It’s fake Friday and a long weekend. What better way to celebrate than with the energy and design inspiration found at Tjing Tjing. Based on Cape Town’s Longmarket Street, Tjing Tjing has three striking restaurant spaces filtered across each floor – Tori, Momji and Momji Lounge.
On the ground floor Tori has a youthful energy with its neon lights, cosy bar and casual, modern dining experience, where the menu inspired by Japanese street food.
The first floor houses the low-slung, reservations only Momji Bar and Momji Lounge. After the energy and bold reds of downstairs, it’s a calmer, sophisticated space. The two spaces offer contrasting elements.
Pale maple booths are contrasted with black cushions, a black staircase and carbon-stained ash screens can be found in the Lounge, while the bar offers sunken seats, dark-grey hues and a moodily lit bar set the scene for whimsical cocktails inspired by Japanese fairy tales.
Wallpaper designed by Terence Kitching and Kim Bischofberger and printed by Robin Sprong creates a vibrant layering of imagery from old Japan with modern pop culture references. Industrial designer Warren Franken designed the steel-and-wood bar that occupies the central space, the oak booths that line the wall and the oak bars that create a screen to shield diners from the passage.