Hg2 : The Hedonist


This may be an international brand, but as Japanese restaurants in Cape Town go, Nobuyuki Matsuhisa’s first African ‘branch’ is without any doubt in a league all of its own. Food is simply spectacular; service beyond reproach. Capetonians who haven’t eaten here will make all kinds of excuses-particularly around price-but the fact is that anyone who is truly interested in Japanese fine dining must make the effort. An evening here is an event, and starts when you step onto the mezzanine level of a vast two-tier space done out in the classiest Modernist lines, with soaring columns, gigantic circular frames, and upturned pyramidal ceiling lights miles above your head. Upbeat tunes from the live DJ in the hotel’s lobby bar create a fresh, contemporary vibe. Below you, the enormously proportioned dining space terminates in an open kitchen where sushi master Hideki Maeda and his team take time from their serious endeavours to chat to anyone who’s perched at the sushi counter. While the menu is worth browsing, you’d do well to go straight for the chef’s omakase (from the heart”) selection-a multi-course taste adventure

One & Only Cape Town, Dock Road,
+27 21 431 5111
Opening Times
6-11pm daily (noon-3pm Fri-Sun over Christmas-New Year period)
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