Often lauded as the city’s best pan-Asian restaurant, Haiku serves a wide variety of tapas with Japanese, Chinese, and Thai influences. Located just below sister restaurant Bukhara, Haiku’s dim interior is decorated with polished granite walls, minimalist dark wood furniture, and carved wooden screens that provide partial views of one of the restaurant’s four kitchens. Additional seating is available at the granite-topped sushi bar, where the chefs prepare fresh maki and nigiri rolls. Menu options also include dim sum, such as barbecued duck spring rolls, and grilled dishes like mint lamb chops with garlic and dried red chilies.
Church Street is the heart of Cape Town’s antique district, so take time before dinner to browse nearby shops and market stalls for vintage jewelry, old china, and ancient artifacts.