Cape Town’s sushi factory

“Fortune is about to smile on you” professed the R5 fortune cookie. I expected another Irish lottery win but got something even better, 20 beautifully rolled pieces of fresh sushi in 13 minutes. As we were warned of a 45 minute wait when placing the order this was quite fortunate indeed. Soundlessly the Plus One picked up our order while someone who ordered before us still waited for his. NuriSushi

Nuri Sushi is a “sushi factory” just around the corner from the Eastern Food Bazaar in Cape Town’s CBD. The sushi is so good not even the lack of a liquor licence can deter the crowds. The high ceilinged restaurant has one long communal counter with high chairs running down the middle with smaller tables scattered on either side. The atmosphere is friendly but not exactly a place where one would kuier for hours.

We shared the salmon platter at R159 that consisted of sashimi, roses, California rolls and bamboo rolls. I wasn’t too crazy about the bamboo rolls, which was basically a Cali roll wrapped in cucumber, but the Plus One did which is what makes sharing a platter so great.

The rock shrimp that floated above our heads to the next table looked amazing and will definitely be on my order next time along with the steamed Edamame Beans (I stole one from the stranger/friend-I-haven’t-met-yet sitting across me on the counter, yes I’m that person).

I still believe that Willoughby’s makes the best overall sushi in Cape Town, but Nuri is a close second with bonus points for reasonable prices.

Nuri Sushi
8 Parliament Street, Cape Town CBD
021 461 8719

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Theatre review: …miskien

What gives a play the staying power to run for 5 years? Beyond the entertainment value, it’s to make the audience feel something. A feeling that will linger longer than a Carly Jepson earworm. On a stage littered with crunched up balls of paper, …miskien does just that.

miskien…miskien (Afrikaans for maybe) has a universal message told through two authentic South African characters. Two clock watchers (Albert Pretorius and Gideon Lombard) going through the motions of life, biding time until the next happy hour. Over Windhoek and Amstel they talk a big talk but the real conversation lies in the gaps.

The production is in English with a sprinkling of Afrikaans for emphasis and was written by the cast and director Tara Notcutt.

Pretorius, who won the New Icon award at the Silwerkermfees Awards last month, is absolutely brilliant. After seeing his emotional monologue in the film adaptation of Balbesit, where the camera was so zoomed in close enough to see his pores, I did not think it was possible to experience him more vulnerable. In …miskien he might as well have been naked.

…miskien is a production for true theatre lovers. There is a lot to chew on. Not that the play is pretentious, far front it, one merely needs to be in that mind set to take it all in and appreciate the elegant story telling.

Forget physical comedy, miskien is physical drama. The real story is told through glances, loaded physical contact and crashing to the floor.

…miskien runs at the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio from 2 to 27 September at 20:15. Tickets to Baxter Mondays cost R100, which includes a light meal. Tickets on Tuesdays are R120 for 2 tickets. Tickets to the 100th performance on 25 September tickets cost R145. Student tickets cost R65. All other tickets cost R120.