‘Wish’, on Durban’s legendary Florida Road restaurant mile, is the glam new Italian eatery co-owned by Benny Maverick and Wayne Ndlovu
Their black-tie soirée launch took place at the restaurant on 12 December and SA’s glitterati were there in full force to support the celeb owners and enjoy a taste of what Wish has to offer.
We couldn’t make it to the launch but got there on the restaurant’s first weekend to try the menu – and be wowed by the gorgeous decor.
Mad Design Studios is responsible for the plush velvet booths, artistic chandeliers, amazing murals and wallpaper, stylish textiles and upholstery, New York-style bar and all-round glamour of this incredible multi-level restaurant – all designed around the focal point of a fountain – into which guests can toss ‘gold’ coins (sold for R10 each by the restaurant) and make their own personal wish!
Wish is the type of place that makes you feel glamorous just by eating there
I was happy I’d dressed up – to pay homage to the gorgeous decor. The drinks menu is extensive (as cosmopolitan as the interior) and features some of the best wines and champagnes – both local and international.
The food is awesome too – unique twists on pasta and pizza, and pretty salads with exotic flair
My Goddess salad was crispy and fresh – with strips of creamy avo and my partner’s mushroom vol-au-vents were light, fluffy and delicious.
For main courses we both chose a classic Italian dish – a superb (and generous) creamy chicken pasta, and the pizza specialty – a gourmet deep dish Chorizo, Ricotta and Parmesan concoction that the chef explained was inspired by Chicago pizza eateries – and unique on the Florida Road strip.
What’s also fabulous about Wish is the great prices – pizzas and pastas average R70 – a refreshing change to the overpriced dining at many trendy city eateries lately. The service is really exceptional too – staff training is obviously a priority here and waiters appear to have been hand-picked for their professionalism and efficiency.
And the buzzing tables at Sunday lunchtime showed that Wish is already proving to be one of the places to eat at in Durban – and not just because it’s hip and beautiful, but it offers gourmet food for great value too!
Address: 198 Florida Road, Morningside, Durban
Tel: 061 430 6997
All4Women was a guest at Wish for the purposes of this review.