A selection of the finest spots to find this firm Japanese favourite
If you’re on the lookout for premium sushi restaurants in Cape Town, then pick up those chopsticks and take a gander at our comprehensive overview of upscale (though not always economical) spots below. From traditional Asian eateries to fine seafood restaurants that specialise in this popular Japanese cuisine, we’ve got the lowdown on just where to get your favourite bite-sized fix (not to mention, cash in on a few top-notch specials).
TOP SUSHI RESTAURANTS IN CAPE TOWN AND SURROUNDS
Situated in the spectacular luxury One&Only hotel at the V&A Waterfront, the internationally acclaimed Nobu offers a first-class authentic Japanese taste experience. Founded by world-renowned celebrity chef Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa, the restaurant dishes up classic oriental fare that’s been given a contemporary twist with the use of distinct local flavours. Rather than focusing on the standard sushi options, Nobu’s trendy Ceviche Bar serves innovative small-plate Japanese tapas made with fish pulled fresh from South Africa’s coastline. Guests can choose from an array of unique combinations, such as Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeno, Foie Gras Sushi, Langoustine Sushi Rolls and White Fish Sashimi with Dried Red Miso. At the Nobu Lounge upstairs, visitors can then round off their meal with a selection of Japanese beers, sakes (a traditional Japanese drink made from fermented rice) or Asian-inspired cocktails, such as the Saketini (a mix of Grey Goose vodka, Hokusetsu sake, Takara Plum Wine, Cointreau and cranberry juice).
Opening Times: Monday – Sunday: 6pm – 10:30pm
One&Only Hotel | Dock Road | V&A Waterfront | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 431 5111
Beluga and Sevruga
Sultry sister restaurants Beluga and Sevruga, which are based at The Foundry in Green Point and at the V&A Waterfront respectively, offer a daily sushi and cocktail special as tasty and tantalising as the beautiful people who frequent their elegant tables. The half-price deal applies to all individual sushi pieces, sushi platters, dim sum dishes and cocktails, and runs for lengthy scheduled periods every day of the week at both venues (including all day on Sundays at Beluga). As part of this special, guests can dine on exquisitely made, beautifully presented morsels at only a fraction of the normal cost. You can opt to share one of their generous platters among friends or mix and match your own individual creations (the extensive menu includes options like Creamy Prawn Salmon Roses or Eel Nigiri). To complement the fresh fishy flavours, team your choice with a zesty cocktail (we suggest the Blood Orange Coconut Mojito or the Banana and Litchi Daiquiri). All of these delicious offerings are best enjoyed either in Beluga’s quaint cobblestone courtyard or on Sevruga’s expansive outside deck while watching the boats go by.
Opening Times: Monday – Sunday: 12pm – 11pm
Half-Price Special Times: Beluga: Monday – Saturday: 12pm – 7pm; Sunday: all day. Sevruga: Monday – Saturday: 12pm – 6pm; Sunday: 2pm – 6pm
Beluga: The Foundry | Prestwich Street | Green Point | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 418 2948
Sevruga: Shop 4 | Quay 5 | V&A Waterfront | Cape Town | + 27 (0) 21 421 5134
If you are looking for no-fuss, top-quality sushi with a full, tantalising taste and fine finish, then Takumi Sushi, which is run by Head Chef and sushi master Hatsushiro Muraoka (affectionately known by Capetonians as Papa San) is the place to go. As a Japanese retreat situated inside an old Victorian house in the city centre, its setting and feel is as surprising and quirky as the owner himself. Enjoy Papa San’s humble hospitality as you dine on delicious, innovative options like Coriander Inside Out Rolls (a combination of seared salmon, avocado, cucumber, coriander and yuzu lime mayo) or Spider Rolls (which comprise of tempura soft-shell crab, avocado, cucumber and mayo). During the cooler months, claim a table in the back outside area for a cosy alfresco experience; alternatively, if you’re seeking a quick takeaway meal, order your sushi to go.
Opening Times: Lunch: Tuesday – Friday: 12pm – 2pm; Dinner: Monday – Saturday: 7pm – 10pm
3 Park Road | Gardens | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 424 8879
Willoughby & Co
A firm favourite among locals and visitors alike, this lively, lauded sushi venue spills out into the hustle and bustle of the V&A Waterfront’s main shopping space. Do a spot of people-watching as you take time out from Cape Town’s relentless pulse to savour Willoughby’s delicious bite-sized fare. Sink your chopsticks into a wide range of sensational options, such as the Jalapeno Salmon Sashimi (thinly sliced salmon with jalapeno ponzu dressing) or the Salmon Grenades (salmon roses filled with spicy salmon, dressed with chilli mayo and sweet soya sauce and topped with spring onions and tempura). No visit to this seafood utopia would be complete without a browse through their in-store wine shop; bag a bargain from their selection of top-quality wines sold at competitive retail prices. Do note, Willoughby & Co is very popular and doesn’t accept bookings, so expect to wait during busy periods.
Opening Times: Monday – Sunday:12pm – 10pm
Shop 6132 | Lower Level | Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre | V&A Waterfront | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 418 6115
Two Oceans Restaurant
Located at Cape Point, the scenic stretch of land that forms the most southwesterly tip of Africa, the Two Oceans Restaurant overlooks the glistening sea that spreads out below and offers up cuisine fine enough to rival this panoramic view. Its chic new sushi bar – which was added in a July 2012 renovation and is now run by Thai chef Sarawut Sukkowplang – serves up innovative fare as fresh as the oceanic surrounds. Diners can choose to indulge in an assortment of inventive individual rolls, like the Tempura Prawn and Shitake Mushroom Roll topped with Tuna and Salmon, or tuck into generous sushi platters, such as the Rainbow Platter, all while taking in the captivating edge-of-the-world allure of this breathtaking setting.
Opening Times: Monday – Sunday: 9am – 5pm
Cape Point Peninsula | Cape of Good Hope Section | Table Mountain National Park | +27 (0) 21 780 9200
This swanky, sophisticated meze and wine bar, which rests on Camps Bay’s buzzing seaside strip, upholds the mantra that good food tastes even better in good company. So, gather a few friends and seat yourselves at a table or on a comfy sofa to share an ocean-fresh sushi platter paired with a top-notch bottle of red or white. All of the firm favourites are on offer at Mezepoli, from maki and nigiri to rainbow rolls and sashimi, giving the eatery’s myriad of delicious meze options a distinct Japanese twist.
Opening Times: Monday –Saturday: 12pm – 10pm; Sunday: 12pm – 9:30pm.
The Promenade | Victoria Road | Camps Bay | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 438 1915
Nestled in the quaint, sleepy suburb of Noordhoek, this hidden Asian gem is a must-visit when trekking over to the other side of the mountain. Found at the De Noordhoek Lifestyle Hotel in the bustling Noordhoek Farm Village, the eatery’s relaxed atmosphere and focus on fresh, locally sourced fare fits in well with the ethos of the charming community it’s located in. In addition to conventional favourites like maki, nigiri and rainbow rolls, the restaurant also conjures up a few unusual (and utterly delicious) options for those with a more adventurous palate, such as the Crispy Cajun Roll (fried salmon skin wrapped in rice and served as a california roll). If you find yourself overwhelmed by the sheer range of sushi options, opt to design your own 12-, 20- or 60-piece platter at a very reasonable set price. A takeaway option is also available.
Opening Times: Monday – Sunday: 12pm – 9pm
De Noordhoek Lifestyle Hotel | Noordhoek Farm Village | Noordhoek | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 789 2760
Boasting an uninterrupted 180-degree view of the Atlantic Ocean’s cooling waters, Wafu occupies prime position in popular seaside suburb Mouille Point. And with a superb sushi and cocktail menu to rival this vista, it’s no wonder this bustling Asian-inspired eatery has become known among locals and tourists alike as a Cape Town stronghold of fresh, fine cuisine. So, gather friends and family and relish the sea breeze in your hair and sun on your face as you take in the stunning setting and share a variety of dishes off the alfresco restaurant’s Asian tapas menu. Tantalise your taste buds with innovative combinations like Ume (sour plum) or Takuan (pickled radish) Maki Rolls or spice up an order of sashimi with sesame, soya and wakame dressing. Those looking to follow this with a more substantial meal can head downstairs to the sophisticated Wakame restaurant for an array of contemporary Asian- and French-inspired a la carte options (the same sushi selection is available upstairs and downstairs).
Opening Times: Lunch: Monday – Friday: 12pm – 3pm; Saturday – Sunday: 12pm – 3:30pm; Dinner: Monday – Friday: 6pm – 10:30pm; Saturday: 6pm – 11pm; Sunday: 6pm – 10pm.
Corner of Beach Road and Surrey Place | Mouille Point | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 433 2377
A popular hangout for students and Southern Suburbs dwellers in search of a potent wasabi hit, this intimate eatery draws in its customers with its high-quality cuisine and daily value-for-money sushi special. Fifty percent is cut off the price of selected sushi options every day from 12pm to 5pm.. Guests can choose their chow from a scrumptious selection that includes signature dishes like the Bon Bon’s Gift (fashion sandwiches wrapped in salmon and topped with mayo and caviar) or the Salushi Heat (salmon fashion sandwiches laced with wasabi and topped with wasabi mayo and caviar). For a sweet sushi-inspired ending to a meal, there’s the Wasabi Créme Delight among other decadent desserts, and to cool things off, there’s an extensive cocktail range (think a Frozen Fruit Daiquiri or Watermelon Cosmopolitan).
Opening Times: Monday – Sunday: 12pm – 10pm
25 Protea Road | Claremont | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 671 4271
Genki Sushi and Tapas Bar in Stellenbosch
Blink and you could miss this gem in Stellenbosch’s crown of fine eateries, which lies tucked away in a corner of the De Wet Centre. With minimal seating inside and only a small scattering of tables and chairs outside, Genki is an intimate hole-in-the-wall establishment that serves up surprisingly sensational sushi for its size. Owner and celebrated chef Arata Koga often joins his expert team behind the sushi bar, where diners can enjoy watching their food being prepared. Firm favourites include the Spider Roll (which combines crispy soft-shell crab, cucumber and avocado) and the Tempura Roll (a heavenly mix of deep-fried prawn, cucumber and avocado). Visitors can wash down their meal with a limited but top-notch selection of local Stellenbosch wine.
Opening Times: Monday – Saturday: 11:30am – 3pm; 5pm – 10pm
De Wet Centre | Corner of Bird and Church streets | Stellenbosch | +27 (0) 21 887 5699
With scintillating panoramic views of Table Bay and Table Mountain in the distance, coupled with the finest in fresh seafood, Blowfish Restaurant in Blouberg will blow both your mind and taste buds away. Floor-to-ceiling windows and an outside dining area flaunt unrivalled vistas, while a stylish sushi bar serves up tasty bite-sized treats. So, seat yourself in the restaurant’s airy, ethereal interior and select from an array of mouth-watering morsels. The sushi selection changes from day to day depending on the availability and seasonality of the fish, but standard options include unique creations like the Eel Dragon Roll (eel, avocado and banana) or the Princess Roll (prawn, Peppadews, cream cheese and avocado). If you’re feeling slightly cash-strapped, go on a Wednesday or Sunday between 5pm and 8pm for their half-price special.
Opening Times: Monday – Sunday: 6:30am – 10:30am; 12pm – 10pm
1 Marine Drive | Dolphin Beach | Blouberg | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 556 5464
The Square Restaurant
Relish the restful ambience of nature and savour sublime sushi at this tranquil Newlands hotel eatery. Flaunting a glass ceiling, a scattering of indoor plants and the soothing sounds of a trickling water feature, The Square Restaurant, which is located at the Vineyard Hotel & Spa, is the ideal choice for those sushi lovers wanting a quick break from busy city life. Their fine sushi bar serves an array of mouth-watering morsels for both lunch and dinner, and guests can choose from a range of fresh options, such as the Peppadew, Avo and Mayo Fashion Sandwiches or the Smoked Salmon, Avo and Cream Cheese Roses. Alternatively, visitors can gather together a crowd, indulge in a large platter and get the festivities flowing with a bottle or two off their award-winning wine list.
Opening Times: Monday – Sunday: 12:30pm – 3pm; 6pm – 10:30pm
Vineyard Hotel & Spa | Colinton Road | Newlands | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 657 4500