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Willoughby & Co. (V&A Waterfront)

Willoughby & Co. (V&A Waterfront)
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Cost
R175 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups
Food
Japanese, Seafood, Sushi
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R75

Critic's review

Ashraf Booley

Food
The legendary sushi has a fanbase of its own. The popular 4x4 rolls are fresh, filling and packed with flavour. But even if you’ve mastered the art of eating with chopsticks, the spicy, creamy rock shrimp are so large they don’t go down in one bite. Whether that’s a good or a bad thing, is up to you. For something warmer, try the tom yum soup or Boston clam chowder, or the simply scrumptious calamari (fried or grilled) with your choice of either Sicilian, Cape Malay or green Thai curry sauce, or have it Cajun-style.

For mains, tuck into the moreish tempura kingklip, which is laced with a deliciously sticky sweet-and-sour sauce. It comes with warm steamed rice and vegetables yakitori, but prove to be a rather odd combination (cold salad and warm rice on one plate). Not shy on portions, the tuna kebabs (two) come hot off the coals, tender and tasty with beautiful sear marks. The roasted red pepper sauce, however, lack in flavour. Signature hot and cold dishes are abundant on the menu and include seared beef tataki, chicken katsu, ginger beef and miso ramen. Considering the generous portions, it’s overall good value for money. And if you’ve got room for dessert, end off your meal with the mille-feuille.

Drinks
A good selection of local wines, many of which are available by the glass. Craft beer and cocktails are also on offer.

Service
The almost inevitable wait in the (often) long queue can take you from hungry to hangry, but tables turn over fairly quickly, so rest assured you’ll be tended to. Service is fast and efficient.

Ambience
The interiors are elegant and intimate, but there is limited seating at the inside counters, Most of the tables are situated in the busy throroughfare in the mall.

And…
Take-away options are on offer at the fish counter.

(August 2017)

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  • Nikita Buxton

    Food
    The restaurant does not mess around when it comes to the menu. The list of options is almost daunting, but head to the sushi menu for more familiar items. To mix things up a bit, why not start off with some lighter options. The hot and spicy tom yum soup is great for cooler weather: the generous portion of broth is filled with plump prawns and has a moreish flavour. Tofu lovers can also enjoy a slightly smaller portion of soup with the complex tofu miso.

    But if it’s sushi you’re after, you’re in the right place. From the standard California rolls to the famous 4x4 rolls with creamy rock shrimp, each bite of sushi is well-made and full of fresh flavour.

    Besides the wide selection of sushi and platters, there is a number of cold and hot Japanese dishes from which to choose. The options include satisfying grilled crispy rice topped with hot and spicy salmon or chopped prawn; rich salmon grenades (salmon roses filled with spicy chopped salmon and mayo, and topped with tempura and spring onion); grilled yakitori chicken; and crispy yet tender soft-shell crab with ponzu sauce.

    For more traditional tastes, sole, calamari and good ol' fish and chips get a look in too.

    If you can fit in anything else, the desserts include classics like mille feuille, crème brûlée and malva pudding. Or go retro with a whisky Dom Pedro to round off the meal.

    Drinks
    The reasonably priced wine list boasts some good local options with nearly all available by the glass. If you’re lucky, you’ll be offered a wine taster in the queue or at your table by an on-site wine farm rep.

    Service
    The restaurant is known not to accept reservations, but the wait is rarely long (you can also enjoy a complimentary glass of wine while you wait). Food is served speedily to turn over tables, and the staff are knowledgeable but appear a little rushed.

    Ambience
    With the majority of the tables located in the thoroughfare of the shopping centre, the ambience leaves a little to be desired. If you’d prefer, there is seating inside at the counters.

    And…
    There is a wine store and fish counter inside with some great take-home options.

    (September 2016)

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User reviews

  • Best sushi in Cape Town and anywhere in SA for that matter. Spider rolls and rainbow rolls reloaded are my favorite plates to enjoy when I come to CT. Always my first stop
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  • My favourite place in Cape Town to eat sushi. The food served is always at a consistently high standard.
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  • The best seafood in town and worth the wait. BUT check your bill. We were overcharged by R250 on actual bill R860 and the attitude of the waiter and the Manager on duty was "O it does happen, problem with the software system, it does sometimes keep some of the previous table items over". Sorry but this is not good enough - I am sure if the system left items off they would have corrected/replaced the system very quickly.
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  • I have always enjoyed the 4x4 at Willoughby's even before it became the 4 x 4. I even disregarded the impersonal ambiance of a large shopping mall to enjoy some tasty sushi but this past Friday experience was outrageous! A live mouse dropped, from the rafters above, onto our table of food. My neighbor picked the mouse up by its tail and squished it in his paper napkin. He then called the waiter over and handed him the mouse. The waiter was nonchalant and joined the manager's ridiculous comment of "what do you expect being next to the sea?" Really? I have been going to Willoughby's for years and sadly their food and ambiance have gone down hill. The least they could have done is apologize and shown some sort of concern.
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  • Fish is just amazing Service could be sometimes better, but they usually are good.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Child friendly
  • Dinner
  • Eat Out reviewed
  • Food
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Takeaways
  • Vegetarian
  • Wheelchair

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