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Zest: Local and Fresh at its Best!

For Zest owner and operator Chef Pavel Dimitrov the wood-fired Grill at Zest is the highlight of his kitchen. The coals of the Kameeldoring wood give a wood-smoked aroma to the meat, fish and vegetables he prepares on it. He believes that Fresh is best, and that Less is more. He does not use smoke, gels, foams, or smears in his dishes.

Chef Pavel has appointed Executive Chef Scott Melvin at Zest, who is originally from Scotland, working at Gordon Ramsay’s Michelin-star maze in London, and then following Chef Jason Atherton to Shanghai for most of his career, recently moving to Cape Town.

Enjoy a glass of bubbly with oysters from our Oyster & Cure Bar on our terrace facing the Atlantic Ocean, with its ever-changing seaview and sunsets.

Chef Pavel and his team of chefs work behind the open plan kitchen, with its wood-fired grill, and can be seen whilst creating the delectable dishes. Diners can interact with them over the kitchen counter.

The Menu is unique, offering dishes in a Small plate or Large plate size. Central to the design of the menu is the focus on freshness, and the wood-fired grill. Zest is Halaal-friendly.

Zest offers a private dining room seating up to 40 persons, for special events, conferences, workshops, and meetings. Special hotel rates are available for diners wishing to stay over after dinner.

Reviews (1822)

4.7 out of 5.0
Food 4.8
Value 4.6
Service 4.7
Ambience 4.6
  • David Dined: 16 hours ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Wed 01 Feb 23
    Had the wine pairing menu...food and service was faultless and both the food and perfect pairing of wines made a truly memorable evening.

  • Gordon J. Dined: 15 hours ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0
  • Sandra F. Dined: 1 day ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0
  • Azraa Dined: 2 days ago
    4.8
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 4.0

    Reviewed on: Mon 30 Jan 23
    Excellent service from our server Anisha!

  • Taufeeq M. Dined: 2 days ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Mon 30 Jan 23
    We were served by Samuel and he was fantastic and provide fantastic insight and in terms of what to go for

  • Dorothe S. Dined: 2 days ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0
  • Bakos Dined: 2 days ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0
  • Jevon W. Dined: 4 days ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Sun 29 Jan 23
    Buildings blocking the view of the ocean.

  • Jenny T. Dined: 4 days ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0
  • Peter V. Dined: 3 days ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0
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  • Monday 09h00 - 21h00
  • Tuesday 09h00 - 21h00
  • Wednesday 09h00 - 21h00
  • Thursday 09h00 - 21h00
  • Friday 09h00 - 21h00
  • Saturday 09h00 - 21h00
  • Sunday 09h00 - 17h00