Divino brings a taste of Europe to Port Elizabeth

Divino restaurant Port Elizabeth

Divino, Buffelsfontain Road, Port Elizabeth

Divino may look like your average neighborhood restaurant but this European themed restaurant is anything but!

Divino manager Theo Castelein and Head Chef Evan Veldsman pride themselves on delivering upmarket food within a relaxed, easy going environment. This is not fine-dining, it is hearty whole food made for enjoying any day of the week.

Situated in the Old Mikes Kitchen building on Buffelsfontein Road this family orientated restaurant has a range of flavourful dishes sourced from East to the West of Europe.

Divino’s food delivers on flavor, and they keep improving on their most popular dishes to retain a menu that is filled with favorites. Portions are healthy servings so keep some space for dessert!

Booth or table seating is offered inside which can accommodate up to 200 people or outside on the deck area.

What’s on the menu?

Divino Restaurant Port Elizabeth

If you are out for a light lunch my advice is to try the Grilled Fillet of Hake with potato wedges, the Spanish Prawns or the Grilled Baby Calamari in creamy butter sauce with savory rice, salad and tartare sauce.

For dinner, I particularly enjoyed the Calamari in Port Wine starter served in tomato marinara and cream. My husband loved the Caprese Tower, which are layers of roasted eggplant, tomato marinara, basil pesto and mozzarella served with a balsamic reduction.

Their main course favorites are all under the Chef’s Special.  We enjoyed the Slow Roasted Pork Belly and the Lamb Shank. It was a difficult choice as I noticed a couple of dishes that I particularly enjoy – the Oxtail and the curries – Mild Swahili Chicken, Lamb Rogan Josh and Vegetable Curry.

Last but not least, time for dessert and the winner is the Pan-fried carrot cake with coconut gelato which took me four minutes to devour!

Divino’s wine list includes a wide range of locally sourced wines, beers, whiskies and brandies. They also offer indulgent after-dinner drinks such as Don Pedro’s and specialty coffees.

There is also a kiddies menu available as well as a safe and secure play area for children.

Restaurant service, facilities and opening times

Divino Restaurant Port Elizabeth

I found the service professional yet relaxed.  Theo was very visible, mingling with guests and quietly ensuring that guests were well looked after. Our waitress was very well informed about the menu and friendly and helpful.

Sunday lunch costs R135 but book to not be disappointed. Theo says that they cater for functions and that they provide outside catering too. There is secure parking.

The restaurant is open Monday – Wednesday from 4pm to 10 pm, Thursday – Friday 12pm to 10 pm, Saturday 11 pm to 10 pm and Sundays 11 am – 4pm.

Top reasons for eating at Divino

  1. Family friendly with kids play area
  2. Good, wholesome food
  3. Great service

To make a reservation, call 084 555 8088. You can also visit their website www.divino.co.za for more information.

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