Zenzero gets a sexy new look and a fresh new authentic Italian menu

by Karisa

Zenzero has always been a top option for me as far as the Camps Bay strip goes. The last meal I had there (albeit a couple of years ago) was fantastic… but due to my constant quest for “the next big thing”, I often find myself in a position where I don’t get a chance to go back to a restaurant I loved.

Luckily for me, they recently decided to revamp their menu and interior and along with that came an invite to come and check it out.  Now how do you say no to something as tempting as that?

Their new look is all about warm, neutral tones & textures – so think dark wood, stone & greenery.  It also has a bit of a chic library feel with a new bookshelf-lined feature wall.

It instantly felt super sophisticated but without feeling too fussy, so I would say it’s definitely a great choice for a date night that’s super sexy but also still comfortable.  Let me show you what I mean:

Gorgeous right?  They also have a lovely outdoor dining area which they keep warm & cosy with heaters during colder weather, but which will certainly be a huge hit during the summer months:

The menu has been extended to feature new authentically Italian breakfast, lunch & dinner items.  Think ricotta pancakes with lemon & honey butter for breakfast, or a selection of delicious antipasti, classic pasta dishes, fresh seafood, chicken saltimbocca, or fillet tagliata for lunch or dinner.

To really tempt your taste buds, have a look at the full breakfast & lunch/dinner menu over here.  Kim (my dining partner-in-crime) and I deliberated quite a bit, but finally settled on the following:

The razor clams (SQ) – I have to say, this was super interesting. I’ve never had any kind of clam dish before and this really was a lovely introduction into the world of clam deliciousness…

The mussels (R85) with oregano, shallots, garlic, white wine & lemon. Kim said that these were the best mussels she’s had in a very long time…

I was really torn between the fillet tagliata (R250) and the seared tuna (R220)… in the end I went for the tuna as I wanted something lighter and I really wasn’t disappointed…

But Kim’s choice of Kingklip panzanella (R280) definitely stole the show. This truly was perfection on a plate…

For dessert (which luckily we still had space for thanks to staying on the lighter seafood side of things), I had the Affogato (R80) – vanilla ice cream, espresso (which they did as a decaf for me as I’m not great on caffeine) and almond biscotti:

Loved this…

While Kim went for the frozen nougat (R85) – served with Cointreau, fresh citrus & olive oil sponge:

Another big hit in Kim’s book… and seriously, how pretty?

So yeah, on the food side, we really had an incredible time.  Our waitress was also very knowledgeable and made some great recommendations, which is always such a big plus.  The service was attentive, but not overbearing, the ambience was warm and welcoming, and even the Kove Collection house chardonnay was a big hit.

We really couldn’t fault anything.  On the pricing side, you may find Zenzero to be a bit pricey, but it didn’t feel out of place as far as Camps Bay restaurant pricing goes.  There are a good couple of mains options that fit into the R100 – R180 range, which I think is very fair for the quality of food you’ll be enjoying here.

For all of these reasons I’m going to give Zenzero a top score of  on my Miss K Kiss-o-Meter scale.  To give them a try for yourselves, take note of the following:

  • Address:  Shop 2A, The Promenade, Victoria Road, Camps Bay
  • Tel:  021 4380008
  • Email:  info@zenzerorestaurant.co.za
  • Opening Hours: Open 7 days a week


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