Zest Bistro

6 Reviews
Phone Number 0124600275 Opening Hours Lunch Dinner

Lunch: Tuesday to Friday and Sunday 11.30am to 3pm

Dinner: Tuesday to Saturday 5.30pm to 11pm

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Menu - Zest Bistro Menu- Updated April 2018


R90 (red); R70 (white)
Coffee, Groups, Special occasions
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
Accepts credit cards, Alfresco, Booking required, Child friendly, Dinner, Food, Functions, Licensed, Lunch, Parking, Serves food, Takeaways, Vegetarian, Wheelchair

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Diane de Beer


As a retro starter redux, the spinach tart with blue cheese, snails, and bacon onion in a cream emulsion with microgreens is as pretty as it is tasty. Or try the textures and flavours of a cauliflower and calamari combo.

For mains, options include a lip-smacking rolled pork belly with bits of fired pineapple, tonkatsu sauce and five-spice parsnip purée, broccoli and butternut, as well as poached monkfish, perfectly cooked with delicious skin, and exquisitely textured polonaise sauce, toasted nuts and flower vegetables.

Round it all off with an all-time Zest favourite – lemon tart with bits of jammed citrus to add texture and ice cream. Piña colada sago is another throwback option.


The cellar boasts a quality selection of wines, with good suggested pairings.


Service is sharp and charming at this family-run restaurant that’s been around the block.


Contemporary chic – smart yet understated. A recent move to Pretoria’s food hub has given Zest better exposure to the city’s foodies.

(August 2019)

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User reviews

6 Reviews
    I had a great time with my partner and the meal was delicious
    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!
    The first time we went to Zest was during a load-shedding evening and when we arrived there, the power promptly went off too! Thank goodness for gas burners and candles. We had an excellent meal and have been back with family and friends, each time served with exemplary food! They have regular wine-pairing evenings and Sidney's dishes with the paired wines are quite phenomenal. Seafood bobotie with a well-known Sauvignon Blanc was a winner. And their "Lemon Freak" dessert is to die for - burnt lemon tart, zesty creamy yoghurt, lemon confit, seville marmelade ice cream . . . .
    Zest Bistro is a gem and one of the best restaurants in Gauteng. Incredible food, and a great atmosphere. This family run restaurant values their clients and one will struggle to find food of this incredible calibre anywhere else in Pretoria.

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