I keep forgetting how far away Simonstown really is. I always think of Kalk Bay as being a bit of a trip but Simonstown is quite a bit further. The problem is really the traffic. Cars just crawl along that coastal road, while the occupants crane their necks to catch glimpses of rocks which they think might be whales. It’s not a problem if you are not in a hurry because it is a beautiful stretch of road to drive along, but if you are in a hurry, it can be a very frustrating journey.
On Sunday I was meeting family at Just Sushi in Simonstown for lunch. I was meant to be there at 1:30pm but arrived, a frazzled wreck, at 1:45pm. Luckily it didn’t take me long to regain my composure because the setting is lovely. Just Sushi is just off the main square in the middle of Simonstown and partially overlooks the sea. There are al fresco tables but the windows slide open and make the small inside area seem to not be very enclosed.
It’s a very small, simple place, no pretence. If the story I heard is true, they are not allowed to cook there, that’s why they serve just sushi (and miso soup) and nothing is seared. I had a portion of Rainbow rolls (R75 – 8 pieces) and a portion of Salmon Roses (R60 – 6 pieces). They were fantastic, very fresh and the rice was not stodgy. The rice was manageable, it didn’t fall apart when trying to dip it in the soy sauce, but it was light and it came apart in your mouth. The fish was very fresh and well presented. The sushi actually reminded me of the sushi at Kyoto Sushi Garden. I’m not really an expert but I’m starting to get a feeling for what makes sushi good rather than average.
Fashion sandwiches are normally not my favourite, they have too much rice. The only fashion sandwich I like is the Junior’s Heat from Wakame but the salmon fashion sandwiches at Just Sushi were small and light, delightful. The Sashimi was cut in cubes more than slices which made it easier to handle with the chopsticks. Between the eight people at the table we tried most things. Everyone was very impressed with whatever they had. There are some nice platters which are reasonably priced.
We drank a couple of bottles of white wine (R80) with the meal but I didn’t get a chance to look at the wine list. The service was pretty good, the place is so small that if you need something you could just shout. The dessert was nice but the coffee wasn’t great. I’d probably go somewhere else for coffee afterwards.
If you’re in the area and looking for some quality sushi, I’d recommend you check out Just Sushi.