Dining In Durban — A Decidedly Rapturous Delight
This past weekend my immediate family was invited to lunch at a restaurant called The Cargo Hold, at uShaka Marine World in Durban.
For those of you keeping track of my life (creepers), I’ve had some relatives over from Australia for the past week and a bit and now that their stay in Durban is nearing an end, it was time for the big sendoff feast… of sorts. I don’t know. If you ask me, the food was horribly overpriced and horribly devoid of taste. And the waitress broke a glass.
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The Cargo Hold itself, however, was all the reason to be there. The restaurant was built inside the remains of a salvaged shipwreck, a few years ago. Every part of it has now been engineered for a unique experience, and it really is just that. The boiler rooms of the old ship were transformed into massive tanks, with various fish (including some shark action) placed inside. The effect of which is something that… well, we’ve all seen before, as gamers.
That’s what it feels like. That’s what it looks like. This restaurant could well have been in BioShock, for all intents and purposes, and it would have fitted just perfectly. Note the header image: That was the view from where I sat. There were times when I had to do a double take or look around to remind myself that I had not just dreamed all of this up — that I was actually in an unnecessarily expensive restaurant in Durban, with family who have never heard of one of my favourite games.
It was quite something, to say the least. Then I started to feel bad for everyone else. I mean, they’re in some awe at this place too, sure enough, but this is about it for their unique experience, whereas I was reliving entire sequences of the first two BioShock games while sitting there and watching a shark swim by while my parents asked me how I knew which was a female and which wasn’t.
I resolved that this would be the kind of location that you take your gamer partner if you’d like to really treat them, or, say, propose, or something. It might seem a little tacky and I’m totally giving away some ideas right now, but the truth is that while sitting there I considered all the people whom I know would appreciate this kind of place, even with the overpriced and underwhelming food, who would be proud to say that it was the place they went to on a date, or got engaged, or something.
Friends from Durban, if you’re reading this, I’m not advocating the stealing of my ideas, but it does make for a solid suggestion, doesn’t it? Head on over The Cargo Hold the next time you’re at uShaka and check it out. Don’t bother ordering because once again, the food is shit, but just stroll on inside and have a look at the wondrous feel of it all.
Seriously though, don’t steal my proposal idea. I will find you…