Looking for great views & a family-friendly vibe? Try Ginja in the V&A Waterfront

by Karisa

A few weeks ago I was invited to enjoy a 2 course dinner over at Ginja in the V&A Waterfront. (Not to be confused with the old Ginja that used to be in town – the two are not related)

Some might remember the OYO Restaurant?  They used to do that crayfish special/festival each year…  Well Ginja has taken over the old OYO space which means the same awesome waterfront views, but a new look & vibe along with a completely new menu.

Ginja at night…

A bit blurry – but you get the idea…  Definitely somewhere you want to be during the day to secure some great Instagram shots 😉

The decor is pretty casual, giving it a bit of a street café feel.  I loved the French Bistro chairs and the interesting lighting in the sharing table section.

Their All Day Dining menu is split into breakfast (which is served until 11am – with your choice of buffet, build your own or set breakfast items), salads or sandwiches (R85 – 135), wraps (R120 – R125), a charcuterie board (125 single/245 double), some main dishes (R105 – R165), pastas (R85 – R145), risottos (R125 – R245) and dessert (R40 – R110).

OH also – parent alert:
  They have a really awesome kids menu with everything from fish & chips and mac ‘n cheese, to mini burgers, chicken nuggets, pizza and a couple of sweet things. (prices ranging from R30 – R85 across the menu)

Actually that’s something that struck me on the night – this really is less of a romantic dinner for two vibe and more of a family-friendly zone (without entering into the Spur realm of course), so definitely a nice option for parents who still want to enjoy a classy meal and a glass of wine.

I decided to try their whole prawn, asparagus & pea risotto (R245):

Did feel this was quite pricey, but it was tasty & quite a substantial portion…

My friend D opted for their slow roasted lamb shin served with barley & gremolata cream cheese (R165):

D really enjoyed this dish. I had a small taste too and it was definitely very tasty…

For dessert I tried chocolate cream, honey wafer, pistachio ice cream choc brownie (R70) and D had the deep fried chocolate, coffee semi-fredo (R110):

The brownie is served in a “freak shake” style jar and the semi-fredo is basically a chocolate spring roll.  Both tasty, but did feel the semi-fredo was quite pricey at R110.  Probably wouldn’t order that again.

Overall the food was very enjoyable.  From a setting & ambience perspective I do feel that Ginja’s strength is definitely more around daytime dining.  That’s why I’d rather recommend it as a breakfast or lunch destination so you can soak up some rays.  Also as mentioned above, it’s definitely a great spot for parents wanting to have an “adult meal” while also having great options for the little ones.  I wouldn’t recommend this as a date night option though.

I’m going to give Ginja a score of  on my Miss K Kiss-o-Meter scale.

To make a booking you can contact them on 021 419 66 77 or hello@ginjarestaurant.co.za.  Or if you’re in the V&A Waterfront, simply pop in.


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