Summer, especially on the Atlantic Seaboard, is synonymous with sushi: sushi for sundowners, sushi and cocktails, sushi with champagne to celebrate the return of normal life after a very strange and scary year. While Europe and the US brace themselves for a grim lockdown winter, the sun has come out in Cape Town and people the world over are trying to migrate south for the season.
Due to our government having imposed one of the strictest lockdowns in the world, South Africa has fared extraordinarily well, and — while we are not completely out of the woods — we are doing very well compared to the rest of the world. Beaches are full, bars and restaurants are buzzing and there’s a happy, holiday feel in the air. Due to our excellent seafood, Cape Town has a wide array of sushi and fresh fish outlets. From upmarket dining establishments to laidback lunch vibes, summer will see you spoilt for choice.
This restaurant has become something of a Cape Town institution, and one of the saddest sights during lockdown was the formerly packed Willoughby’s standing empty and forlorn in the V&A Waterfront mall. No matter what time of the day or night and notwithstanding the fact that this eatery is in the middle of a busy shopping centre, it is always packed and almost always has a queue of people waiting for a table. The reason, pure and simple, is that their food is excellent; probably the best sushi and seafood in the Western Cape, if not all of South Africa. It’s as fresh as it gets and beautifully prepared by highly skilled Japanese chefs. If you haven’t had the 4 x 4 (or the 5 x 5 – go big or go home) you haven’t lived. It’s sushi topped with juicy prawns fried in the lightest, tastiest tempura batter. But everything on the menu is top class. Have a glass of bubbly with your sushi supper. It’s the best taste combo in the world.
Andy’s Sushi Bar
This unassuming, laidback Asian restaurant couldn’t be more unlike Willoughby’s, and it’s great in a totally different way. If you want good sushi or Asian food in a truly Sea Point setting, Andy’s is the way to go. And it’s decidedly easier on the wallet. On warm nights it’s fun to sit outside at tables that spill over onto the pavement and watch the suburb’s nightlife go by. Sea Point has such an eclectic mix of people, you will see folk from every walk of life enjoying the balminess of a Cape Town summer’s evening. It’s gritty, unpretentious and sometimes just what you feel like. Start your meal with a cold glass of house white (or buy the whole bottle, it’s so well-priced) and a steaming bowl of Tom Yum soup, then enjoy a sushi platter to share. Their fried noodles are very good, too.
Ah, that location! It can’t be beat. Paranga in Camps Bay is where you want to head if you like your sushi with a drop-dead view of the ocean and the fiery sunset. The Camps Bay strip is vibey and pumping at the weekend, so it’s a good place to start out before a night on the town. Or, to head to directly from the beach as Paranga is conveniently located just across the road. Cape Town is so laidback, nobody minds a few sandy feet. Choose between the sushi salad, crayfish tempura or the crunchy crab. If you’re not in the mood for sushi, their fish and seafood platters are superb. They have a large wine list with an impressive selection of champagnes and sparkling wines. If you enjoy cocktails, the grapefruit and mint G&T is refreshing and delicious.
Another Cape Town institution, this Camps Bay restaurant has long been famed for its excellent sushi and seafood. Instead of a printed food menu, The Codfather’s unique concept is built along the lines of a fish market. A large display counter features an array of fresh fish, and your waiter will explain the different flavours and textures of what is on offer. Butterfish, Dorado, Kingklip, Norwegian Salmon, Yellowtail and Tuna and an array of shellfish can be ordered by quantity, while a conveyor built of freshly prepared sushi lets you choose exactly what you feel like — and go back for more.
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