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“Some Negative Elements but Excellent (Excellent!!) Seafood”
Review of Willoughby & Co

Willoughby & Co
Ranked #22 of 1 207 Restaurants in Cape Town Central
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$15 - US$30
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Reviewed 7 March 2016

Having been 4 times now to Willoughby’s, I have mixed but largely positive feedback.

The first thing to say is that the food is amazing. The nicest sea-food and sushi I’ve had in South Africa and at a not-too-expensive price. There’s a reason that this place has a ridiculously long queue every day of the week (even in the off-season) and that is because it is an excellent restaurant well worth queuing for. (Reservations are not accepted)

Atmosphere is, sadly, a little lacking. Willoughby’s is in a shopping centre, you cannot escape that fact. If you get a seat inside (preferably at the bar, if solo or in a couple) then you can kid yourself that you’re in a nice environment. If seated outside then you are in the middle of a shopping centre with the throngs passing you by.

Service too is inconsistent. Of the four visits here, I’ve twice had good service. The first time I sat at the bar alone and got excellent, attentive service and the second was with family when we were sat outside and had a friendly, efficient and attentive waiter. That said, I have also gone alone and been so ignored by the waiter that I had to practically get up and grab him every time I needed his attention and another time with friends service was very slow.

All of this is quite irrelevant however. The food is so good that Willoughby’s scores an easy 5/5 and will always be my default option if visiting Cape Town. The mussel and calamari starters are both perfectly cooked and served in fantastic sauces. The Soft Shell Crab Sushi is brilliant.

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Reviewed 6 March 2016

Excellent sushi but only good calamari in chilli sauce. The latter could be improved by having an option of chilli sauce on the side - as in Willoughby's in Joburg. Service was excellent.

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Thank BobsCapeTown
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Reviewed 6 March 2016 via mobile

I always try get to Willoughby's when I'm in Cape Town. The English style fish and chips is consistently delicious - fresh, flaky, thin crispy batter and not greasy. My husband had the queen prawns. He said they were fresh and well cooked, but a little bland, and the peri-peri sauce lacked seasoning but improved with salt.

Thank Erica L
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Reviewed 4 March 2016 via mobile

willoughby was recommended to us by our host who himself gets there when he stays in cape town.
it was one of the best restaurant experiences.
the food is exceptional, very delicious. and while sitting you see very interesting people passing by.

Thank Klaus B
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Reviewed 3 March 2016 via mobile

The sushi is EXCELLENT!!Especially the 5+5!
Absolutely enjoyable!The place itself nothing special...but the food is great

Thank Samtheguide
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