Bunnie Hunt #2: The Foxes Lead Us To Goundens
The next stop on our bunny hunt is Gounden’s, a little spot that lies in Eaton Road, which is between Umbilo Road and Sydney Road in Congella. Interestingly enough, there is another famous spot not a hundred metres up the road which cropped up on our ‘to do’ list. It seems the area is full of the little critters.
The entrance to Gounden’s is tucked away at in the back corner of what looks like an auto repair workshop and, at first, you find yourself wondering whether you’ve come to the right place.
If I had to sum up the vibe at Gounden’s, I would have to say that, in many regards, there’s more to this place than the unassuming shop front would give away. From the time one walks off the street to the time you have finished your bunny, you get the feeling that you are being beckoned onward on some surreal journey of discovery into bunny nirvana, or wherever it is that bunnies go once they have passed through our digestive tracts.
Once again, I went with the 1/4 mutton. The first few mouthfuls were promising with good, bold flavour and the meat was really nice and tender, so down the rabbit hole I went. Heat-wise, this one is a bit like a cunning ninja – it sort of sneaks up on you when you’re least expecting it and it’s pretty fiery! So you know how the saying goes – if you can’t stand the heat…
At R 35, it’s not the cheapest bunny around and if I have to be honest, it was definitely smaller than some other bunnies out there and not as saucy as I’d have liked. Also, there were a few large bones in the curry which I’d have forgiven if they’d filled it up to the top but they didn’t. Don’t get me wrong – it was a good curry, I’d just have liked a bigger portion. On the plus side, the bread was fresh and they did provide carrot sambals which were pretty good.
The massive eating/entertainment area around the corner to the right of the counter has quite a few plastic tables and chairs at which to sit. It took me a while to realize that it was there since it’s not completely obvious when you walk in. It’s vibey and there is a big screen plasma T.V. and a bar – the restaurant is full licensed – where you can sit and enjoy a bunny and a beer while watching a game of footy if the mood takes you. There are a couple of pool tables to keep patrons entertained as well.
Gounden’s is definitely worth a visit if you find yourself in Glenwood or Umbilo but is perhaps not the best option if you’re ravenous. So, this is how it measured up on our really, really awesome bunny chow rating scale:
Did we just catch Gounden’s on an off-ish day? If you have different memories of your time there, they’re just as valid as ours, so let us know your thoughts by commenting below.
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