Cape Town is a sushi-lover’s paradise! With just about every suburb featuring a selection of outstanding sushi bars and restaurants, we’re spoilt for choice. The question is: where are the best places to get your wasabi-laced hit of omega-3? We’ve put together a list of what we consider to be the best sushi restaurants in Cape Town and while they offer different settings, menus, and vibes, they have one thing in common and that’s incredible sushi.
Willoughby & Co.
Willoughby & Co. is one of Cape Town’s original sushi establishments. Located in the vibrant V&A Waterfront mall, it offers an extensive menu and impeccably crafted sushi by experienced Japanese chefs. Bookings are not accepted, so don’t be surprised to encounter a queue. Having said that, service tends to be quick and efficient so you won’t be waiting long. In any case, there’s a delightful wine boutique adjacent to Willoughby & Co. so you can do a wine tasting or have a glass of wine in the interim. The restaurant has seated tables and seating at the sushi bar where you can watch the chefs at work.
Where: Shop 6132, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Phone: 021 418 6115
Serving up beautifully made, quality, and superbly fresh sushi, Kyoto Garden is a sophisticated and tranquil space located in a vibrant, bustling neighbourhood on Kloofnek Road. This restaurant was named the Best Asian Restaurant in 2014 and rubs shoulders with some super trendy, hipster spots such as The Power & the Glory and Hallelujah – great places for an after-dinner night cap. Kyoto Garden delivers fine Japanese cuisine, the ingredients of which are carefully sourced and with freshness as the highest priority.
Where: 11 Lower Kloofnek Road, Cape Town
Phone: 021 422 2001
If you’re a fan of sushi with all the trimmings and embellishments, the Sushi Box is the perfect place to get your hit. Located in an out-of-the-way corner in the Cardiff Castle Building in Newlands’ Kildare Road, this intimate little sushi outlet has become immensely popular for its fresh sushi and interesting signature dishes. The Fusion Box, in particular, is a must-try, featuring five crunchy salmon rolls, five loaded rainbow rolls, and two salmon roses. Sushi Box has become so popular that the Zimbabwe-born owners have opened numerous branches around Cape Town, including Cape Quarter, V&A Waterfront, and the Willowbridge Shopping Centre, with more on the way.
For those who enjoy their sushi in a stylish, yet comfortable setting, Salushi is the perfect lunchtime escape from the office or a great place to unwind and refresh after work. The menu offers a selection of Asian-style light meals, seafood, salads, and, of course, sushi that’s freshly prepared and very much worth the wait. If you’re in the mood to try something unusual, check out their dessert menu for the Wasabi Lindt Crème Brûlée!
Where: Intaba Building, 25 Protea Road, Claremont
Phone: 021 671 4271
1890 House Sushi
Located in a side street in atmospheric Observatory, 1890 House Sushi is a local favourite that turns out beautifully crafted sushi at reasonable prices. Also on the menu are a variety of Thai and Chinese dishes, but it’s the sushi the locals crowd in for. At 1890 House Sushi, the prawn tempura roll, salmon roses, and sashimi are some of the best Cape Town has to offer. Just be sure you book a table if you plan on going after 18:30 because it gets busy!
Where: 40 Trill Road, Observatory
Phone: 021 447 1450
The Codfather has been up and running since 1998, serving a huge variety of fresh sushi, from the usual Norwegian salmon and yellowfin tuna to eel, Cape salmon, yellowtail, butterfish, and more. There are no menus here; the chefs create their works of art as inspiration hits them and whatever you like the look of, you pluck off the conveyer belt and eat. The Codfather couples fantastic, fresh sushi with breath-taking sea views.
Umi is a modern Japanese restaurant located right on Camps Bay’s glitzy beachfront strip. With ocean views, a vibrant atmosphere, elegant décor, and imaginative lighting, this restaurant is as beautiful to eat in as the authentic, contemporary Japanese cuisine it serves. The menu is fresh, inventive and packed with delicious and healthy authentic dishes you’ll be hard-pressed to find elsewhere in the Mother City.
Located in the swanky and sophisticated One&Only Hotel in Cape Town – one of a global chain of 30 – this high-end Japanese restaurant is the perfect place for a special occasion. The sharing platters are beautifully crafted, presented, and the best value for money option on the menu. If you enjoy flawless service, opulent surroundings, and serious indulgence on an evening out, Nobu Lounge is the perfect sushi restaurant for you.
Where: Dock Road, V&A Waterfront
Phone: 021 431 5111
Nuri Sushi Factory
Nuri Sushi Factory is an affordable self-service sushi restaurant located right in the beating heart of Cape Town’s CBD. This vibrant canteen has taken traditional Japanese sushi and totally run with it, breaking all the rules and serving up sushi with unconventional twists and embellishments. Nuri is simple and straight up; there are no frills here. You place your order at the counter, pay, and then sit down to eat. Alternatively, you can place a takeaway order via WhatsApp: Nuri Sushi Factory delivers as far as Sea Point and the southern suburbs.
Where: 8 Parliament Street, CBD
Phone: 021 461 8719
Harbour House, V&A Waterfront
Harbour House is a chic, nautical-themed restaurant perched on the atmospheric wharf outside the V&A Waterfront mall. Here, with its beautiful view over the harbour water, the restaurant serves up both traditional and non-traditional sushi options, appealing to all tastes and preferences. Harbour House is good value for money, delivering large, flavourful portions made with fresh, high-quality ingredients.