Rich with Indian culture and heritage, Durban has an abundance of places where you can buy ingredients and also eat Indian-inspired curries and spicy foods. One such place, is the Spice Emporium in Monty Naicker Road.
The Harie family, who have successfully ran the Spice Emporium for over 26 years, recently renovated The Snack Bar, an extension of the Emporium, where you can experience Indian street food, or “Chaat” as it is famously known as in India. Chaat is the Indian version of fast food whereby people stop, stand and have a quick snack on the side of the road, either on their way to/from work or as a break from shopping.
Mira Harie, who runs the business along with her family is also a freelance graphic designer, and found inspiration in the colour, vibrancy and chaos of the Indian street culture for the interior design of the restaurant. She wanted people to feel as if they were experiencing India when they sat down to have a meal. Even the plates, which are made from plant leaves stitched together, are what’s traditionally used by street vendors.
For an authentic Indian experience, go grab a bite to eat at The Snack Bar at Spice Emporium, and whilst you’re there it wouldn’t hurt to stock up on some spices for your pantry! Catch them on Facebook and Twitter.
Weekdays: 10am – 3.30pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10am – 2.30pm
Pay and collect at counter (if not busy they will happily serve you)
Take-aways are available
They also cater for functions
Free WiFi (for first hour)
Phone: 031 332 5888
Address: 31 Monty Naicker Road (ex.Pine St), Inside the Spice Emporium, Durban
Photos by Elana Schilz Photography