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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 (1369)

4.8 out of 5.0
Food 4.8
Value 4.6
Service 4.8
Ambience 4.7
  • Rose H. Dined: 1 day ago
    4.5
    Food 4.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 4.0

    Reviewed on: Sun 25 Sep 22
    Loved our first visit! We will be back.

  • Arlene Dined: 1 day ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Sun 25 Sep 22
    Incredible food and service. Special mention to Farai and Samuel who were exemplary on the night Thank you !

  • Michael M. Dined: 1 day ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Sun 25 Sep 22
    Food and service always good here

  • Lamis C. Dined: 1 day ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Sun 25 Sep 22
    Fantastic dining experience. The food was excellent and the service was great.

  • Enos B. Dined: 2 days ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Sat 24 Sep 22
    Instagramable, well prepared and truly delicious food. The view from the terrace was not bad either. A great experience.

  • Cathy Dined: 2 days ago
    4.8
    Food 5.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0
  • Nathan P. Dined: 3 days ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0
  • Gour L. Dined: 3 days ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0
  • Candice M. Dined: 5 days ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Thu 22 Sep 22
    Food is absolutely incredible as was the service. I prefer the ambiance in the evening though. This is really an awesome Go To restaurant that a lot of people are talking about

  • Janice T. Dined: 4 days ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Thu 22 Sep 22
    Delicious lunch !!relaxing ambience. Highly recommended

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Opening Hours

  • Monday 09h00 - 21h00
  • Tuesday 09h00 - 21h00
  • Wednesday 09h00 - 21h00
  • Thursday 09h00 - 21h00
  • Friday 09h00 - 21h00
  • Saturday 09h00 - 21h00
  • Sunday 09h00 - 17h00
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Tasting Menu at Zest

Book at Zest for its five course Tasting Menu, at R295. Available Monday - Thursday Lunch and Dinner. 1. Citrus-cured Line Fish, pickled cucumber, radish, yoghurt, dill, and wasabi 2. Wood-fired roasted tomato, ricotta, fresh basil, and olives 3. Grilled line-fish, lentils, tomato fondue, and charred baby marrow 4. Beef Fillet, chili, ginger, garlic, spring onion, and sprouts 5. Coconut panna cotta, almond brittle, and mango sorbet. A Vegetarian five-course is also available, at R245.

  • 6 Jun - 31 Dec
  • Mon-Thu: All day
  • All pax
  • Last confirmed: 11 Jul 2022