on Regent


"Fresh, organic & locally sourced ingredients"

Dahlia on Regent is a small Asian Street food inspired restaurant on the golden mile in Sea Point. It is the brain child of owner and head chef Damian Dafel. Damian has travelled the world in pursuit of culinary inspiration...

While working at some of the top establishments such as La Colombe, Foxcroft, Gleneagles (Scotland) & La Tete, Damian found himself wanting to bring his own style of cooking to the world.

Damian Dafel

Owner / Head Chef

Our ethos

Quality Ingredients, Quality experience

With a focus on locally sourced, high quality ingredients, we try and ensure you are really tasting the world through a South African lense. South Africa is a fertile country with a stunning offering of fresh goods, so why look anywhere else.

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  • star rating  We have recently returned to Cape Town after many years in London. While we find a great number of high end restaurants in Cape Town to be absolutely world class... read more

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    star rating  Ordered take-a- ways from Dahlia Sea Point. Outstanding service and delicious food. Had a Sando Special and Biang Biang Beef. Excellent value. Will definitely return. Well done.

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    star rating  We had an amazing dinner at Dahlia for a friend's birthday celebration. Outstanding for me were the chicken wings with dipping sauce, tuna ceviche, and then the short rib noodle... read more

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  • star rating  Very limited menu and the options are for sharing which we hadn't realised until we were about to order.

    Although the menu is limited there are different meat options... read more

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    star rating  The food at Dahlia is off the charts delicious. A small homely restaurant on Regent St that has friendly service to back up the superb food. despite a very small... read more

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    star rating  I tried to call the restaurant to find out if they do gluten free options.

    I was told they do gluten free noodles, I asked if they had a... read more

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  • star rating  Absolutely had a great evening. From the moment we entered the restaurant we had such an absolutely amazing experience. Service excellent and the food out of the books. The ingredients... read more

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    star rating  We had such an amazing time at Dahlia's!!! Beautiful funky little restaurant, well ventilated, friendly, helpful service and amazing food which is also great value for money! The drinks are... read more

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    star rating  Have been to this restaurant yesterday. Felt quite casual, small tables and an open atmosphere, the dishes are come in bowls and are basically a lot of Suyuan peppers with... read more

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  • star rating  Loved this little eatery. The sticky aubergine miso and the short rib noodles were both delicious. The service was friendly and helpful.

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    star rating  We had a lovely evening there with friends. starters and desert were lovely but the mains were average. interesting flavours but so oily and very rich! all 5 noodle dishes... read more

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    star rating  After reading a review I had to track down and try this place which sounded amazing. It is a cute little 'shoebox sized' cozy restaurant where you huddle close to... read more

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  • star rating  Took our Italian friends on Sunday for lunch, table of nine. The food was faultlessly brilliant, Damian is going places with this small menu of nibbles & noods. Half the... read more

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    star rating  Not a big fan of Chinese food but I was completely blown away. We were a group of four and ordered and shared virtually every dish on the menu -... read more

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    star rating  Treat yourself to some Asian-inspired food. Packed with flavour and ever single dish a winner...we're still arguing about our favorite. Will have to come back.

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  • star rating  Really enjoyed this dining experience. Staff were attentive and knowledgeable. We had all the starters which all were sublime. I would say I would rate the starters AS good as... read more

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    star rating  Unbelievable food! Every bite is packed with flavour! Thank you for the excellent service, we will be back soon. Next time we need to pace ourselves and save room for... read more

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    star rating  Everything we ate at Dahlia on Regent was delicious! We started with some spicy wings and pork buns. The Szechuan chilli dip the buns come with deserve its own fanpage... read more

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  • star rating  Dahlia on Regent.. oh my word....what a treat and a while writing this and looking at the pics, brings back the taste sensation of just a few hours ago when... read more

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    star rating  Beef ribs with noodles and a slice of coconut cake hit the spot!
    the menu is small but lovely, fresh and unpretentious as are the people.
    no fussing, big portion.... read more

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    star rating  Fantastic flavors, kind service, unique atmosphere. If you are looking for a place where the food starts a conversation this is the spot for you!

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  • star rating  Went to lunch on a Saturday afternoon. Full Covid protocols observed.
    The menu is small but the portions are big. Very attentive service from the wait staff but the... read more

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    star rating  Unpretentious and delicious. Snacks, giant bowls of hand pulled noodles all really hitting the spot. Incredibly reasonable. Modest selection of good wine and beers.
    The screening process and sanitisation was... read more

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    star rating  Went for lunch with friends after they re-opened with the new menu. Banging flavours and vibe. Great value for money. Highly recommend.

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  • star rating  We absolutely loved our dinner at this tiny gem of a restaurant in Seapoint. Every dish was tastier than the next and the Chef was super friendly and welcoming and... read more

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    star rating  Chef Damian has done an incredible job of taking some traditional chinese meals an turning them into absolute taste sensations. All the noodles are handmade and can be watched as... read more

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    star rating  We made a spontaneous little stop at this little gem. The food was so beautifully plated, fresh and delicious. We were looked after so beautifully and the chef
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  • star rating  The venue is lovely, intimate and relaxed. The staff are immediately warm and welcoming, as is the head chef who is spectacular! Huge flavors and a wonderful, playful take on... read more

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    star rating  We were really looking forward to our meal at Dahlia as the restaurant had some good write ups.
    I guess we went on the wrong night. They advertised Picanha as... read more

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    star rating  I went to Dahlia on Regent for a welcome back to Cape Town dinner and we could not have chosen a better suited restaurant. Staff were very friendly, great atmosphere,... read more

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On the Gram

We are closing our doors

All good things come to an end, and unfortunately Dahlia is one of them.

Chef Damian is embarking on a new adventure, so keep your eye out on our Instagram to follow his journey and hopefully one day we will see Dahlia once again