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Willoughby & Co. (V&A Waterfront)

6 Reviews
Japanese, Seafood, Sushi
Phone Number 0214186115 Opening Hours

Monday to Sunday 12noon to 10.30pm

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Menu

Menu - Willoughby & Co. - Menu - Updated October 2017

Details

Cost
R175 avg main meal
Food
Japanese, Seafood, Sushi
Corkage
R75
Cost
R175 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups
Payment
Amex, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
Facilities
Accepts credit cards, Child friendly, Dinner, Eat Out reviewed, Food, Licensed, Lunch, Parking, Takeaways, Vegetarian, Wheelchair

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Annelize Visser

Good ingredients and skilled cooking make up for the shopping-mall ambience of this dependable Cape Town institution.

Food

A shopping-mall restaurant, with most of its seating in the concourse with a view of the make-up counter at Clicks, and a reputation for being pricey, has quite a lot to prove foodwise. At Willoughby & Co, the red velvet rope is a fixture, suggesting that a table here is worth waiting for, and so it proves to be. It isn’t a long wait, either: Tables are turned over so efficiently that you’re shown to yours with your glass of complimentary midrange sauvignon blanc (your reward for getting in line) still held awkwardly in your hand. Indeed, everything speaks to efficiency, from the brisk, friendly service to the nicely timed interval between courses.

Food at Willoughby & Co is served from three kitchens – Japanese, sushi and seafood. The seafood is as fresh as you’d expect from a restaurant with a widely respected sushi menu, and it’s expertly cooked, but the culinary fireworks happen on the Japanese side. Mixing them up turns into a test for your palate: Will you ruin your meal if you have the tempura after the chowder?

Highly recommended: The tofu miso (Japanese soup made with soya bean paste and tofu seaweed), the clean and simple introduction to absolutely any meal, and the nicely balanced flavours of the tempura-fried sweet-and-sour kingklip. And an honourable mention, thanks to the expert cooking of quality ingredients, to the prawn cocktail – fresh, plump prawns and creditable Marie Rose sauce on an uninspired heap of lettuce.

Ordering the fish curry requires a surprising amount of diner input. Offered a choice between kingklip, kabeljou and yellowtail (check the blackboard for catch of the day), kabeljou is the way to go; but you may want to choose Cape Malay over Green Thai, a sloppy portion of perfectly cooked fish in an over-sharp grey mush that begs for the relief of, say, a sprig or two of fresh coriander.

Drinks

A lunchtime-friendly wine list offers well-priced by-the-glass options, among which the Stone Town rosé should receive your serious consideration.

Service

With three kitchens to time your orders and shoppers straying onto your path, this has got to be the most challenging waiting gig in town. The training is famously rigorous and it shows, in a good way.

Ambience

Willoughby & Co is nearly always packed, and because tables have been arranged to make maximum use of the available square metreage, it feels that way. Aim for a table on the perimeter and make up our mind to enjoy some people-watching.

Best for…

Refuelling during a hard day’s shopping, or ahead of catching a movie.

(August 2019)

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User reviews

6 Reviews
    Consistently excellent and the best rock shrimp tempura in the country
    Love seafood? Love Sushi? Then look no further. I've tasted a LOT of sushi in my life, but this place takes the prawn. The food is fresh, tasty and basically just SENSATIONAL. Go for the 4X4 - it's one of their signature dishes and it'll blow you away. For those who aren't keen on sushi, try the prawn pasta. #Winning
    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
    My favourite place in Cape Town to eat sushi. The food served is always at a consistently high standard.
    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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