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Zenzero

Zenzero
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Cost
R100
Ambience
Comfy & casual
Food
Italian
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Food
The perfectly done grilled calamari with lemon and chilli; baby artichokes with roast garlic; or the beef carpaccio are the ways to start. Move onto something more serious like slow-roasted lamb shank; very Greek whole baked baby chicken with rosemary and lemon; the T-bone Florentine with wild mushrooms and shallots. Throw caution to the wind and finish with praline and toffee panna cotta with butterscotch sauce.

Wine
An extensive list with some hefty mark-ups.

Service
Can be iffy; not up to the rest of the experience.

Ambience
The glamorous setting of Camps Bay beachfront is a mecca for tourists from all over the world who flock here in droves in the summer months. Elegant table settings and a relaxed air of moneyed calm pervades this large space with doors that open wide to take in the beach setting just across the road.

And...
Don’t waste your time driving up and down the strip, just park inside the centre. (GL, October 2012)
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User reviews

  • Took some of my girls there for a night out.this was a great place to go to.Place was well decorated and the food was divine.service impeccable.will definitely recommend this place
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  • We arrived at 9.30. Coffee took 20 minutes to arrive. An hour and ten minutes later, we still had no breakfast. The place was half-empty. It took 15 minutes to even find the manager.... We left hungry and found a cheaper, more pleasant place, virtually next door! Really, really bad service! (So not even one star, I'm afraid.)

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  • Like so many Capetonians in winter – we make very good use of the seasonal specials each year. The restaurants in the Pepenero stable never disappoint and so we looked forward to an evening of great atmosphere, fine and casual service as well as uncomplicated good food last night. Zenzero did not disappoint. The current special is well documented online, but essentially for R149 you get a great 3 course meal with an average of 4 choices at each course. We opted for the chicken livers as well as the calamari and chorizo to start; sirloin steaks for mains and crème brulee and brandy pudding for dessert. The food was exactly as expected – uncomplicated, but exceptionally good. Topped off with exceptionally good house wine at R29 a glass – you couldn’t go wrong. Although we personally do not like the main Pepenero restaurant with all the plastic plants, the others like 5 Rooms, La Belle (both at the Alphen) as well as the previous Kove – are all beautifully decorated and you’re guaranteed an elegant and comfortable dining experience. We also received excellent service from Thandi - she was appropriately attentive and warm. If one is to nit-pick - staff are sadly dressed in branded T-shirts which really don’t fit the scene. The only serious negative to the whole evening was the horrible drone of the ‘Zenzero’ fridge. My complaint was met with no attention – but I fear once you’re around it all the time you lose sensitivity to it. Management – take note – it is bad, bad enough to make us cut our evening short. Which is sad, considering all other boxes were so well ticked.

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  • Went there fore dinner over the weekend - what a great place. I tend to stay away from Camps Bay in Winter time, but the warm ambience, good hearty food and specials really sweeten the deal. My new favourite winter restaurant!
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  • Had a great evening here, service was brilliant and the food scrummy - can highly recommend the Veal Masala. Great option in Camps Bay.
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  • Had the most amazing time here with my friends. The service was sufficient - and the food amazing! Will definately return - the perfect place for summer!
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  • Had the most amazing time there with my friends. The service was sufficient - and the food amazing! Will definetly return - the perfect place for summer!
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Breakfast
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
  • Fireplace
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  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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