As the Easter Weekend is right on our doorstep, Cape Town is buzzing with SA holiday makers and tourists alike. I happened to notice this as QueenB! and I sat down for lunch at Zenzero in Camps Bay – another one of mastermind restaurateur, Paul Kovensky’s, creations. At 12:30 on a Tuesday afternoon, Camps Bay was swarming with people!
Tucked, but not hidden, between Paranga and The Kove, Zenzero is seemingly the only traditional Italian Restaurant on the famous Camps Bay strip. On arrival we were immediately greeted by the enthusiastic and on-the-ball manager, Igshaan. Seated at the front of the restaurant QueenB! and I got the chance to gaze at the most magnificent view of Camps Bay Beach, whilst sipping on cocktails. With a Bouncing Berry (Sparkling wine, vanilla sugar, Crème de Cassis & Fresh Strawberries) and a Strawberry Daiquiri in hand, we kicked off our lunch with a buzzing good feeling.
For starters we had the Ricotta and Lemon stuffed Calamari and the Butternut Gnocchi. The calamari was delicious, but the Gnocchi was a bit too heavy. I remember having it a while back and loved it, but this time it came with a very rich creamy sauce. I was warned that it was rich by our waiter ‘The American’, so it was my own fault, but either way it was very tasty!
Being a sunny day in Cape Town (hopefully not the last) we opted for fish. QueenB! had the Grilled Salmon, which I sneaked a taste and it was delectable – I had serious food envy. I on the other hand chose the Parma Ham wrapped Kingklip with steamed broccoli. It was OK, nothing to shout about. The Parma Ham could have been a bit crispier, but the fish was done to perfection. The broccoli, surprisingly, was the star of the dish. To accompany our meal, we chose a bevy of French Fries, scrumptious Mash Potato and Butternut with Mushrooms.
By this time, we were ready to roll out of there – literally! But as all good meals should end, we finished off with dessert and espressos. We shared the Lemon Tart and the Lindt Dark Chocolate Fondant, which was intensely rich, but utterly decadent.
Google Translate tells me that ‘Zenzero’ means Ginger. I have to admit that I did not see any relation to the menu, but I am sure Paul has a good reason. I would love to know why he chose to create a restaurant that serves purely Italian food, and where he got his inspiration from.
Needless to say, QueenB! and I were impressed. Paul Kovensky seems to have the perfect recipe for great restaurants: excellent food, good service, great ambiance and the perfect setting!
WorkerB!……..Signing offShop 2A, The Promenade
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