Wood fire

About us

Zest is on fire

Bulgarian-born Chef Pavel has worked in a number of leading restaurants in Johannesburg and Cape Town over the past 26 years, including Vilamoura, Pigalle, NV-80, and at Utopia Cape Town, where he was co-owner and Executive Chef.  He opened Zest Restaurant in the newkings boutique hotel in June 2021, as owner and operator. Chef Pavel holds values of honesty and trust, a person with soul and no ego.


The brand new wood-fired Grill at Zest is the highlight of Chef Pavel’s new kitchen.  The coals of the Kameeldoring wood give a wood-smoked aroma to the meat, fish and vegetables. Chef Pavel believes that Fresh is best, and that Less is More. Ingredient sourcing is important, and he always strives in buying the best quality.


To run the restaurant Chef Pavel has appointed Executive Chef Scott Melvin at Zest, originally from Scotland, working at Gordon Ramsay’s maze in London, and then followed Chef Jason Atherton to Shanghai for most of his career, recently moving to Cape Town. Chef Pavel has surrounded himself with skillful staff that have worked with him at previous restaurants, including Managers Nelson Ferreira and Patso Ivanov..

Cocktails to the Point!

Wine & Cocktails

Our Cocktail list is designed as a salute to Sea Point, each cocktail named after a landmark of the suburb. Our mixologists prepare all our cocktails with in-house freshly-squeezed fruit juices.

Service hours

MON –  SAT                SUNDAY
7h00 – 23h00          7h00 - 17:00
Reservations recommended

newkings boutique hotel, 2nd floor, Piazza Da Luz, 94 Regent Rd, Sea Point, Cape Town