February 20, 2013
Eating out Japanese-style in the Mother City
Capetonians are, without a doubt, hooked on sushi – and the fresher, the better. And while it is on many seafood restaurants' menus, the choices are often limited to well-known items like California rolls, sashimi and tempura.
But there are authentic Japanese restaurants in Cape Town that you should give a try, such as Fuji Yumi, which recently moved from Cavendish Square to the city centre. Fuji Yumi serves staples like miso soup, Japanese curry, spring rolls and teriyaki, in addition to sashimi and sushi. It offers a buffet filled with fresh, seasonal food.
Nobu, at the One&Only Cape Town hotel in the V&A Waterfront, has a large menu in which classical dishes have been given a contemporary makeover. Nobu's menu includes kushiyaki, anticucho, ceviche and unusual salads, as well as items like soft-shell crabs, which are rarely found in Cape Town.
A number of restaurants are owned or headed by Japanese culinary masters, which gives diners an opportunity to try dishes beyond sushi and sashimi.
Kyoto Garden Sushi in Kloof Nek Road serves delicacies hardly seen in Cape Town, including sea urchin, farmed abalone and Mozambican conch. It also serves tempura scallops, and its shiitake mushroom salad contains moist, tender seaweed.
Takumi is owned by sushi master Hatsushiro Muraoka. Sushi is, understandably, the speciality of this restaurant in Park Road, Gardens, but it also serves udon noodles and tofu.
Japanese cuisine has truly found a niche in the Mother City, which is famed as a gastronome's paradise.
- This blog has been updated.