Opera a real clas­sic

No frills, but de­li­cious – and cheap – meals

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of­fer the night we vis­ited, at R90), and although I didn’t try it, my two guests shared it right down to the very last tiny noo­dle, and said it fab­u­lous.

Just as quickly as you can run up the bill once you get caught up in the evening, you can lit­er­ally tai­lor the cost of your meal to re­ally quite lit­tle and still leave feel­ing like you’ve had a good din­ner.

We ate way too much, and only af­ter I left I re­alised that I never even asked about dessert – although there weren’t any writ­ten on the black­board.

Google tells me the venue be­gan as a pop-up of­fer­ing by dim sum guru Yang Zhao, but din­ers pres­sured her to open per­ma­nently.

The re­sult was Bei­jing Opera, which opened its doors in March 2014. Those pop-up din­ers were quite right. We’re all very lucky the restau­rant has be­come a per­ma­nent fea­ture on Cape Town’s culi­nary map.

Our bill, with­out a well-de­served tip, came to R635.

Take note, I see on the restau­rant’s Face­book page that their land­line is down, so if you can’t get through, maybe just pop in.


Some of the de­li­cious dim sum on the menu at Bei­jing Opera in De Waterkant. The menu is writ­ten on a large black­board above the serv­ing hatch.

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