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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

Location and contact

Shop 6130 and 6132, Lower Level, Victoria Wharf, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Jess Spiro

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.

Food
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.

Drinks
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.

Service
The wait staff here are trained for efficiency, so expect speedy service with a smile.

Ambience
There’s no getting around it, you’re dining in a mall, but the food more than makes up for it.

Best for...
The deli section, packed with hard-to-find Asian pantry items, is where your culinary dreams come true.

(2018)

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User reviews

6 Reviews
    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.
    I have always enjoyed the 4x4 at Willoughby's even before it became the 4 x 4. I even disregarded the impersonal ambiance of a large shopping mall to enjoy some tasty sushi but this past Friday experience was outrageous! A live mouse dropped, from the rafters above, onto our table of food. My neighbor picked the mouse up by its tail and squished it in his paper napkin. He then called the waiter over and handed him the mouse. The waiter was nonchalant and joined the manager's ridiculous comment of "what do you expect being next to the sea?" Really? I have been going to Willoughby's for years and sadly their food and ambiance have gone down hill. The least they could have done is apologize and shown some sort of concern.

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