Exceptional sushi (and value): Kyoto Garden Sushi’s Set Menu

Exceptional sushi (and value): Kyoto Garden Sushi’s Set Menu

Claire Gunn

Enjoy flawlessly prepared Japanese fare in sophisticated surrounds.

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.

Kyoto Garden Sushi Menu

On the six course set menu:

Tuna tartare
Seaweed salad
Chef creation of sushi, sashimi and California rolls
Vegetable tempura
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…

When Monday – Saturday,  5.30pm – 11pm
Cost R780 for two
Contact 021 422 2001, kyotogardensushict.com
Where to find it Kyoto Garden Sushi
11 Lower Kloof Nek Road,
Cape Town


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Time of publication: 28 February 2017

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