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“Amazing food and great service” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Zest

Zest
Beach Road, Gordon's Bay, South Africa
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Ranked #1 of 13 Restaurants in Gordon's Bay
Cuisines: Contemporary
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Cape Town Central, South Africa
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Amazing food and great service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Such a great find in Gordon's Bay. The food was out of this world. I had the fish cakes (amazing), followed by the prawn and crab cocktail (another starter, also incredible) and then the chocolate fondant (the best I've ever had). My boyfriend had the stuffed mushrooms (which he raved about after), followed by the cabbage-wrapped lamb on mediterranean gnocchi (he also really enjoyed this). Overall we were so impressed, and would definitely go again.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Suffolk
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“A special little place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

We overlooked this great little restaurant on the first evening of our stay, which we now realize was a big mistake.Thankfully we noticed it on the second and were so impressed that we ate there each evening for the rest of our stay.The restaurant is situated right on the seafront and has seating inside and out, the perfect place to watch the sunset.The staff were very welcoming and attentive with a good knowledge of the menu.At the rear of the restaurant is an open hatch area where the chef can be seen creating his dishes in a clean and well run kitchen, the decor has a fresh and modern feel to it and the tables well spaced.The menu, supported by a specials board,offered a good selection to suit all tastes, as well as a good wine choice. The food that came out of that kitchen was some of the best that we have ever eaten,in South Africa or anywhere else for that matter.The line fish was cooked to perfection and served with tasty little bursts of the chefs skills, the chocolate fondant, which was cooked to order, was so worth the wait. We recommend the Zest restaurant without hesitation to anyone wanting friendly service and high quality food.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Toronto, Canada
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Great location and food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014 via mobile

Great place to have a drink and diner overlooking the bay. The calamari salad was absolutely amazing - so flavorful!!

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Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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32 reviews 32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Great find in Gordon's Bay!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

We visited Gordon's Bay on a Sunday and decided to visit zest on the spur of the moment. The staff were friendly and helpful and the menu is comprehensive and full of some interesting dishes. I opted for the burger which has a special "topping of the day" and on Sunday it was caramelised onions and bacon. Can only suggest that if you are going to have the burger - make sure you arrive very hungry! The tasty home-made patty and some nice crisp wedges and side salad make this a very filling dish. My husband had the hake and chips which was crisp and tasty and served with tartar sauce. With a glass of wine and a beer and two Americano coffees the bill came to R236. There is seating outside for sunny days and you can enjoy a pleasant view of the beach and the sea. Their breakfast menu looks superb so we have promised ourselves to go back and try a brunch in the near future!

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Leicester
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Worth a visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Had a lovely lunch, even though it was just a starter, spice prawn & crab cocktail, beats any prawn cocktail I have ever had. A complete twist on the original, spicy, warm and delicately soft and tender. My hubby had Thai fish cakes which he thought were lovely and tangy, would be wonderful with a side dip, staff friendly and courteous. Well worth a visit

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