Last night saw the grand opening of Durban's latest hot spot, Wish on Florida. Situated in the middle of Durban's most popular roads, Wish on Florida offers an upmarket Italian experience, specializing in gourmet pizza, pasta's and canape's as well as boasting a bar which stocks the finest local and international champagnes and wines as well as great selections of cocktails and a wide range of premium spirits. Having attended the launch last night, I was blown away with the attention to detail that went into the deco, as I was quite familiar with the space before and how the owners along with their team of interior decorators manged to transform it into what it is now is just stunning. The use of different textures and lighting really enhance the atmosphere and gives the diner an opportunity to chose from various styles of lounging.
Wish is the beginning of a dream, a dream which was the brainchild of two young black entrepreneurs, both Durban locals who wanted a place that not only offered a unique dinning experience but also one that inspired young black entrepreneurs, to show them that dreams do become reality with hard work and perseverance. Those two men being Benny Maverick and Wayne Ndlovu, Benny who needs no introduction as he one of the countries prominent house DJ's, who never had things his own way at the beginning as his story of success was shared with all those in attendance last night. His passion for what he believed in as well as his fight to be recognized made him into the person he is today. Together with his partners they have created something truly special and something to give back to the community. People who visit Wish get the opportunity to purchase Wish tokens to toss into the wishing pond, each token purchased is a contribution to the Wish Foundation to help aiding young Durban entrepreneurs in their business ventures.
Onto the evening, after being warmly welcomed and seated, with our welcome drinks were were offered canapes which consisted of cajun chicken wings and chicken and mushroom pizza. Both were delicious and flavourful with the pizza not shy of toppings. For mains I opted for the Ocean Fresh Pasta which honestly was my highlight of the evening. Beautifully cooked seafood which consisted of plump prawns, tender calamari and steamed mussels cooked in a creamy tomato base sauce, mixed in with al dente tagliatelle and topped with crispy squid heads. The aromas from the pasta get you salivating instantly to dig in, the textures from the crispy fried squid heads adds that crunch element that you didn't realise was missing in a seafood pasta. For dessert I opted for the classic tiramisu, it was a bit different from your conventional one, with the sponge biscuits being changed for a sponge cake but still maintained that soft decadence that you would associate with a tiramisu.
Wish on Florida, officially opens for trading on the 13th of December 2019, trading from Monday to Wednesday, 12pm till late and from Thursday to Sunday from 12pm to 2am.
Wish is located at 198-200 Florida Road, Durban
For bookings, call 031 205 9135