The Best Places to Eat Bunny Chow in Durban

Jeera’s award-winning bunny chow is a must-try in Durban
Jeera’s award-winning bunny chow is a must-try in Durban | © Siyabonga Mkhasibe / Culture Trip

To get a true flavour of Durban, its signature dish known as bunny chow – comprising a quarter loaf of white bread and stuffed with curry – is a must-try. Popularised in the region around the 1860s to 1940s, it’s been a favourite with residents for its heartiness and deliciousness. Here are some of the best places to try it.

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Head Chef at Jeera restaurant, Kevindren Naidoo with a plate of his Bunny Chow, Durban, South Africa, 2020.

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The Curry O’s

New to Durban’s foodie scene, The Curry O’s Point Waterfront location opened in December 2019, but it’s already proving to be a hit with residents and tourists alike. As The Curry O’s is an Indian restaurant, bunny chow is, of course, on the menu – and the version here is a credit to this famous dish.

Hollywoodbets

Hollywoodbets is one of Durban’s best secret spots for bunny chow. Why? It’s a sports bar, which seems quite an unlikely place to find a good bunny chow. Regulars at this spot in Springfield swear by Hollywoodbets’ spicy fare, and rumour has it that many chefs only eat their bunnies here. Back in 2014, its bunny chow even won first place in Durban’s Coca-Cola Bunny Chow Barometer Challenge.

Cane Cutters

Another establishment with a shiny trophy on its mantelpiece is CaneCutters in Glenwood. In 2016, it moved from third place in the Coca-Cola Bunny Chow Barometer Challenge to first, and to this day, its recipe is among the best. This authentic Durban-style curry house is also known for its quick service, good portions and consistent quality.

Britannia Hotel

Britannia Hotel’s bunny chow rips up the rule book slightly, but it stays true to the dish’s core components of being a hollowed-out loaf of bread with gravy galore. Alongside its boneless mutton bunny chow, you can opt for trotters, chops, mince and prawns to complement the dish.

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