There’s a new kid on the block at the V&A Waterfront and we can’t wait to check it out! Newcomer, Ginja, opened its doors at Noble Square this week and judging from the photographs it looks like it’s gearing up to be THE place to be this summer. Located in the old OYO restaurant space, Ginja, is the newest addition to Newmark Hotels’ impressive list of restaurants and is jazzing things up a bit with a laid-back and contemporary interior, superb views across the Waterfront harbour to panoramic sights of Table Mountain, and, of course, fabulous food.

Situated on the Waterfront Pierhead, this chic new restaurant was brought to life by interior designer, Francois Du Plessis and architects, Peerutin. Using organic textures in wood, stone and textiles in muted natural colours, the décor is enhanced by accents of metal and clever, ambient lighting. The palette is easy on the eye, welcoming and super contemporary. As for the seating, a mix of long shared tables, smaller tables, and comfy lounge-style seating compliment the relaxed feel of the new space. To put it simply, Ginja looks like the perfect spot to grab a coffee and while away the hours this summer.

Ginja Waterfront

The menu, created by Executive Chef, Stefan Muller, also promises to be a treat of note and includes salads, charcuterie, risottos, sandwiches, vegetarian options, wraps, pasta, seafood and grills plus an extensive list of dishes especially for children. And, for the health conscious, wholesome and banting-friendly options are also on offer along with delectable side dishes including sweet potato fries, pumpkin and polenta fries and deep fried cauliflower. The team behind the new spot are hoping Ginja becomes a coveted place where you can snack or dine out; where you can take the children; where you can meet friends for coffee and cake or enjoy sundowners with friends or colleagues.

There’s also lots of buzz about the coffee – and we all know how much Capetonians love their coffee! Ginja is promising to add a new dimension to coffee enjoyment with the launch of Native Coffee Roasters within the restaurant. Created by Capetonian Murray Lloyd, who roasts his own carefully selected coffee beans, Native Coffee Roasters offers the quintessential experience in coffee appreciation. Native will serve coffee from 06:30 all day and every day at Ginja. You can also purchase Native coffee beans for your home brewing at the coffee bar. The coffee bar at Ginja will also serve a small artisanal takeaway food menu for those who want to grab a coffee and a bite to eat on the go.

Ginja Waterfront

So, if you’re itching to go, then make sure you pop in for a coffee soon. Or, splash out and join Ginja and Waterkloof Wines for an exclusive performance by local musos, Watershed on 30 October 2016. The band will perform at the restaurant and guests will enjoy a very generous picnic lunch (including delights such as sundried tomato and basil tarts, Parma ham, gemsbok biltong pate, chocolate brownies, homemade fudge and much more) together with a glass of a Waterkloof wine. Cost per person is R295 and booking is essential.

Find Ginja on the Waterfront Pierhead, Noble Square at the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town. The restaurant is open every day with all-day dining; from 06:30 to 23:00. For more information say Hi to Ginja on Facebook.