Sushi & other Oyster Box specials

Ten pieces of sushi and a chilled gin cocktail – R155 throughout February, 6pm to 9pm, Mondays to Thursdays, at The Oyster Box.


THE historic Oyster Box Hotel overlooking the Indian Ocean in Umhlanga is noted for its many regular food, drink and other specials – and a February offering on the food front is a good one for lovers of sushi.

Every Monday to Thursday this month, from 6pm to 9pm, the five-star venue’s airy Palm Court – where the hotel’s famous high tea is held – is offering a Sushi and Gin special. For R155 you will be treated to a gin cocktail and 10 pieces of sushi – two with plump prawns, four with tuna and avo, and four with a salmon wrap.

The special was introduced in January and has been extended because it is proving popular. I can see why, too. I popped along last night with my partner and was very impressed. Fresh, well-made sushi with plump prawns, no skimping on the salmon and with the avo between the tuna perfectly ripe (I am so over getting over-ripe avocado with sushi).

The complimentary cocktail, served with a heap of ice in a large, round glass comprises gin, rooibos and orange juice, and is a perfect welcome from the muggy heat outside.

Note that when the special ends, you are able to still get these tasty treats at the hotel’s Sushi and Seafood Bar, which is renowned for delicious sushi, live music and superb sea views.

Also worth experiencing at The Oyster Box if you haven’t tried it yet, is the Dinner and a Movie special.

The special was last held on February 7 and will be held again on February 28 and March 6 and 27. It involves a two-course dinner, followed by a movie in the hotel’s quaint and elegant cinema, where patrons are served a glass of sparkling wine, popcorn and sweets. Dinner is at 6pm, followed at 8pm by the movie (call the hotel to enquire about what is showing). The price for all this is R490 a head.

I loved my cinema and meal visit in October 2018. Check out my review by clicking here:

Looking ahead… note that The Oyster Box will celebrate love and lovers on February 14 and 15 with a special Valentine’s Day Dinner Dance featuring a six-course plated dinner accompanied by dancing to the sounds of Beat Route. This will be from 7pm to 10pm in The Grill Room and The Ocean Terrace. The cost is R1200 a head.

Also of note in February is a must for whisky lovers. Limited to 20 people, this educational and insightful evening on the art of drinking whisky, is aimed at both aficionados and those that enjoy a great night out.

The Glenmorangie Paired Dinner is scheduled for February 28 and includes canapés on arrival and a five-course dinner, each course matched with a whisky. The evening runs from 7pm to 10.30pm in The Colony Room. The cost is R690 a head.

For restaurant and high tea reservations phone (031) 514 5000 or email

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