YUZU Kitchen & Bar is the latest foodie joint to join the vibey Kloof Street culinary scene, opening their doors this week.
Locals to the area might have spotted renovations to the old Ocean Basket building, next door to Your’s Truly, which has now been completely transformed into an open-plan Japanese-meets-American-meets-industrial space.
Large windows open onto Kloof Street on one end, looking into a bar and dining area further down. You can sit inside and enjoy the hustle of the open kitchen area, or walk through to the large outside courtyard, enchanted by strings of lights overhead.
The theme of the restaurant was inspired by Kill Bill and you’ll pick up on an American/Japanese Kung Fu theme running throughout, with a black timber floors, blood red windows and old school martial arts film posters lining the walls.
The menu follows this same theme, with East-meets-West dishes. We were served a range of canapés representing their dishes so it is slightly difficult to determine what a full dish would look like, but the flavours were definitely there.
We kicked things off with their Sashimi, a simple soy dressed oyster with pink grapefruit and Thai basil. This was followed by T.I.A, a seared springbok carpaccio with chilli pepper mayo, apple and nut oil.
I really enjoyed The Italian Ninja, an Asian ceasar salad made with nashi par, crispy anchovies and tempura egg yolk. My favourite of the evening, however, was the Kung Fu Katsu, a chicken Katsu slider on steamed bread with an Asian slaw. And finally we got a sweet moutful with their Bain’s All-Day Breakfast, a hint of Bain’s Whisky with banana, peanut butter & vanilla cream.
Each dish was paired with a yummy, intricate cocktail, my favourite being The Samurai, with saki, nika, whisky, lychee, Thai basil and dragon fruit.
The idea of the restaurant is to offer diners a great experience and delicious food, at a price that Capetonians can afford. Once I see a final menu I will update you on the prices.
They open today, 31 March and they are located at 75 Kloof Street, Gardens. Head to yuzu.co.za or their Facebook page for more.