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 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. The menu is unique – most items are available in small or large plates with Mediterranean and Asian influences offering a variety of flavours, as well as light and full meals.

Chef Pavel has surrounded himself with skillful staff that have worked with him at previous restaurants, ensuring our guests have a memorable and flawless dining experience.

Service Hours

07:00 – 23:00

07:00 – 17:00

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