29 October 2012 by Chris Marais

Sushi Karoo

Sushi dishes and solar power equipment – all sold under the same roof at Karushi in Beaufort West.

Karushi, the amazing restaurant in the main street of Beaufort West. Image Chris Marais

So I’m parked at a lay-by somewhere between Beaufort West, Aberdeen and the blue horizon, having an extraordinary lunch.

The Karushi team – ready to roll out the sushi. Image Chris Marais

Normally, Karoo road food is a farm-stall pie, a bottle of ginger beer and a handful of freshly sliced biltong. Today, however, I’m eating sushi in the middle of the Karoo.

Apart from the salmon, my Karoo sushi plate has some unusual ingredients – feta, sun-dried tomatoes and yes, biltong and springbok carpaccio. I’m sitting within sight of a creaking windmill in the Karoo Heartland but feeling very ‘Cape Town Fish Markety’ at the same time.

And it’s all because of this wonderful little place I found in Beaufort West called Karushi. The restaurant is a bright glass box on the main street, where you can order a beer, a plate of excellent sushi and an off-grid solar installation, all at the same time.

The owner, an enterprising young German fellow called Thomas Flocken, believes in new ideas for the Karoo; he’ll sell you sophisticated city food and some alternate energy sources in one breath.

In the spirit of diversity, however, Karushi also offers delicious pizzas made from scratch and some very good steaks.

The restaurant is a bright glass box on the main street, where you can order a beer, a plate of excellent sushi and a total solar off-grid installation, all at the same time.

Thomas, whose wife Kerstin is a photographer, says the climate, the space and the friendly people of Beaufort West sold them on the Karoo more than a decade ago.

He is part of the current wave of formerly urban 'in-migrators' who are settling all over the region, bringing life and innovation back to the old towns and villages, from Port Nolloth to Prince Albert. That’s life, innovation, sushi and sunshine in a panel...

Delicious sushi in the middle of the Karoo. Image Kerstin Flocken

Category: Food & Wine


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