Can we please just talk about the spinach har gau from Haiku?
If you haven’t already stepped inside the modishly lit and wood-finished doors of this Asian eatery, get ready to embark on a luxurious culinary tour through East Asia when you do, in a stylish and contemporary setting in Cape Town’s Burg Street. The menu is a library of Asian fusion food, convivially designed from start to finish to delight your every taste bud. Steam, grill, wok and blade dexterity set the scene for modern Asian dining, tapas style. And oh, is it in style.
Now back to that har gau. A simple, classic dish so beautifully executed that it’s a must-try on the dim sum menu. At the kitchen’s helm, the chefs from key provinces in China, Japan and Thailand present incredible diversity and bold flavours, that perfectly complement the bold decor and aesthetic.
If you’re the sort of person who has a tricky time narrowing down your dinner choice and frequently suffers from order envy, we recommend only one thing – share. Start with garlic salted edamame beans, followed by har gau, prawn siu mai, spicy chicken pot stickers and fried wantons. And that’s just the beginning…
Next comes the Korean beef hot pot with celery leaves and mixed chilli sauce, wasabi kingklip with fresh chilli and the ultimate beef steak with bamboo and ginger.
The food comes when ready, to be shared and enjoyed. Start the meal with a fruity cocktail, or skip straight to the excellent wine selection. The well-trained staff is attentive and the service unmatched – you really do feel like your every need is catered for.
The pricing is tricky; no prices are included on the menu, only stars that equate a certain value. Although you may not think you’re spending much, we recommend you keep diligent track of your orders so as not to be met with a whopper of a bill. Believe me, it happens. Haiku really is one of the ultimate venues for fine Asian dining, on a competitive world-class level. Treating a loved one to a birthday dinner, celebrating a special occasion or falling in love on a romantic date, we cannot think of a place better.
Photography Bernard Myburgh Words Lisa Wallace