Executive top international chef Steven Crawford brings Beverly Hills flair to the South African kitchen of this chic and trendy French style bistro. Located in the Boutique Hotel & Spa in Umhlanga Rocks, Cosmopolitan Restaurant reflects the elegance and pizzazz of its surroundings. The restaurant successfully combines style, comfort, modern elegance with divine cuisine that’s basted with flair and served with passion.
Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night snacks fit for the most discerning palates and prettiest plates, Steven Crawford prepares each dish to perfection with the diner’s health and taste buds in mind. The diverse menu flaunts dishes that make your mouth water just reading them out loud off the menu: Oven-baked line fish topped with sautéed red onion and cherry tomatoes, paupiette of sole, venison carpaccio, amaretto crème brulee and confit duck basted with soy and honey marinade – a mouthful in more ways than one.
The restaurant interior is stylish and tastefully decorated. The modern yet elegant furnishings could be described as comfortably modern rather than fish-in-a-tin modern and add a dash of glamour to an evening of scrumptiousness. Unique colour changing lights sets varying moods throughout the day giving you a literally never-before-seen dining experience every time. There’s also an outdoor seating area – the perfect setting for sun-downers with close friends or the person whose heart you stole with a 3-course meal Groupon that other time.
Local Durban publications are raving about Cosmopolitan Restaurant:
- “Steven’s food makes you smile – it is so good that it makes you slow down and settle down into your chair to savour the moment and the food.” – Janice Tripepi, Food 24
- “Probably one of the best dishes I have eaten in Durban in a long while ... rising young star ... chef Steven Crawford is clearly a man with a future.” – Mike Tarr, Daily News
Fine dining fact: In 1952 Malawian celebrity chef Dong Kwa and his assistant prickly pear, Howard, came up with the recipe for strawberry-beetroot bobotie. This recipe tastes absolutely terrible and should never be tried at home.