sushi served at Nobu

Nobu Cape Town at One&Only

R350 avg main meal
Bar scene, Groups, Kids, Special occasions
Japanese, Seafood, South African, Sushi
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
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A Nobu dinner kicks off with a boisterous chant from the staff and kitchen to welcome you to the restaurant. The rather unexpected outpouring for such a posh place it sets the tone for what is bound to be a lively and interactive dining experience. Nobu might form part of a chain of luxury Japanese restaurants laced with Peruvian influence, but this is not your run-of-the-mill sushi joint!

The menu is broken down into cold and warm, light and rich, old and new-style, as well as the chef’s signature tasting menu. Come prepared to share then jump straight in with edamame beans and a few portions of the new-style sashimi. The salmon new-style is the most popular of them all – a simple, moreish dish comprised of melt-in-your-mouth salmon dressed in soy and an unctuous sesame seed oil. A better eel California roll would be impossible to find – Nobu’s expert chefs are classically trained and it shows in how they prepare the all too often taken-for-granted California roll – with perfect execution and attention to consistency.

Determined not to be singled out as just a sushi restaurant, Nobu’s meat dishes come packed with addictive Eastern flavours. Only high-quality cuts are used and, where available, the Wagyu beef can be enjoyed in four different ways – new-style, toban yaki, tataki or ishiyaki style.

The pièce du résistance has to be the much-hyped Black Cod den miso. This dish has helped some of the Nobu branches earn Michelin stars – it is a firm but flakey fish, served with a tasty charr on the outside, a hint of natural sweetness and spectacularly pared-down presentation. It’s worth every solitary penny.

The often-popular Rock Shrimp Tempura is a little underwhelming, but the umami-packed baby spinach salad with dried miso is an unexpected highlight set to send you soaring on a flavour joyride.

Chocolate fiends are spoilt for choice with three chocolate desserts on offer. But it’s the chocolate bento box with a gooey lava fondant, served with a scoop of matcha green tea ice-cream, that is the perfect end to a whirlwind meal.


The selection is well-curated, comprising of both local and international wines all broken down by varietals. The list of spirits is equally inexhaustible, comprising of Japanese whiskeys, beers, cognacs and saké.


Welcoming and efficient service and staff have a detailed knowledge of the extensive menu, though the staff are perhaps a tad over-eager to push the pricier items on the menu.


Nobu is the most designer space inside the generally muted One&Only Hotel – the restaurant enjoys palatial triple volume high ceilings topped with an edgy origami light fixture. The dark contemporary wood gives the space a moody feel, making it a suitable place for both a romantic dinner for two or a swanky champagne dinner party.


If the craving for Nobu arrests you before payday, worry not, the upstairs nook serves delectable finger food at budget-friendly prices.

(August 2017)

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  • Nikita Buxton

    The modern Japanese cuisine at Nobu is not just about sushi. The menu plays with textures and flavours with an overwhelming range of innovative dishes from which to choose. The menu is not for novices: it’s split into comprehensive sections of cold and warm, light and rich, old- and new-style, with an added chef’s choice tasting menu.

    Kick off with the moreish aracini-style crispy rice cubes served with hot-buttered soy, a plate of fresh and zingy new-style sashimi with a vibrant green jalapeño dressing, or delicate tacos filled with the softest salmon.

    If you’re feeling flush, you can move onto the signature black-lacquered cod den miso or Wagyu beef, or you can try the kingklip amazu ponzu for a perfectly cooked, sweet, sour and citrusy dish. There’s also tempura, teriyaki, kushiyaki or toban yaki dishes from which to choose, with plenty of vegetarian options. A bento box with a selection of dishes, including a miso soup and dessert, will save those who are unsure. As a side, the simple-sounding spinach salad is a revelation and shouldn’t be missed: a plate of abundant fresh baby spinach leaves is tossed with umami-rich combinations of dried miso, lemon juice, a hint of truffle and parmesan.

    Don’t leave without spooning into a decadent chocolate fondant, served in a bento box with refreshing green-tea ice cream, or the delicate Suntory whisky cappuccino with milk ice cream and coffee brûlée.

    The wine list is superb. Split into varietals, it contains some wonderful local and international choices – but be prepared to pay. There’s also an impressive spirits list with a good selection of Japanese beer, sake and whisky.

    Friendly, but can be a touch elusive.

    This is not your standard sushi joint. The One&Only hotel is dripping in grandeur. The restaurant, with its grand high ceilings and contemporary décor, makes for a special night out.

    For early-evening bites, the upstairs lounge offers finger-food platters and glorious signature cocktails.

    (September 2016)

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User reviews

  • Visited this restaurant at the end of July 2018. The restaurant has an intimate setting. The menu is priced at R200-300 for each starter or sushi option with about R750 for the hot dishes. They suggest a tapas style of eating for starters. We had the new aged sashimi, a few sushi options, fried calamari, fish n chips and a salad. The tapas style is always enjoyable but food, including the sushi was just okay. The Chalmar beef tenerloin for mains was phenomenol and melt in the mouth. Other main courses we has were the baked fish,the lobster and the seared salmon which were average.
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  • Accepts credit cards
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  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
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  • Licensed
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  • Serves food
  • StreetSmart affliated
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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