‘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!

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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.