Hg2 : The Hedonist


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.

33 Church Street,
City Centre
+27 21 424 7000
Opening Times
noon-3pm and 6-11pm daily
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