The Cape Town branch of Nobu, located at the One&Only hotel at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, is one of the city's most sought-after restaurants. This fine-dining Japanese restaurant will bowl you over with its yellowtail sashimi, and its local malva pudding is just as impressive.

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Nobu restaurants, a brand now found in many of the world’s capitals, is part of a gastronomic empire synonymous with remarkable food and service. Behind their success is the Japanese chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa, a world force in global food circles and one who has enjoyed the high-profile support of famous names such as actor Robert de Niro. (The celebrated chef has even been roped into some movie roles).

Nobu at Cape Town’s One&Only restaurant at the V&A Waterfront, is the brand's first African venture. Seating over 100 diners, its sweeping staircase and translucent origami light that glides across the ceiling have been much commented upon. On the upper level there is a bar, where sake, plum wine, Japanese beer and imaginative cocktails are on offer, along with cognac, port and tequila.

Essentially a chain of restaurants serving food prepared by a variety of traditional Japanese cooking techniques, Nobu introduces contemporary twists and local flavours into its menu choices. Matsuhisa has worked in destinations from Peru to Alaska, and these influences are subtly fused into his dishes. In Cape Town the diner will find home-grown delicacies such as abalone, kingklip, Karoo lamb and malva pudding along with wagyu beef, bento boxes, sushi and sashimi.

The restaurant offers an extensive main menu, although diners can also opt for set courses. Dishes in high demand are the yellowtail sashimi with jalapeno and the black cod.

Additional highlights of the main menu (and there are so many) include: Hot Miso Chips , Nobu Tacos, Salmon Karashi with Jalapeno, Tuna Tataki with Ponzu, Baby Spinach Salad with Dried Miso, Lobster Salad with Spicy Lemon dressing and that's just for appetizers. Move on to: King Crab with Creamy Spinach Sauce, Prawn Tempura, Fish & Chips Nobu style or New Style Wagu Beef and don't forget to enjoy some sushi and sashimi as part of your dining experience. Finish off your meal with a Suntory Whisky Cappuccino, or a Passion Fruit Brulee and then you'll know for sure you have indeed died and gone to Nobu heaven...

For those opting just for finger food, a lounge menu features Nobu’s take on tacos and skewers. There are also wood oven and canapé menus available.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Nobu at One&Only Cape Town

Dock Rd, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Tel: +27 (0) 21 431 4511

How to get here

The One&Only Cape is conveniently situated at the V&A Waterfront and easily accessible via various modes of transport.

Best time to visit

Nobu is open daily from Tuesday to Sunday. During the summer months the restaurant is open on Mondays.

Around the area

Take the Citysightseeing canal boat that stops outside the hotel and explore the waterways of the gorgeous V&A Waterfront.

Tours to do

Take a trip up Table Mountain via the cableway, or visit Robben Island.

What will it cost

This is not a cheap night out. Your average main meal will cost in the region of R200 per person but top-end items will cost R400.

Where to stay

The One&Only in Cape Town is one of the most luxurious hotels on the V&A Waterfront, with an arresting view of Table Mountain. The rooms are spacious, with large baths and roomy showers. Extras like Nespresso machines and iPod docking stations add exclusive touches. If you’re feeling flush, The One Penthouse has wrap-around views of the city, its own private elevator entrance and 24-hour butler service.

What to eat

The yellowtail sashimi is a hit with locals and international visitors alike. There's so much to try: the baby spinach salad with dried miso and shrimp, lobster wasabi, crab leg tempura with Ama Ponzu...

What's happening

While at the V&A, visit the Two Oceans Aquarium which showcases sea creatures from both the Indian and Atlantic oceans.

Best buys

The Waterfront is perhaps Cape Town’s best retail therapy experience. From couture fashion and jewellery to market stall souvenirs, all are found in this extensive shopping area.

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