One of the world’s special restaurants.
Fyn creates its magic by blurring elements of Japanese cuisine and of South Africa’s wild bounty.
The restaurant is a huge 2 story high space with floor to ceiling glass windows giving daytime views of Table Mountain behind the city and Lion’s Head.
6000 wooden disks are suspended from the ceiling to create better acoustics and a wonderful pebble effect. The kitchen is alongside and part of dining.
Tables have bonsai and are set with chopsticks on charcoal holders.
Japanese lunch boxes, or Bento boxes contain the canape. There is the highly structured set table of the Kaiseki style, where all elements are laid out as a whole on a tray, as a visual as well as taste feast. A main may look traditionally South African but has Japanese influences and ingredients. You will see candied ginger, tempura nori and salted Japanese plum. Wild South Africa is throughout: Springbok and guinea fowl for example. Kelp is used as a cooking base for some fish and meat dishes. The menu changes but may include langoustine poached in dashi; trout with Cape Malay curry vinaigrette plus yuzu atchar gel; abalone and chokkas, truffle and ink mayonnaise; ostrich egg chawanmushi (savoury steamed egg custard).
The food is beautifully crafted and the flavours are subtle fusions… the experience sublime.
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