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Willoughby’s is nothing short of an institution in Cape Town, and even more so in the V&A Waterfront. Ever the perennial pre-movie bite or a respite from hours of shopping, Willoughby’s consistently hits the spot for fresh seafood.
The fold-out menu is vast and varied and features a wide offering of Japanese-inspired dishes and sushi, as well as a number of continental classic seafood items. In all honesty, the Japanese food is the shining jewel in Willoughby’s crown. The new style sashimi, where raw thinly sliced fish is doused with a punchy yuzu-soy dressing and aromatics such as ginger, garlic and sesame seeds, may not sound like much, but when ordered with the sustainable local fish (yellow tail when we dined), it’s the scene stealer of the menu. On the sushi side, you can’t go wrong with their 4x4 offers their signature rainbow reloaded (a rainbow roll dressed in sweet soy, sesame oil and 7-spice) and their creamy rock shrimp roll (chopped tuna maki topped with their famous rock shrimp tempura). The desserts on offer are pretty standard, including malva pudding with custard and creme brulee, but hit the sweet-tooth spot nonetheless.
Their wine list is reasonably-priced considering the tourist hub, and offers a great selection of local wines by the glass and carafe, as well as good craft beers.
The wait staff here are trained for efficiency, so expect speedy service with a smile.
There’s no getting around it, you’re dining in a mall, but the food more than makes up for it.
The deli section, packed with hard-to-find Asian pantry items, is where your culinary dreams come true.
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