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Kyoto Garden Sushi Japanese Restaurant

Kyoto Garden Sushi Japanese Restaurant
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Cost
R175 avg main meal
Ambience
Contemporary cool
Food
Asian, Japanese, Modern, Sushi
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
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Critic's review

Richard Holmes

Food
Don’t believe the name: Kyoto Garden is about so much more than sushi. Rather, this is easily the finest Japanese food in the city. While the sushi is certainly superb, you’d be foolish to miss out on the wide-ranging menu of dishes that take classic Japanese ingredients and flavours and reinvent them into a new realm of Asian cuisine. Begin your flavour journey with the wonderful soups: ‘The Sea’ is all about clean, elegant flavours in a clear broth that swims with prawns, scallops and octopus. It is superb. The ‘Salads’ are likewise a revelation, with the Japanese coleslaw turning cabbage and crayfish into one of the more memorable dishes on the menu. If space and budget allows, let a small plate of feather-light tempura ready you for the main course. As with the rest of the menu, seafood dominates the mains, although the sautéed noodles and duck will keep meat-eaters happy. But then you’d be missing out on the clams steamed in sake, or the succulent seared scallops. Owner Scott Wood goes to enormous lengths to get top-quality seafood and it shows in each and every dish. Unsurprisingly, the sushi is outstanding, and a fine reason to visit. Served in a more traditional Japanese style, the sashimi and sushi celebrate the delicate flavour of the seafood, so don’t expect sweet chilli sauce or deep-fried California rolls. To finish, the ice cream of black sesame seeds is delicious, and a perfect match for the clean Asian flavours that define the menu. Although the prices may seem high, this is remarkable Asian cuisine and well worth splashing out on. Early-evening and winter specials offer a more affordable experience.

Drinks
There’s a decent wine list of local estates, but rather pair the meal with Japanese sake, served warm or chilled. Owner Scott Wood is always on hand to suggest a good pairing. Order a sake-infused cocktail while you pore over the menu, while the selection of Japanese single malts offers a great way to end off the evening.

Service
Efficient and friendly, but service tends to slow down as the kitchen gets busier.

Ambience
A garden in a busy city is how Wood likes to describe his restaurant, and the bamboo and blonde wood certainly add a dose of Japanese serenity to the space.

And…
There’s a private dining room next door that is perfect for larger groups and celebrations.

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  • Eat Out

    It’s easy to miss Kyoto Garden Sushi, on Lower Kloofnek road, a couple of doors down from Rafiki’s and The Power and The Glory. But this unassuming eatery was named Best Asian Restaurant at the Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards in November 2014.

    The judge for the ‘Best of’ category – which recognises eateries that are at the top of their game, but don’t fit into the fine-dining category –
    Caro de Waal, explains. “At Kyoto Garden they create quite wonderful taste sensations using simple ingredients,” says Caro. “Dishes are cooked with delicacy and perfection. This is Japanese food at its clean and simple best in South Africa. It’s a very special place to go for an extraordinary experience. Quite stunning.”

    The restaurant owner, Scott Wood, labels Kyoto Garden Sushi’s food philosophy as one of fresh flavours, visual harmony and elegant simplicity. “We have a very skilled Japanese chef and a menu that is unique, consistent and full of quality and surprises.”

    Currently Scott and his team are working on some exciting new dishes. “We’ve been working on one that uses sweet prawn and giant clams. Japanese drinks have always played a big part in what we do; we have some new sakes and Japanese beers added to the menu. And we’ve finally managed to get our hands on a very rare Japanese whisky, which will hopefully wow whisky aficionados.”

    Sound like the business to you? Read the full review below.

    Food 

    This shrine to Japanese cuisine offers much more than sushi and sashimi. Fresh seafood is the specialty, with no net unturned in sourcing top-quality, unusual ingredients from around the world, from farmed abalone to Mozambican conch, eel, sea urchin, and even king crab, deep-sea scallops and wild salmon from Alaska.

    Exquisite combinations – imagine sake-steamed clams – capture the subtle tastes and textures of Japanese cuisine. Enjoy superb sushi from the bar. Try the signature clear broth called ‘the sea’ or crayfish miso soup, and the feather-light tempura scallops, vegetables, prawns and oysters.
    The combinations are innovative, the flavours fresh and delicate. The fare reflects the savoury essence of umami in stocks and dressings infused with mirin, dashi, ponzu, ginger and soy. Vegetarians are spoiled for choice with fresh seaweed salad with shitake mushrooms, vegetable tempura and exotic mushroom dishes.

    Leave space for delicious desserts of sesame seed ice cream or toasted tofu with ginger and cherry blossom ice cream.

    Drinks
    The cocktail menu tempts with Green Tea Destiny or a Ginger Misawari infusion. An unusual beverage list includes Japanese beer, sake and twenty Japanese single malt whiskies, as well as wines from top Cape estates.

    Service 

    The owner offers hands-on advice on specialties and combinations for initiates to the world of fine Japanese dining. Note that that every dish is prepared freshly on order, so it might take a bit of time.

    Ambience
    This is sushi for sophisticates, against the backdrop of very cool, minimalist decor. Expect an intimate, tranquil setting in the Zen zone with light wooden and paper textures, white blinds and screens.

    And…
    Book a private room for a special occasion – your dinner guests will feel like they are at home in a Japanese villa.

  • Graham Howe

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    This shrine to Japanese cuisine offers much more than sushi and sashimi. Fresh seafood is the specialty, with no net unturned in sourcing top-quality, unusual ingredients from around the world, from farmed abalone to Mozambican conch, eel, sea urchin, and even king crab, deep-sea scallops and wild salmon from Alaska.

    Exquisite combinations – imagine sake-steamed clams – capture the subtle tastes and textures of Japanese cuisine. Enjoy superb sushi from the bar. Try the signature clear broth called ‘the sea’ or crayfish miso soup, and the feather-light tempura scallops, vegetables, prawns and oysters.

    The combinations are innovative, the flavours fresh and delicate. The fare reflects the savoury essence of umami in stocks and dressings infused with mirin, dashi, ponzu, ginger and soy. Vegetarians are spoiled for choice with fresh seaweed salad with shitake mushrooms, vegetable tempura and exotic mushroom dishes.

    Leave space for delicious desserts of green-tea crêpes or toasted tofu with ginger and cherry blossom ice cream.

    Drinks  

    The cocktail menu tempts with Green Tea Destiny or a Ginger Misawari infusion. An unusual beverage list includes Japanese beer, sake and twenty Japanese single malt whiskies, as well as wines from top Cape estates.

    Service 

    The owner offers hands-on advice on specialties and combinations for initiates to the world of fine Japanese dining. Note that that every dish is prepared freshly on order, so it might take a bit of time.

    Ambience 

    This is sushi for sophisticates, against the backdrop of very cool, minimalist decor. Expect an intimate, tranquil setting in the Zen zone with light wooden and paper textures, white blinds and screens.

    And… 

    Book a private room for a special occasion – your dinner guests will feel like they are at home in a Japanese villa.

    (August 2014)

     

  • Brent Meersman

    A lovely, quiet place with excellent food. Good for a romantic date. Order the veg tempura and top quality sushi. (Eat Out magazine 2014)

User reviews

  • we have been to Kyoto before for their winter menu special last year, when we saw that they had another winter special again this year as provided on Eat Out website, the winter special menu which we read sounded very exciting and we decided to book again (R170 for 3 courses and a glass of wine sounds like a great deal at this usually very expensive restaurant) we were disappointed to see the same menu as last year, not the new winter menu as advertised, also , didn't taste as good second time around....
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  • South African Eat Out Mercedes Benz Restaurant Awards 2014 - Die Kombuis

    […] Asian Restaurant: Kyoto Garden Sushi (Cape […]
  • This restaurant ain't cheap, but the food is simply sublime. Treat yourself if you love Japanese food. Scott, the owner, is a true seafood connoisseur and you'll find dishes (beers and whiskey too) here that would be very hard to come by in other Asian restaurants in SA. If available, try the Toro, and the yellow tail sushi. We also shared and enjoyed the 'rice with special fish' and 'prawns with noodles'. And don't forget to end the meal with a raspberry sake. A wonderful, traditional Asian restaurant, truly a cut above the mainstream sushi joints.
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  • South African Eat Out Mercedes Benz Restaurant Awards 2014 - Die Kombuis

    […] Asian Restaurant: Kyoto Garden Sushi (Cape […]
  • Come here to eat probably the best Japanese food available in Cape Town in a very tranquil environment. The atmosphere is very similar to that of Japanese restaurants in Tokyo with candles everywhere, bamboo decorations, quiet calming music, the works. The menu is extensive, and I'll be honest, on the more expensive side. The food can come out slowly as every dish is prepared fresh to order. The wine list is small and reasonably priced, and our waiter, Will, was excellent; very knowledgable and friendly. Try going with loose purse strings, you will want to taste as much as you can on offer! The tuna tartare and fresh oysters are amazing, and try the scallop and miso soup!
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  • South African Eat Out Mercedes Benz Restaurant Awards 2014 - Die Kombuis

    […] Asian Restaurant: Kyoto Garden Sushi (Cape […]
  • A gentle and serene environment, excellent service and quite simply the finest Japanese food in Cape Town (or in any other town in SA). Subtle flavours, imaginitive creations and beautiful presentation. Not inexpensive, but absolutely excellent value. Mike Braude
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  • South African Eat Out Mercedes Benz Restaurant Awards 2014 - Die Kombuis

    […] Asian Restaurant: Kyoto Garden Sushi (Cape […]
  • Waitress is vacant as a car lot; add salt and lemon to a crayfish tempura (with its she'll still on???), how could you possibly give this restaurant an award? Really poor quality. I agave had better sushi.
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  • South African Eat Out Mercedes Benz Restaurant Awards 2014 - Die Kombuis

    […] Asian Restaurant: Kyoto Garden Sushi (Cape […]

Specials

Winter Specials at Kyoto

The Kyoto Garden Sushi Winter Special for this year is R170 for three courses and a glass of wine. Menu items to choose from include tuna tartare, ceviche, shiitake mushrooms with salmon and black sesame seed ice cream.

 

 

Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Beer served
  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
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  • Licensed
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  • Serves food
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