It has been a bit of a rough week, with the anniversary of my dad’s passing (For My Dad), plus both my husband and I have been up working most nights this week so I was really looking forward to going out and spending some time with my hubby away from computers, TV, phones and all the distractions at home. I remember when Kyoto Garden Sushi opened and have been been wanting to try it for a while but just haven’t quite got there so I was also looking forward to trying something new. And the fact that they were voted Eat Out 2014 best asian restaurant made me even more excited.
Tucked away in a little corner which you can easily miss if you don’t know it’s there, it really is a little gem. I loved the decor which was simple yet elegant, and being very zen like, it certainly did have a very calming effect. Sometimes the ‘zen’ vibe can be a bit too minimilist and stark but this was warm and inviting. It really set the tone for an intimate dinner together. We sat next to the window which I would say was the most romantic spot so if you’re booking in advance, I would ask to be seated here.
They have a really great winter special on at the moment of 3 courses and a glass of wine for R170. Although the choices of what you can order are quite limited on the winter special, we were very happy with our options. When you look at what the prices are normally, this is really great value.
My hubby ordered the Tuna Tartare for starters and I ordered the Miso Soup. Both were delicious. The Tuna Tartare, not something he might normally order, was so tasty and very good. My miso soup was also very tasty with quite a few mushrooms and noodles in which I liked as it added that little bit extra.
While waiting for our starters, we were brought some complimentary edamame which were scrumptious. In between our starter and mains, we were brought another little taster of the linefish sashimi. The name for it eludes me now but it was also incredibly tasty. It’s not something I would usually have as I prefer salmon or tuna, but the sauce that’s on it, was just so fresh and flavoursome.
Next up, we had our mains. I had the Rice with Special Fish and hubby had the Oriental Noodles with Prawns. All I can say is YUM! Both of the dishes were so delicious. The flavours were so rich but in a very understated and fresh way. As my husband said, he just wanted to drink up all the leftover sauce of the noodles with prawns. Truly delicious!
Lastly we had the black sesame seed ice cream for dessert which we both really enjoyed. The fact that it made our mouths black and looked like my husband was wearing lip liner, only added to the wonderful night we were having and was a great source of laughter.
Eating there is not just about the food, it’s about the experience as well. You know you’ve had a good meal when you get into bed and before going off to sleep, you discuss the night and how good it was. Something we’ve said a few times which was reiterated here and was certainly true was how the experience of one’s meal really affects the experience of your time together. What I especially liked was how we had quite a decent amount of food to eat, yet because the flavours are all so fresh and light, we didn’t have that “I’ve eaten too much feeling’. I love eating food which feels light and good in my body.
All in all, I would highly recommend Kyoto Garden Sushi for a romantic, intimate date night. We had an amazing meal, a good laugh, proper quality time together and left there feeling more connected than when we stepped in and that, for me, are the ingredients for a great date night. We will definitely be returning!
PS. We enjoyed dinner as guests of Kyoto Garden Sushi, however I only write my own honest personal opinions.
PPS.Pictures are credited to Claire Gunn Photography. I didn’t take my own as the light in the restaurant is great for intimacy but not for pictures plus I actually didn’t want to have my phone out except for checking that all was ok at home.