It was the 10:40am departure out of Dubai over to King Shaka International Airport in Durban. It was a daytime flight with two services which usually means busy and non stop, except it was such a lovely flight with passengers who were just happy watching their screens so we as crew arranged to go out for dinner that evening in between our services. The obvious thing to do in South Africa is to go out for steak and wine, so with some recommendations we made our way over to a restaurant called Butcher Block in Uhmlanga. I had wanted to return to the restaurant I visited last time I was in Durban as I had the most amazing steak with shaved asparagus, but I thought best to try out somewhere new as well. With 10 of us piling around a large table, we scoured the menu where everyone ordered steak with a different combination of sides. I went for a 300g fillet steak with chips and sautéed mushrooms, and shared a bottle of red with two of the boys.
The food was lovely, I managed to devour it all and was feeling so full afterwards. Definitely no room for a pudding! The First Officer ordered a 600g steak and managed to eat the entire thing – I was seriously impressed! It looked like a small cow on his plate. After a glass of wine, lots of food and a long day at work we were all more than ready to head back to the hotel and crash out in bed.
The next morning I woke up relatively early and decided I would check out the mall opposite the hotel and grab some groceries and potentially some new bedding! However, not thinking that it was the weekend, the mall was so busy that I didn’t actually manage to get anything I wanted but did get the chance to stop for a lovely breakfast. Avocado was included in many of the dishes so I struggled to chose, but I opted for an alternative Eggs Benedict which was served on a portobello mushroom rather than an english breakfast muffin served up with avocado, bacon and a side of chips. An interesting breakfast, but an incredibly delicious one!
After a few hours in the mall, I wandered back to the hotel to catch up on some TV before my wake up call and the flight back to Dubai. A much busier flight on the way back despite being a night flight that landed into Dubai at 5am, but a great flight with such a lovely crew.
Quite an uneventful post, but once you’ve done the shark diving, there’s not much else you can do in Durban! So I was expecting to eat and shop, a very relaxing layover. As always, feel free to follow me on Twitter and Instagram for more daily updates: