Durban is famous for its local bunny chow
; a half or quarter loaf of bread stuffed with curry. We look at some hot spots in the city where you can taste this delicious local delicacy.
Danny's House of Curries
Danny’s House of Curries
is famous for its bunnies especially after they won the annual Barometer Bunnychow competition for best bunny in KwaZulu-Natal in 2013 and 2015. They offer a range of curries and bunnies beginning from the basic bean option to their luxurious lamb curry. While they have become popular enough to open a third establishment at Wild Coast Sun, The Blue Lagoon Danny’s will always be the best one for fans. It offers views of Umgeni River’s journey into the mouth of the Indian Ocean and it’s still the best place to crack a bunny on the hood of a car in the parking lot with your hands.
Gastropub, Indian, $$$
This is one of Durban’s best bunny spot secrets. A sports bar seems like an unlikely place to find a good bunny chow but avid eaters at this spot in Springfield swear by their spicy fare, and it is said that even chefs only eat their bunnies here. The experts seem to think highly of this place too because in 2014 Hollywoodbets came first in Durban’s annual bunny chow competition and second in 2015.
Goundens House of Curries
Deli, Fast Food, $$$
Sometimes hailed as having the best bunnies in Durban
, this rough and tumble canteen offers a variety of Indian cuisine from biryani to chicken curry but the main reason people flock to Gounden’s in Umbilo is for its mutton bunnies which die-hard fans say are the best in the world, with lots of meat and rich gravy.
Restaurant, Fast Food, $$$
In 2016 Cane Cutters
in Glenwood moved from the third spot in Durban’s Bunny chow competition to first place, making them the current reigning champions for the coveted title on the east coast. This little shop has a strong following of fans who swear by their bean bunnies. Known for their quick service, good portions and consistent quality, Cane Cutter’s comes highly recommended.
Restaurant, Indian, $$$
No list of bunny chow places in Durban is complete without mention of this old favourite. This dated hotel stands out in its neighbourhood not only for its distinct colonial architecture but also for its famous bunny chows. Britannia Hotel
has an extensive menu including an exotic bunny chow option (think trotters, chops, mince and prawn). Their signature dish is the boneless mutton bunny show.