In case you haven’t heard, Beijing Opera is a beautiful eatery in Cape Town serving Yang Zhao’s much talked about dim sum. Known for their authentic menu and their beautiful interior, they’ve recently installed wifi here too – a great excuse to add a favourite onto our list of the best places to work away from work.
Yang, the chef and owner behind Beijing Opera, was born in Guangzhou city in China and having spent a lot of time in the kitchen with her grandmother, her cooking is heavily inspired by her Asian roots. Over the past few years she ran a series of popular pop-up restaurants around town. When she was thinking of opening a permanent space earlier this year, she coincidentally found the perfect spot in Rose Street and she jumped at it because the area has such a rich history, the spot was the perfect size and, well, because of its beautiful name.
Yang and her close friend Daniel Ting Chong have always been inspired by the aesthetics of the Beijing Opera, so much so that this is what she decided to name her restaurant. Daniel designed the CI for Beijing Opera and Marco Simal designed the interior – he’s the man behind Superette and &Union too. Beijing Opera is made up of large communal tables, because here it’s about sharing space and sharing food – an important part of Asian cuisine and culture. “We try to keep everything as simple and minimal as possible and this is reflected in the aesthetics of the restaurant,” explains Yang and Naama Tsalik, who runs Beijing Opera with Yang.
The quiet street, big tables and great food makes this a go-to spot for out-of-office admin or a lunch meeting. When you stop by, don’t leave without trying the Prawn and Chive Steamed Gau, a BBQ Pork Bun and some Potstickers – yes, it’s okay to order more than one thing here. Their tea is all the way from China and exclusive to Beijing Opera. Yang’s father is a tea grower in the Yun’nan Province, West of China. He grows organic high mountain pu’er tea, picked from 150 years old tea trees growing at an altitude of 2500m above sea level, and you can taste it. Yang has also teamed up with Heather Thompson from Soma Confection to create interesting chocolates. Try the dark chocolate slabs with jasmine and sesame or wasabi, ginger and red alaea salt.
Visit them at 3 – 9 Rose Street (close to the corner of Strand Street) from Tuesdays to Fridays 10am – 5pm and Saturdays 10am – 3pm. Thursdays they have a Set Menu Dinner Club from 6:30pm – be sure to book at 021 418 1127.
For the September edition of First Thursdays, we’ll be hosting “You Draw Like A Girl!”, a one night only illustration exhibition and print sale featuring 10 local female illustrators, at Beijing Opera.
4 September from 5pm – 10pm.