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Price Range: Avg. Price R85
Type: Asian cuisine/ speciality sushi with lounge style terrace popular for cocktails
Crowd: Predominantly mid 20’s and up from in & around Atlantic Seaboard
Service: 7.5 /10
Day Of the Week: Saturday
Address: Corner of Beach Road and Surrey Place, Mouille Point
You would be forgiven for thinking that the restaurant to which this review refers, is in fact called Wakame as it can be a little bit confusing, but let me try and dispel some of the confusion. From what I can tell there are 3 floors to the building, which in fact houses 2 seperate restaurant, namely Wakame on the 2nd floor and Wafu on the 3rd. They are both quite similar and I assume share the same ownership, however Wafu seems to be the slightly more laid-back, “drinks and cocktails” oriented of the two, where Wakame on the 2nd floor is more of a fine dining experience.
I have only ever had the pleasure of visiting Wafu, but from the few visits I have had, I must say, all have been very good!
Wafu’s positioning is most probably its greatest quality. It is situated such that you have unobstructed views right on to the beautiful Atlantic Ocean. An afternoon relaxing on its terrace means sitting back in a comfortable couch watching anything from yachts to sea life simply cruising by while you sip on a cold beer, glass of wine or cocktail. Combine this with mid-day sunshine, a plate of sushi or stir-fry or any of the other great dishes on their menu for that matter and you cannot really find a better combination.
Whether you can book for Wafu’s outside seating are or not I am not sure but if possible I would recommend doing so as getting a seat on the outside deck can be a tumultuous exercise at times and may mean that you end up standing around or spending your afternoon hunting for seats. Wafu also offers an indoor area and quite commonly tables will begin with drinks on the balcony and then when ready move indoors for a sit-down meal. How you choose to do it is up to you!
In terms of food, service and prices, I would have to say that it is probably not suited to the price sensetive. Although you could get away with spending less than R100 per person on some sushi and 1 or 2 drinks, it would not be a very satisfying meal. I would say that on average one should be prepared to spend around R150 per person, but rest assured that this will be R150 well spent on good quality food and drink. With respect to service, I have never been disappointed and certainly hope not to be proved wrong as this has become a personal favourite of mine as spots on Beach road go and I certainly hope to be back on a sunny day soon!
Website: http://www.wakame.co.za/ (shared website with Wakame)