Trout ceviche tacos, vegetable or kimchi gyoza dumplings and crispy scallion pancakes are just a few of the Asian-inspired dishes on offer at this chic restaurant created by a mother and daughter team. Much like the menu the setting is pared down and subtle: a boxy wooden interior laid out across a Melville rooftop and overlooking the delightful greenery beyond of the Melville Koppies, an area renowned for its hiking trails and Stone Age remnants.
The Great Eastern Food bar is for eaters who relish unique and subtle flavours, whose joy in eating is derived from combining delicate tastes. No one who thinks a meal should consist of meat and two veg should darken their door. In fact, red meat is not to be found on the menu. Instead enjoy spicy chicken wings or Korean fried chicken, a bowl of lemongrass and coconut noodles and a refreshing green papaya salad.
Vegetarians will be delighted with the many options. Portions are small but pop with flavour. Everything here is freshly made so this is not a place for impatience, and certainly worth the wait. Order starters to share.
The drinks menu has some interesting options including a range of ‘drinking vinegar’, homemade flavours of raspberry and pomegranate that can be drunk with a Korean liquor called Soju. For an added kick order some sake. There’s also a selection of beers, ciders, wines, whiskeys and brandy plus some refreshing cocktail options that include a blackberry G&T and Soju & Granadilla.
If there for lunch spend some time downstairs (the restaurant is located on top of Bamboo centre) browsing the fabulous Love Books for local and international literary fiction and non-fiction and Convoy for contemporary urban fashion.