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Zest: Local and Fresh at its Best!

Utopia co-owner and Zest owner and operator Chef Pavel Dimitrov views the brand new wood-fired Grill at Zest as a highlight of his new kitchen. The coals of the Kameeldoring wood give a wood-smoked aroma to the meat, fish and vegetables. 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, 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. Chef Pavel has surrounded himself with staff that have worked with him at previous restaurants, including GM Nelson Ferreira.

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.

The 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, and which can be shared. 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 events, conferences, workshops, and meetings. Special hotel rates are available for diners wishing to stay over after dinner.

Zest Restaurant is located in the recently refurbished 4 star newkings boutique hotel in the Piazza da Luz in Sea Point.

Reviews (49)

4.8 out of 5.0
Food 4.9
Value 4.9
Service 4.8
Ambience 4.7
  • G. Dined: 1 day ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Sun 19 Sep 21
    Had a time of our life Will definitely be back. Well done to Pitso and his team Didn't get the names of the other members. Fazela had the prawns and I had the fillet. A definite must try. You will not be disappointed. The chef and owner knows his story. The food is prepared with love that's why it tastes great. Well done Guys Keep it up and You will surely grow from strength to strength. Reaaz Ahmed from Good Hope Meat Hyper You're the man.

    Zest responded on Sun 19 Sep 21:
    Thank you for dining at Zest and for your wonderful 5 star review Gabie. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Brie Z. Dined: 1 day ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Sun 19 Sep 21
    Totally amazing!!! Excellent experience

    Zest responded on Sun 19 Sep 21:
    Thank you for dining at Zest, and for your lovely 5 star review Brie 🌹

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

    Reviewed on: Sun 19 Sep 21
    Great service. I like the idea that they don't come and offer you water when you arrive, but cocktails. Very friendly staff.

    Zest responded on Sun 19 Sep 21:
    Thank you for your lovely review Lodine, and for dining at Zest. 🌹

  • SHARON Dined: 1 day ago
    3.8
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 4.0
    Ambience 1.0

    Reviewed on: Sun 19 Sep 21
    Very noisy, struggled hear each other and the waiter. Beautiful setting and amazing food preparation.

    Zest responded on Sun 19 Sep 21:
    Thank you for dining at Zest Sharon, for your review, and for your noise feedback, which I have passed on to our owner. 🌹

  • JANE Dined: 2 days ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Sat 18 Sep 21
    What a great new restaurant in Sea Point. The 5 course set menu fantastic and the choice of wines on list excellent

    Zest responded on Sun 19 Sep 21:
    Thank you for dining at Zest Restaurant Jane, and for your fabulous 5 star review.. 🌹

  • Karim Dined: 2 days ago
    4
    Food 4.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 4.0
    Ambience 4.0

    Reviewed on: Sat 18 Sep 21 (Guest left no comment)

    Zest responded on Sun 19 Sep 21:
    Thank you for. dining at Zest Restaurant and for your Review Karim. ⭐️

  • Ashley Dined: 1 week ago
    3.5
    Food 4.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 2.0
    Ambience 4.0

    Reviewed on: Thu 16 Sep 21
    Great first visit to Zest after seeing many reviews. We had the spring tasting menu which gives you a food experience of what to expect from the broader menu. Only drawback for our evening is service, staff were scarce on the floor.

    Zest responded on Thu 16 Sep 21:
    Thank you for dining at Zest and for trying our new Spring menu.. We appreciate your feedback and have passed this on to our GM.. We hope to welcome you back again.

  • Mowzer Dined: 4 days ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Thu 16 Sep 21
    Amazing food, well priced perfect location

    Zest responded on Thu 16 Sep 21:
    Thank you for dining at Zest, and for your fabulous 5 star review. ⭐️

  • LEIGH Dined: 5 days ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Wed 15 Sep 21
    loved our time with Nelson and Josie and Pavel BUT menu needs more simple food xxx

    Zest responded on Thu 16 Sep 21:
    Thank you for dining at Zest, and for your 5 star review.. We have taken note of your menu feedback Leigh. 🌹

  • Chericke W. Dined: 1 week ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Wed 15 Sep 21 (Guest left no comment)

    Zest responded on Wed 15 Sep 21:
    Thank you for trying our new Zest restaurant and for your 5 star review Chericke. ⭐️

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Opening Hours

  • Monday 08h00 - 21h00
  • Tuesday 08h00 - 21h00
  • Wednesday 08h00 - 21h00
  • Thursday 08h00 - 21h00
  • Friday 08h00 - 21h00
  • Saturday 08h00 - 21h00
  • Sunday 08h00 - 21h00
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Zest Spring Special

Newly opened Zest Restaurant has introduced a value-for-money Spring Menu consisting of five courses, and costing only R198. It is available until 30 September. The five-course Spring Menu consists of the following courses: MENU: Course 1: Hot smoked prawn, hake and salmon croquettes, with apple, garlic, lettuce and a dill dressing. Course 2. Roasted sweet potato, crispy baby spinach, raisins, roasted walnuts, and apple puree. Course 3. Grilled line fish, lentils, tomato fondue, and charred baby marrow. Course 4. Kameeldoring Grilled beef, confit onions, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, and tender stem broccoli. Course 5. Lemon and thyme meringue, lemonade parfait, and sour yoghurt.

  • 7 Sep - 30 Sep
  • Available 24/7
  • All pax
  • Last confirmed: 7 Sep 2021