La Marina Foods: Joburg’s Hidden Seafood Paradise


There are really only two types of people in this world – those who love seafood and those who don’t. My family has always been split down the middle on the subject making it hard for my Dad and I to get our fishy fix but that’s probably what makes me crave it even more. There are very few things more satisfying than a big plate of tiger prawns or a luxurious crayfish tail smothered in garlic butter and if you feel the same way that I do about seafood, then you are going to thank me for this little hidden gem!

Please note that prices were correct at time of publishing

La Marina supplies all your favourite delis and restaurants, and as they are the supplier and by way of deduction, that means they have more than everyone else. Yes, I’m oversimplifying it a bit but that really doesn’t make it less true. Walking through the doors you immediately notice they aren’t messing around. They stock everything from that cooking show you love, as well as products you thought you’d never find in South Africa. It’s a foodie’s paradise.

From truffles to caviar and crayfish, you won’t be disappointed. I walked through some of the isles and wept because lobster doesn’t exactly feature on my shopping list this time of the month… or at all.

They also have a little cafe on premises which focuses on the finer side of seafood. The menu includes delicacies at rather inviting prices like 6 black tiger prawns and chips for just R155, grilled kingklip for R135 and 6 oysters and a glass of bubbly for just R129. Sushi lovers are also catered for with a variety of amazing platters. I was too busy the afternoon I popped in to have a meal there but I won’t make that mistake again. The next time I’ll go with a few hours on my hands and a fistful of cash.

I met the general manager Karl who is a really down to earth guy and I find that always speaks volumes for an establishment. He mentioned how they could get you anything you want whether they stock it or not. He will make it happen be it from Russia or the depths of the Pacific, delicacies are their business and for my money I think they’re doing a fantastic job.

Address: 7 Platinum Drive, Longmeadow Business Estate, Edenvale
Telephone: 011 608 3277
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