Haiku is the height of Asian restaurants in Cape Town: when you step into this moodily-lit modern space,you’re struck by the three kitchens that run its length. Here Asian speciality dishes, from dim sum, Thai wok, Japanese teppanyaki, sushi and tempura, are produced by a team of mostly handpicked Chinese imports preparing meticulously-crafted tastes below the diaphanous amber glow of handmade Japanese rice paper. Facing this are the tables, perhaps all a fraction too close together (a built-in design flaw meant to encourage a sense of communal eating), where a myriad dishes arrive according to a jumbled schedule-sharing meals is definitely the way to go. You can dodge the evening’s two-session seating policy by grabbing a seat at the solid granite kitchen counter and enjoy a close-up view of the theatrical performance as the team cooks for an inevitably capacity-packed restaurant. This is mix and match dining at its most upmarket, with a tome-like menu, which may account for the many repeat visits. As the night progresses, the lounge beat soundtrack steadily progresses-a quirk that tends to divide the romantics from the urban hipsters, sending one group scurrying and another summoning their waiter for another round from the bar.