Koi (Pretoria)

Koi (Pretoria)
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R110 avg main meal
Contemporary cool, Hip & happening
Asian, Modern, Seafood, Sushi
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Critic's review

Lorna Maseko

Their menu is quite diverse, with a great mix of traditional but also modern style Asian dishes. They have a great dim sum menu which includes favourites like the traditional lamb pau and beef potstickers. Dim sum would be a great start to the meal, but you might want to give their substantial sushi selection the same treatment. Order a selection to get some variety – the new style tuna sashimi, a portion of salmon roses and one delicious spicy tuna hand roll later, you will leave very satisfied. The ample menu offers varied other starter and mains options, including a very tempting starter of tempura soft shell crab with wasabi mayo and ponsu sauce and, for mains, spiced Asian beef fillet and crispy Peking duck.

A good wine list with some really stellar local wines. Arranged according to varietal, there’s also one by the glass option for every type.

Impressive – a great experience all round.

A sexy Asian restaurant, with a fresh looks and touches of light wood. A great space for spending a Friday night with friends.

And …
They have a great selection of teas, including some artisan show tea which unfurls beautifully in the cup.

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  • Diane de Beer

    The food
    The name suggests that fish might be the main focus, but it doesn’t have to be. The menu is varied, starting with dim sum and sushi, which can form the main part of your meal or simply be shared as a starter. Koi’s sushi platters are pretty, generous and served with only a slight nod to western palates while remaining authentic. Main meals can vary from red Thai curry made with chicken, prawns or vegetables to something more traditional like slow-roasted lamb dusted in cumin and coriander and served on mash with a soy-chilli sauce and lime gremolata, which adds Asian flair. Diners will be spoiled for choice with the array of riches on offer.

    The drinks
    Quality is what they’re going for. It might be pricey, but the selection offers excellent wine to pair with the food. If you’re more adventurous, try their Asian-inspired cocktails or one of their special teas.

    The service
    Staff are warm and friendly with a professional touch.

    The ambience
    The no-fuss contemporary design has sleek, clean lines and lots of natural light. Koi’s venue is off to the side in a mainly food-oriented centre with an exclusivity that sets it apart. It has a relaxed vibe during the day and truly comes alive at night.

    In terms of both design and cuisine, Koi possesses an individuality that puts it in a class of its own.

    (May 2014)
  • Stop by for fantastic dim sum and sushi and fabulous cocktails. Koi is perfect for a vibey Friday or Saturday night. The glass doors running along the one side of the downstairs dining room are thrown open to let in the view. Upstairs, there’s another sushi counter and more cosy couches. Warm wooden furniture and floors make it a sleek and smart, yet casual spot. (EO mag 2014)

User reviews

  • Date night at Koi, there was a mix up with our reservation but it was quickly rectified by our waiter Liberty. Beautiful decor, and authentic cuisine. We had spinach and cream cheese dimsum and the Waygu sliders for starters. I had the seared Salmon with wasabi mash and my boyfriend had the peaking duck with traditional pancakes. Menu items are pricey and we didn't see management. Front of house needs attention, I suggest a hostess to handle welcoming of guests. A great evening was had nonetheless.
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  • Wonderful atmosphere. Magnificent, yet pricey sushi. But... We waited 45 minutes for our food on a week night. And the chicken noodle stirfry dish is way overpriced. Not good value for money, in my opinion!

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  • I've loved Koi since I first ate at the Sandton flagship. Koi Lynnwood maintains all the high standards I've come to take for granted. Food was divine as always (had the Wok Charred Beef Fillet), winelist impressive (Always judge a winelist by its by-the-glass offering). Koi Lynnwood is larger and split-level, adding to the great ambience.

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  • Accepts credit cards
  • Alfresco
  • Beer served
  • Booking required
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Wheelchair

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