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A special feature at Koi is its wide range of teas, many imported from the East – there are green teas, flavoured black teas and, of course, rooibos for a local touch.
There are four stylish Koi restaurants: in Rosebank, Sandton and Pretoria in Gauteng; and in Cape Town in the Western Cape. And if you love your tom yum goong served just the way it's done in Thailand, your dim sum straight from the kitchens of Shanghai, or your sushi as authentic as it comes, then these restaurants won't disappoint.
Asian cuisine is their forte, which they serve with a touch of contemporary Western style. Koi restaurants employ highly skilled Japanese and Chinese chefs, who prepare excellent sushi, Japanese noodles, and the whole gamut of Asian mains from crispy Peking duck to decadent prawn curries.
Dim sum is a highlight on the menu. The aim is to order collectively (as opposed to individually) and to enjoy a stream of dim sum dishes as they come freshly prepared to your table. Choose from the spinach and cream cheese, prawn and shitake mushroom, and chicken and ginger dim sum, among others. Or, for real decadence, try the salmon and cream cheese dim sum topped with caviar. You can also order dim sum platters, including a vegetarian dim sum platter that works well as an appetiser.
Starters include spring rolls; oysters; and crispy calamari served with hoisin sauce, coriander and lime. Tempura soft-shell crabs are also a highlight on the starter menu. There are also soups and salads on offer, including a spicy tom yum goong. The Japanese salad and sunomono salad are healthy and filling, while the roast duck and rice noodle salad is served with micro herbs and a sesame soya dressing.
For mains you might want to try the wok-charred beef fillet, crispy Peking duck, delicious Koi curries (chicken, prawn, vegetables), or the sesame-crusted seared tuna. Lamb shank and prawns are also on offer.
There is also a selection of noodle dishes, while the sushi menu is pretty extensive – try the dragon roll, the Koi volcano sandwich or the Cajun salmon skin if you're feeling adventurous.
To finish off you might want to try the chocolate and banana spring rolls, or the ginger and saki tiramisu.
Wine and cocktails have been selected to complement Asian dishes, and the drinks menu includes non-alcoholic cocktails.
The restaurant’s decor is up-to-the-minute contemporary Asian – light and airy, it features large expanses of foldaway glass doors, much light wood, and motifs of the sea. There is also a considerable amount of outdoor seating at Koi restaurants.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
How to get here
There are detailed maps and directions on the Koi website.
Best time to visit
Check the listed website for operating hours of the various restaurants.
Around the area
When in Rosebank, visit the African Market or the Rooftop Market, which takes place on Sundays. In Sandton, the malls of Sandton City and Nelson Mandela Square offer hours of shopping fun.
What will it cost
The average main course starts at about R110.
Where to stay
Stay at 54 on Bath in Rosebank, The Michelangelo in Sandton, the City Lodge in Lynnwood, or the Ambassador Hotel in Bantry Bay.
What to eat
Sushi and/or noodles. The dim sum is also a good choice.