If you have been following the blog you will know I am a huge fan of Kyoto Garden Sushi. It is one restaurant that we consistently return to and are always impressed by the dishes. We have a few big hit favourites but try taste more dishes on the menu every time. The only problem is that Kyoto Garden Sushi is pretty pricey. And it seems like all of Cape Town is feeling a little price sensitive. Kyoto has tuned into this and put together an amazing set menu for two.
The set menu is six courses for two people at R780 for both of you. That makes it R390 per person for six delicious courses at Kyoto Garden Sushi.
We started with a little dish of tuna tartare. This is more like an amuse bouche than an actual course. The tuna tartare is one of my favourite dishes on the main menu so I was glad to see its inclusion on the set menu.
Rich, delicious fresh tuna with subtle flavours and fresh spring onion for a little zest. This little bowl of fish really does pack a punch.
This beauty is the seaweed salad. I couldn’t get enough of how beautiful this little dish was and took about thirty photos. You are lucky I could reduce it down to three for the blog post.
We pour the wasabi dressing all over and tucked into the lightly seared salmon, exotic mushrooms, baby spinach and seaweed. I am not a huge fan of seaweed but actually really enjoyed it with the slight spicy and salty wasabi dressing.
Kyoto is very famous for their sushi. Their sushi is delicate, clean and fuss free. Whilst we all love a good tempura crunch or teriyaki reloaded glaze you won’t find that on the menu here. Kyoto makes purist sushi and stick to the traditional sushi without all the Western flair. There is space for both in the Cape Town food scene but with Kyoto they aim to make the soft rice and fresh fish the stars of the show.
And goodness are they stars! Course three is Chef’s creation of sushi, sashimi and California rolls. We had four lovely nigiris with the tuna nigiri being my favourite. Then lovely fresh sashimi of salmon and tuna. And finally four little California rolls with salmon and avo.
Don’t miss the beautiful pickled ginger – not that bright pink stuff we normally get. And be careful of the wasabi, this is the real stuff and is hotter than what we are used to.
Next up was the tempura veggies followed by ramen noodles with prawns. Ramen is new to the Kyoto menu and it is amazing. I am surprised Kyoto hasn’t introduced a ramen dish sooner. This bowl of ramen was amazing with all the layers of flavour, slightly undercooked noodles and fat juicy prawns. This was my highlight of the tasting menu and I was blown away by the dish.
I will definitely be back for a giant bowl of ramen in the wintery months to come. Or just next Tuesday… because goodness it is delicious!
We finished of with the white sesame-seed ice cream topped with black sesame seeds to share. This was a cool light finish to end off a truly delicious meal.
I cannot more highly recommend the set menu for two at Kyoto. This is hands down one of my favourite meals of the first three months of this year.
If you have always wanted to visit Kyoto but have been scared away by the price tag this is your opportunity to live it up for less.
- Location: 11 Kloof Nek Road, Gardens
- Opening times: Monday to Saturday 5:30pm til 11pm
- Contact details: 021 422 2001
Disclaimer: We enjoyed our dinner as guests of Kyoto Garden Sushi. However, all images and opinions are my own.