It’s An Experience
Just had lunch at the new Old Town Italy restaurant located near Gateway in Umhlanga Rocks.
Wow!! It was an experience. A good one.
How would I describe it?
In a word: Delicatessen/Restaurant/Bakery/Coffee Bar/Gift Shop/Veggie Shop/Imported Goods Shop, and more.
It’s a cheese shop too.
There’s no end to looking, exploring and discovering. Great variety! Many choices!
You can stroll around shopping. You can eat at the coffee bar. You can eat at regular or tall tables inside, or at regular or tall tables outside. You can buy take-out and eat at home. You make the choices.
It was busy. It was crowded in a nice way. The buzz was apparent. The vibe was consuming. My wife thought it was too loud. I thought it was upbeat.
The service was sufficient but not stellar. The food was more than acceptable but not superior. It was fun and playful, not pretentious.
The bread was incredible. The gelato was more-ish but the pizza and confections didn’t amaze me. Restaurant pizzas never do.
But this is not just a restaurant. It’s an experience. A good one. I recommend it.
Note: A few reviews complained loudly about service errors and overpriced dishes but let’s be fair. It’s a new restaurant so service errors can be expected. As for the food, so far I haven’t been disappointed. Presentation, variety and taste are great and you’re getting much more than food anyway. It really is an experience!
Update: We’ve now visited Old Town several times and still very pleased. Apparently others find it that way too. On Sunday after church, it was so busy we couldn’t get a table. But no worries. You can always stop in to buy some incredibly tasty fresh baked bread, along with meats, cheeses, prepared foods and more, and eat at home.
39 Meridian Drive
Meridian Park (behind Gateway)
Umhlanga Rocks, KZN
Ph. 031 566-5008
- Head north on Umhlanga Rocks Drive toward Gateway.
- Cross the M41 (Phoenix Highway) and turn left at the second traffic circle, Centenary Blvd.
- Turn left and travel to the end – Tee junction.
- Turn right and Old Town is 75 meters on left, just past Leigh’s Cycles.