Cosy Sunday Roast at the Ginja Restaurant Wholesome and artisanal meals to share in a cosy, warm atmosphere


With panorama views of Table Mountain and the water’s edge, Ginja Restaurant, opened in October 2016, is located right next to Noble Square in the centre of the V&A Waterfront and offers a wide range of breakfast, lunch and dining options.

The latest addition to the South-African inspired menu is a traditional Sunday Roast with a local selection of roast meats, fish, salads, vegetables, bakes and desserts. Think of a roast leg of lamb, steamed Saldanha Bay mussels, pork belly with a pineapple and pork reduction, roast potatoes, baked aubergine in a napolitana sauce, and broccoli, almond and feta salad. And for the sweet tooth afterwards, Ginja Restaurant serves you classics like melktart and warm sticky malva pudding with custard.

My personal favourites were the steamed mussels in cider, sour cream and leeks, the duck fat roast potatoes and I wanted to take a bath in the malva pudding and cover myself with that homemade custard. So good! And the gravy – the pineapple and pork reduction – was the best I have ever had. You could make a slide of cardboard taste delicious with that sauce. Just make sure you don’t have any plans after your Sunday lunch, because you will roll out of Ginja and onto your sofa for a ‘digestive’ afternoon nap.

To create a real home-like feeling, all mains, sides and desserts serve two people and are plated in such a way that you can share every meal with the entire family. Big portions at affordable prices! The numerous built-in fireplaces throughout the contemporary restaurant and the soft background music as well as the laughter and chatter around the tables add to the homely atmosphere.

If you want to come on another day, Ginja Restaurant offers breakfast from 06h30 to 11h00. You can help yourself to the hot and cold buffet or order a la carte. The restaurant is open until 23h00.

You are spoilt for choices when you look at the all-day menu. Feel like a Roast Beef Sandwich, a Lemon Pepper Chicken Wrap or rather a slow roasted lamb shin? Fish lovers can choose from options like Oriental Salmon Sandwich, Patagonian Calamari or Hake Fillet. And don’t worry; there are also vegetarian options like Grilled Halloumi Sandwich or Confit Tomato Pasta. Ginja Restaurant is a family restaurant and kids can choose their favourite meals like Fish & Chips, Pizza and Chicken Nuggets from their own menu. They even have their own dessert menu.

Just looking at the dessert menu (for adults) makes me lick my lips: Amazi & Citrus Pudding with Greek Yoghurt, Ginger & Pear Tart with Cream or Chocolate Cream, Honey Wafer and Pistachio Ice Cream with Choc Brownie. And please have a look at the cocktail menu (could be considered as dessert, too, right?). In addition to classic cocktails, they offer artisanal cocktails and even tea cocktails. Ever tried a Rose Hip & Hibiscus Bliss Cocktail with Dilmah rosehip and hibiscus tea, gin, triple sec and sugar syrup? No? It’s about time!

The Ginja Restaurant offers great meals every day of the week and a delicious, unpretentious and wholesome Sunday roast with South Africa’s favourite dishes in a warm and cosy place with great views – what else could you possibly want on a wintery Sunday afternoon (or any other day)?

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Alexandra is a tourist guide, writer, translator for German & English, improviser and environmentalist with all her heart and soul. She enjoys experimental vegetarian/vegan cooking with high emphasis on organic and locally grown food. She is also a tea connoisseur (read: total tea snob). If she isn't hiking up some mountain, enjoying a glass of wine at sunset or getting down and dirty in her little garden, she is happiest driving down an unknown road and ending up at a place that turns out to be a still undiscovered gem.
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