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Melanie Stockl's top 5 eateries in Durban

Pintxada in Umhlanga, Durban

With bold bespoke pieces and inspired designer style, Melanie Stockl's penthouse apartment in Umhlanga is a treasure trove of opulent details. And, with her husband having been a well-known restaurateur, she certainly knows her stuff when it comes to eating out in Durban. See her luxurious home in the November 2017 issue of House and Leisure (in stores and online now) and discover her five top eateries here.

1. Little Havana, Umhlanga

This is the most amazing place: sublime food, excellent service and beautiful surroundings. My favourite dish is the seared tuna with wasabi mash, served with soya sauce. Visit

2. Havana Grill at Suncoast Casino, Umhlanga

The big brother of Little Havana, Havana Grill is a gracious place with superb attention to detail in the food, service and, of course, wines. My best is the deboned whole Mozambique chicken. Visit

3. Al Firenze, La Lucia

I'm very fond of Al Firenze for a more casual dining experience with brilliant Italian food. Call them on 031-572-5559.

4. Bel Punto, Umdloti 

I enjoy Bel Punto's location, which looks out over the waves breaking on the beach, accompanied by a refreshing sea breeze – great food, great ambiance. Visit

5. Pintxada, Umhlanga 

This fun-filled restaurant and tapas bar has a vibrant energy and the food is equally divine. I really love their rotisserie chicken and the tapas are interesting and varied. It's a lovely place for a Sunday breakfast or brunch. Visit