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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

Cape Malay Curried Shrimp Samosas - medium spicy, toasted coconut aioli and home-made mango chutney | 85
Pulled Prego Pork Belly Bunnies (P) - green papaya and carrot relish | 75

Oxtail and Marrow Fritters | 78
Chef Janine’s ‘Signature Bites’

Peri-Peri Chicken Liver and Toasted Corn Bread - baked corn bread filled with traditional spicy peri-peri chicken livers | 65
Big Easy Spice Rubbed Lamb Ribs - grilled and basted with braai sauce | 75
Baked Cheesy Jalapenos (V) - smoked garlic, feta cheese and spring onions | 55
Aunt Thembeka’s Lamb Frikkadelle - stuffed with mozzarella in a spicy tomato sauce | 65
Boerewors Chutney - on grilled pita bread, fruit chutney and yoghurt sauce | 65
Crisp Fried Baby Squid - with a citrus gin mayonnaise | 75
Grilled Rolled Pork Belly & Bacon (P) - sticky braai sauce marinade, jalapeno and pineapple salsa | 72
Cherry Tomato Bruschetta (V) - red onion, parmesan oil, fresh basil, parmesan shavings | 62
Smoked haddock, Chorizo and Thyme Bake - with crispy brioche bread | 75
Homemade Grilled Paneer - with spiced tomato curry sauce and grilled vegetables | 78


Grilled Masala Chicken, Bacon and Gem Salad (P) - avocado dressing, cherry tomatoes, toasted cashw nuts, cucumber ribbons and candied bacon bits | 78
Big Easy Caesar Salad - local romaine lettuce, boiled eggs, Els'-family recipe dressing and crispy croutons | 78 (add chicken breast - 35, add smoked Wayfarer Trout - 65)
Fresh Seasonal Garden Salad (V) - cherry tomatoes, cucumber, onion, peppers, garden greens | 55 - (add feta cheese - 12, add olives - 12)
Gorgonzola, Biltong and Apple Salad - mixed cole slaw, fresh apple, and apple shallot dressing | 78

Chef's Lunch Specials

Daily chef specialty dishes available
on the black boards

Express Lunch

2 Courses | 165 or 3 Courses | 195
Available Monday through Friday, includes a soft drink
or glass of house wine

Lunch Sandwiches & Wraps

Slow Roasted Beef Rib on Ciabatta - mozzarella cheese and fried onions | 125
‘Big Easy Club’ (P) - triple decker sandwich, smoked bacon, grilled chicken breast, tomato, mature cheddar, fried egg and mayonnaise | 115
Chicken Caesar Wrap - grilled chicken breast, coss salad, parmesan cheese dressing | 105
Roasted Lamb Shoulder Pitta - Harrisa spiced cream cheese, cucumber, sundried tomato and fresh coriander | 125
Our sandwiches are all served with a side-salad or “Big Easy” fries

The Grill


Rump 350g 185
Sirloin 200g 155 | 300g 175
Fillet 200g 195 | 300g 245
Sirloin on Bone 600g 215
T-Bone 600g 225
Chicken Breast: 145
Pork Ribs 500g 175
Lamb Cutlets 350g 225
Peri-Peri Baby Chicken | 175

Sauces | 30

Spicy Peri-Peri / Béarnaise / ‘Big Easy’ Braai / Tomato and Onion Relish / Green Peppercorn and Brandy / Creamy Mushroom and Leek / Creamy Gorgonzola Cheese / Smoked Gralic and Parmesan

Flavoured Butter | 30

Miami Spiced Butter (lemon, garlic, coriander, chilli)
Durban Spiced Butter (masala, turmeric, garlic, coriander)

Side Orders | 35

Sautéed Vegetables
Spinach and Butternut Gnocci
Garlic and Herb Baby Potatoes
Creamed Spinach
Sesame Glazed Bok Choy
Sweet Chilli Sweet Potato Wedges
Pap and Tomato Relish
Mashed Potatoes
Greek Salad
Big Easy Fries

Head Chef: Janine Fourie

Sous Chef: Sbu Nhleko

We proudly feature produce sourced from
local farms including:

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

Chef's Selections

Grilled Norwegian Salmon - sautéed garden peas, fennel & white wine reduction, baby potatoes | 255
Pan-fried Ostrich Fillet - with a smoked pork and apple compote and sesame glazed bok-choy | 210
Chef Sbu’s Peppered Rump Steak 300gr - the ultimate Iron Chef steak - topped with Gorgonzola crumbs, beef biltong, crispy streaky bacon and sliced jalapenos (served with mashed potatoes or big easy fries) | 350g 225
8 Hour Slow Roasted De-boned Beef Short Ribs - anise and soya spiced glaze beef short ribs, cumin spiced spinach and butternut gnocchi | 185
Pan-fried Halloumi Layers - roasted bell pepper, grill zucchini, sundried tomato pesto and sauté spinach | 145
Baked Linefish - creamy mussel, lime and fresh coriander sauce, West coast smoor smoked snoek and onion rice | 185

Ernie's Favorite

Durban Lamb Shank Bunny Chow - slow cooked in a mild spicy curry sauce - a Durban classic | 215

The ‘Big Easy’ Burger (P) - local prime beef, plum tomatoes, onion marmalade, mature cheddar, bacon, onion rings and ‘Big Easy’ fries | 135

“The Braai” Platter (sharing portion for 2) - lamb chops, boerewors, sirloin steak, peri peri chicken winglets, served with selection of 2 sauces, pap or fries | 365

Ernie's Steak 200g - Grilled Beef Filet Medallions - topped with a creamy brandy and mustard chicken livers and mashed potato or Big Easy Fries | 235

Durban's Dishes

Butter Midlands Duck - slow roasted midlands duck, creamy cashew nut butter curry sauce - served with sambal, rice and roti | 190

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

Prices are in South African Rand and inclusive of VAT • (V) Vegetarian, (P) contains Pork

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