Yamitsuki has served over 2 million happy customers during its 19 year existence. Well known as one of Bedfordview's finest sushi and dim sum restaurants, Yamitsuki is an absolute must-visit. Here's what we found when we stopped by.
Dive into a trove of beautiful and delicious dumplings hot off the bamboo steamers. Patrons can expect options such as spinach and cream cheese, coriander chicken with cashews, and chicken, basil, and chilli to name a few.
Yamitsuki's claim to fame is its sushi, or to be more precise, its flaming sushi. The restaurant's dedication to the craft is evident in the fact that they have a sushi bar complete with conveyor belt. With a sushi menu as long as the N1 highway, one thing is for certain - it's all delicious. Interesting varieties include biltong and cream cheese rolls, soft shell crab tempura rolls, and the prawn tempura, cheese and smoked salmon with dynamite sauce and thick soy sauce. There are no wrong choices!
You can't have Asian food without stir fry and noodles! But a lesser known Japanese dish is curry. Yup, you read that right. Curries have become so popular in Japenese cuisine that it's been added to the country's list of national dishes. Patrons can expect tangy curry flavours, served with a side of choice chicken, beef fillets, or prawns. And for added variety, the menu also boasts Thai green, red and yellow curries served with veg, chicken, or prawn. For the noodles, you can choose between wok fried, egg fried, or rice noodles served with a protein of your choice (veg, beef fillet, calamari, prawn, or chicken). These come with a variety of sauces such as smokey soy, spicy cashew, or sweet and sour. The stir fries sing a song about the usual suspects such as sweet and sour, crispy beef, and chicken cashew nut.
There are a handful of yōshoku (Western cuisine) that pop up on the menu. These items include hamburgers and fish and chips, lending familiarity to an otherwise foreign menu. Little ones can also join in on the Yamitsuki feast, taking their pick of soups, noodles and rice dishes from the toddler-friendly menu.
However, on Friday nights it's kanpai and bottoms up at Yamitsuki. The drinks menu sings songs as sweet as the breeze at the foot of Mount Fuji during springtime. A must-have would be their signature wasabi martini, complete with a fire show. It's the perfect balance of bitter and fresh, topped off with an amazing show of theatrics. If you're after a dining experience with a difference, stop by Yamitsuki on your next Friday night jaunt.
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Details: (Tel) 086 117 8744 / 011 455 0380 | [email protected] | 55 Van Buuren Road,
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From the outside, not much has changed since Love Me So opened during the second half of 2017. The mixologists still mix drinks the same way, the trading hours haven't changed, and part-owner, Fabio Di Cosmo, still occupies the same booth in the corner of the venue. What has changed is the menu. While old favourites have stayed – you can still build your own ramen, the Korean BBQ hasn't been touched and the kimchi is still made in-house – there are some great additions that are bound to become new favourites.
Chef Alex has opted to grow the izakaya section by adding Love Me So pancakes with either crispy pork or shitaki and tofu. Other additions would be the rainbow salad, miso eggplant, and jaga bata (the best damn potato salad you'll ever have in your life). Each new dish on the menu is a declaration of Love Me So's evolution.
One of the biggest changes to the menu is the introduction of curated bowls of ramen. In this section patrons can expect shio chicken, miso tofu and pork tonkotsu – bowls put together with a mixture of Alex's personal taste and customer preferences, and an emphasis on the comfort that comes with a big bowl of ramen noodles. Indeed, consolation is what I feel when sipping on the tonkotsu broth – a taste that transports you to a culinary space where everything is pleasantly tempered with the colour of umami. It is what wine people hope to experience when they spend R2000 on a bottle of Meerlust. It is why red meat fiends beg for one of the precious few seats at LD-R's Short Market Club in Cape Town. It's why I keep returning to Love Me So over and over and over again.
As much as we love sweetcorn soup, Love Me So is not a Chinese takeout, but an homage to Korean, Chinese and Japanese food. Diners can warm up with a chicken wonton soup (made with in-house roasted chicken broth, roast corn, bok choy, and spring onion), and a vegan miso noodle soup. These dishes are perfect for the colder months, but will also be enjoyed well into spring.
Do yourself a favour and go get infatuated with the winter 2018 menu.
By Shawn Greyling