Sushi? Yes please! Consider me sold.
A busy Claremont corner opposite Cavendish square hosts the trendy up-market extension of Fruit and Veg: ‘Food Lovers Market,’ an elegant take-away and up-stairs restaurant.
By day or night this food magnet draws you in by wrecking havoc on your sense of smell (especially in it’s unusually vulnerable state during lunch time). Having had no intention to enter there I often find myself in line buying more than I should.
As the name suggests they really do make their best efforts to cater a bit of everything. From the coffee bar and bakery, fresh salads, warm meals to the smoothie bar. I love, I repeat L.O.V.E. their smoothie bar. It’s one of my favourite things. Hopefully you will be as delighted as I was to discover it’s a make your own concoction smoothie bar.
The sushi bar upstairs and sit down restaurant is very chilled during the day so if you in the mood to escape from the bustling office with some good food, and for those of you whose jobs drive you to drink – you too can relieve your stresses.
Friday and Saturday nights are my favorite and an awesome way to start the night before hitting the Claremont hot spots. Perhaps you need help making a great impression on a date – where you can enjoy great food without having to donate your good lung to foot the bill. The ambiance created by the spa aroma as you enter is an immediate relaxant and the vibe upstairs is just as chilled. Live bands or individual singers serenade guests whilst you wine and dine to their melodies. I used to call him a Michael Buble type pianist dude who doesn’t really fit the profile. Picture: board shorts, peak cap and slip slops. You don’t really expect ‘save the last dance’ to come belting out of that do you? I really was quite excited with his singing and was looking forward to his tunes one Saturday evening over sushi only to find out Graeme Heerden, (Michael Buble pianist dude), has left to take on Mnet Idols. Just an indication of how great he sounds – he was one of the final twelve contestants in the competition. At present he has taken up a music scholarship in Scotland – but fear not – he will be back in December to ‘wow’ us with his mellisonant tunes once again.
And lastly – the real reason we here and loving it is because the sushi is better than most others who have gone before and most likely those who wish to follow, bar none! For those of you not into the acquired taste; don’t fret; you are still welcome as the rest of the menu is sushi free. With a wide variety to tantalize the taste buds and a special focus on quality and presentation they really are true to their name.
Avg meal: +/- R100 (Mon – Thurs 50% and Fri and Sat 25% – after 5, excl platters)
Hours: 08h00 till 22h00 (Closed on Sundays)
Location: Vineyard Road, Claremont – directly across from Cavendish Square
Contact: 021 674 7836