It’s nice to be able to do a positive review for a change. I went to Haiku the other night for the first time. I know most people are thinking how unusual that is a I normally try out places soon after they open. Well, I did this on purpose becaue I had heard so many bad reports about the bad attitude there. I know that bad attitude can definitely spoil an evening for me so I decided to wait until they were ready to appreciate my custom.
I think I waited long enough as I found all the staff to be helpful and friendly. I had no complaints about the service. Do bear in mind it was a monday night and the restaurant was only half full. I was impressed with the decor, it was very well done and you can see they spent some money on it. It’s all in dark wood, which makes the kitchen stand out as a feature. The kitchen is on the one side of the restaurant and is open so you can see the chefs at work. Around the kitchen is a low counter where people can sit and eat in addition to the tables. The only thing is that between the counter and the tables is the passage so you would have harried waiters running past you the whole time.
The menu is very large. There is a selection of Asian food: Chinese, Japanse, etc. For evening meals it is compulsory to order 4 stars (each meal has a star rating, each star costs R33) which means a minimum food bill of R132 per person. So don’t expect a cheap meal. The two of us had one drink each plus a bottle of wine between us. Total bill was R200 each. The food was fantastic. We ordered Spicy Prawn Dim Sum (3 pieces), Beef Robata (2 pieces), Seared chilli tuna (4 pieces). That was our startes, we loved them all. The beef is not exactly novel, but it was good quality meat, prepared well. The tuna was absolutely magnificent and the prawn dim sum was pretty good too. For mains we had the Black pepper Ostrich (comes with rice) and the Peking Duck (comes with pancakes), both really good. We were so full by the end we could not even contemplate dessert.
All in all a fantastic dining experience, if it was cheaper I would do it often, but at that price it’s relegated to special occasions.