Remo’s Mount Edgecombe (www.remos.co.za)
Address: Shop 21 Flanders Mall, 14 Flanders Drive, Mount Edgecombe
Open daily for breakfast and lunch. Open Thursday and Friday nights for dinner.
Ratings out of 5
Value for Money*****
Where to sit: Best spot is in a booth or on a sunny day on the deck.
How on earth do you write a review on a restaurant that you have visited so often that you know where to find the excess toilet rolls in the loo without asking! We have been frequenting Remo’s since the day it opened, over four years ago, and stop in for coffee, lunch, brunch or dinner at least twice a week, so in fact should probably have shares in the place!
The reason: it is convenient and literally one minute from home – yes, but mostly, it is constantly good.
Us Durbanites are known to be rather fickle when it comes to new eateries in town, and like lemmings move from the last spot to the latest following the trendy set from address to address. Remo’s is one of the first restaurants in the area to become an institution for us local lemmings, where we can revel in the warm atmosphere of home.
But there needs to be more than one ingredient in the recipe of success to get people to come back time and again, and tastemaker Cliffy, Executive chef and partner to Renzo Scribante, prides himself in sourcing and serving the best local ingredients giving us an extensive menu of delicious Italian fare to choose from.
Their cappuccinos are the business thanks to Selby, aka ‘the Black Mamba’ who is in my opinion top coffee barista in Durban. The pizza’s arguably the best in town and the staff so well oiled that they have developed relationships with the regulars, giving the place a great vibe and sense of community. They know our standard lunch order and as we sit they merely say: ‘one rooibos tea, one cappuccino, and two Maltagliata’s?’ with a smile and questioning look.
The menu offers light café food to rich, heavy comfort food and specials change constantly so that regular guests have a variety to choose from.
These are my choices:
Eggs Benedict which are served poached, perched on toasted ciabatta, with grilled Parma ham and a minted hollandaise sauce (R60)
Steady Eddie – an Italian roll filled with velvety scrambled eggs, chorizo sausage, and tomato on a bed of rocket. (55)
Maltagliata is my standard during the week as I always seem to be on diet, and this delicious meal allows one to chomp away and end feeling like you have had a light, detoxifying lunch. The small bite size pieces of grilled fillet steak are served under a humongous bunch of fresh peppery rocket and drizzled with a healthy lemon, honey, and sesame seed dressing. (R67.00) It is a small meal so men unless you are on diet, you will be hungry.
Renzo’s pasta has been an all time favorite, so much so that my daughters begged me to ‘develop’ this recipe at home and our version is now on our weekly meal plan.
It is a truly authentic ‘Mama’ Italian tomato sauce with added grilled bacon, marinated peppers , a little chilli and dash of cream. Best with penne pasta. (R62.00)
Chicken alla Mama is my dinner choice which is a tender chicken breast, oven roasted in garlic, chilli, butter, lemon juice, and yoghurt and served on a mountain of diced roasted butternut and fresh green beans. (R85.00)
You can’t go wrong with their pizzas, my favorite being Parma e Rucola which is laden with shavings of Parma Ham, rocket and Grana Padano. (R85.00) The bases are thin, crispy and delicious enjoyed best with a chilled bottle of good South African Sauvignon Blanc, a sure way to unwind in a truly ‘South Afritalian fashion in a wonderful warm, friendly atmosphere.
(Don’t forget about their famous deli and artisan bread corner, where their talented bakers knead away creating Village Ciabatta, Poilane and seed loaves and Pain au chocolat that I dream about.)
Stylist: Lisa Adams