It’s not every day that a student gets handed R100 by their lecturer and asked to go get a drink and take a few snaps! Given the opportunity, my trusted buddy and I headed out to three of Umhlanga Rocks’ restaurants to see what we could find…
FIRST STOP – NEWS CAFÉ
I wanted to begin my expedition by drinking coffee, but I was told that the coffee machine was broken, so a teabag dipped in a jug of water was given to me; which was called ‘five-roses premium tea’. Surprisingly, I had to pay R20 for something that I would make better at home! The restaurant was completely abandoned at lunchtime, not even a soul in sight. Did I mention that even the waiter did not have the slightest idea as to what his menu had to offer! News Café? More like No-News Café!
SECOND STOP – VOVO teLO – I Want My Coffee
Now this was a rather interesting stop! The restaurant is situated at the central area of the Lighthouse Mall, right opposite Pick N Pay. A very good spot for business. As expected, the restaurant was packed to capacity at around lunchtime, so we were offered a place at the bar. A skim through the menu and I was quick to centre on an Americano coffee, which was priced at R25. The waiters were energetic and friendly, and they definitely knew how to handle a crowd. The Americano tasted splendid as well. Overall, the I Want My Coffee experience was a good one!
LAST STOP – Life Savours Bar
This bar overlooks Umhlanga Beach and is situated opposite the renowned Beverly Hills Hotel. The bar was dead just after lunch, which does makes sense; good people will not be drinking themselves sick on a working day! The bar is very attractive. For R25 you get a good shooter that literally could make you count stars in broad daylight – not for the faint hearted! Good service and friendly staff, definitely worth a visit.
In conclusion, you can get some good beverages with a whole lot of ‘leverage’ at the cheapest prices in a place like upbeat Umhlanga. I was back in class with R30 worth of change anyway.
By: Candice J. Singh