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Ilse van der Merwe
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.
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.
Friendly, well informed, efficient enough, but low key.
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.
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.
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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.