There’s always a crowd of people here slurping the ramen, with its rich, umami-laden broths. Try the beef brisket, which has great depth of flavour and comes with a chicken-based broth, shoyu seasoning, miso, ramen, pickled cabbage, yaki corn, a five-minute marinated egg, spinach, leeks and wakame. Other options include beef fillet – also delicious – chicken, duck and vegetable.
Rainbow-coloured poké bowls are also on offer, but are more akin to deconstructed sushi than the inventive poké bowls with tangy sauces on offer elsewhere in the city. There’s also sushi, but it’s unremarkable.
Finish with a chocolate-and-marshmallow s’more.
After over a year of trading, Three Wise Monkeys is still waiting for their liquor license. Take your own, or sip on The Duchess’s very delicious non-alcoholic gin-and-tonic.
Exposed brickwork, a dark wall and custom murals give the space a hip, young feel. The young crowd here will make you feel comfortable bringing a group of friends for a lively meal.
Able and accustomed to crowds.
They don’t take bookings, and are often full, but the wait is usually short.
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Sea Point’s latest ramen restaurant, Three Wise Monkeys, is heating up the Regent Road strip with steaming bowls of noodles. The already-popular spot is headed up by young restaurateur Ash Mair, with Seelan Sundoo consulting on food. This is a simple affair with three options (at the moment) from which to choose. To test the waters, the team has set up a small menu so as not to overwhelm the kitchen. The deal is simple: Order a bowl of ramen, 12-piece sushi platter or a poké bowl for R100 and get a complimentary glass of wine, beer or soft drink.
The poké bowl comes from the Hawaiian word pōke, meaning to cut or section. The on-trend dish is commonly made up of chunks of diced raw tuna or salmon and comes served in a bowl on a bed of sushi rice with the likes of soy sauce, green onions and avocado. Ours includes both tuna and salmon, avo, pickled ginger, mung bean sprouts, edamame beans and pickled ginger, and is topped with a delicious togarashi mayo that adds a nice amount of heat. The dish is light and perfect for those with a smaller appetite.
As for the main event, the ramen is beautiful. The noodles are silky and cooked to perfection, nestled in a delicately flavoured broth. The bowl is also filled with sprouts, spring onions, pickled mushrooms, light and dark meat of perfectly-cooked, succulent chicken, and a magnificent boiled egg for richness. For those wanting a bit more punch, there’s soy sauce and sriaracha readily available.
Desserts are still in the works but you can look forward to the glorious-sounding homemade s’mores made with the help of neighbouring chocolatier My Sugar.
Three Wise Monkeys is not licensed yet, but they do serve free drinks (while stocks last) and encourage patrons to bring their own wine. Soon enough they’ll be serving Nespresso coffee and interesting teas to pair with the Asian grub.
They’re doing a dry run when we visit, so the service is a little shaky, albeit friendly.
The space is simply yet tastefully styled, with exposed brick and navy accents. Large light shades hang from the ceiling and add a dark and moody ambience at night. The crockery is beautifully made by Mervyn Gers. One downfall is that the sidewalk seating is for smokers, and the fold-back windows allow their second-hand smoke to waft into the restaurant.
Three Wise Monkeys is not taking bookings, but is already buzzing with locals. Get there early to nab a table.
Enjoyed the beef ramen. A good rich broth - but rather a large portion. Was less impressed with the poke bowl - rather a lot of rice. Nice spicy mayo. But I feel like maybe there ought to be more fresh fruit and veg? The place was buzzing. We went at 6pm, and by 7pm, it was full, with people spilling out onto the pavement.