Often dubbed the best ribs in town (Gold Coast town that is), it's a place you can go with a small group, big group and enjoy some good swine meat and bones.
I do believe the restaurant used to be a bed &breakfast, then a steak house, before it eventually became Mike's Kitchen. The building retains the Tudor style motel feel and there is ample parking as any good motel should.
It's so close to the highway with the advantage being it's really easy to find, but of course the disadvantage is that the noise of on-going traffic is undesirable. Still you forget all about in once you are inside.
Inside it's decked out in a mish mash of Safari meets your local pizza and steak house.
It's like they didn't know whether they should be a steakhouse, a South African restaurant or a local steak and pizzeria. They they must have had a lightbulb moment and thought 'hey, why not try and be all of the above?' There is no distinct ambience or charm, but it's clean, comfortable and spacious. If funky interiors are your thing, you probably won't be bowled over, but it's a sacrifice worth making for the ribs.
At the same token the place exudes an old school family vibe and it's really the perfect venue for family outings, or as I found out, senior citizens' lunch hangout.
|Lunch in Durban anyone?|
|Or maybe Cape Town is more your kind of place?|
|The best wine is a free wine.....sometimes|
My family went for my little sister's birthday lunch (okay she's not so little as she turned 24) and the place was soon packed out as minivan after minivan of elderly citizens arrived just in time before the stroke of noon.
Although the best sausage fare for me was a Spanish chorizo served on sour-dough drizzled in olive, along with salad, semi-dried tomatoes, a la Borough Markets in London (Gosh that was worth waiting 30 mins in the line in the freezing cold). Since then most sausages just don't do anything for me and this Boerewors was no exception.