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YUZU Kitchen & Bar in Kloof Street

Chef Rikku Ó'Donnchü brings a unique taste of Japanese-American cuisine to Cape Town

An all-new concept of Japanese-American fare is on offer at YUZU Kitchen & Bar, offering cocktails to compliment the meals and along with it, a unique taste of international fare comes to tickle the palates of Capetonian diners.

Owner and Michelin star trained Chef Rikku Ó'Donnchü has been spotted on MasterChef UK 2016, Saturday Morning Kitchen, Notts TV, and has cooked with Clara Bebenzer from Cooked with Clara. Chef Rikku has a couple of his recipes featured in The Great British Cook Book, and he welcomes diners to an evening of dining theatrics. YUZU, the new eatery on Kloof Street, is set up in way that will have patrons feeling as if they are part of the magic that usually takes place behind the scenes. With the kitchen located along the wall of the establishment, and seating positioned all around the chefs, YUZU not only fuses international fare, but also opens up the private space to the public. “We wanted to invite our guests to have a look into where the magic happens,” says partner Sean McGregor.

The space was inspired by the film Kill Bill, which can be seen in the swords and tool themed beer taps, and the lit up neon Tarantino quote. The stained pine floors of the eatery gives it an edgy feel and the entire venue can be seen from front to back, giving YUZU Kitchen & Bar an inviting feel with the natural flow of the space. The venue was completely undone from what it was before and the entire structure rearranged. The YUZU team decided to start with a blank canvas and welcome a new space that looks like it’s been there for years, even though the establishment opened its doors in March 2017. “The building reflects the food and the food reflects the building,” says Chef Rikku. “Dining here is an entertainment package and there’s a lot of theatre involved in the kitchen. The whole philosophy of YUZU was to create a place to go for an experience and not be charged the Earth for it.”

Sample the dish which welcomed us at the Kloof Street hotspot: sashimi oyster with a fragrant Thai basil dressing paired with the most refreshing cocktail ever to pass my lips, the YUZU Iced Tea. This bespoke bevvy is very much like the American Long Island Iced Tea, but with the unique Japanese twist: adding yuzu juice, and replacing tequila with Japanese Saki. This dish and cocktail combo compliments the fresh citrus and oceanic flavours.

If you’re more of a meat-eater try the T.I.A. because, you know… This Is Africa after all. This Springbok carpaccio will have you licking your lips until the sun comes up again. The meat is flavoured with chilli pepper, mayo, apple, nut oil and crispy peanuts. Pair this delectable delight with the classic Apple Martini made with Plymouth vodka, Beefeater gin, apple brandy, apple juice and apple caviar, which is one of the many ways that YUZU Kitchen & Bar uses molecular gastronomy to the table.

TIP: Molecular gastronomy is an innovative style of cuisine, which blends physics and chemistry. Care to know more about molecular gastronomy? Feel free to chat to Chef Rikku about it at YUZU Kitchen & Bar, as his passion for the subject will blow your mind!

The passionate chef is part Swedish and part Irish, from the UK and now based in Cape Town, which is where the influence of fusion fare comes from. The culturally diverse chef is no stranger to the kitchen nor to the media, thanks to his unique creations. With extensive experience in the kitchen, chef Rikku has found a way to express his passion for all foods Japanese and American and serve it in a way that does justice to his culinary skills.

The Bill: Sushi: R50 - R110 | Starters: R39 - R79 | Mains: R95 - R125 | Desserts: R35 - R49 | Cold drinks: R22 - R65 | Warm drinks: R9 - R32 | Wine: R40 (per glass) - R7500 (per bottle) | Cocktails: R65 - R97

Opening Times: Monday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 11pm | Friday: 4:30pm - midnight | Saturday: 12pm - midnight | Sunday: 12pm - 11pm

75 Kloof Street | Gardens | +27 (0)65 346 1792

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By Marian Volkwyn | Image credit: Josh Oates

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