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Restaurant review – Azura

James Johnson, the new owner of the Azura Restaurant in Salt Rock, is breathing new life into the establishment. The Courier’s restaurant reviewer David Hoehler visited there recently to see what changes have been made. The service was great with friendly waiters willing to help with every request. For starters we had the prawn dumpling …

James Johnson, the new owner of the Azura Restaurant in Salt Rock, is breathing new life into the establishment. The Courier’s restaurant reviewer David Hoehler visited there recently to see what changes have been made.
The service was great with friendly waiters willing to help with every request. For starters we had the prawn dumpling which was a little bland but still quite tasty.
The tasting platter, a sample of what starters are available, was well-balanced with flavours. It consisted of chicken livers, grilled prawns, calamari and chorizo sausage and lime-infused oils that were divine.
The mains were equally good with the smoked paprika prawns steamed in beer being fall-out-the-shell delicious. The prawn combo was well-seasoned and cooked to perfection. My one criticism would be for them to jazz up their plating as their dishes look a little generic in composition. I would have liked to have eaten my meal on their stunning deck but the weather wasn’t playing along.
The desserts were so good – the Chocolate Something is a dish I will return for, and the crème brulee is also a big hit.
Azura is more of a Mozambican restaurant than Portuguese as both chefs hail from Mozambique. The menu is seafood-orientated and James’ background is as one of the founding members of the John Dory franchise.
The décor is very clean and neutral, lending itself as the perfect location for private functions because it’s such a versatile venue. If you have had a negative experience at Azura in the past – give the new owner James another chance – you won’t be disappointed.

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