The Oyster Box is a luxury five-star hotel in Umhlanga, just north of Durban, South Africa. It is known for its spa and outdoor pools, with views of the Indian Ocean. The restaurant started in March 1954. The restaurant has outlets at 22 locations. The staff is friendly, and the service is quick.

With its unobstructed sea views, signature candy-stripe décor and wide-ranging menu of bistro-style plates, The Ocean Terrace of Oyster Box has become a firm favorite with both in-house guests and local visitors, who return time and again to enjoy family-friendly al fresco dining in sunny Umhlanga.

The extensive menu offers something for every palate, with a well-priced selection of dishes inspired by the freshest local produce and South Africa’s diverse culinary heritage. Seafood is a specialty, while wood-fired pizzas and the famous Curry Buffet add even more choice for diners. Overall, it is a go-to restaurant while you are in South Africa.

Oyster Box’ A La Carte Menu

CategoryItemDescriptionPrice (R)
Starters(V) Roasted FunghiCaramelized onion and truffle mushroom tart, apricot confiture, balsamic red onionR150.00
(V) Asparagus and RicottaCharred asparagus, oven-baked ricotta cheese, micro leaves, blue cheese custard, toasted walnut sprinklesR165.00
Native Oysters Au Natural (6 oysters)Parsley, garlic and lemon gremolata, red wine mignonette, toasted briocheR150.00
Flame Grilled OystersBurnt scallion butter, green garlic, mustard beads, parmesan flossR160.00
Salmon and Tuna CevicheTossed in lime, red chili, ginger and coriander, orange and avocado, seed crackersR150.00
Cipollini and Parsley PrawnsOnion dusted, caviar and chardonnay cream, preserved lemon, quinoa, and cashew nut brittle.R165.00
Butter Poached CrayfishGarden pea mousse, fresh garden salad, butter-poached baby crayfish, citrus sesame dressingR195.00
McCarty SaladChicken, bacon, beetroot, cheese, avocado pear, hardboiled egg, lettuce and tomatoR145.00
Tandoori Spiced ChickenRed lentil soup, crunchy potato nest, fresh mint and nut raita, lemon pearlsR140.00
Asian DuckBalsamic and honey reduction, soy and chili duck, spring onion and chive salad, nectarine compoteR155.00
Venison CarpaccioVenison and Cumberland lollipop, cashew nut and Dijon mustard dressing, beetroot gelR155.00
Snail CassouletParsley, garlic, and lemon gremolata, red wine mignonette, toasted BriocheR140.00
Hors D’oevres TrolleyAn array of delectable cold hors d’oeuvres served table style from our vintage carousel.R155.00
Main Course(V) Truffle RavioliBlack olives, grilled artichokes, roasted chickpeas, preserved grapes, white wine butter, chardonnay creamR160.00
An array of delectable cold hors d’oeuvres served table style from our vintage carousel.Sustainable linefish, parsley creamed potato, brunoise of plum tomato, capers, warm sauce tartar.R220.00
Earl Grey Smoked SalmonCos lettuce, honey soy, fried capers, crisp bacon, anchovy and mustard dressing, rose balsamic pearls.R250.00
Lemongrass Poached LinefishPrawns, saffron brisque, pickled white radish, stewed orange, blistered tomatoes, lumpfish caviar, chili pearlsR240.00
Whiskey PrawnsJack Daniels, garlic, red chili flakes, cream, lemon-infused Jasmine rice, burnt limeR290.00
Baby Crayfish (3)Your choice of thermidor or plain grilled, lemon-infused Jasmine rice, burnt limeR420.00
Butter Basted Baby LangoustinesDill and caper butter, OBH rosemary and caper butter potatoesR390.00
Chicken and Wild Mushroom BallotinePan-roasted preserved figs, potato Savaron, artichoke and capsicum purée, butter-glazed pan jusR190.00
Five Spiced Duck a La PeachGarden pea purée, French potato cake, duck bobotie spring roll, roast peach and honey jusR220.00
Roast Rolled PorkConfit of fennel, dry sherry sauce, bacon and red cabbage criollo, roasted baby apple, cinnamon caviarR185.00
Summer Crumbed VenisonParsnip and pea purée, red wine poached pear, carrot chips, orange foam, orange-scented jusR220.00
Dyad of LambBraised shank, roast rack, duo of purée, shaved radish, minted potato galette, coffee butter, jusR220.00
Oyster Steak DianeOysters, flambéed medallions of beef, rich brown mushroom sauce laced with brandy, parsley buttered mashR270.00
Josper Grilled Fillet BéarnaiseBone marrow and herb crust, basil and tomato caprice, simmered peas and turnip, Beurre Noisette and sage jusR220.00
Charcoal Grilled Chateaubriand (Serves Two)Fish Pie “Avant-Garde”R490.00
500g T-BoneSeasonal vegetables, OBH rosemary and caper butter potatoes, Café de Paris butterR220.00
Journey to IndiaButter chicken, traditional Natal lamb, and Singaporean fish curry served with steamed basmati, roti, and sambals.R290.00
Seafood Platter (Serves Two)Maître d’ carved, charred leeks, roast baby potatoes, flamed mushrooms, sauce béarnaise, wine merchant jusR1600.00
DessertsBaby crayfish, ten baby langoustines, ten prawns, 250g (SASSI approved) linefish, 200g calamari, ten local mussels, Prawn Cinglaise (Hendry’s creation)Bea’s Cheese CakeR95.00
Crème Brûlée TartAmarula tart base, crispy sugar glaze, raspberry coulis, raspberry sorbetR85.00
Lindt Chocolate BrownieCandied orange rind, fresh rosemary, Lindt 70% chocolate mousseR95.00
Coffee and ChocolateDark chocolate slab, full cream coffee ice cream, honeycomb, wafer crumblesR95.00
Fruits of the ForestAlmond Macaroon, Blue Berries, Raspberry Cream, Orange Blossom Passion Fruit Cheesecake, White Chocolate and Strawberry Mousse, Crème De Watermelon, Kiwi and Pineapple SalsaR110.00
Cherries Jubilee Shortcake“American Styled” cheesecake with strawberry coulisR95.00
Crêpe SuzetteFlambéed traditionally at your table, fresh orange segments, homemade honeycomb ice creamR120.00
Cheese TrolleyKirsch flamed and served with Bea’s honeycomb ice creamR95.00
Dessert WinesWaterford Heatherleigh NV – StellenboschOpulent botrytis dessert wafts apricots, almonds, and a complex, luxurious sweet sugar with cleansing acidity.R65.00
Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 2008Anchovy cream, parsley, capers, toasted Brioche, burnt lemonR115.00
Beaumont Goutte d’Or 2014 – Walker BayA blend of honeyed Semillon and fresh Sauvignon with dusty botrytis complexity.R65.00
A selection of South Africa’s finest cheeses, homemade preserves, OBH bread selectionGreat depth of structure, endless ripe blackberry finishR155.00
Port – Local Allesverloren 2007Velvety and rich with a soft, smooth lingering fruit cake finishR30.00
Cognac – Courvoisier VSRAmber in color, silky smooth with some chocolate overtones and a nutty, slightly citrus finish. Hints of vanilla, grilled almonds and port wineR55.00
Cognac – Hennessy VSOPDelicate, subtly wooded, and slightly peppery on the nose. There are also hints of clove and cinnamon.R90.00

Oyster Box’ Dinner & Dance Menu – R470.00

CategoryItemDescription
Amuse BoucheTantalizing pre-starter by ChefMouth-watering chef special starter
Starters(V) Roasted FunghiCaramelized onion and truffle mushroom tart, apricot confiture, balsamic red onion
Oysters Au Natural (6 oysters)Parsley, garlic and lemon gremolata, toasted brioche
Garlic-Dusted Chardonnay PrawnsCaviar and Chardonnay cream, preserved lemon, quinoa and cashew nut brittle, micro greens
McCarty SaladChicken, bacon, beetroot, cheese, avocado pear, hardboiled egg, lettuce and tomato
Reminiscent ClassicHors D’oeuvres TrolleyAn array of delectable cold hors d’oeuvres served table style from our vintage carousel.
SorbetSeasonal Frozen FruitFrozen, tasteful seasonal fruits of all kinds
Main Course(V) Truffle RavioliBlack olives, grilled artichokes, roasted chickpeas, preserved lemon, blue cheese and sage butter, Chardonnay cream
An array of delectable cold hors d’oeuvres served table style from our vintage carousel.Sustainable Kabeljou, parsley creamed potato, brunoise of plum tomato, capers, warm sauce tartar.
Tarragon ChickenSautéed free-range chicken breast, garlic and herb-crusted thigh, truffle potato purée, tarragon chicken glaze
Josper Roasted Lamb LoinWilted kale, crisp potato galette, cream, chestnut and butter sauce, poached radish, minted jelly
DessertsFish Pie “Avant-Garde”Bea’s Cheese Cake
Crème BrûléeA traditional vanilla-scented brûlée with a crisp sugar crust, chocolate tuile
Summer Fruit PavlovaMeringue basket, Chantilly cream, roasted peaches, passion fruit ice cream, granadilla coulis
Dark Chocolate BrowniePopcorn ice cream, caramelized orange, and Lindt chocolate sauce
NoteThe menu is subject to changeDepending on the availability of products and continuous menu changes. Please note that some menu items may contain or have traces of nuts.

The Ocean Terrace Menu

The Ocean Terrace menu offers breakfast items, sushi, salads, pizza, desserts, and many more tasty items.

The Ocean Terrace Signature Breakfast Menu – R550 per Person

CategoryItemDescription
CONTINENTAL BREAKFASTSeasonal SlicedWhole and stewed fruit
CerealsBran flakes, corn flakes, muesli, granola, Bircher muesli, rice krispies accompanied by a selection of Greek and flavored yogurts
Sliced Meat SelectionParma ham, Black Forest ham, salami, pastrami
Cheese BoardGouda, Brie, Camembert, blue cheese, goat’s cheese, assorted crackers and preserves
Gouda, Brie, Camembert, blue cheese, goat’s cheese, assorted crackers and preservesHealth bread, 50% rye bread, brown bread, seed loaf, multi-grain
Selection of PastriesCroissants, Danish pastries, doughnuts, scones, sticky cinnamon buns, bran, carrot and banana muffins
CondimentsStrawberry jam, apricot jam, orange marmalade, whipped cream, cherry tomatoes, dill cucumber, olives, cream cheese, feta cheese, lemon wedges, preserved and pickled ginger, figs, onion marmalade, grated carrots, peppadews, gherkins, capers, nuts and seeds
HOT ENGLISH BREAKFASTScrambled EggsTasty scrambled eggs
Savoury MinceMouth-watering savory mince
Pork and Beef Sausageswhat tasty sausages!
Back and Streaky BaconBeautiful bacon
Spiced Lamb Shish KebabsWonderful kebabs
Poached Haddock in CreamYou love this!
Sautéed Potatoes and OnionNice toppings
Sautéed MushroomsBeautiful mushrooms
Baked Beans, Grilled Tomatoes with Basil PestoSome other tasty toppings
CondimentsMustard, fruit chutney, sweet chili sauce, capers, tartare sauce, basil pesto, lemon wedges, gherkins, tomato and onion sambals, horseradish sauce, barbeque sauce
FROM THE KITCHENJungle Oats (v)Cinnamon sugar, honey, berry compote
Vegan Granola (VG)Soy/coconut milk, peanut butter, brûlée apple
OBH French Toast (v)Toasted Brioche, stewed berries, icing sugar, homemade syrup
Eggs Florentine (v)Toasted English muffin, wilted spinach, poached eggs, sauce hollandaise
Indian Breakfast (v)Chilli scrambled eggs, butter bean curry, grilled soya sausage, sambals, roti.
Vegan Omelette (VG)Chickpea flour, wilted spinach, blistered tomato, mushroom, grilled vegan cheese
Eggs BenedictToasted English muffin, crisp back bacon, poached eggs, sauce hollandaise
Eggs RoyalToasted English muffin, home-cured Salmon, poached eggs, sauce hollandaise
Oyster MornayToasted English muffin, wilted spinach, steamed oysters, poached eggs, sauce mornay
Chicken Liver StroganoffLightly spiced cream sauce, toasted croissant, soft-poached egg, caramelized onion
PANCAKE AND WAFFLE STATIONWhipped cream, maple syrup, cinnamon sugar, Astros, smarties, strawberries, bananas, chocolate sauce, toffee sauce and berry sauceSweets station where you can choose any sweet
BEVERAGESFruit smoothies, chocolate milk, green juice, sparkling and still water, sparkling wine, orange, apple and fruit cocktail juiceYou can choose the beverage of your choice.

The Ocean Terrace Light Meals Menu

ItemDescriptionPrice (R)
Mushroom Schnitzel (VG)Panko crumbed black mushroom, grilled asparagus, sweet red onion, fresh rocket, garlic aioli.R220
Tandoori Chicken WrapBaby lettuce greens, coriander mayo, carrot and onion sambalsR220
Fish CroquettesCrumbed Salmon and linefish, pear, walnut and rocket salad, lime mayonnaiseR220
Crispy CalamariSauce tartare, rocket, fresh lemonR220
House Cured SalmonAvocado, rocket and mint salad, red onion, horseradish creamR240
Pukka Lamb SandwichTraditional Natal curry, sambals, friesR290
Bobotie Spring RollsCurried raisin beef, crisp pastry, pear chutneyR190
Beef Burger (200g)Fries, side saladR220

The Ocean Terrace Wood-Fired Pizza

PizzaDescriptionPrice (R)
FocacciaGarlic, olive oil, herbsR140
MargheritaNapolitana sauce, Fior di Latte, Grana Padano, basilR190
GamberiMozzarella, prawns, zucchini, salsa verde, chiliR340
CapricciosaMozzarella, artichoke, salami, mushroom, olivesR250
Butter ChickenMozzarella, fresh coriander, crispy onionsR220
Pulled LambCaramelized onions, goat’s cheese, rocketR290
Marinated SteakMozzarella, BBQ sauce, mushrooms, green peppersR250

The Ocean Terrace Sushi Menu

Sushi DishDescriptionPrice (R)
Norwegian Salmon RollsSpicy mayonnaise, spring onion, toasted sesame seeds, teriyaki sauceR170
Rainbow RollsSalmon, tuna, prawn, or vegetarianR160
Fashion SandwichSalmon, tuna, prawn, or vegetarianR160
Seared Salmon Sushi SaladLettuce, radish, cucumber, avocado, red onion, pickled ginger, and soya dressingR250
Absolute BeachfrontAvocado, deep-fried prawns, teriyaki sauceR190
NigiriSalmon, tuna, prawn, or vegetarianR160
SashimiSalmon or tunaR160

The Ocean Terrace Salads Menu

SaladDescriptionPrice (R)
Chicken CaesarCos lettuce, Parmesan, anchovy dressing, croutonsR240
Wood-Roasted Eggplant (v)Toasted pumpkin seeds, goat’s cheese, burnt butter dressing, crisp seeded flatbreadR220
The Greek (v)Cucumber, tomato, red onion, olives, feta, garlic focacciaR190
Quinoa Salsa Salad (vg)Cucumber, spring onion, peppers, diced pineapple, lime and mint dressingR240
On The RocksCrispy spinach, chicken, prawns, calamari, julienne veg, spicy Asian dressingR250
Prawn and AvocadoLettuce, tomato, cucumber, Marie Rose sauceR250

The Ocean Terrace Curry Buffet – R550.00

Available Monday – Sunday for dinner only and Friday – Sunday for lunch and dinner

CourseItems
StartersPotato Samosas
Chilli Bites
Chicken Tikka
Shish Kebabs
Main Course
Served with papadum, roti, steamed basmati, traditional accompaniments
Traditional Natal Lamb
Minced Beef Vindaloo
Butter Chicken
Singaporean Fish
Chicken and Prawn
Biryani
Chana Masala
Spiced Dhal
Mushroom and Pea Curry
Sugar Bean Curry
DessertGulab Jamun with Kulfi Ice Cream
OrSaffron Soji, Cinnamon Milk, Almond Praline

The Ocean Terrace Seafood Menu

ItemDescriptionPrice (R)
Portuguese Style Grilled PrawnsTomato braised rice, garlic, peri-peri sauce, side saladR420
Baby CrayfishGrilled or Thermidor, Mediterranean rice, peri-peri, fresh lemonR590
Classic Fish and ChipsWarm tartare, minted crushed peas, fries, fresh lemonR240
Linefish PrincessGrilled prawns, warm green beans, pea and spinach salad, garlic creamR390
Prawn LinguineRoast pepper, garlic, tomato, fresh chili, white wineR420
Crayfish & Prawn RigatoniPanfried crayfish, prawns, mushrooms, white wine garlic cream, rocketR490
Ocean’s CatchPlain grilled fish of the day, roasted vegetables, fries, fresh lemonR340

The Ocean Terrace Meat & Poultry Menu (Steak and Oyster Menu)

CategoryItemDescriptionPrice (R)
MEATCitrus Braised Lamb ShankButtered mashed potatoes, green beans, roasted cauliflower, young tomato saladR320
Captain’s SteakGrilled baby crayfish, garlic parsley cream, fries, roasted vegetablesR490
Fillet Steak (250g)Carrot purée, wilted spinach, exotic mushroom jus, friesR320
Pork Ribs on the BoneSmoked BBQ sauce, coleslaw, smoked beans, friesR290
POULTRYPeri-Peri ChickenWhole baby chicken, side salad, fries, or savory riceR320
Grilled Chicken EspetadaGarlic flatbread, baba ganoush, tzatziki, salad greens, garlic and parsley creamR290
Confit of DuckQuinoa and lentils, orange segments, pea purée, orange jusR250

The Ocean Terrace Vegetarian Menu

ItemDescriptionPrice (R)
Marinated Mozzarella SandwichSliced tomato, roasted bell peppers, lettuce, basil pesto, toasted ryeR140.00
Capsicum and Artichoke TartOnion soubise, slow-roasted tomatoes, baby leaf salad, sunflower seed, mustard vinaigretteR160.00
Vegetable KormaCreamy vegetable curry, basmati rice, sambals, chutney, rotiR150.00

The Ocean Terrace Extras Menu

IngredientPrice (R)
Cheddar CheeseR30
BaconR40
Side Seasonal VegetablesR40
Creamed SpinachR40
Side SaladR30
Mornay SauceR40
Garlic Parsley CreamR40
Mushroom SauceR40

The Ocean Terrace Desserts Menu

DessertDescriptionPrice (R)
Bea’s Famous Baked CheesecakeStewed berry compote and Midland’s butter tuilleR150
Madagascan Hot Chocolate FondantCandied ginger sauce, vanilla bean ice cream, brandy snap, white chocolate laceR95
Triple Chocolate MousseWhite, dark and Belgian chocolate, Victoria sponge, Chantilly creamR125
Vanilla Bean Crème BrûléeMadagascan vanilla, baked custard, sugar brittle, sugar palmierR110
OBH Banana SplitWaffle cone, vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry ice cream, chocolate brownie, choc nut sauceR120
TiramisùMascarpone cheese, espresso and rum, ladyfingers, cocoa dustingR140
SachertorteVanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce, rich chocolate spongeR120
Selection of Homemade Ice CreamYour choice of three decadent flavors – Honeycomb, Turkish Delight, Double Chocolate, Cinnamon, Vanilla, CardamomR110
Cake of the DayPlease ask your waiter about the delicious cakes we have availableR120

The Ocean Terrace Beverages Menu

BeveragePrice (R)
AmericanoR40
CappuccinoR45
Pot of TeaR35
LatteR45
Single EspressoR30
Fresh Fruit JuiceR45
Double EspressoR40
MacchiatoR50
MiloR50
Hot ChocolateR45
Chai LatteR45

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