Situated right on Mouille Point’s Beach Road, Manga is a light, airy eatery that is centred on the titular Japanese style of animation. Drawings adorn part of the restaurant, and simple minimalist furniture, expansive glass windows and ambient lighting make for an intimate dining experience. While spectacular views of both the Green Point Lighthouse and Lion’s Head give this restaurant an advantage over its competitors, it’s the menu that makes Manga unique.
Inspired by true fusion feasting, Manga offers diners an array of Japanese cuisine – some classic and some reworked to fit in with local tastes. We sampled the Manga Rainbow Reloaded, a selection of California rolls topped with a variety of sashimi, as well as the fresh edamame beans with miso salt and the tuna carpaccio with mandarin dressing and onion crisps. A standout starter was the miso-roasted brinjal salad with crispy chickpeas and pickled ginger. Its umami-rich undertones make the brinjal meatier than expected, and it’s a great vegetarian option that is satisfying enough to have as a main.
For our entrée, we opted for the beef fillet in a teriyaki-truffle sauce with roasted garlic aioli, and the miso-cured grilled salmon in a shiitake and mirin broth. Both dishes were perfectly executed, with the salmon coming out on top for its freshness and delicate flavour. The side of paprika-roasted baby potatoes with ponzu mayonnaise had a distinctly amalgamated taste that was both reminiscent of Spanish patatas bravas and Japanese tempura batter.
Manga is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. To make a booking or for more details, visit manga-capetown.co.za.