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Experience the Shinjuku Magic: Tjing Tjing Torii’s Multifaceted Dining Delights & Electrifying Atmosphere

In the whimsical world of Tjing Tjing, where the spangly doors swung open in July 2018, diners were in for a treat. The much-anticipated refurb was like a makeover montage in a rom-com, and it instantly caught the eye, even if you wore sunglasses indoors.


Picture this: the fantastic Shinjuku-inspired decor was like entering a parallel universe where you could eat, drink, and just generally bask in the glow of uniqueness. Not one, not two, but four different experiences awaited the curious diners. It was like a choose-your-own-adventure book, but with sushi.



The masterminds behind this four-in-one emporium were owner Ilze Koekemoer, head chef Christi Semczyszyn, and pastry chef Adri Morel. They were united by their love for Japan, which took them on a quest to absorb everything they possibly could about the culture, from the food to the neon lights and everything in between. They hit the jackpot, and it showed.


The three-level building was not just a restaurant; it was a masterpiece. Everywhere you looked, there were details that made you go, “Wow, that’s cool!” It was like a game of culinary I Spy.


But it wasn’t just about the food and decor; they had something extra up their sleeves. An indie-electronica playlist that was so out of this world that it could make aliens dance. If you didn’t Shazam every song, you were doing it wrong. Your ears were in for a wild ride, and they loved it.


On the ground level, you’d find a brightly colored street-food joint that was impossible to ignore. The decor was done by the wizard of interior design, Francois du Plessis owner of FDP Interiors. He created this visual explosion that perfectly matched the palate-popping menu. Every dish they served was like a party in your mouth, and you were the guest of honor.



The interiors were vibrant and cool, capturing the energy of Harajuku and the neon lights of Shinjuku. It was like a psychedelic trip without leaving your seat. They managed to bottle up the essence of bustling yokocho and the charm of cozy bars and eateries, and it was intoxicating.

Tjing Tjing Torii didn’t mess around with their menu. From brunch to late-night, they had everything from temaki to soufflé pancakes, and they added a Tjing Tjing twist to make it extra special. The service was like a warm and friendly hug, and you couldn’t help but smile.


Just remember, Tjing Tjing Torii was a “first-come, first-served” kind of place. If you wanted a taste of the magic, arrive early or put your name on the list and venture upstairs for a cocktail. They had the hours covered from Tuesday to Saturday, from noon ’til late – because good times don’t have a curfew. Fine them at: 165 Longmarket St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town

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