Sandwiched between the ground floor Dear Me bistro and the popular Tjing Tjing rooftop bar at 165 Longmarket Street in Cape Town’s city centre, Tjing Tjing Torii is a gorgeous gourmet space. With top chef Christi Semczyszyn at the helm, this small fine dining restaurant is reinventing Asian-style tapas dishes in Cape Town.
Think tuna tataki lightly seared and served with ponzu sauce and a dusting of sesame seeds. Perhaps start with oysters, raw or tempura, or a salad of edamame beans. The crispy cubes of deep-fried sushi rice are delicious, served with a dipping bowl of hot soy sauce. Don’t leave without trying the sticky pork belly wrapped in a soft bao and topped with pickled cucumber.
Feast your eyes on this not-so-secret-anymore Cape Town gem.
All photographs by Andrea van der Spuy.