With Chef Gerard van Staden at the helm, The Hyatt Regency Cape Town’s new restaurant offers an elevated seafood menu that takesCape Town’s culinary offering to new heights.

The fittingly-named Urchin restaurant focuses on locally sourced and sustainable fresh fish and seafood, bringing an upmarket and stylish experience to guests of and visitors to the Buitengracht Street-based hotel.

With a beautiful rooftop venue, Chef Gerard van Staden’s menu ignites all five senses with a combination of flavours and textures. Guests can order the tasting menu or
a la carte, with each dish of his signature menu inspired by travels up and down the nation’s coast and drawing on influences from across Africa, Asia and Europe. While the techniques on show are classic, Gerard and his team aren’t afraid to have a little fun, so diners can expect clever, creative dishes that pop with flavour.

While the focus is squarely on delights from the sea, there are also dishes for vegetarians and meat-eaters. On the tasting menu you’ll find Salmon and kingklip carpaccio, toasted parmesan, truffle oil, sweet pepper salad; Luderitz Oysters with juniper and cucumber caviar; Chestnut Mushrooms with brioche melba, shaved fennel, walnut, goat brie, vinegar; and Salmon Trout with roast cauliflower, sweet potato dumplings, Asian glaze.



Well-known in the industry, Chef Gerard has worked in top-ranking restaurants both in South Africa and abroad. Growing up in a single parent family in Zimbabwe, Gerard taught himself to cook out of necessity, not knowing that he was following a path which would eventually lead him to becoming acclaimed Chef of the Year on three occasions, alongside South Africa’s Number One restaurant in two different locations.