Zest Bistro

Zest Bistro
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R90 (red); R70 (white)

Critic's review

Mokgadi Itsweng

Zest Bistro is the brainchild of husband and wife team Sidney and Anchen Cousins. The menu features contemporary bistro-style dishes made with seasonal produce, with menu items changing every six weeks.

For starters, you might try the arancini di riso, a pea risotto ball crumbed and deep-fried, served with beef tongue cooked in onion and mustard sauce. Else opt for the salt and pepper Falkland calamari, sautéed and served with a piquant aioli, micro greens and garlic cream.

The main dishes are well-portioned and presented on large white plates, allowing the food to shine. Try the seared salmon served with cauli rice, and lemon butter sauce topped with zucchini spirals. If you are a meat lover, the lamb steak marinated in Korma curry, served with creamed potatoes, pea puree and a creamy, spicy korma sauce, is the perfect choice.

All the main dishes are paired with recommended wines from the restaurant’s vast cellar.

The dessert menu is a real treat with favourites like Lemon Freak, a burnt lemon tart, with zesty creamy yoghurt and lemon confit, served with Seville marmalade ice cream making a permanent feature on the dessert menu. The dark chocolate torte, a rich flourless chocolate cake served with coffee ice cream, salted caramel and crumbs, is another favourite.

The wine list features mostly local wines, ciders, beers, spirits and whiskies. The restaurant is well known for the wine pairing evenings they host once a month. These evenings usually involve pairing a five-course meal with wines from different South African estates.

The service is slow for a restaurant that serves such amazing food. The waiters are not well-informed about the menu, and were unable to make informed recommendations.

The space is chic and classy, but thatnks to its diminutive size, also cosy and intimate. The white tablecloths that adorn the tables gives the restaurant a formal feel, with lots of wine on display.

(July 2017)

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  • I had a great time with my partner and the meal was delicious
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  • Thank you for a fantastic evening. It was an intimately quiet evening in the restaurant and the chef went to so much trouble to chat to us and actually convert our three course meal into a delicious four course one. Food was full of flavour, fresh and interesting. Highlight was the coffee panna cotta - WOW!
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  • Accepts credit cards
  • Alfresco
  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Takeaways
  • Vegetarian
  • Wheelchair

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