Lucky Shaker – Zimbali Wedge: Review

Sipping on Sunsets

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When you work with a team of people who are as passionate about work as they are about partying, Fridays are guaranteed to bring the fun!

Yesterday, the team and I celebrated the upcoming nuptials of our lovely Amy Jenkins! After a productive day of work, and far too many giggles (courtesy of that Friday feeling), the team traded schedules for sunsets at the Lucky Shaker in the Zimbali Wedge.

Against the backdrop of Ballito’s rolling hills, we sipped on custom-designed cocktails and marveled at yet another classic South African sunset.

With it’s glowing reputation, it should come as no surprise that the staff at Lucky Shaker are as friendly and innovative as their famous cocktails. Perhaps it was just a coincidence, but the drink of the day was a delightfully refreshing cocktail called “monogamy”. With hints of pineapple and an abundance of gin, this fruity drink was the perfect way to celebrate the beautiful bride-to-be.

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The Lucky Shaker has built its brand on fresh ingredients, unique flavour combinations, and of course, serious fun. The tropical-themed bar intertwines contemporary decor with earthy undertones, in order to transport patrons to exotic beaches off the coast of Hawaii.

We sipped on pastel pink cocktails, topped with goji berries and pineapple slices, as the air filled with laughter, great conversation, and well-wishes for the bride-to-be.

The charismatic staff were always near, ensuring that no glass ran empty. As platters of tapas arrived, the beautiful presentation provided a feast for both the eyes and our taste-buds.

At this point, everyone has heard about the Lucky Shaker’s iconic tacos. These delectable soft shell tortillas offer a variety of fillings, from succulent lamb to hake goujons to my personal favourite: the falafel taco! These deceptively tiny tacos are insanely filling, and with a variety of yummy options, the taco platter has something for everyone!

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Catering to the needs of vegetarian customers, the Lucky Shaker reigns supreme with their delicious meat-free platters. Perfectly crisp bruschetta topped with tomato and basil, enormous calamata olives, and Vietnamese summer rolls are just a few of the veggie options enjoyed by the team.

As the afternoon sky filled with hues of pink and crimson streaks, I watched our table glow with the smiles of satisfied customers. The Lucky Shaker is more than just a bar, it’s an experience. It’s a chance for friends and family to gather round a table, chatting and giggling as seasonal drinks flow in abundance, and tasty treats are shared with those you love most.

Aside from the selfies, I can honestly say that our evening was a cellphone-free experience. Considering the current climate, where almost everyone is dependent on their smartphones, this speaks volumes about the authentic, genuinely fun atmosphere that Lucky Shaker guarantees.

If I were you, I’d round up the squad and secure a table at Lucky Shaker this Friday! I hope to see you there, sipping on sunsets and celebrating life.

-Pri

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Milk and Honey Bar: Review

“Champagne bar with Parisian flair” 

Avid concert-goers had their wishes fulfilled when British sensation, Ed Sheeran, announced that he would be performing in South Africa. Not only was his ‘Divide Tour’ a smashing success, but he paved the way for his opener, Passenger, to secure a stadium tour in late 2019.

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As most Durbanites know, our sweet little coastal town falls just below the radar of touring musicians. But on the bright side, when international artists do decide to visit South Africa, nobody is more prepared for travel adventures than a Durbanite.

That being said, my family and I were more than happy to convert a concert experience into a mini-adventure when we touched down in Jozi. There were several gastro-pubs on the list, but Milk and Honey was at the very top.

Milk and Honey at Monte Casino

I first encountered ‘Milk and Honey’ while scrolling through my Instagram feed, and since then, I have heard nothing but glowing reviews.

So of course, we had to check it out for ourselves! I’m very happy to report that the experience was every bit as glamorous as Instagram depicted.

Upon arrival, we were greeted by the friendliest team. Although we were unable to secure a reservation earlier on, the staff were incredible and offered us a table almost immediately.

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Keeping with the Parisian theme, Milk and Honey’s decor would fit comfortably between the pages of Anna Wintour’s favourite Vogue edition.

After perusing the extensive cocktail menu, the girls and I decided on Milk and Honey’s signature cocktail. The signature cocktail was light and refreshing, and consisted of Ciroc Mango, Coconut Syrup, Lemon Juice & Pineapple Juice. The menu listed this drink as ‘the perfect sharing cocktail’, and boy was that the understatement of the year! These cocktails were perhaps the largest, most exquisitely presented drinks in Monte Casino. They arrived in beautifully preserved ostrich eggs, with rose-gold straws peeking out.

The signature cocktail was the perfect solution to Jozi’s warm weather, and it tasted even better than the menu described.

The first few sips transported us to a Hawaiian island, where PiƱa coladas flowed constantly, and the sun never set.

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With an underage munchkin at our table, we were worried that the restaurant would be unable to cater for her needs. But of course, Milk and Honey surprised us once again with their perfectly curated list of mocktails. The munchkin ordered a strawberry daquiri, and was as happy as any Gen Z with internet access could be.

While the cocktails flowed, and the munchkin sipped what she described as “the best strawberry daquiri” she had ever had, we snacked on Milk and Honey’s signature popcorn.

A combination of sweet and salty goodness is enough to make any foodie happy, but this particular honey-drizzled treat was the star of the show.

Not only did this Parisian-themed bar provide the perfect aesthetic for our Instagram feeds, but it also proved why it is a cult favourite among local foodies.

If you’re looking for a unique cocktail experience, with a luxurious twist, I highly recommend Milk and Honey Bar in Monte Casino.

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Contact them via their website to make a reservation, and be sure to share your experience in the comments!

Have you ever been to Milk and Honey? Tell us all about it in the comment section below, and share this post with someone who would enjoy the Milk and Honey signature cocktail!

-Pri

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