Joburg restaurants – Where to Eat Sushi in Joburg

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Joburg may be far from the ocean, but that doesn't mean that you can't enjoy good sushi in this town. Here's our pick of some of the best places in the city to get your fix.

THE BIG MOUTH The signature sushi menu at this slick seafood restaurant overlooking Nelson Mandela Square is long and enticing with some imaginative uses of Asian spices and clever twists on the classics such as the noteworthy 'fish and chips roll' with crispy hake. Portions are generous.
Where to find it: Sandton
What you'll spend on a single sushi plate (4 to 8 portions): From R70-R112
Best for: Variety and a big budget

THE BLACKANESE SUSHI AND WINE BAR Flavours from African cuisine such as biltong and curry spices are fused with classic Japanese sushi at this cute little spot in Maboneng. At the helm is Vusi Kunene, who started out with a market stall at Market on Main and also offers sushi-making classes and catering. A good place for groups with a choice of sharing platters.
Where to find it: Maboneng
What you'll spend on a single sushi plate (4 to 8 portions): From R56-R79
Best for: Hip Atmsophere

This restaurant, opened by a Venezuelan mother and daughter team, offers (along with plenty of regular dishes) lots of items that you won’t find standard on most sushi menus. Sushi variations include calamari, crispy chicken, and prawn tempura, along with cream cheese (a popular Latin American sushi ingredient, used to complement the flavour of fishes like salmon, and other more exotic ingredients, such as strawberries).
Where to find it: Linden
What you'll spend on a single sushi plate (4 to 8 portions): From R31-R55
Best for: Originality

HUAMIN An apparently nondescript little Chinese restaurant and takeaway joint in Emmarentia, until you become a loyal fan of their budget prices and find yourself dropping by every Monday when the entire menu is half price. The menu features all the usual favourites served with little fuss in a cheap and cheerful atmosphere. Very friendly to your wallet you'll also be tempted in by all-you-can-eat sushi on Sundays and Tuesdays (R145).
Where to find it: Emmarentia
What you'll spend on a single sushi plate (4 to 8 portions): From R23-R29
Best for: A tight budget and a love of cheap and cheerful decor

KOI RESTAURANT A sophisticated choice in an upmarket setting (in the Firs in Rosebank and 24 Central in Sandton) serving Chinese and Japanese cuisine. Excellent fish dishes have always been Koi's calling card and they can always be relied on to serve up good quality sushi.
Where to find it: Rosebank and Sandton
What you'll spend on a single sushi plate (4 to 8 portions): From R68-R85
​Best for: Impressing your guests

UMAI SUSHI AT THE LACUNA BAR The Maslow hotel's gilded lounge area gently overlaps with a verdant, poolside garden making a welcome contrast to Sandton’s congested tarmac outside the front gate. Head chef Eric Manyenkawu’s sushi creations are a treat to look at, and hit the same mark for taste with imaginative combinations including whitefish sashimi with truffle ponzu dressing.
Where to find it: Sandton
Best for: Cocktails and a garden view

YAMATO The much-awarded Yamato serves elegant and traditional Japanese food with polite service. The superior sushi and sashimi menu is more than a few cuts above your average conveyor belt. Solemn atmosphere but what a combination of flavours!
Where to find it: Illovo
Best for: Authenticity and a big budget

Associated Venues

Umai Sushi at The Lacuna Bar

 Sun The Maslow Hotel, cnr Grayston Dr and Rivonia Rd, Sandton


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