Walking through the front doors of the newly renovated Tjing Tjing Rooftop Bar is like stepping into a colourful, futuristic, yet elegant and sophisticated Anime.
The bar’s popular attic and rooftop setting, the new Tjing Tjing Momiji and the relaunch of Tjing Tjing Torii all treat guests to a little slice of Tokyo.
On the ground floor, Tjing Tjing Torii has a captivating youthful energy with its neon lights, cosy bar and casual, modern dining experience. The menu includes traditional Japanese brunch, tamago, bento boxes, ramen and classic Japanese confections like mochi.
We spoke to Tjing Tjing’s Head Chef Christi Semczyzyn and Sous Chef Adri Louw about the renovation experience the new menu and what guests can look forward to at the new and improved Tjing Tjing. Check the quickfire Q&A session below.
What drew you to Japanese cuisine?
Christi: I’ve always been interested in Asian cuisine, and as I learnt more about it and was exposed to it more, I realised the simplicity of Japanese food is something I’m obsessed with. When Adri joined us, she jumped in and showed us all the interesting things she could do with Japanese confection and pastry.
What can we look forward to on the summer kaiseki menu?
We are in the final phase of menu planning and can’t reveal all our secrets yet, but the fantastic variety of fruits and vegetables available locally, mostly sourced from our own vegetable gardens, feature heavily on the menu. Ingredients in their prime are meticulously prepared and presented in a simple, elegant way.
What are the most exciting options on the new dessert menu?
Adri: The local palate often finds the texture of glutinous rice-based desserts challenging. I’m really excited to introduce people to mochi, but in a way that makes it a little more familiar and accessible.
Tjing Tjing is located at 165 Longmarket St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001. To book, visit www.tjingtjing.co.za.