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“The gin less travelled”

Distillery 031 Restaurant and Bar
Ranked #63 of 713 Restaurants in Durban
Price range: US$2 - US$10
Description: Distillery 031 is Durban's first and only craft distillery. We do small batch, handcrafted spirits using locally sourced produce, showing off the best that KZN has to offer. Our restaurant serves up gourmet street food with a south african twist while our master mixologist's have create a range of unique cocktails to showcase our spirits. Tours and tastings of the distillery are available.
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Description: Distillery 031 is Durban's first and only craft distillery. We do small batch, handcrafted spirits using locally sourced produce, showing off the best that KZN has to offer. Our restaurant serves up gourmet street food with a south african twist while our master mixologist's have create a range of unique cocktails to showcase our spirits. Tours and tastings of the distillery are available.
Reviewed 25 July 2017

They make their own gin here, of course, as you can see through the large glass windows - and some other spirits. And they're serious about it: not for nothing does the cocktail list feature both Mother's Ruin and Gogo's Ruin. Edith Anderson would do well here. While nobody was working in the distillery itself on a Sunday at lunchtime, that's just another reason to come back some other time.

We were really there for the food. Most of it is comfort food - burgers, hot dogs, and the modern favourite of mac and cheese - but everything has been given some very interesting twists. One outstanding idea was "truffled biltong mac 'n chini", ie arancini like you've never had them before. The beef burger was made with added oxtail, giving extra richness and moistness and then sauced with pineapple bacon jam; the chicken burger had Asian trimmings. Everything we tried was full of flavour, perhaps more so than some palates might like.

Our waitress was very good at helping us to navigate the menu and the drinks list. She had good knowledge of what was what, and offered good advice about what would suit certain preferences and what would not. She volunteered, for example, that if we tried the lamb and slaw starter then we ought not to pick the lamb burger, as the meat was the same in both dishes and we'd be covering more ground if we tried something else instead. That was great for first-timers at the restaurant.

This probably isn't a place in which to linger for long unless you're young and hip. The industrial chic decor and furnishings really don't lend themselves to it. I imagine that it could get quite loud in the evenings or when it's busy - the perennial downside to a trendy venue. But you'd be missing out if you didn't give this a try.

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Thank WanderingLondon
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Reviewed 8 July 2017 via mobile

I have been here twice over the past months both times for tastings with colleagues - what and awesome experience! Truly passionate people producing unbelievable products. Gin and aged gin are sensational as are the liquors.

What is even more unique is that they produce their own tonic water - very unique and is a great touch!

The bar and restaurant have a wonderful industrial Ambiance - great fit out and feel!

Haven't dined there yet but will do on my next visit

Thank Rhys O
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Reviewed 24 May 2017 via mobile

As I was on a #ShotLeft with SA Tourism to the recently held #Indaba2017 in Durban, I made sure I had time to connect with one of my best friends from University.

As she follows all my Gin exploits on Facebook she suggested we meet at Distillery 301 for dinner...on Monday night the 1st night of the tradeshow....big mistake ...they are only open from Wednesday till Sunday....

Distillery 301 make a great Gin and even make their own tonic water ...a tad on the dry side for me personally but refreshing none the less.

There is a very nice well developed Gin Cocktail menu with weekly featured coktails.

Distillery 301 is renowned for their burgers and thrice fried fries covered with beef drippings.

The burgers are delicious and the fries are yummy...

If you like a great gin do pop pass Distillery 301 on Station Road. Remeber they are not open on a Monday or Tuesday.

Thank Elsabe B
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Reviewed 23 May 2017

Sublime Gin cocktails! A unique and trendy venue with very attentive and friendly staff. An interesting menu offering fusion food to tickle the taste-buds. Unfortunately both the items we wished to order were not available :( but none the less found something else to indulge in - although the cocktails were the clear winners for us on a Saturday afternoon! They do also offer gin tastings and sell their bottled end product which are made right there! Fascinating. Situated in a semi-industrial area, but a clean building.Smoking permitted on small rooftop garden.

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Thank Sampanta
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Reviewed 5 May 2017 via mobile

Was at a meeting here, interesting venue and definitely a place I want to go back too!

Their home made ginger beer was YUM!!!
Food I saw looked delicious as well.
Hope to see you soon!!

Thank mcfish2016
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