Nobu Cristal Champagne Brunch

Dining at NOBU, a Japanese sushi restaurant at the One and Only Hotel at the V & A Waterfront in Cape Town, is an experience to be savoured. 

We visited NOBU for the monthly Cristal Champagne Brunch, held on the last Saturday of each month.  We were greeted warmly and excitedly by the staff who called out loudly in union the Japanese welcome “Irashaimase”.  From that moment the authentic Japanese experience started.

Our waitress, Linda, was very friendly and efficient.  She ensured we were comfortable and understood the menu. 

Canape’s, with some wine, were served.  The edamame and chicken tacos proved to be worthy and tasty starters. But what was to come, proved to be worthy of being served in a Japanese palace.

The sushi buffet was a delight.  A cold buffet containing sushi of every description, as well as Tempura (offered in very interesting little containers), was followed by a hot choice of chicken or beef yakitori, black cod butter lettuce or shrimp quinoa yuzu truffle. Sushi of every description was displayed in a most attractive manner and proved as tasty as it looked.  A few trips to the buffet later (we wanted to go for more, but couldn’t!), the consensus amongst our party was that this was the tastiest sushi we had ever tasted. 

But the best was yet to come – a sunning pastry buffet! Nobu cheese, Macaroon’s, Canele, Lime spring roll, Malva pudding, Lemon tart, Chocolate cake, Pineapple Bavoise, Green Tea Raspberry Opera Cake, Ice cream, and Sorbet all formed part of the delightful sweet temptations.  Delicious all!!

The experience at NOBU is exactly that, an experience. The lovely seating, warm setting caused by great lighting creates an inviting and relaxing ambiance. A DJ played some great music as well!  Although, at R1 360, the Cristal Champagne Brunch at NOBU proved pricey, the fare on offer was wonderful.  Perhaps the foreign currencies won’t feel the pinch quite so much …

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Head Chef, Harold Hurtada and his team at Nobu for a lavish gourmet brunch every last Saturday of the month from 11.30am to 2.30pm with live DJ entertainment.


Brunch is R1380 for adults and includes a glass of bubbly on arrival. Enjoy a ‘free-flow’ of Cristal for an additional R1900 per person or R800 per person for Louis Roederer Champagne.

Children from 4 to 12 years old enjoy 50% off.

For information on the next one click HERE

Written for JAR Photography by Anthony Adams

Photography for JAR Photography by Jason Dubbz Petersen

Name of Restaurant: Nobu Restaurant

Address: One&Only Cape Town, Dock Rd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001

Contact Number: +27 (0) 21 431 5888

Email Address:

Opening times:

  • Tue to Fri: 6:00pm to 10:30pm
  • Sat to Sun: 12:00pm to 3:00pm, 6:00pm to 10:30pm
  • Mon: Closed

Nobu Menu’s
View Nobu Classic Menu
View Nobu Lunch Menu
View Nobu Main & Bites Menu
View Nobu Dessert Menu
View Nobu Wine & Sake

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BLAAUWKLIPPEN – Bunny Chow and Wine Pairing

There is something romantic and exciting about visiting a wine farm.  Thus it was that on a sunny winter’s morning that we set off to Blaauwklippen Vineyards, in the  Stellenbosch region, for some wine tasting. 

The restaurant is a beautifully presented place with wonderful table settings and lovely ambiance.  The waitrons welcomed us expectantly, and the adventure commenced.

Once seated, the waitron explained what we were about to receive.  The bunny chow, which would be paired with three local wines, was prepared fresh and would take some time.  In the meantime we could enjoy some bubbly.

“Bunny chow” conjured up images of half a loaf of unsliced bread, excavated and stuffed with curry – a popular delicacy typically enjoyed on the Cape Flats. The Blaauwklippen variety was somewhat different, but every bit as tasty. 

Served on a platter was a trio of pie-like creations with different fillings – butter chicken and springbok curry.  The third bunny chow was called eatenmess, a dessert filled with chocolate, fruit and some brandy – a delightful surprise.  This trio was perfectly and deliciously paired with the Blaauwklippen Sauvignon Blanc 2018, the Blaauwklippen Shiraz 2017, and the Blaauwklippen before & after Aperitif respectively.

A lovely experience in a lovely environment.  Blaauwklippen is open daily from 10am – 5pm.  The meal, the wines, the service, and the setting – well worth the R175 per person.


Children’s Activities ; Family Market ; Tastings Room ; Bistro

  • Wine Tasting – R80 (Per Person)
  • Enjoy a selection of any 5 wines of your choice! (excluding Reserve Wine)
  • Bunny Chow & Wine Tasting – R175 (Per Person)
  • Macaron & Wine Tasting – R150 (Per Person)
  • Chocolate & Wine Tasting – R150 (Per Person)

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Name of Wine Farm: Blaauwklippen

Address: Strand Road, R44 Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch, 7600

Contact Number: +27 (0)21 880 0133


Summer Times (1 October – 30 April)

  • Mondays to Saturdays: 10h00 – 18h00
  • Sundays & Public Holidays: 10h00 – 17h00

Winter Times (1 May – 30 September)

  • Mondays till Saturdays: 10h00 – 17h00
  • Sundays & Public Holidays: 10h00 – 17h00

Written for JAR Photography by Anthony Adams

Photography for JAR Photography by Jason Dubbz Petersen