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.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):My friend D opted for their slow roasted lamb shin served with barley & gremolata cream cheese (R165): 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): 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Or if you’re in the V&A Waterfront, simply pop in.