#HighburyHearsYou – we at Cape Town Etc are passionate about getting local restaurants back and booming in business. As part of our #HighburyHearsYou initiative, we’re dishing out the deets on some incredible restaurants in and around town.

The Mother City is known as a culinary dream for the keen foodie; there are a number of eateries of any kind you can imagine. One of the most abundant type of eateries are those that make Asian food. Here is where you can get a delicious steaming bowl of ramen or some of the softest bao buns – whatever tickles your fancy.

Tjing Tjing

This Asian eatery has a menu that changes each week, and this keeps hungry foodies waiting for more. Dishes range from traditional Japanese breakfast, steamed hirata buns, yakitori and gyoza along with more substantial ramen or rice bowls. Don’t miss the playful selection of mochi and Japanese cheesecake.

There is a rooftop bar that operates on a first come, first serve basis, so ensure you get there early.

Be sure to try the mushroom and sesame gyoza if you’re there on the right week.

Address: 165 Longmarket St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town
Website: http://tjingtjing.co.za

MANGA:

Manga is a fun and fresh Asian eatery with a little touch of quirk.

“Manga, a reference to the iconic style of Japanese comic books marries Asian pop culture and contemporary flair, introducing an element of fun and eclecticism to favourite Asian sushi. In the spirit of playfulness you will find it tough to choose between the broad mix of eclectic and classic sushi, sushi salads and delicious and fresh poke bowls,” the restaurant’s site reads.

For a light and refreshing taster, try their avocado handroll. If you’re in the mood for something heavier, try their miso soup along with yakitori.

Address: Mojo Market, Regent Road, Sea Point
Website: https://www.manga-capetown.co.za

Tomo

This authentic Japanese eatery is known for its welcoming atmosphere and friendly service. Their menu is extensive and has something for every sort of taste, from fresh and light sushi to heavier noodle and rice dishes.

This eatery has been in the city centre for a long time, and its long-standing base of customers have helped it survive the devastating financial effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Their desserts are also worth taking a note of – try the black sesame seed ice cream for a life-changing experience.

Address: 86 Loop St, Cape Town
Website: https://m.dining-out.co.za/md/Tomo-Japanese-Restaurant/6904

Saigon

Corner Kloof &, Camp St, Gardens, Cape Town

This Vietnamese eatery promises to tickle your tastebuds and leave you wanting more. Located on bustling Kloof Street, it has held its own for long enough to become a fixture.

“The menu is mainly Vietnamese with Japanese influences. Starters to try include the Grilled Chicken Skewer and do-it-yourself Lettuce Wraps accompanied with prawns, fresh herbs, noodles and sweet chilli sauce. Some of the more popular Main Courses are the Chicken Cashew Nuts, their Spicy Beef Basil with chilli sauce and the Saigon Ginger Fish covered in a batter. All the Main Courses can be served with rice or noodles. Saigon’s exotic Deep-Fried Ice Cream is a must if you have space after your lavish First and Main Courses. The ice cream is deep-fried with a batter casting and then served with their honey syrup,” the restaurant’s website reads.

Address: Corner Kloof & Camp St, Gardens, Cape Town
Website: https://m.facebook.com/SaigonCapeTown/

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Lucinda Dordley

Lucinda is a hard news writer who occasionally dabbles in lifestyle writing, and recent journalism graduate. She is a proud intersectional feminist, and is passionate about actively creating a world which is free of discrimination and inequality.