Sit on the deck of the newly refurbished Two Oceans Restaurant at Cape Point and you could be lulled into thinking you were relaxing on an ocean liner with the sea spread out before you.
Since opening in December 1995, the Two Oceans Restaurant, Cape Point’s longstanding eatery, has reliably served the ravished – and often wind-whipped and rosy-cheeked – masses before and after their journey to the pinnacle of one of South Africa’s greatest natural wonders. But even after 19 years and 3.5 million customers (and counting), the establishment is still fresh-faced, full of life and – thanks to a July 2012 refurbishment – eager to take on the future.
These days, the Two Oceans’ darker, more austere, African-inspired look of old has been replaced with an airy, stylish interior that summons thoughts of salty beach days and elegant Mediterranean seaside living. The recent R3 million refurbishment has resulted in one of the most stylish restaurants in the Cape, reaffirming the importance of this location as a major tourist attraction.
It is all of these elements that have been the inspiration behind the new features. Innovative yet subtle the design ensures that all guests are able to enjoy the stunning views of this unique location – a view that is unrivalled and entices visitors from all over the world.
Cape Point’s stylish Two Oceans Restaurant boasts a decadent sushi bar, run by highly skilled chef Sarawut Sukkowplang.
Sea-fresh and absolutely delicious, chef Sukkowplang’s menu boasts California & Rainbow rolls, Prawn Tempura, Salmon Roses, Nigiri, Signature dishes, and an assortment of platters. As a third-generation sushi chef, the culinary artist has learnt the tricks of the trade since childhood. This knowledge was furthered by his training at the Fuji Japanese restaurant in Johannesburg, Far East & Daruma restaurants in Durban
In between whipping up marvellous edible creations and passing on his expert tips to budding culinary masters, chef Sukkowplang chatted about his passion for food and Cape Town:
Tell us about the sushi bar at Two Oceans.
The sushi bar is beautiful, opulent, professional and a joy to work in every day.
What are your specialities?
Japanese sushi and Thai dishes.
Why do you think Cape Town is experiencing such a sushi renaissance?
Sushi is healthy, sexy and fresh, and the ways that it can be made and presented are exciting for all sushi lovers.
What sparked your passion for this type of cuisine?
Traditionally, we follow our family’s trade. I was lucky enough to be taken in and guided by my uncle, where I found my passion in making Japanese food. This is where I found the art of making sushi irresistible, and it became a form of beauty, art and a passion for me.
How does Cape Town inspire you?
Cape Town inspires me by the versatility of people and the beautiful surroundings. Watching the delight on a guest’s face when they receive and eat the sushi we provide inspires me to do even better.
If Cape Town was a sushi dish, what would she be?
If Cape Town was a sushi dish, she would be our Two Oceans Platter, a cosmopolitan mix of different cultures, showing off our stunning views in one natural art form.