We have visited Haiku many times and each time we go back we wonder why we take so long to get back.
So here’s a quick line up of what we experienced when we went back there for Madeleine’s birthday recently.
We had a excellent waiter called Eric, a professional in that this is his only job. He was so good, just anticipating our needs and being thoroughly pleasant.
Haiku serves a range of wines by the glass so we went for Buitenverwachting Buiten Blanc, which we found too young and too zippy – needs a couple of months for the acidity to calm down a bit. The Jordan Chameleon Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot was just delicious.
spinach dim sum, in a steaming basket with its almost glutinous wrapping, deliciously creamy inside it was too.
seafood congee – a sort of savoury rice porridge with calamari, prawns and fish, chili and fresh coriander – real eastern comfort food
prawn toasts, crunchy prawn spread on croutes of bread and fried
lime chili prawns, good but way too hot chiliwise
kingklip robato from the Japanese oven with stunning ginger sauce
fillet shiitake robato, magical mushrooms with charred fillet, rare in the middle
pekin duck with the plum sauce, julienne of cucumber and leek an steamed pancakes, always my favourite
Our friend Sabi, the owner, popped in – he was working at the renovation of Bukhara the sister restaurant upstairs, he sent us some prawn and chive dim sum and two delicious crisp asparagus and prawn spring rolls, cigarette thin.
All in all a happy time with tiny portions of fabulous tastes.
Haiku is in Upper Burg Street, Cape Town. Tables are booked either for 18h00 [out by 21h00 which suits us fine] or 21h00. 021 424 7000