September 07, 2012
Behind the Sushi Bar with Two Oceans Restaurant’s Chef Sarawut Sukkowplang
Fazielah Williams has lived in and loved her Mother City since birth. Having lived all over the Peninsula during her childhood, she now calls the picturesque City Bowl home and likes nothing more than watching the sun set over Table Bay from the window of her apartment.
A lover of the arts and proud Cape Town fanatic, Fazielah began her writing career by spending many hours as a child conjuring fantastical stories that featured independent heroines from faraway lands who saved the Prince instead. This Capetonian princess has enjoyed stints as a magical arts PRO and TV publicist before finding her calling as a travel writer.
When not waxing lyrical about the Fairest Cape’s most loved attractions and activities and embarking on unexpected adventures, Fazielah can usually be found taking in a show at one of the City’s fabulous theatres.
Cape Point’s stylish Two Oceans Restaurant recently reopened after extensive renovations. In addition to eye-catching decor that is reflective of the ocean it’s named after, the 16-year-old restaurant now also boasts a decadent sushi bar, run by highly skilled chef Sarawut Sukkowplang.
Sea-fresh and absolutely delicious, chef Sukkowplang’s menu boasts California rolls, prawn tempura salmon roses and nigiri. As a fifth-generation sushi chef, the culinary artist has learned the tricks of the trade since childhood. This knowledge was furthered by his training at the Fuji Japanese restaurant in Johannesburg and the Far East restaurant in Durban.
In between whipping up marvellous edible creations and passing on his expert tips to budding culinary masters, chef Sukkowplang chatted to me about his passion for food and Cape Town:
Tell us about the new sushi bar at Two Oceans Restaurant.
The sushi bar is beautiful, opulent, professional and a joy to work in every day.
What are your specialities?
Japanese sushi and Thai dishes.
Why do you think Cape Town is experiencing such a sushi renaissance?
Sushi is healthy, sexy and fresh, and the ways that it can be made and presented are exciting for all sushi lovers.
What sparked your passion for this type of cuisine?
Traditionally, we follow our family’s trade. I was lucky enough to be taken in and guided by my uncle, where I found my passion in making Japanese food. This is where I found the art of making sushi irresistible, and it became a form of beauty, art and a passion for me.
How does Cape Town inspire you?
Cape Town inspires me by the versatility of people and the beautiful surroundings. Watching the delight on a guest’s face when they receive and eat the sushi we provide inspires me to do even better.
If Cape Town was a sushi dish, what would she be?
If Cape Town was a sushi dish, she would be our Two Oceans Platter, a cosmopolitan mix of different cultures, showing off our stunning views in one natural art form.
- For more information about the Two Oceans Restaurant, please visit www.two-oceans.co.za.