Fodor's Expert Review Haiku

$$ Cape Town Central Asian

This Pan-Asian restaurant's complex menu of dim sum, sushi, and wok-fried items is very tasty, but with all the other great restaurants in town, it's questionable if it's worth the waiting lists, multiple seatings, loud interior, and minimum spend requirement. The dim sum is probably your best option (the steamed scallop siu mai traditional Chinese dumpling with salmon roe is delicious), and the Peking duck with paper-thin pancakes a favorite. Grills include mint lamb chops served with dry red chilies and garlic. Four kitchens mean that dishes arrive when ready, which translates into fellow diners possibly watching while you eat, or vice versa. The owners of Haiku also own Bukhara, the very good Indian restaurant above it. There's a minimum per-person charge of R200, and only two seatings on weekends.

Asian Lively Lunch Dinner $$

Quick Facts

33 Burg St.
Cape Town, Western Cape  8001, South Africa

021-424–7000

www.haikurestaurant.com

Known For:
  • Great dim sum
  • Sleek and sexy but somewhat loud (when full) interior
  • In high season, a strict two-seating dinner policy discourages lingering

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