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Genki Sushi Bar and Japanese Tapas

6 Reviews
Asian, Japanese, Sushi, Tapas
Phone Number 0218875699 Opening Hours

Monday to Saturday 11.30am to 3pm then 5.30pm to 10pm, Sunday Closed

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Details

Cost
R65 avg main meal
Food
Asian, Japanese, Sushi, Tapas
Corkage
No charge for 1 bottle, but R40 for 2
Cost
R65 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Kids, Quick meals
Payment
Amex, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
Facilities
Accepts credit cards, Alfresco, Booking required, Functions, Licensed, Smoking, Takeaways, Vegetarian, WiFi

Location and contact

De Wet Center, corner of Bird and Church Streets, Stellenbosch, Cape Town

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Ilse van der Merwe

Food
Genki serves freshly made sushi and Japanese tapas. They only use the freshest sustainable fish and seafood and everything is made to order. On the menu you’ll find individual portions as well as large platters, and they have a specials board that features items like prawn dumplings and soft shell crab.

For the meat hungry, the pork ramen is a must - a generous portion of dark fragrant broth with noodles, mushrooms and aromatics. Relatively new on the menu is a small range of steamed buns filled with either pork scratchings or prawns, or try the spicy prawn dumplings with a soy based dipping sauce. The deep fried crispy white bait also comes highly recommended (and yes, they’re served whole) with a punchy ponzu dipping sauce. Another favourite remains the tempura-style calamari tentacles served with a spicy mayo and soy dipping sauce - well priced too, so it doubles up as a popular kid’s choice (there is no separate kids menu, but kids are extremely fond of Genki).

There are many vegetarian options that include deep fried tofu, miso soup, edamame beans and many others. Sushi is consistently fresh en beautifully made, and can also be ordered as a takeaway. Dessert options are limited but eye catching.

There are many well priced tapas-style items, so order a few and share it with your table. You pretty much can’t go wrong - everything is great.

Drinks
The wine list features a decently priced variety of local and imported wines and beers, as well as sake. You’ll also find wine items by the glass, as well as coldrinks and spirits.

Service
Friendly, well informed, efficient enough, but low key.

Ambience
Genki is situated in a quaint courtyard in the absolute centre of town. The cobblestoned paving, beautiful shutters all around and charismatic neighbouring shop fronts paint a strong European-feel backdrop to this Japanese-style eatery, though it works perfectly in this upmarket Stellenbosch area. You almost feel like you are sitting in a perfectly sculpted movie set, tranquil enough to sip many glasses of wine with friends and forget about the reality of life. The owners are mostly on standby at the shop, welcoming guests, taking bookings or physically cooking in the kitchen. This is a place where many people will truly feel at home.

Best for...
A relaxed glass of wine after work with multi-courses of sushi and tapas going into the evening. Kids love to roam free in the courtyard around the small fountain.

(2018)

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User reviews

6 Reviews
    The food here is spectacular! However the service is really slow and they seemed disinterested in me. The restaurant is beautifully located and has an amazing ambience.
    Hidden inbetween the boutique shops in the heart of stellenbosch on a gorgeous cobble stone walk way you will find the hidden gem Genki . This is by far one of my favourite Asian restaurants. I absolutely love their food . Their dumplings are a must try on the menu and my favourite dish was the steamed bun with pork . The pork belly was cooked to a lovely crunch with a soft steamed bun and Asian salad to complete.The portion size was perfect for me because I don’t eat much and the dish was flavorful. Service is slightly slower and different here . Due to having 3 kitchens our dishes arrived at different times . Staff seemed uninviting at first but did warm up eventually. Overall a really great place to eat if you seeking a different flavour journey and style of food .
    This is probably the place to have sushi in Stellenbosch. A cut little restaurant which has an initimate atomosphere. Theres two seperate restaurant areas for sitting - one appears to have more light and the other more dark so take this into account when booking. They have a wide variety of options. Recently they added Bao buns and potstickers to their speciality menu - these were sold out twice when visiting in July 2018. Happened to pass by today in August 2018 and they had the Bao and potstickers - both were okay - stick to the sushi.
    This was only our second visit to this little restaurant, but we were, once again, super impressed. A meal with a starter, copious sushi main and good wine worked out to about R250 per person, but cheaper options were also available. We felt it was worth every festive cent. Our waiter, Chris, was charming and knowledgeable and the hostess was caring and attentive. We look forward to a summer dinner in the inviting courtyard.

    What a fabulous find! Set in a rambling back street, and the outside tables felt kind of magical on the warm night when we happened upon it. We loved the new-style salmon sashimi - it was as if the slight searing made it even more buttery. We also tried some sushi - nicely cooked rice, and delicious sauces. We had to wait a few minutes for a table to come available, but the manager was kind enough to keep one for us while we went elsewhere for a drink.

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