Twing – the only real sushi restaurant in town

Bear with me on the title as it is not the only place in Grahamstown that one can buy sushi from, but it is the only restaurant where sushi is their key dish, their initial reason for existing. That is, until I discovered their deep fried ice cream with is heaven in a bowl, drizzled with condensed milk. It is the best desert I have ever had, end of story. And then there are a couple prologues where I go into pecan nut tarts and cheesecakes and other puddings that blow me away, but we won’t go into that just yet.

Chop sticks are great, aren't they?

Chop sticks are great, aren’t they?

We will return to the sushi. I was never a fan of sushi, up until about a year ago, when I decided that I needed to get over my allergy to fish, and broaden my culinary horizons. My first sushi sample was average. My second followed suit. It was only on my third attempt that I really started to appreciate the delicacy, now that I was over the really weird texture and rather fishy flavour that I just wasn’t used to in general. But from that day, I was sold, a true fan. Condemned to a town where the only place worth buying sushi from (where I have not heard reports of people falling ill from eating the sushi) is Twing.

Maki Monday: an assortment of Maki as a special

Maki Monday: an assortment of Maki as a special

Twing has a great look about it. It has expanded into a separate upstairs and downstairs, where the latter hosts the cool green sushi bar, and the upstairs provides a comfortable setting for other Eastern delights, such as dim sum, soups, and noodles. I absolutely love noodles, and Twing Wok (the upstairs section) offers a wide range of noodle and rice dishes, with a number of different sauce options as well; one is truly spoiled for choice. And it tastes pretty wonderful too, as long as bitter taste of the price doesn’t ruin your appetite.

Noodles are the greatest! Here is a sample of chicken noodles in "Japanese" (soy) sauce (left) alongside the pork with fried rice (right)

Noodles are the greatest! Here is a sample of chicken noodles in “Japanese” (soy) sauce (left) alongside the pork with fried rice (right)

A similar thing can be said for the sushi: they most certainly have the monopoly for sushi suppliers in Grahamstown, and they exploit that extensively: it is nearly double the price of most sushi in Johannesburg, and about two thirds of the size. This is disappointing, but when you need your sushi fix, and if you can afford it, it really is worth it.

Teeny fix of sushi goodness

Teeny fix of sushi goodness

What is also really great about Twing, is that they deliver. They do free delivery, and they even bring their card machine, which makes it really easy and convenient to buy lots of delicious sushi. It’s a great service.

Salmon California rolls are probably my favourite

Salmon California rolls are probably my favourite

Sushi in general is an expensive venture, wherever you decide to enjoy it, and if you happen to be in Grahamstown, then Twing is a good idea if you need that fix. If you aren’t a fan of sushi, their noodles and rice dishes are also really delicious, so treat yourself to some prawns with udon noodles and Chinese sweet and sour sauce – totally worth it.

Lovely assortment of salmon samples: fashion sandwiches, California rolls, and Delux rainbox rolls

Lovely assortment of salmon samples: fashion sandwiches, California rolls, and Delux rainbow rolls

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