Cuban Hat and Nest Restaurants
Hat or Nest, which was your favourite ?
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publication of the above picture on this site has led to some
comments and queries, so I decided to put them all on their
24/2/2007 Neil Gould wrote:
woke up smelling the vinigar on the heavily salted chips
we would buy from the Nest, en route to the Kennilworth
entertainment building. Big fat square soggy chips they
were, in a wax paper packet, with the fattests ones in
the middle. Delicious.
remember pulling up outside the Cuban Hat and the tray
being attached to the car window. After giving the order,
the waiters would repeat it back to you in their unique
chant. The same chant would be sung if you gave the order
at the actual counter of the Cuban Hat to the guy at the
back doing the cooking. He had a hair lip.
pie curry gravy with chips
One toasted chicken mayonase
One Strawberry milkshake, one coke - tanks ser.'
Scordis was the owner of the hat in the late 1960's. I
recall his house in Durban North because his wife was
strangled during a break-in. My mother drove me past it.
It was on the way to the old Umgeni bridge."
24/2/2007 Gerald Buttigieg wrote:
at the Beetle, this looks like an 1968-70 photo. The VW
shown is the 1500S, I think, as it came with the Rostyle
wheels and the back window hinged out, which was a special
order. Also the back tail lights were the large type.
I had a 1966 VW 1300 which still had the bumpers with
chrome over riders and I think this was dropped in 1968
or so when the 1500 Beetle 12 volt came out. The building
just sticking out at the back left was the Durban Surf
Lifesavers Club Building. It was upstairs and below is
the entrance to the Beach Baths or Rachel Finlayson Baths,
to give it its proper name."
26/2/2007 Dodo wrote:
delighted with the picture of the Cuban Hat and The Nest
just amazed that Im not in it. Must have
been taken very early in the morning."
11/11/2007 Dodo contributed the following picture:
the car window at regulation height to receive the
clip-on tray at the Cuban Hat.
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11/11/2007 Allen Shultz contributed the following pictures:
the Cuban Hat and, below, motor bikes belonging
to some of the bikers that used to hang out there.
pictures were taken by Allen on 5 July, 1981.
courtesy Allen Shultz
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