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Big Easy Winebar & Grill
Hilton Hotel, Durban

TEL. +27-31-336-8100
Open Daily 11h - 23h

Echoing Els’ unique and easy style, Big Easy Winebar & Grill is unpretentious, comfortable and fun, the place to be among friends. It’s Farm-to-table, seasonally driven menu offers a combination of fresh from the grill food, local specialties and Ernie’s personal favorites, inspired by the cultural crossroads of South Africa. Alongside Ernie Els signature wines will be an extensive wine by the glass offering, featuring up and coming wine-makers.

Big Easy Winebar & Grill is located in a prominent location just off the lobby of Hilton Durban and also directly accessible from the Durban Convention Centre plaza. The Els influence can be seen throughout with the many personal touches that have been introduced. The Lounge area is stocked with wines from Ernie Els Wines portfolio and showcases a feature wall filled with golfing memorabilia, replica trophies and action images from Ernie’s 70-plus professional tournament victories; while in the Private Dining Room diners have the opportunity to enjoy a more intimate, yet still comfortable environment



casual and easygoing – it is a place to take the family, the loved ones or friends and business associate for an informal and fun experience.


An ingenious word that is truly missing from the English language: sociable with friends, amicable, affably companionable, friendly, convivial, cordial.


BIG EASY is not a fine dining or "destination" restaurant, but a place for every day enjoyment – equally as much for a casual business dinner, a romantic dinner with the loved one or the entire family ...


BIG EASY has none of the formality or pricing that is often associated with fancy restaurants; it is fun and surprisingly affordable.


: a melting pot of cultures, food and flavors. Fabulous steaks from the grill, bold flavors with fun menu choices


A warm restaurant featuring wood, brick, leather and other traditional elements can easily be perceived as old fashioned. But BIG EASY is very much today, timeless and full of vibe.


BIG EASY restaurants are bold, designed with a distinct residential feel, substantial furniture, warm and rich. The same spirit is reflected in the presentation and flavor of the food and many of our wines.


The open kitchen tells the story. We don’t hide anything. What you see is what you expect. Our Big Easy Grills feature hand cut steaks off the grill to fresh caught line fish on the spit.

The menu is all about sophisticated comfort – everyday dishes prepared with farm-fresh ingredients of the highest quality, sourced from local farmers in and around Durban

Our succulent steaks live side by side the Big Easy Signature Burger selection.

Chef Janine and her team have created a menu that is a crossroad of South African favorites, highlights from Durban’s culinary culture and some of Ernie’s favorite dishes from around the world.

Tid-Bits & Starters

Baked Cheesy Jalapenos (V) - smoked garlic, feta cheese and spring onions | 68
Gnu Carpaccio - beetroot and apple chutney, horseradish crème, celery and toasted pumpkin seeds | 85
Coriander Beef and Mozzarella Samosas - free range beef mince and sweet spicy jam tomato chutney | 65
Smoked Snoek and Corn Fish Cakes - dill mayonnaise, fresh salad, grilled lemons | 70
Rolled Pork Belly & Bacon (P) - sticky braai sauce and pineapple salsa | 69

Oxtail and Marrow Fritters | 75
Chef Janine’s ‘Signature Bites’

Peri-Peri Chicken Liver Mini Bunny - baked corn bread filled with traditional spicy peri-peri chicken livers | 55
Cherry Tomato Bruschetta (V) - red onion, parmesan oil, fresh basil, parmesan shavings | 58
Peanut Crusted Beef Fillet Skewers - sweet soya and chilli relish | 85
Mini Boerie Rolls (P) - lamb masala sausage, pork sausage, boerewors | 75
‘Big Easy’ Sharing Platter (P) - cured cold cut selection, biltong dusted goats cheese , mature cheddar, chie cheese, pickles and bread | 165

Salads & Soup

Beef Biltong and Sundried Tomato Salad - roasted onions, tomato pesto, garlic croutons, basil oil | 85
Grilled Masala Chicken, Bacon and Gem Salad (P) - avocado dressing, cherry tomatoes, toasted cashew nuts cucumber ribbons and candied bacon bits | 78
Baked Gourmet Greek Chie cheese (V) - red onion and star anise marmalade, fresh herb salad, toasted parmesan brioche and dried cranberries | 70
Fresh Seasonal Garden Vegetable Salad (V) - cherry tomatoes, cucumber, onion, peppers, garden greens | 55
Roasted Jam Tomato and Pepper Dew Soup (V) - nutty Indezi goat cheese truffles, olive tapenade | 65

Lunch Sandwiches & Wraps

Slow Roasted Beef Rib on Ciabatta - mozzarella cheese and fried onions | 115
Chili Spiced Cured Salmon on Rye - green beans, quail eggs, honey dressing | 85
Sautéed Mushrooms, Cream Cheese Baguette - Béarnaise sauce and rocket | 78
‘Big Easy Club’ (P) - triple decker sandwich, smoked bacon, grilled chicken breast, tomato, mature cheddar, fried egg | 95
Chicken Caesar Wrap - grilled chicken breast, cos salad, parmesan cheese dressing | 82
Our sandwiches are all served with a side-salad or “Big Easy” fries

The Grill


Rump 200g 155 | 350g 175
Sirloin 200g 135 | 300g 170
Fillet 200g 175 | 250g 195
Rib-eye 300g 185
T-Bone 500g 195
Ostrich Steak: 250g 180
Chicken Breast: 125
Pork Ribs 500g 165
Lamb Cutlets 350g 170
Baby Chicken Peri-Peri half 129 | full 165
Grilled Prawns 400g 295

Sauces | 30

Peri-Peri / Trio Pepper / Béarnaise / Creamy Mushroom / Lemon Butter / ‘Big Easy’ Braai / Gorgonzola Cheese / Garlic Butter / Tomato Relish

Side Orders | 30

Sautéed Green Beans
Mushroom and Vegetable Casserole
Crushed Carrots
Sautéed Vegetables
Chilli Sweet Potato Wedges
Onion Rings
Maize Rice Risotto
Pap and Tomato Relish
Garlic & Herb Baby Potatoes
Mashed Potatoes
Creamed Sautéed Spinach
Greek Salad

Head Chef: Janine Fourie

We proudly feature produce sourced from
local farms including:

• Wayfarer Trout Farm, Dargle, Kwazulu-Natal
• Gourmet Greek, Curry Post, Kwazulu-Natal, Hope Meat, Durban North

Chef's Selections

Grilled Norwegian Salmon - sautéed garden peas, fennel & white wine reduction, baby potatoes | 185
Mushroom Maize Rice Risotto (V) - selection of mushrooms, parmesan cheese, crisp fried garlic | 125
6 Hour Slow Roasted Beef Short Ribs - anise spiced glaze, grilled leek, horseradish mash | 145
Calamari Steak Strips - sautéed with fresh herb gremolata, tomato basil bisque, baked crispy garlic baguette | 135
Beef Fillet Medallions and Prawns - grilled tiger prawns, smoked mussels, sundried tomatoes, fresh basil cream sauce | 295
Wayfarer Smoked Trout and Chorizo Pasta (P) - thyme, garlic, chilli and roasted pepper | 155
Herb Crusted Pork Chops (P) - Fresh apple, radish pea shoot salad, rooibos mustard and grilled lemons | 165
Peppered Sweet Sour Lamb Liver - green peppercorn crème, brandy, mushrooms, puff pastry case | 140

Ernie's Favorite

Caesar Salad (V) - local Romaine lettuce, boiled eggs, Els-family recipe dressing | 70
Durban Lamb Shank Bunny Chow - a Durban classic | 195
The ‘Big Easy’ Burger (P) - local organic prime beef, plum tomatoes, onion marmalade, mature cheddar, bacon, rocket leaves, ‘Big Easy’ fries | 135
“The Braai” Sharing Platter - lamb chops / boere wors / sirloin steak / peri peri chicken winglets, served with selection of sauces and pap | 350

Durban's Dishes

Panneer Makhani (V) - sauté panneer in a rich saffron tomato curry sauce | 145
Butter Duck - creamy cashew nut curry sauce | 175

The little One

‘Big Easy’ Fries - served with tomato sauce | 30
Toasted Bacon and Cheese Wrap (P) - served with “Big easy” fries | 55
Chicken Strips - served with cheese sauce | 50 Sirloin Steak - sauté vegetables, baby potato and onion sauce | 65
The Little One Burger - beef patty, cheese, tomato and fries | 55
Grilled Salmon Fillet - fresh salad and mayonnaise | 65
Mini Beef Boerie Roll - served with ‘Big Easy’ fries | 55
Cheesy Pasta - pasta in a creamy cheese sauce | 55
The Little Club Sandwich - bacon, grilled chicken, tomato, cheese and fried egg | 65

Head Chef: Janine Fourie / Sous Chef: Sbu Nhleko | October 2016
Prices are in South African Rand and inclusive of VAT (V) Vegetarian, (P) contains Pork

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16 February, 2017
So Suter Bill

"Long overdue ...but worth the wait."

I CANNOT believe almost two years have whizzed by since I attended the official media launch of Durban’s Big Easy restaurant, when I was still arts editor of The Mercury and editing the Goodlife supplement.

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15 February, 2017
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"Chefs and foodies are constantly innovating and reinventing dishes and menus. From the massive helpings of meat-and-three-veg – or comfort food of yesteryear – to the extreme minimalism of nouvelle cuisine… just when you think it's all been done, someone comes up with something new."

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12-14 WALNUT ROAD - Hilton Hotel
TEL +27-31-336-8100