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Fyn Restaurant

Fyn Restaurant
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Ambience
Groups, Special occasions
Food
Fine-dining food
Payment
Diners Club, Visa

Critic's review

Miles Khubeka

Food
It’s impossible to speak about FYN Restaurant’s food without speaking about its ambience. The food and décor are perfectly paired, to the point where you can’t tell where the kitchen ends and the restaurant begins. The open-plan kitchen and the ceiling décor are in friendly competition for the centre-piece status.

Start with bread from the fire, Wagyu butter and black vinegar. The Wagyu butter simply melts away and will have you silent in delighted contemplation. The next course comprises beautifully presented game fish, bone broth, hijiki, tofu cream and octopus. It’s the favourite of the afternoon and is followed by the main course, a cuisine kaleidoscope of flavour. Whether it’s for the sustainable fish with sake mussels and yuzu or the grilled beef picanha, shiitake and kombu sauce, you’re left yearning for more.

The courses are well-paced and are exceptionally rounded off by the Madagascan chocolate, salted Japanese plum and fennel dessert.

Drinks
There’s a wine flight, featuring curated wines that allow tasters to get a feel for the breadth or depth of the wines in conjunction with the food.

Service
On point. The knowledge of the food and ingredients can be seen in the comfort at which the waiters explain each course. Just raise your head and service is at your beck and call. Some minor kinks include an old menu, but a new one is quickly printed.

Ambience
It’s not often that you see a restaurant meeting the perfect balance between being understated and making a statement. FYN envelopes you with warmth and comfort, with zero pomp. The view of the mountain makes the ample glass surrounding the restaurant feel like a mural.

Best for…
This is one restaurant that you don’t need a special event to visit. If you’re alive, that’s reason enough to make a reservation for you and a friend. Be warned, though, the food may end up doing all the talking.

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(January 2019)

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User reviews

  • From the moment we entered the lobby to the very last course, the FYN team didn’t miss a beat to make our experience truly memorable. As a vegan myself and with veganism being one of the fastest growing socially conscious movements in the world, I must just tip my hat to the chef for being ahead of the curve in the fine dining arena in South Africa, for curating a truly wonderful plant menu. The ceiling piece, which is one of the most beautiful pieces of art I’ve seen, creates an amazing atmosphere almost mirroring both the delicate nature, and depth of flavor, of the food. The wine pairing was superb and the timing of everything was seamless. A repeat visit is definitely on the card and I would absolutely recommend FYN as a fine dining experience not to be missed, especially to all those health conscious foodies out there.
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  • Many restaurants’ interior decorators choose to have benches against walls, rather than chairs, probably to save money. Why they cannot simply google “standard chair and table height” before constructing these is beyond me. Fyn is not the first to get the ergonomics wrong - when you are seated at one of these benches, even if you are of average height, you will find that when sitting, the tabletop is above elbow height and this is going to get worse as the upholstery settle. One can see that a lot of thought and expense went into the interior of Fyn, but they got this wrong. Be sure to ask for a table with chairs (and with a view - some are hidden to the back looking into a parking garage). If Fyn wants to distinguish itself from others in the tasting menu craze, it does so on two levels. It is pricy at almost R1000.00 per person and has an eastern slant. We had dinner and left feeling we have paid a premium for an experience which does not live up to Greenhouse standards. Don’t get me wrong, there is the Greenhouse theatrics, and the food is interesting, with me craving for more of some of the dishes. The canapés and kaseiki trays certainly showcased the skills and techniques of the chef, with the slighly seared tuna sashimi and the ramen noodles standing out. The two springbok “medallions” as main course were (since I started off talking dimensions) the size of two Oreos. Excellent, but gone in a second. Thus far I would have scored the food a 4, but then came the deserts - bland and not memorable at all. They could possibly take a leaf from other restaurants and offer this as an option. Fyn did fine in handling our one guests’ gluten and lactose fiemies. The wine list has a good spread of wines, and will not break a broken budget more. We found the service attentive and informed with some familiar faces from Greenhouse. Beware that they add a service fee to the bill without alerting guests - we paid twice but management corrected and apologised that when we discovered it. Overall, not a wow! experience, expensive but maybe worth another try. I see they also do a watered down lunch tasting menu, with either/or options at half the price. If the portions are also half size, this will make you leave via Victoire bakery (downstairs - who supplies their bread). Victoire is not open at night.
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  • To achieve this level of excellence after only a few days of being open says it all...the experience is pure class from beginning to end. The venue makes you proud to live in Cape Town, the food is different to to the usual tasting fare and is just brilliant, wonderful flavors that left me wanting more. The wine pairing is wonderful, small boutique outstanding wines and even a 2009 red to go with the Springbok. Congratulations to the entire team you really deserve every success, we had a wonderful vibey relaxed evening with superb food and wine...what more can you ask for. Can’t wait to return.
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Menu

Set menu - Wine List - Updated December 2018

Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Dinner
  • Lunch

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