Sitting cheek by jowl with some of the city’s hippest watering holes and street-food joints, this serene gem on Kloof Nek Road’s busiest corner is consistently ranked among the best by some of Cape Town’s top chefs and connoisseurs (Franck Dangereux, Peter Tempelhoff and John Maytham, to name a few). Here, beautifully crafted, non-fussy sushi, is served in a warm, minimally decorated space, with hands-on owner, Pennsylvania-born Scott Wood ensuring diners are treated to the ultimate guest experience. His attention to detail is evident in every aspect, from the perfectly lit interiors to the time-honoured Japanese traditions that are incorporated into your meal, such as watching your waitron painstakingly grate fresh wasabi stem to accompany your sushi (which may sound tedious, but is actually fascinating).
Six-course set menu
While you can order à la carte, the six-course set menu (R780 for two) is the way to go. Not only do you get to experience a range of exquisite flavours and unusual ingredients (from creamy tuna tartare to delicate vegetables lightly fried in a tempura batter), it’s also ridiculously good value for money, (though it might look pricey at first glance). Plus, it rolls out at a steady pace, so there are no long waits between courses.
On the six course set menu:
Chef creation of sushi, sashimi and California rolls
Ramen noodles with prawns
White sesame-seed ice cream
Kyoto is the perfect place for a special-occasion meal. And, the best part: you won’t wake up with an MSG hangover – Scott is forensic about the authenticity of the ingredients used. Stick around late enough, and he might just pour you a glass of Hibiki Harmony Blended Whiskey…