Many people tell me that the sushi at Willoughby’s is the best in Cape Town. I’ve eaten at Willoughby’s many times, and while I enjoy their seafood dishes, I’m not a fan of their sushi purely because the pieces are too big. You can read more in my review here. So I was very excited to be informed that the sushi chef at Sawadee is actually from Willoughby’s and it seems to be true because the sushi is similar but thankfully the pieces are much smaller. The result of all this is that I really enjoyed the sushi at Sawaddee. The prices are really reasonable too. We had a Hot Rock & Roll (R42), Prawn & Avo California Roll (R35), Volcano Sandwich (R40) , Prawn Tempura Roll (R42), Spicy Rainbow Reloaded (R42) and the chef’s special (R50) . All of the sushi was great.
We also had some hot food. I must admit I was tempted to just stick to sushi, not only because the sushi is so good but because I know that Sawadee is a Chef Pon restaurant and I really, really don’t like Chef Pon’s Asian kitchen. It’s dirty, the food is terrible and if you complain they tell you it is meant to be like that. I don’t even go there if I’m invited to a function. So I was worried that the food at Sawaddee might be similar but actually it was really good. I had the Aromatic Crispy Duck (R85), someone else had the Seared Salmon Salad (R65), we tried a Sesame Chicken (R65) and someone had another starter of Prawn Toast (R30). All of the food was of a high standard and as you can see the prices are really reasonable.
The service was attentive and friendly. They can speak English quite well which takes away that potential for frustration. To drink we had the Buitenverwachting Buiten Blanc (R100) and The Wolf Trap blend (R90). The wine list is not extensive but very reasonably priced. This is the sort of place you can go for a good quality meal at reasonable prices. I’m quite pleased to have found it (yes, I know it’s been there for ages). I would recommend booking as we were lucky to get a table on a Thursday night.
It’s a casual dining place, while they have made some effort with the decor, it doesn’t attract your attention in a good or a bad way. You can go dressed quite casually too. If I lived nearby, I reckon I would be there quite regularly.
Chef Pon’s Sawaddee
Rheede Street Mall, CBD
Tel: 021 422 1633