They just keep getting it right!

Ok, I confess. I tried to catch them out. We went to Yume at a really odd hour gastronomically speaking (a Tuesday afternoon 3:30pm) just to see if they have a consistent standard. I was foiled – totally. They’re superb – all the time.

If you’ve read the review here, you will know that Yume – located in the Clearwater Mall in Ruimsig Johannesburg – is an explosive fusion of  Japanese and Western flavours that I feel confident will delight patrons and keep you coming back for more….and more….and, well, you get the picture.

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Sushi chefs at Yume - taking a well earned break during a short late-afternoon lull.

Giving you all the details of the new menu will be like telling you the end of the mystery movie you’re dying to see, so I won’t. But I will tell you there are indeed new items on the menu and they’re sensational!

Chatting with the ever-friendly staff, they say that, despite dropping numbers of feet through mall, their figures are showing healthy growth (one of the few businesses who can say this in the light of the gloomy economic picture). Like all eateries, they’ve regrettably had to increase their prices, and while Yume is definitely not cheap, there is no question about the quality, variety and attractiveness of their offerings.

Like many new imports into South Africa, Japanese cuisine has been slow to even approach the level of popularity it enjoys in other parts of the world. Noted for the healthy characteristics of the cuisine in respect of low fats, cholesterol, and high vitamin and mineral content, it is generally enjoyed by the health conscious individual. The reactions I’ve received on asking people about sushi range from “Eeewww – raw fish! Keep it on the fish wharf where it belongs”; to “Sushi?! Where? When? I want it NOW!”

It looks like Yume were expecting this sort of reaction because there are totally vegetarian dishes as well as Springbok and beef creations complementing the rest of the menu. One of my favourites is the seared spiced Tuna – medallions of Tuna with the outer edges seared (there’s no other word for it) to perfection, sprinkled with an invigorating spice mix accompanied by cucumber julienne and a delightful dipping sauce.

So what are you waiting for? Go and do yourself a flavour.


About Freud Fission Chips

Despite the banality of the name, FFC has led an intensely varied life. Grateful for surviving almost three years as a 'troepie' (soldier for non-South African Readers) in the Angolan war, he determined to wring as much out of life as possible. Currently providing Business Analysis services, trading on the stock market and developing web pages to pay the bills, FFC also dabbles in wildlife, landscape and people photography, writing, and far too many interests for his own good. He has also travelled extensively in southern Africa (working on the sound theory that a moving target is more dificult to hit). These peregrinations also include over 1500kms on foot through some of the worlds most spectacular scenery. It hasn't all been plain sailing, beer and skittles, and endless beds of roses... Chief amongst the prerequisites for surviving Africa, with its mind-bending characteristics, is an appropriate sense of humour.... So, for now, he will be recounting the amusing among the annoying, the frustrating wrapped in the funny and extracting the mirth from the melancholy... Oh yes, there might be some alliteration too.
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