You know those restaurant reviews where the critic rates the restaurant based on the food, the price, the venue's perceived coolness? This isn’t one of those posts. I’m going to be talking about which restaurants are producing the most delicious sushi based on taste and taste alone. If you’ve lived in Cape Town for longer than two days, you’ve probably given the sushi a try. While the standard is generally good across the board there are a few spots that definitely deserve more recognition and some which make me question reality.
If you happen to set foot in the V&A mall around lunch time, you’d be forgiven for thinking there was some kind of celebrity meet and greet happening in the vicinity of Aldos and Woolworths with a queue threatening to reach the walkway. Has Cristiano Ronaldo made a guest appearance? No, it’s just the adoring fans for some of the best sushi in town. Willoubys & Co is second to none. The 4 X 4 and rainbow reloaded is my go to whenever I go to this part of town. Yes it’s a little Joburg style with the restaurant being in a mall but that certainly hasn’t detracted from its success. They don’t take bookings which gives a hint of the demand readily available at the location.
Kyoto Garden is a little on the low key side of life, being half tucked away in a little nook on Kloofnek below across the road from Millers Thumb (another seafood gem) but that’s kind of how most fans prefer it because if the secret was out - we’d probably never get a booking. Expect a wide selection of super fresh sushi and sashimi with a side of all the classics like miso soup, tempura options and some deliciously fragrant curries - if you’re into a bit of a bite. The food is a force to be reckoned with. Kyoto is currently offering a tempting six course tasting menu for two at R1400. Courses consist of sushi, squid, palate cleanser tempura, lobster, dessert (a selection of black sesame, matcha and miso ice cream hmmm). This option is available from 5:30pm to 11pm Monday to Saturday.
Another great sushi spot in the Cape Town Waterfront - should the queue at Willoubys be slightly too long for your liking - I’m kidding - but you’re not keen to settle for Nobu (lets be honest, great hotel location but nothing like the taste of Nobu worldwide) would be Balduccis Asian Noodle and Sushi Bar. Since its part of the Balduccis brand you already know the service is going to be on point but the the freshness of the melt in your mouth sushi especially the perfectly constructed Tamaki and the Tuna Takaki makes it a yes from me.
There are a couple of other contenders for good sushi, Haiku, Harbour house, Saigon and even Nuri (although this one is more fusion style sushi than the authentic Japanese offering) but Willoubys, Balduccis and Kyoto are the ones I make a point to visit when I’m in Cape Town.
Willoubys: +2721 418 115
Kyoto Garden: +2721 4222001
Balduccis: +2721 421 6002
Haiku: +2721 424 7000
Harbour House: +2721 418 4744
Nuri: +2721461 8719
Saigon: +2721424 7670