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This restaurant is a hidden gem in the heart of Kyalami; a small, authentic Japanese hole in the wall. The cuisine is incredible, offering hand-crafted Japanese food that is sublime in every way – the dishes are beautiful, sensationally tasty and masterfully put together.
Whether it’s perfect sushi you’re after, dim sum, hot pots, curries or light, crisp tempura – this is your place.
Former sushi chef at the V&A Waterfront’s Willoughby & Co, Tommy Wang is responsible for this incredible little establishment.
Off the sushi menu, stand-out dishes are the rock shrimp maki, new-style salmon sashimi and Hiroshima maki. Other must-try dishes include (but are certainly not limited to) beef tataki, prawn gyoza, the udon noodles and the pork and prawn dim sum. You’re spoilt for choice.
The drinks menu offers a reasonable wine list with both white and red wines, a limited selection of sparkling wine, beer and soft drinks. The wine menu offers a range of average to good wine at most price points and suite a variety of palates.
Very friendly and accommodating. All the staff are exceptionally well-educated about the menu and the food arrives at the table quickly. The sushi bench is open to the restaurant, offering a theatrical experience with the incredibly talented chef showcasing his skills in front of the patrons. During quieter times the chef mingles with the patrons too, offering advice on what to eat.
The cosy and well-adorned restaurant makes you feel as if you’re sitting in a small restaurant in Kyoto. It’s extremely tasteful and elegant, with lovely attention to detail.
All the crockery is hand-painted and elegant. The atmosphere is warm and really fits the cuisine and tradition of the experience. During good weather, diners may also sit at small tables outside.
The restaurant also offers Uber Eats and takeaways. It really is worth a visit – the food is absolutely sublime.
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