The African inspiration

The architecture and use of natural building materials, comfortably complements the global tribal décor of beautiful, intricate carvings and metalwork from India and the fascinating patterns of the Suzani tribal textiles. Subtle texture form the canvas on the walls with understated contrasts brought in by the combination of the stone masonry, raw scratch plaster, rough neutral Earthcote and waxed plaster that has the feel of smooth old leather.

Custom Made Furniture

The furniture is all custom made and slightly oversized, as comfort is key at Zinzi.  Sitting around a low table on ottomans and cushions sharing a meze platter or on a wingback chair at an antique table with turned legs and a pewter chandelier – absolute relaxation is guaranteed. The tables provide for ample space, with fabulous dishes beautifully displayed during each course. Uniquely designed cutlery curiously hidden in a cloth bag and beautiful glassware add to the imaginative dining experience.

Handmade mud chandeliers

Handmade mud chandeliers preside in the interior, with clay balls brought to life by the sparkle of crystal. There are raw textured, natural fibre fabrics in combinations of wheat, stone, ebony and slate colours, with hand printed Suzani fabrics, worn leather and soft suede. Lizard print silver fabrics add a touch of contemporary fun and luscious velvets a sense of opulence.

Meet the team at Zinzi

Sharing their love of food

Zinzi is run by a team of hard-working, passionate people who dedicate their time and energy to making Zinzi an excellent restaurant. Led by an exceptional head chef who is driven by creativity, love for food and desire to see people enjoy the Zinzi experience every day. The Zinzi Chefs are a dynamic team who understand the importance of flavour and fresh ingredients that form the cornerstone of the dishes on the menu. The team place high value on getting to know their guests and sharing their love of food with them.

Dining Experience

Flavourful & Fresh

The chefs at Zinzi Restaurant come from a variety of culinary backgrounds and each brings their own passion and creativity to the menu.
Taking inspiration from Africa and beyond they have created a menu that is a testament to the art of cooking simple yet flavourful food and presenting it in a beautiful and affordable way. The Zinzi Menu changes seasonally to ensure that you not only get to eat seasonal produce but also enjoy the variety our chefs strive for when creating the dishes.

Wonderful Wine Selection

Something for everyone

Zinzi wine cellar carefully houses a selection of vintage and younger wines for you to enjoy. The Zinzi wine cellar pays homage to the wine makers of South Africa, showcasing the best of each wine region. From the cooler coastal Sauvignon Blancs to the rich Shiraz grapes grown on the slopes of the Helderberg in Stellenbosch, each wine is carefully selected and cared for so that you can savour their wonderful flavours while enjoying the sunset over the forest.

Our team is what makes us who we are

Restaurant Manager – Nolwandle Ngwenya

I am in service, I seek to bring value and beautiful unforgettable moments to others through exceptional hospitality and service delivery, while creating a safe place of belonging at Zinzi Restaurant that feels more like home away from home for my guests and staff. My service journey has become more than just a growing passion, I am walking in purpose giving God all the glory!

“The Supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved and cared for by someone else than ourselves.”

Head Chef – William Campbell

I have a very deep love for art, food and cooking. I source only the best quality ingredients from local and artisanal suppliers as well as farming, foraging or making our own quality product wherever possible.

“Food is the most sensual form of art, no other art form has the pleasure to be enjoyed with all your senses”