GET A TASTE OF CHEF DAMIAN DAFEL’S ASIAN INSPIRED NOODLES AND STREET FOOD

Chef Damien Dafel invites us into the kitchen of his Sea Point restaurant Dahlia on Regent, which combines the best of local and international flavours.

After traveling and working around the world, Damian Dafel was determined to bring what he’d learned back to South African plates. His latest project Dahlia on Regent is inspired by the tastes and culture of Asian street food. Think biang biang noodles, pickled daikon Sichuan peanut salad and crispy katsu chicken sandos.

Chef and owner of Dahlia on Regent, Damian Dafel.

“Before COVID came knocking on our door I took a trip to visit my brother in China, and fell in love with venturing around the streets of every little village possible to try and indulge in every little bit of food they had. That’s where I started to learn the weird and wonderful things that Chinese cuisine has to offer, not just the Americanised version of their product. There’s a deeper meaning within their cuisine that I identified,” says the chef.

Damian explains that Chinese street food, despite being made to look simple, has this ability to be very complex, as flavours are built within flavours and makes use of a layered approach to cooking.

“Here at Dahlia I’m basically celebrating the flavours and experiences I had traveling through China, and trying my best to pay homage to such an amazing food culture,” comments the Chef who’s menu aims to serve a quick and affordable meal with maximum flavour, in a fun and playful manner.

This spot is an absolute must for anyone looking for an enticing Asian street food experience. 

Dahlia on Regent: 087 470 0296; Shop 2, La Rhone Building, 77 Regent Rd, Sea Point; bookings@dahliaonregent.co.za

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