The laid-back sister to Momji, Torii is the quirky space one floor down that’s focused on Japanese street food, with head chef Christi Semczyszyn turning out colourful flavour-packed plates inspired by her adventures in Tokyo.
The bento and sando boxes are ideal for a quick brunch, but the real magic comes after noon when diners are spoilt for choice. The ramen bowls are a must, here featuring homemade noodles in a long-simmering broth rich in flavour. Shio mushroom and miso chicken options are offered alongside the classic pork tonkotsu.
If you’re in a crowd, the plates of ‘Bites’ are perfect for sharing. Steamed buns of sticky pork belly and katsu chicken are standouts, especially when paired with a few succulent yakitori skewers. The chicken thigh with spring onion sounds pedestrian but is a sucker-punch of flavour. Also don’t miss the ‘Atsui Dog’ – a long-term favourite in the kitchen – featuring a superb combo of sweetmilk bread, kimchi, kewpie mayo and ‘hot sauce’.
Working with everything from matcha to mochi, pastry chef Adri Morel conjures up wonderful Japanese-inspired sweet creations well worth a try. The Japanese cheesecake with miso caramel is a hit.
There’s no shortage of options, from imported sake to Japanese craft beer. While the house wines by David & Nadia Sadie are excellent and well-priced, the wine list also offers a range of boutique cellars at accessible prices.
Brisk and efficient, just like the menu.
A colourful quirky space where kazaridaru sake barrels top the bar and the walls are filled with manga-inspired artworks and buzzy neon lights.
Discovering Japanese food beyond sushi.
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Have you ever stepped into a place and completely forgotten where you were? Like it sent you into a alternative city and time zone? Well this is what it's like when you step into Tjing Tjing and more specifically Torii. We arranged a staff lunch here last Friday, and not for one second were we sorry.
The menu boasts various Japanese street foods and everything I placed in my mouth was delicious. From the pork steamed buns, to the hot wings, to the pork ribs, to the chicken yakitori, to the dumplings, to the miso butter for the roasted corn...(yup I ordered all of those), you can't go wrong.
Do yourself a favour, stop ordering average asian takeaways, and treat yourself to something delicious and authentic.
Food is amazing here. Japanese flavors and the best cocktails in Cape Town. The one thing that did not work well, is that the food came out in stages. Some people in our group had 3 bites before them and were done with 2 before one of the other peoples food came out and she only ordered 1 bite. Still good service otherwise and really enjoyed the ambience
Wow wow wow
What an amazing restaurant! The food was out of this world!!! The trout tempura hand roll was my favorite!!! I wanted to cry of joy while I was eating! The flavors was magical!!! The desert we had was the cheese cake... wow wow wow! I was super impressed and never had such a wonderful experience at a restaurant! Can’t stop talking about the food!! Thank you all for the awesome and friendly service
What a spot!
Torii was recommended by a friend with very high standards and I am so glad we took her advice.
The best dishes of the night were triple fried hot wings, the pork belly hirata and the Atsui Dog but everything we ate was excellent.
The service was great, and the reasonably priced house wine, the Red Blend from David & Nadia, was delicious.
I suspect this little spot will become a bit of a regular for me.
Accidentally stumbled across Tjing Tjing while looking for a place for dinner and now continuously return. Will recommend them to anyone who will listen. The food is absolutely amazing! Their steamed buns and pan - fried dumplings are a must!
Michiel de Witt
I had a dinner party for my birthday at Torii. We were a large group of 12 people but the service was great! The atmosphere is so lively and funky. The waitress was friendly and helpful and was the food is experimental, different, unique, special and delicious. I recommend ordering the mochi (doughnuts) and Jappadog. The restaurant and food is definitely one of a kind! We took so many photos with the interesting and cool Japanese inspired interior. I had a such a lovely night and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves - definitely recommend!
Claire du Trevou
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The food was incredible, the waitrons attentive and hospitable; and every piece of food that came out of the kitchen was considered and delicious.
Both bao - the duck and pork belly - were so airy, juicy, and complex in flavour. I loved the edamame beans too; simple but delicious!
The cheesecake had an excellent wobble, with the sweetness delicately balanced by the salty miso-caramel. But the dango is definitely my desert of choice.
I love that each time we return, there is something new and exciting on the menu. Christi and her team are masters of flavour, and I can not recommend Torii enough.
Absolute gem of a place! Having to visit Cape Town from London frequently, this is one of the few places that provides you with an International feel. It is ultra cool without trying to be (which is near impossible to find in most cities): they’ve created wonderful Japanese food that is accompanied by incredibly well thought out drinks and music.
Suits me as a great restaurant or the best bar in Cape Town. Oozes style without being pretentious.
Beautifull Japanese experience, excellent music @ Tjong Tjing
What a special treat to visit Torri. Excellence in execution for this restaurant!! Beautiful decor with incredible attention to detail.
Fantastic menu with amazing unique flavours.
What an absolute treat of a Japanese experience - the ambience is super authentic, the service is superb, and the food is just unbelievable. We ordered a selection off the menu (how does anyone choose just one thing?!) and each course that came was tastier than the next! The deep fried hand roll was a standout, with a unique take on a classic that completely transformed its texture and taste to another level of deliciousness. We also got snuck a secret taster of a potential new menu item and were blown away - we will have to keep coming back as new amazing plates are invented by Christi and her team!
Delicious Asian food (best to order a few dishes and share) in an amazing space with a really good selection of different wines. We will be back for the dessert!
Each time we visit Tjing Tjing Torii we have the best time. The food is amazing and the staff are the friendliest. Love the atmosphere and styling. One of our top 5 restaurants in Cape Town and definitely our favourite Asian Restaurant.
This was one of the best Japanese experiences I’ve had out side of Japan. Absolutely mind blowing food, the meat dish with the different types of wagyu got me all squeamish until I tried it and it was easily the best thing I’ve ever put in my mouth... in all seriousness this is proper Japanese food done properly.
If you’ve been you know.
If you haven’t, consider yourself told.
Tjing Tjing Torii is one of my favourite places in Cape Town! The best strategy is to order a bunch of stuff from the menu and share. My favourites: Chicken and spring onion Yakitori, Trout Tempura Temaki, Gyoza, Sticky pork belly Hirata and the Chirashi Don bowl. Oh and don’t forget about the Japenese cheesecake with miso caramel! Yum! I highly recommend pairing with a bottle of the Tjing Tjing house wine. If you find yourself there before 3pm be sure to try the Croque Monsieur, it is a must have for any bread lover! Torii is also the most beautiful restaurant in Cape Town and the perfect spot for adding a photo of two to your Instagram story!
On a recent visit to Cape Town with a group of friends, we dined at various popular restaurants. Tjing Tjing Torii came out TOPS! If you are a foodie, I can highly recommend this restaurant. It is truely something different and the food is presented in a quirky way. The flavours complement well and do try the funky japanese cocktails! Highly recommended.