Asia comes to Cape Town at sleek and sexy Tjing Tjing Torii

For a taste of delicious Asian street-food in a sexy inner-city space, Tjing Tjing Torii ticks all the right boxes for great food, great service and great wine, and has earned itself a place as one of the most popular restaurants in the heart of Cape Town.

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.

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