Ginja, Cape Town
South Africa 8001
Tel: 27 21 426 2368
Concierge.com's insider take:
Tables are hard to get at Ginja, an intimate restaurant serving international fusion food close to the V&A Waterfront. This spot has no ocean or mountain views—think instead of a rather urban location with a narrow alley that leads to the front door. But once inside, it's the perfect spot for a romantic dinner, with low lighting and loads of ambience. (You have to walk through the open kitchen to the bathroom, so the energy in chef Mike Bassett's kitchen can be observed firsthand.) A reservation is essential; if you can't get a table, resist the offer of one at Ginja's sister restaurant, Shoga, upstairs (the kitchen crew and menu are different). For starters, try the Around the World Spoons appetizer, where dishes such as baby squid with Italian ricotta are served up in one delicious mouthful. The menu changes regularly, but a standout staple is the rack of lamb that's marinated in a Chinese barbecue sauce and filled with a spicy, curried apple chutney.
Open Mondays through Saturdays 7 to 10:30 pm.