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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
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Critic's review

John Maytham

Food
Don’t order the sushi or sashimi. Not that there’s anything wrong with it; it’s as good as you get anywhere in Cape Town. It’s just that Kyoto offers so much more than that – it is a journey through some of the most intriguing aspects of the delicacy, subtlety and enduring flavours of Japanese cuisine.

Throw caution to the wind and put yourself in the safe hands of USA-born owner, Scott Wood. If you’ve never quite understood the concept of umami, then clams steamed over sake or the signature soup – The Sea – with its bounty of saline delights in a full-flavoured miso broth, will make the concept crystal clear. If you’re feeling a little less adventurous, the ceviche or the Wagyu beef carpaccio provide the same pleasure. The batter for the tempura is feather-light and the centre, whether vegetables or protein, is crisp and delicious.

The choice of mains is agonising – everything tempts all the senses. Steamed fish in a bamboo pot is melt-in-the-mouth tender, or take a walk through the Alaskan night – a combo of lusciously tasty seared salmon, giant Alaskan scallop and Alaskan king crab. If you do order sushi or sashimi, expect ginger and wasabi of quality equal to the rest of the meal. For the vegetarians there are delicious salads, broths, vegetable tempura and exotic mushroom dishes. Cherry blossom ice cream with chocolate or black sesame seed ice cream will finish your meal in style.

Drinks
There’s been a recent, and welcome, improvement in the wine list, with a very decent selection of cuisine-suitable wines now being offered by the glass. There’s a good number of Japanese beers, and the cocktail menu is extensive and interesting. Shoga is gin, ginger, lime and Cap Classique – it’s thrilling. And Scott’s collection of Japanese whisky is about as extensive as you’ll get outside of Japan.

Service
Informed, friendly and watchful.

Ambience
Zen minimalism informs the restful décor. Wood and paper in cool and tranquil colours dominate the design. There’s also an element of sly wit (the ladies' room door is marked 'Su-she'.)

And
If Scott offers otoro – the fatty belly of the blue fin tuna, taken from near the head – accept. It’s very pricey, but worth every bite.

(September 2016)

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  • Richard Holmes

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    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.

  • 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.

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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 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.

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    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • The sushi is incredible! But so overpriced, R70 for two pieces nigiri. The cerviche was average - I've had way better at El Burro - and the tempura scallops, although huge, lacked any wow factor. The Alaskan king crap was delicious, but was a minute portion. Most shockingly, was the amount of wine in my glass for R50! I sent it back and refused to pay for it, however the manager did come and top it up a little for me. The food is good overall, but we paid R500 pp for 3 starters and a main and 2 drinks each! We also left there with grumbling tummies so I'd rathjer spend that money at Pot Luck Club
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  • Phenomenal dining experience. The food is sublime. There is such care taken with every dish. The wagyu beef was my favourite but everything we ate was delicious. What I liked is that they didn't rush the dining experience by dumping everything on the table at once. Similar to the Pot Luck Club, they staggered the courses so we weren't in and out of the restaurant in an hour flat but got to relax and enjoy our evening. What's great is that I now don't have to fly to Tokyo to enjoy authentic Japanese cuisine!
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  • If one is looking for a run-of-the-mill general Sushi restaurant, do not waste your time going to Kyoto. This restaurant is in the league of the Nobu or similar Japanese restaurants elsewhere in New York or London. Let us start with the ambience and friendliness of the staff, Scott made one feel very welcome and the interaction with the wait staff and barman left nothing to complain about. The cocktail menu was innovative and the two sampled were simply delicious. (Green Tea Destiny and a Ginger Misawari infusion). Sure one could balk at the price of Saporo Japanese beer, but let's not forget that it is not a Castle or Windhoek and even at this price it is not as expensive as it would be overseas! Starters included Tuna tartare, mouthwatering, and Cervice, equally as tasty. Then on to Vegetarian Tepura, crisp and not overcooked and refreshing. Naturally one had to try the Sushi, fresh and interesting tastes with Waasabi with a real kick! We went overboard with the duck and noodles and were treated to dessert tasting of black sesame green tea ice cream by Scott, the owner. Sure if one is looking for good, ordinary Sushi, this is one place one should avoid as it is pricey. However for a true Japanese style restaurant, I could vouch for Kyoto Garden.
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  • Sushi rated right up there with great sushi restaurants we have been to recently, like Jiro's son in Tokyo. A pity that our market is probably not sophisticated enough to savour this enjoyment.
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  • We won What did YOU win BEST asian restaurant in SOUTH AFRICA BUT you were NOT open when I went in SEPTEMBER
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  • The restaurant is beautifully understated and Zen. The food was truly sublime, with the integrity of every ingredient respected. However, the service was appalling. And there seems to be no effort made towards showcasing green-listed fish. Yes, the food was delicious - but I cannot forgive the neglectful service (and certainly not at those prices).
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  • Poor value dining. Prices vastly over the odds. Came out feeling hungry. Adjourned to another sushi restaurant afterwards to fill the hollow space left by this unsatisfying and expensive meal.

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  • I have to say I was very disappointed with my first experience at Kyoto. I hate leaving a restaurant feeling ripped off but I have to say that this is how felt. The food is extremely expensive and I just did not feel it was worth the amount we spent. A Japanese beer which my husband ordered was R55! That said we did not have the sushi which I believe is their speciality. But either way when you are spending so much on a meal you can't help having high expectations. Won't be back I'm afraid.

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  • It was with great expectations that I finally got around to dine here. Maybe expectations sometimes dampen an otherwise decent meal, as I believe the case was here. The restaurant is well appointed and full of promise of an authentic Japanese experience. I found the service really bad. The menu was not explained properly. A proper Japanese dinner is all about combining sushi, soup, noodles, tempura and other delicacies. When we attempted a combination of these different dishes, it was as if we tried something totally out of the ordinary! We had to wait way too long for dishes to come out of the kitchen, had to ask where some of the dishes were, if we could have another look at the menus (because the portions are really tiny). However the food was not bad, the atmosphere also not bad. I think that the element that lacks is that the promise of an authentic experience is not delivered.

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  • This zen restaurant serves the most freshest and incredible tasting sushi! Their Scallops and The Sea Soup is out of this world. Definitely try the Chef's Special Sushi plate!

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  • We had dinner here on Wednesday night 22/02.

    What an absolute gem. I have been driving past this restaurant for years and I regret not coming here earlier. It is an excellent Japanese restaurant, but I would rather call it an excellent seafood restaurant.

    The quality of the seafood is 5* and the ingredients are treated with respect. Still can't decide what my favourite was. From melt in your mouth tuna sashimi to seared scallops, feather light tempura and a delicious seafood broth called "the sea". There is also a great variety of seafood on the menu, which you don't often see in Cape Town.

    Very calm atmosphere as well.

    Definitely going to visit more often.

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  • I have been coming to Kyoto since the beginning and still get that fresh enjoyment, free relaxation and peacefulness.

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  • My partner and I also enjoyed our Valentine's evening at Kyoto.

    Choosing a restaurant for Valentine's Day - “What a mission.”
    Except when you enter Kyoto Garden Sushi in Tamboerskloof.

    The atmosphere is 100% romantic and may I add a big dash of sexy. From the precision staff to the gracious host. Flowers on every table! There must have been 30 couples served with Valentine's desecration. We were given among many other treats salmon roses made from wild red sockeye salmon and Norwegian Orange salmon and we were also given complementary edamame.

    Thanks for making this Valentine's one to remember!

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  • The best sushi in Cape Town, Kyoto Garden Sushi
    I am a frequent globe trotter with some certainty that I’ve been in some very good sushi joints world wide enough to say I have a fair standard of sushi-judging.

    I have visited Beluga, Sevruga, Willoughby and Nobu which have been so-called rated as the best for quality of sushi. I was just scanning through my lonely planet tourist guide to find something to do, when I saw an article on Kyoto garden sushi. Tucked away on Lower Kloofnek Road, very easy to find parking not too over crowded.

    Upon entering Kyoto Garden Sushi, I felt like I was transported to a Japanese restaurant in Tokyo. The place definitely had a lot of thought and taste put in to it - Japanese style at its best. The Zen-like atmosphere was so relaxing. Mini water feature next to the bathrooms only added to this.

    The menu confirmed the Japanese authenticity along with the Japanese sushi. I had never had abalone sushi. While the menu doesn’t have what you’d expect as the full range of Japanese dishes, I had never thought of having tempura oysters.

    We were handed a cocktail menu on being seated, the boyfriend had a drink mix of whisky, lime, fresh ginger and I had a drink called the dirty ninja, it was not the name that sold it but the fact of putting cucumber with sake, I had to try it to see if it worked. The drinks were very well thought of and tasted great.

    After ordering we were served snacks - edamame beans, baby clams, prawns, fried squid and jellyfish. What you have to love about Japanese people is they’ll eat anything. You could never accuse them of unadventurous eating. It all felt very authentic.

    For starters, the boyfriend had Miso soup, and I tried The Sea - both were delicious.
    We moved onto the highlight of the evening, a chef’s choice sushi platter of sashimi, nigiri and california rolls. I can’t effuse enough praise on the sushi, it was unfaultable. The fish was the freshest I’ve ever had in a long time even when I have been for sushi in London and New York, the rice was perfectly soft and flavoured and even the wasabi paste tasted better than at other sushi restaurants. I could have eaten piles more.

    We got told about the dessert by the polite waiter who told us about Green tea ice cream with a green tea crêpe, that topped off my evening.
    But seeing as the rest of the food was so top-notch, I decided I had to come back before we left back to the UK. I felt that we had not even delved deep enough into how good the rest of the menu is and I felt I am going to miss out on some very special foods.

    Scott, the owner, told us that he only uses the freshest ingredients available and had also traveled extensively. It’s this attention to freshness that is clearly evident in the dishes and makes Kyoto Garden Sushi stand out from its competitors.

    Kyoto Garden Sushi is a bit more pricey than your average sushi restaurant, but then it’s definitely not your average sushi restaurant. It’s more a special occasion kind of place

    This is the place to go for fine sushi and fantastic cooked Japanese food for sure. I have never been so impressed.

    Best regards
    Jane

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  • Im seldom moved to write a review on a restaurant but certainly felt that the service at Kyoto warrants it. Admittedly the owner, Scott is arguably a little OCD but on the flipside, the attention to detail is fantastic!
    Certainly some very interesting alternatives on the menu such as Alaskan King Crab, jellyfish, and some fantastic out-of-the-ordinary cocktails – who would have thought of putting wasabi in a cocktail? The scallops melted in one’s mouth!
    To round off the wonderful evening, we were met with not only one digestif on the house, but rather two. Scott is most certainly a gracious host, and Kyoto is well worth the visit!
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  • My favourite Japanese restaurant in CT. Great attention to detail and a beautifully calm atmosphere usually. Try the non-sushi items on the menu. Theyre worth it. One drawback, unreliable wine stocks!
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  • Have been to Kyoto Garden Sushi three times in the past couple of months and the food was uniformly good every time. However the service is so slow! Very friendly and informed, which is good, but allow plenty of time for your food and do not arrive too hungry. We got to our second bottle of wine before the first course arrived, not ideal.
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  • After ordering a bottle of sparkling, only to be told they are out of stock, we then ordered a sauvignon blanc- which too was not available. Interestingly enough with little apology and it was a tad arrogant. We compromised with another bottle of sav (as the alternative bottle of sparkling was just as expensive as out 1st choice- however retails at R40 less) - a bit cheeky we thought.The food was really good- but not compelling enough for another visit- when we consider the snooty service and poor wine availability.
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  • A gem in the midst of an oversupply of common, overpriced, overhyped restaurants in CT. Minimalist Japanese style oozes out of every corner. Wonderful relaxing atmosphere, great personal attention by the owner himself and most important of all - exquisite food. And oysters to die for.
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  • Wow, once again I was blown away by an extrordinary dinner at the finest Japanese restaurant in Cape Town. The best Bloody (Asian) Mary ever. Once I had the Crayfish Miso and Sashimi of Alaskan Crab, I couldve died and gone to heaven. Also by far the lightest and tastiest Tempura. We we served by the owner and really appreciated his attention to detail.
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  • Food was fairly well prepared and presented. Some effort did go into designing the menu, but perhaps theyre a bit too hard. The owner was not particularly affable and actually bordered on plainly being rude. All and all, the experience was acceptable.
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  • This is some of the best sushi Ive had - in the world. Exceptionally fresh fish, and a great variety. The owner is very hands-on and ensures everything is done perfectly. Try the red roman sashimi/nigiri if they have - perhaps the tastiest sushi you can get in Cape Town. I will be going back regularly for my sushi fix.
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  • We had high expectations of this much-reviewed restaurant and it certainly lived up to it. The evening began with a Dirty Ninja of Some Kind, an absolutely delicious cocktail recommended by the owner himself. I loved the owner’s attention to detail. A serious restaurateur. The appetizer he serves is called a salmon rose, the best I have ever eaten. I started with the tempura and went on to eat some sushi. The special fish with rice was another hit ordered by our table. It was a great meal from start to finish. We had a real gastronomic dining experience. A word of caution, however, Asahi beer is delicious but pricey at R32 a pop.
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  • Nice place.. very good cocktails. I like it.The owner is a cool guy.
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  • I just love this place! The food is something else! Ouah! You will find sushis for sure but the rest of the menu is awesome...If you like seafoods and fresh good and healthy quality food this is the place to go! And dont forget the desserts! They have a ginger ice cream...Yummy!The decoration is amazing and so zen! Enjoy it!
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  • What is it, that everyone has such difficultieswith a restaurateur who has just a different kind of charme. Could it be oversensitivity ?We found the atmosphere refreshing different, the soups, salads fabulous and I had the best Sushi platter ever, being to many top end Sushi places. But most of all, we felt completely cared for which started with a return call from the owner when I left a message earlier, a very charming waitron (Julia) and a caring and very competent Maitre who impressed us with great knowledge of what he is offering and enthusiasm for his eatery.We shall definitely be back to indulge more of the authentic cuisine. Also one of the rare places you can still have a conversation too.
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  • What an incredibly uncomfortable dining experience! The owner of this restaurant made us all feel as though he was doing us a favour by letting us eat there.
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  • had dinner there the other night, cocktails were excellent as well as the food! but i agree there is a very tense energy and its very off putting when someone is eating... The owner has done an excellent job with the place, but he should definately hire some more waitrons and take a step back..
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  • South African Eat Out Mercedes Benz Restaurant Awards 2014 - Die Kombuis

    […] Asian Restaurant: Kyoto Garden Sushi (Cape […]
  • Ive had dinner here several times and the food was always excellent- especially the steamed fish and miso soup! The service, especially the owner is one deterrant however!
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  • South African Eat Out Mercedes Benz Restaurant Awards 2014 - Die Kombuis

    […] Asian Restaurant: Kyoto Garden Sushi (Cape […]
  • I took my girlfriend for her birthday to this restaurant last night and enough said is that the whole experience lasted to the pre-dinner cocktails. A person who announced himself as the owner of this establishment was rude, unprofessional and should in my opinion best not be dealing with customers. A dreadful disappointment.
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  • South African Eat Out Mercedes Benz Restaurant Awards 2014 - Die Kombuis

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

Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Beer served
  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
  • Eat Out reviewed
  • Food
  • Licensed
  • Parking
  • Serves food
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