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Kyoto Garden
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Cost
R175 avg main meal
Ambience
Bar scene, Groups, Quick meals
Food
Asian, Japanese, Seafood, Sushi
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R70

Critic's review

Lynda Ingham-Brown

Food
The extensive menu offers many tempting options, including sushi, sashimi, soups, salads and tempura. Miso soup with tempura scallops is a perfect way to kick things off on a cool evening: sweet, succulent scallops are offset by a salty miso broth.

For mains, the ramen with prawns will satisfy a big appetite, while the ‘The Sauté’ – tofu, oysters, salmon, mushrooms, prawns, octopus, langoustine and mixed greens – gives you a taste of everything. Other mains include duck with udon noodles, seared tuna and Japanese curry chicken with soba noodles. Sushi and sashimi are well represented with myriad options to choose from. Otherwise opt for the chef’s choice, served with freshly grated wasabi and pungent pickled ginger.

Desserts include a variety of ice creams such as black sesame, yuzu, cherry blossom and chocolate, tempura green tea and toasted tofu with ginger ice cream.

Drinks
An interesting, if pricey, cocktail list, plus a good selection of red and white wines with a few options available by the glass. Japanese beers, whisky and sake are also available, along with a few very special imported tipples.

Service
Relaxed and friendly with a good knowledge of the menu and happy to make recommendations.

Ambience
A tasteful neutral palette with a small bar that has a view of the action in the tiny kitchen.

And…
Book the private dining room for a special occasion.

(August 2018)

Eat Out critics dine anonymously and pay for their meals in full. Read our editorial policy here.

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  • Nikita Buxton

    Food
    This is some of the freshest food you’ll find in the city and it shows. At USA-born Scott Wood’s Japanese oasis, seafood shines bright with minimalist flavours and perfect technique in both raw and cooked dishes.

    If you’re starting with sushi, try the sashimi starter with delicate pieces of tuna, salmon and Cape salmon. The fresh morsels are elegantly served with a moreish shaved daikon radish, freshly grated wasabi root and pickled ginger. If it’s texture you’re after, the air-like tempura-covered vegetables offer crunchy satisfaction with lotus root, broccoli, peppers, aubergine, and sweet potato.

    For mains, the silky udon noodles with duck is rich with umami-flavoured broth and tender duck while fresh spring onions and nori add texture to the dish. The warm bowl is satisfying and complex with savoury flavours, best enjoyed with the big wooden ladle provided and the dainty chopsticks.

    Seafood mains are subtly seasoned, bringing out the very best of the good produce. The steamed kingklip is presented bursting with fresh flavours on a cabbage leaf in a bamboo pot. Sides are served separately, but for this the Japanese grilled mushrooms with shiitake, shimeji, enoki, eringi, ukidake and oyster are exquisite. A bowl of steamed rice or sautéed Japanese vegetables should also do the trick.

    End things off with a scoop of the moreish black sesame seed ice cream, which is served with extra seeds for a pleasing texture. It’s the ideal dessert for those who prefer things a little less sweet – otherwise go for the cherry blossom ice cream with chocolate.

    Drinks
    The Japanese-style cocktails are stylishly served and include interesting mixtures of Japanese sake, plum wine and ginger, while the slightly pricy but good wine list offers familiar labels that work well with Asian flavours. If you’re after hard tack, the Japanese whiskey offering will impress enthusiasts.

    Service
    Attentive and efficient. Soy sauce is poured out of beautiful ceramic jugs – an elegant touch.

    Ambience
    Stepping off heaving Kloofnek Road and into this beautiful calm oasis is almost jolting, in the best possible sense. The serene interior transports you to a fine-dining Japanese restaurant or stylish New York spot where soft lighting and music and a trickling fountain complement neutral-hued minimalist décor.

    And…
    Book a spot at the sushi bar and watch chef Koshi Koyama’s impressive skills in action.

    (August 2017)

    Eat Out critics dine unannounced and pay for their meals in full. Read our editorial policy here.

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User reviews

  • My husband and I went for the winter special, as a way to try this restaurant. The tempura and tuna tartare starters were lovely, although the tartare had a little too much soy through it which became overpowering after a while. We both had the noodles with duck for main, which had a delicious broth but the duck was tough and I don’t think it would be worth its usual full menu price. The dessert was a miso ice cream which was also delicious, but such an insanely small portion - about a quenelle’s worth and that was it! The service was impeccable, and the owner treated us to a sake tasting after we so enjoyed the sake we’d ordered, and then also gave us a tasting of one of his top shelf Japanese whiskeys. Overall we had a lovely night, but without the special I think I would have left feeling that the food was overpriced.
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  • […] Asian Restaurant: Kyoto Garden Sushi (Cape […]
  • By far the freshest fish in Cape Town. The scallops melt in your mouth. Good wine and good food! They will definitely see me again!!
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  • […] Asian Restaurant: Kyoto Garden Sushi (Cape […]
  • We had an incredible evening at Kyoto Garden Sushi. The restaurants atmosphere is so serene that it feels as if you are completely isolated from the hustle and bustle of town. This along with the excellent service makes it a special place to dine. We came in for the Winter Special and for starters we had the Vegetable Tempura which is a must have. There is nothing quite like it. I’m not a massive vegetable fan, but the batter was light and crispy! For mains we had the Udon Noodles with Duck. It is delicious. My favourite part of the meal is the broth. It is extremely impressive how they manage to maintain the individual flavours of all the ingredients whilst being immersed in the perfectly flavoured broth. The Black Sesame Seed Ice Cream was our choice for dessert. My girlfriend told the waiter that it was the best ice cream she had ever had and 5 minutes later the owner brought out another 3 flavours for us to try which were: Green tea, Miso and Ginger. They were all so unique in their own way. All in all, we were surprised by how good the experience was and without a doubt it was the best winter special we’ve had in Cape Town this year. R220 for 3 courses and a glass of wine is great value. We can’t wait to go back.
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  • […] Asian Restaurant: Kyoto Garden Sushi (Cape […]
  • Incredible flavours from their grill, the freshest sushi in the city, perfectly lit ambient lighting and really attentive staff to guide you through their flavours journey. THE best saffron infused soba noodles ever.
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  • […] Asian Restaurant: Kyoto Garden Sushi (Cape […]
  • Great winter special menu. Loved the Rice with Simple Fish.
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  • […] Asian Restaurant: Kyoto Garden Sushi (Cape […]

Facilities

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