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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 (2237)

4.6 out of 5.0
Food 4.6
Value 4.4
Service 4.7
Ambience 4.6
  • Sherilene Cheryl B. Dined: 1 day ago
    4.5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 3.0

    Reviewed on: Tue 28 Mar 23
    was excellent, Sindy was great

  • Simone F. Dined: 4 days ago
    4.3
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 4.0
    Ambience 3.0
  • Xoliswa Z. Dined: 3 days ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0
  • Crystal J. Dined: 3 days ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0
  • Tanuja R. Dined: 3 days ago
    4.3
    Food 3.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 0.0

    Reviewed on: Sun 26 Mar 23
    Ordered the Pork Chop - was very very salty whole meal was salty Dessert was the symphony of chocolate- that was very delicious

  • Keressa G. Dined: 4 days ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0
  • Gugu N. Dined: 4 days ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Sat 25 Mar 23
    Please add more toilets

  • Kristen S. Dined: 4 days ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Sat 25 Mar 23
    Absolutely out of this world!!! Well done to chef Calvin and his crew!! From one chef to another the food was outstanding! Best duck yet! Thank you for a lovely evening. Kind regards Kristin Smith

  • Sandile N. Dined: 4 days ago
    4.5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 3.0
  • Miss D. Dined: 5 days ago
    2.8
    Food 3.0
    Value 3.0
    Service 2.0
    Ambience 3.0
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Opening Hours

  • 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