If there’s one thing you need to know about me it’s that I am OBSESSED with sushi. No really, even my Twitter Bio declares my undying love for sushi. I love sushi so much that I’ve often thought that someone should make a version of sushi that can be enjoyed on-the-go while you’re in your car, walking down the street or rushing to your next meeting and I must be clairvoyant or something because imagine my shock when I found out someone has done just that! I first discovered the brilliance that is “Sushi Hand Rolls” when I was in Syndey, Australia last December. All around the city you find sushi vendors selling over-sized sushi rolls that can be enjoyed with one hand while you walk and after enjoying about 4 (or 5, I lost count) of them in one day I thought; “someone needs to bring this to South Africa!” And my friends, the great new is someone did! With their signature “Gushi Rolls” and fresher than fresh sushi, Gushi Sushi is a sushi shop after my own heart and I must insist you visit them for the best sushi in Cape Town … and soon!
Operating from a small but efficient little sushi bar in the Oceans Edge fish outlet on Regent Road Sea Point, Gushi Sushi is where those in the know go for some of the yummiest sushi in town. And, when I say the sushi is fresh it is FRESH. Gushi Sushi get their fish straight from Ocean’s Edge and I must say it’s quite comforting to know that every bite of fish you put into your mouth has been cut fresh in the store that day. We all know that bad things happen to good fish that is left standing around, so in my opinion this already gives Gushi Sushi the winning edge when comparing them to other sushi joints in Cape Town. You really can taste the freshness in every bite and I love them for it.
Of course, they have other things going for them other than fresh sushi. The menu at Gushi Sushi is all kinds of awesome and I love that it’s oh-so-different from some of my other favourite sushi spots in town. As I said, they’ve got the signature single serving “Gushi Rolls” which are basically large, uncut chopstick-free sushi rolls that can be held in one hand and enjoyed while you walk or drive. The rolls come in a few varieties including Tuna (R55 for 2 pieces) and Vegetarian (R45 for 2 pieces) and two rolls are enough to fill you up if you’re looking for a light lunch or post workout snack.
If the Gushi Rolls don’t float your boat then there is still lots more to explore on the menu. Of course, Gushi Sushi offers the usual salmon and tuna California Rolls, Fashion Sandwiches and Maki but they also offer something with a difference for sushi lovers to enjoy. If you’re pregnant and hating that you can’t eat sushi then you’re going to love their Rooster roll (Grilled chicken & avo wrapped in carrot origami deep fried and topped with 7 spice, sesame seed and spicy mayo – R65 for 8 pieces). Banters will go crazy for the Banting Sushi roll (jalapeño, salmon & cream cheese wrapped in cucumber and topped with cashew nuts and sesame seeds – R65 for 8 pieces) which offers the perfect treat for those who can’t eat rice. The YES Cheese (cream cheese, salmon and avo topped with spring onion and sesame seeds – R65 for 8 pieces) is another winner if you love cheese. All of these rolls, and more can be found on their exciting Gourmet menu.
Something else I love about Gushi Sushi is that they offer an alternative to nori (seaweed) in their sushi. A few of their gourmet rolls are made with Origami Wraps. These unique wraps are made from fruit and vegetable purees and are vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free and low sodium, making them perfect for vegans or those who have a nori allergy or an aversion to nori. The wraps are also low in calories and add a super unique flavour to the rolls. Gushi Sushi offers carrot, lemon and habanero Origami Wraps.
I popped into the Sea Point shop for a taste of the Gushi Rolls and a few other things from the menu and absolutely adored their sushi. I tried the Salmon Gushi Roll (R55 for 2), the Pesto Nut roll (avo, cucumber, & pesto rolled in black rice and topped with cashew nut – R65 for 8 pieces) and the Skinny roll (salmon & avo wrapped in cucumber topped with mayo and caviar – R65 for 8 pieces). I loved the Pesto Nut roll which is made with black rice – a healthier alternative to white sushi rice which loaded with antioxidants – and the Skinny Roll was to die for!
Gushi Sushi can be found at 84a Regent Road, Sea Point but they also offer catering for special occasions as well as sushi classes for those who want to learn how to make their own sushi. They also pop up at markets and festivals around Cape Town every now and then so keep an eye out for them!
After years of working as an Editor and writer for popular websites like Joburg’s Darling, Cape Town’s Darling and Joburg.co.za, Crystal left her sanity and an established career in lifestyle journalism behind to follow her dream of creating a website for the intellectual and discerning woman. Today she spends her time chasing the thrill of being the first to know about ‘the next big thing’. She’ll try anything once and has been known to put her body, hair and health on the line – all in the name of research.