This shrine to Japanese cuisine offers much more than sushi and sashimi. At Kyoto Garden Sushi fresh seafood is the specialty, with no net unturned in sourcing top-quality, unusual ingredients from around the world, from farmed abalone to Mozambican conch, eel, sea urchin, and even Alaskan king crab, deep-sea scallops and wild salmon.
Exquisite combinations – imagine sake-steamed clams – capture the subtle tastes and textures of Japanese cuisine. Enjoy superb sushi from the bar. Try the signature clear broth called ‘the sea’ or crayfish miso soup, and the feather-light tempura scallops, vegetables, prawns and oysters.
The combinations are innovative, the flavours fresh and delicate. The fare reflects the savoury essence of umami in stocks and dressings infused with mirin, dashi, ponzu, ginger and soy. Vegetarians are spoiled for choice with fresh seaweed salad with shitake mushrooms, vegetable tempura and exotic mushroom dishes.
Leave space for delicious desserts of green-tea crêpes or toasted tofu with ginger and cherry blossom ice cream.
The cocktail menu tempts with Green Tea Destiny or a Ginger Misuwari infusion. An unusual beverage list includes Japanese beer, sake and twenty Japanese single malt whiskies, as well as wines from top Cape estates.
The US-born owner, Scott Wood, offers hands-on advice on specialties and combinations for initiates to the world of fine Japanese dining. Note that that every dish is prepared freshly to order, so it might take a little longer.
This is sushi for sophisticates, against the backdrop of very cool, minimalist decor. Expect an intimate, tranquil setting in the Zen zone with light wooden and paper textures, white blinds and screens.
Book a private room at Kyoto Garden Sushi for a special occasion – your dinner guests will feel like they are at home in a Japanese villa.
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