An unmistakable Indian accent is what sets Durban apart.
And yet, the action here unfolds in the shadow of the sprawling Juma Mosque, seemingly plucked from the by-lanes of Delhi, the sun glinting nimbly off its golden domes. A man slaps messy mounds of curry and rice onto flimsy paper plates at a roadside soup kitchen.
But it also led to unexpected culinary creativity born strictly out of necessity.
No longer able to serve black workers who made up a sizable client base, restaurateurs from the Gujarati , or merchant caste, began innovating.
Yusuf Dadoo Street with patrons ranging from hipsters to hijabis, black laborers to tourists.
Patel's, a family business dating to the 1930s, claims to have invented the bunny chow; other reputable sources credit the erstwhile Kapitan's café.