You’ll find Kyoto Garden Sushi on Kloofnek Road amidst a busy and popular hub of bars and eateries… The Power & The Glory, The Sorrows, El Burro Taqueria and the newly reopened Publik to name a few.
Somehow it’s one of those Cape Town spots that I have always wanted to visit but have never gotten round to… perhaps because it’s only open for dinners or because it’s a little more pricey? Nevertheless it’s been on my ‘To Visit’ list for way too long, so I was thrilled to get an invite to come and experience their Winter Special.
“At Kyoto Garden Sushi fresh seafood is the specialty. Exquisite combinations – imagine sake-steamed clams – capture the subtle tastes and textures of Japanese cuisine.”
My sister and I visited on a chilly evening and were happy to step into a cosy and welcoming space. The interior is elegant and understated with softly lit lamps and candles and just the right amount of bamboo and Asian touches to give you an authentic feeling.
Their Winter Special consists of three courses and a glass of wine for R220 each. We started with the Tuna Tartare and Miso Soup which both got a thumbs up, definitely the best Miso soup I’ve ever eaten. For mains we both chose the ‘Rice with Special Fish’ which was Kingklip. We weren’t too excited about this dish however that all changed on the first mouthful, it was seriously heavenly and not one grain of rice remained. Definitely to be repeated.
Before we knew it the restaurant had filled up and our waiter was adeptly managing all of the tables with care and the right amount of attention. We ended off with Back Sesame Seed Ice Cream and Green Tea Ice Cream which were a little on the small side but delicious. The verdict from both of us… ten out of ten!
I found all of the dishes extremely high quality with unusual flavors and such attention to detail. If you’re after a huge portions or greasy grub, then this is not for you however I suggest you make a booking and treat yourself. The Winter Special runs until the end of August.
Image credits: 4, 6 and 10 courtesy of Claire Gunn Photography, other images by myself