We visit Parc Cafe in Durban

Known for its subtropical climate, endless beaches and vibrant atmosphere, Durban houses some of South Africa’s best kept secrets. Kate van Onselen made her way to Parc. Cafe, situated in Glenwood, to enjoy a delicious meal and capture the ambiance of this foodie destination. Our appetites were surely awakened, browsing through the photos of the cafe classics, like eggs benedict and Vietnamese ribbon veg and chicken salad. When you’re in Durban next time, make sure to pop in at Parc. Cafe, 394 Esther Roberts Road, Glenwood. 031 205 7285.

How it all started

Parc has been a work in progress for about 10 years, I am a chef by trade and it is always been a dream of ours to open our own space. After working for 10 years in the restaurant industry, Lara and I grew tired of being able to get the same offerings wherever we went, we also wanted to show that Durban has an awesome creative current running through it which is often over looked by the rest of the country. We had a vision of forming a creative space where the creative community could meet and share, almost like the cafes in Paris in the 18th and 19th Century.

What is the vibe like at Parc cafe?

It is very much reflects our personal style and has grown organically, fuss free what you see is what you get. We like to think that it reflects the relaxed Durbs attitude. Many of the elements have come from things that we have seen in and around the streets of Durban and things that we have grown up with.

How do you stay inspired to come up with new dishes?

We stay inspired by forcing ourselves to be creative. The local community and our young awesome staff also keep us inspired and it’s never a dull day at Parc. We have a saying at Parc. Create. Love. Repeat. and our seasonally focused menu also keeps us working and stops us from stagnating.

What is the most popular item on your menu?

Our most popular items have to be our “Not-so-Benedict” (poached eggs and bacon on potato and rosemary bread with lemon hollandaise) or our “Vietnamese ribbon veg and chicken salad” or our “pulled pork sandwich” (slow braised pork belly and shoulder with tzatziki, home made pickles and peaches)