 5.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 4.0

    Reviewed on: Mon 27 Jul 20
    The Chef's Table outdid themselves yet again with their "Christmas in July" hamper. Sensational food, presented with care and pride and idiot proof preparation instructions. We had a memorable feast. The "Avocado Ritz" was an absolute triumph with succulent langoustines, a delicious avocado bavarois, smoke paprika creme fraiche and delicate yuzu pearls. The pork belly that formed part of the main course was sublime. And then the Yule log: oh my word! So many delicious tastes and textures. Clearly the work of gifted hands. Thank you so much Chef's Table for keeping your outstanding food alive in these most challenging of times. We can't wait to eat with you in person again but, until then, look forward to your next hamper....

  • Emily V. Dined: 2 weeks ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Mon 27 Jul 20
    The Christmas in July basket was superb! What CT does it again we will be first in line!

  • Lisa P. Dined: 2 weeks ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0
  • Clarice S. Dined: 2 weeks ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Sun 26 Jul 20
    The Christmas "in July" feast was incredible! Everything about the experience was wonderful and contained the utmost professionalism. The food was up to The Chef's Table usual high standards although it was easy to put together.The innovation of preparing a meal to be completed in people's home is inspiring and I would love to take part in it again. Thank you very much!!

  • Alcino P. Dined: 2 weeks ago
    4.3
    Food 3.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Sat 25 Jul 20
    Dessert was a let down unfortunately.

  • Tim J. Dined: 2 weeks ago
    3.5
    Food 4.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 1.0

    Reviewed on: Sat 25 Jul 20
    Great evening, great food - and funned easy in preparing the meal at home :)

  • Bruce C. Dined: 2 weeks ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Sat 25 Jul 20
    Very impressed by our fabulous DIY "Christmas in July" food hamper. The instructions were easy to follow, the food was delicious. It was the closest that we were going to get to an actual meal at the Chefs Table which we miss terribly under the current situation we find ourselves in. Thank you for wonderful dining experience.

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  • Monday 12h00 - 15h00, 18h00 - 22h00
  • Tuesday 12h00 - 15h00, 18h00 - 22h00
  • Wednesday 12h00 - 15h00, 18h00 - 22h00
  • Thursday 12h00 - 15h00, 18h00 - 22h00
  • Friday 12h00 - 15h00, 18h00 - 22h00
  • Saturday 12h00 - 15h00, 18h00 - 22h00
  • Sunday 12h00 - 14h30, 18h00 - 21h00
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