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Three Wise Monkeys

Three Wise Monkeys
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Cost
R100 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Special occasions
Food
Japanese
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R40

Critic's review

Katharine Jacobs

Food
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.
 
Drinks
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.

Ambience
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.

Service
Able and accustomed to crowds.

And…
They don’t take bookings, and are often full, but the wait is usually short.

(September 2017)

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User reviews

  • Best.ramen.ever. If you like trying new things, do yourself a favour and try their ramen. Most flavourful dish I’ve had in a long time.
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  • First time trying Ramen and absolutely loved it!!!!! The service was slow and the place was very busy, but the manager was accommodative and helping the waiter. Get there early if you want a table we arrive around 6:30 pm, and there was only 2 tables open, the place is small but cosy and great vibe. Portions are huge.
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  • A group of us dined at Three Wise Monkeys last night. Unfortunately we did not have a great experience. We waited for our meals for over an hour and when they arrived they were cold. I had the vegetable dish which was terribly bland and cold. This morning, all of those that had meat/chicken/fish are really sick! Overall a VERY underwhelming experience...
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  • At Three Wise Monkeys you see no evil, hear no evil & smell no evil - it's one of the best Ramen destinations in Cape Town! Generous bowls of ramen are filled with flavour and not shy on the meat ratio - absolutely incredible, I even dared to have my leftovers for breakfast the next morning. Try the chicken wings starter - I've not tasted a better basting since the days of Spur. Service is efficient and friendly and the vibe is low-key and relaxed. Take your own wine or beer, as they don't have a liquor license at the moment, and no reservations mean you might have to wait a minute or two for a table, but trust me - it's worth it.
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  • This very popular spot on Sea Point/Regent street strip certainly lived up to the positive reviews. Firstly - there's no booking, so aim to get there between 6 and 7pm to get a table. Even though it was a Wednesday night - lots of people queuing to get in. Then the food - it's a short simple menu, but often those are the best since it shows the place really focuses on its speciality. And here it's ramen - which was absolutely 'slurpalicious'. Our server recommended the duck ramen - and it really delivered. Delicious, flavourful broth filled with yummy stuff like mushrooms, corn, spinach and some mystery ingredients. And the duck was tender and flavourful. If you're not into ramen, there's enough other food to keep you satisfied (poke bowl and sushi). Special mention must go the chicken wings on the starter menu - YUM! And safe space for a sweet treat (tough to do after a big bowl full of ramen) - they do a very tasty (and messy) s'more. Definitely a recommended spot.
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  • The Most amazing bowl of Ramen. I had the short rib for a quick lunch time bite. it was so good i had to take a portion home for my wife to try. A great place to go for quick friendly service and a well prepared bowl of Ramen.
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  • Amazing sushi and heart warming ramen. Such a great location and the staff is pretty friendly. One of my Regent road faves.
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  • The menu at Three Wise Monkeys has since expanded to offer 3 types of ramen (chicken, short rib and a vegetarian option); kushiyaki; poke bowls and some sushi. The kushiyaki was very tasty - ours was seared tuna (I'm not sure if it changes); it's a 100g portion so a good starter option, unless doubled for a more substantial main. The ramen bowls are big and delicious - the beef shortrib has a slightly richer flavour than the chicken, but both equally great. Still no liquor licence, so take your own wine for now. All in all it's a great addition to Sea Point and perfect for a quick mid-week dinner.
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  • 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.

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Menu

Set menu - TWM-MENU - Updated April 2018

Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Lunch
  • Serves food
  • Takeaways
  • Wheelchair

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