Oku Asian Eatery

Oku Asian Eatery

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Hours
Sun
12:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Wed
12:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Thu
12:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Fri
12:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Sat
12:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Ratings and reviews
4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Travellers' Choice 2023

RATINGS
Food
4.7 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.8 of 5 bubbles
Value
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Atmosphere
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Details
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CUISINES
Japanese, Asian, Healthy
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
features
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About
Ōku is a Southeast Asian-inspired restaurant situated on Franschhoek’s main road. The restaurant interior is inspired by the minimalistic design popular in the traditional Asian culture with delicate artwork and unique bonsai trees decorating the walls of the restaurant. The team guided by Ryan Shell has created an ever-evolving menu that showcases traditional Asian-themed tones in a respectful manner whilst using high-quality local and seasonal produce. Our passionate front of house team is driven to deliver excellence in all aspects of service whilst displaying empathy for all of our guests by attending to their needs and desires. Our wine list is focused on local wineries from in and around the valley as well as a selection of cocktails and sakes, including our own house brand beer-styled sakes. The dining experience is completed with instrumental music that evokes a sense of calmness in our guests that enables them to unwind and relax.
CUISINES
Japanese, Asian, Healthy
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
FEATURES
Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles131 reviews
Excellent
111
Very good
13
Average
3
Poor
1
Terrible
3
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

Nomad
Franschhoek5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 friends
I had the pleasure of visiting Oku Asian Eatery recently for dinner. This restaurant has one of the most impressionable concepts in Franschhoek. From the decor to the menu - meticulously planned to compliment one another. We had beautiful Sake wines (optional of course as they have local wines to choose from as well) to compliment our dining experience which really made it unforgettable. The staff was friendly and professional - attentive to our every need. Being a proper foodie, the cuisine was needless to say a tasting experience of it's own. It is sophisticated, yet affordable. Adding to the ambience, the restaurant has been curated with art that compliments the space tastefully. This is a MUST when in Franschhoek!
Written 13 November 2020
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Robert S
Paarl53 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 family
The space is beautifully done with polished wood, well spaced tables, and restrained bonsai plants on the sparsely coloured walls. Multiple waiters attend each table and the floor manager is seen everywhere. The dishes offered are classics reimagined or deconstructed. Tapas sized plates. Beautiful to see. Cape Town prices however. Our visit for Sunday lunch happened to encounter a problem with the kitchen. Dishes came out inedible with salt. Great if you are recovering from COVID. Bad if you have high blood pressure. The manager removed the dishes, offered substitutes, and discounted the balance of the bill... all very professional. Apparently, the soy sauce brand was changed this morning and the chef had not adjusted the recipes - so I learned. Mistakes happen. How a staff and manager respond is critical to the customer experience. My wife and I will be back.
Written 20 December 2020
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Curiosity65044278377
Good day, Thank you so much for joining us and for taking the time to share your comments on your dining experience with us. We are absolutely thrilled that you enjoyed your experience at Ōku Asian Eatery. Your feedback and support are greatly appreciated. Thank you for being part of our journey and we hope to welcome you back in the future. Kind regards, Ōku Asian Eatery Management
Written 19 January 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Brian M
Franschhoek24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 none
We have been there three times since it opened a few weeks ago. Beautifully executed food in elegant, understated surroundings. The service we received from our waiter Peter was also excellent. His intimate knowledge and interest in the components of each dish made ordering an informed pleasure.
Written 29 December 2020
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Curiosity65044278377
Good day Brian, Thank you so much for joining us and for taking the time to share your comments on your dining experience with us. We are absolutely thrilled that you enjoyed your experience at Ōku Asian Eatery. Your feedback and support are greatly appreciated. Thank you for being part of our journey and we hope to welcome you back in the future. Kind regards, Ōku Asian Eatery Management
Written 19 January 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Ross
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 none
We had a meal at Oku close to its opening, and were seriously impressed by how they pulled it off considering it was so close to opening. Ryan and Darren have really put something great together for locals and visitors to experience something a little different in Franschhoek. Good variety on the menu and the range of Sake is an experience if this is new to you. You can certainly visit a few times in one week without getting bored. Service was very attentive, can highly recommend it!!!
Written 11 November 2020
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Curiosity65044278377
Good day, Thank you so much for joining us and for taking the time to share your comments on your time with us. We are absolutely thrilled that you enjoyed your dining experience with us. Your feedback and support are greatly appreciated. Thank you for being part of our journey and we hope to welcome you back in the future. Kind regards, Ōku Asian Eatery Management
Written 19 January 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Anthony B
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 none
My wife and I had been wanting to try this eatery for a while and in most cases when creating high expectations, you are invariably disappointed. This however, was definitely not the case last Saturday evening. We decided to try the set menu on the recommendation our waiter and had a couple cocktails to try their ‘Sake’ which again didn’t disappoint. All the dishes on the menu stood out on its own and had wonderful characters of being ‘fresh’, ‘uncomplicated’ and ‘unique’. We applaud the chefs Darren & Ryan and their team in the kitchen. As well as the front of house – Peter and DJ. Their efforts to move us outside onto the patio; being a spectacular evening was done without an issue and continued to make us feel like we were the only people in the restaurant. Look forward to seeing you soon!
Written 12 April 2021
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Curiosity65044278377
Good day, Thank you so much for joining us and for taking the time to share your comments on your dining experience with us. We are absolutely thrilled that you enjoyed your time with us. Your feedback and support are greatly appreciated. Thank you for being part of our journey and we hope to welcome you back in the future. Kind regards, Ōku Asian Eatery Management
Written 19 January 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

GrandTour32549280003
27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 couples
Reserved a table for a late lunch as restaurant was fully booked for dinner. After experiencing the delights coming out of the kitchen, I understand why it’s fully booked whole weekend. Grey was an amazing waitron who took the time to explain the menu and deliver the courses chosen in a manner that made the whole experience feel like an epic adventure for the tastebuds. I highly recommend the pork bao and prawn dumplings and pork yakitori (not pictured because we could not wait to devour the deliciousness). Book early! You won’t regret it.
Written 4 December 2021
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Curiosity65044278377
Good day, Thank you so much for joining us and for taking the time to share your comments on your dining experience with us. We are absolutely thrilled that you enjoyed your time with us. Your feedback and support are greatly appreciated. Thank you for being part of our journey and we hope to welcome you back in the future. Kind regards, Ōku Asian Eatery Management
Written 19 January 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

BeeBern
Chacras de Coria112 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 couples
This extraordinary restaurant blew us away. We had been recommended to go, and loving Asian food, we were keen. I can honestly say in all our extensive travels all over the world,Öku had the best tasting menu we’ve ever experienced. Sitting in its beautiful minimalist atmosphere we enjoyed the attentions of our host Gray, . The flavours of all the dishes were outstanding. Each of the four courses were distinct and delicious. One of the reviews I read said they would happily come from Cape Town to enjoy a meal here, the same can be said for us, all the way from Switzerland. Thank you for a wonderful evening
Written 30 September 2021
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Curiosity65044278377
Good day, Thank you so much for joining us and for taking the time to share your comments on your dining experience with us. We are absolutely thrilled that you enjoyed your time with us. Your feedback and support are greatly appreciated. Thank you for being part of our journey and we hope to welcome you back in the future. Kind regards, Ōku Asian Eatery Management
Written 19 January 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

George H
Cape Town Central14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 none
yesterday travelled to Franschoek and had the most divine lunch at Oku. The restaurant that I believe is recently opened is just wonderful in every aspect. The fit out is stunning, the staff just wonderful and the food amazing. We had a wonderful experience and will definitely be going back again. We ordered from the Ala Carte menu but they also have the option of a set menu. Next time will definitely order the set menu. A wonderful lunch thank you again.
Written 14 February 2021
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Curiosity65044278377
Good day George, Thank you so much for joining us and for taking the time to share your comments on your dining experience with us. We are absolutely thrilled that you enjoyed your time with us. Your feedback and support are greatly appreciated. Thank you for being part of our journey and we hope to welcome you back in the future. Kind regards, Ōku Asian Eatery Management
Written 19 January 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Cal Austin
Stellenbosch9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 none
We dined at the newly opened Oku Asian Eatery recently and we were blown away with the attention to detail. Chefs Ryan and Darren clearly have an eye for perfection. The dining room is elegantly simple with a relaxed ambiance, making any diner feel at ease. The staff were well informed, accommodating and professional. The food was spectacular (we highly recommend the pork Bao buns and cauliflower dumplings) Overall a memorable experience which we would be delighted to come back for!
Written 16 November 2020
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Curiosity65044278377
Good day, Thank you so much for joining us and for taking the time to share your comments on your time with us. We are absolutely thrilled that you enjoyed your dining experience with us. Your feedback and support are greatly appreciated. Thank you for being part of our journey and we hope to welcome you back in the future. Kind regards, Ōku Asian Eatery Management
Written 19 January 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

petesaund
United Kingdom4356 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 none
We had not planned on lunch but changed our dinner reservation to a much later time as we were drawn to the decor and sharing dishes.The tasting menu looked superb but in the circumstances we were more than happy to try a few of the a la carte choices.We were drawn to interior of the restaurant full of light from wrap around panel windows shielded from the street by streamlined trees.It had a wonderful energy tables were well spaced with comfortable seating.However there was a whole wall of bonsai subtly lit as you entered.It was architecturally beautifully designed.However that is not enough as it needs to deliver on service and food.We were greeted by Peter and Bango both charming charismatic professional and very attentive with impeccable manners,We spoke to chef/owner how he taken on these incredible local lads and provided them with intensive training and opportunities for promotion.They obviously enjoyed their work immensely and with passion. The three dishes we had were sublime with freshest products presented in a creative non complex way to enhance all the flavours .The lightly flower dusted Patagonian baby calamari was unusually thinly sliced.The prawn dumplings just melted in the mouth.However the honours went to tuna poke bowl with such an array of finely cut vegetables.The tuna are on a run at the moment so they are able to get the freshest of tuna.They were incredibly generous in offering us a lot of extras amuse bouche and pre dessert to out home made plum and coconut sorbet We send our best wishes for the future successes of Peter and Bango who made our dining experience so memorable
Written 2 December 2022
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Curiosity65044278377
Thank you for taking the time to share your wonderful dining experience at our restaurant. We are thrilled to hear that you had a great time with Peter and Bango and enjoyed our menu and decor. Your kind words mean a lot to us, and we are grateful for your support. We hope to welcome you back soon!
Written 3 February 2023
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Alex F
47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 none
Ryan has created a gem of a restaurant in Franschoek. The kitchen really know what they are doing in creating mouthwatering dishes. The service was exemplary. If this restaurant was in the UK, the tyre man would be showering it with awards. Ignore the nay sayers about this place. Definitely one of the best restaurants we visited in our recent trip to SA.
Written 7 February 2023
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Amandasjallsaints
241 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 none
This is a very stylish restaurant and has many good points. The staff are all very good and service is excellent. Our starter dishes were very good and I appreciate they do a spin on what you would normally expect but the Green Thai curry was disappointing with not even a spoonful of the delicious curry sauce that you crave. Staff were very good in offering to change the dish but it did spoil our total enjoyment of the meal.
Written 11 May 2022
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Curiosity65044278377
Thank you for your support and we appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback about your dining experience with us. Your feedback has been noted and we hope that you'll consider dining with us again in the future.
Written 18 July 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Rebecca D
Lichfield18 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 couples
Booked here on our visit due to the outstanding reviews and the price for such high quality food vs the UK. We chose the four courses which was supplemented by additional bonus snacks which was great. Staff were lovely and decor was great. Food flavours were outstanding and loved everything we had. I absolutely loved the complimentary miso fudge and wish I could have bought boxes to take home and devour! My only criticism was the length between courses was far too long. We’ve done fine dining and Michelin meals before to enjoy a pause between courses but the wait we experienced was far too long and two hours in we were only two courses into our four. We did ask if we could get this sped up as we were tired and it did move slightly faster. After we requested, the couple next to us also made comment about the length and asked if courses could come more quickly. If that was sorted to be a more appropriate time then I couldn’t fault the night. I don’t doubt they will continue to do well.
Written 17 November 2023
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Geoff J
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 family
Not only did this restaurant serve the tastiest Asian cuisine, but it was delivered by the most exceptional team I’ve seen in ages. There are several “extras” that appear in between the various courses we ordered. It made the entire meal great value for money. Dishes are sizable, so don’t over-order too many at once. The waiter provides great guidance. We’ll definitely return.
Written 14 July 2022
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Curiosity65044278377
Thank you very much for this incredible review! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your dining experience with us. We hope to welcome you back soon.
Written 18 July 2022
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Xoxopottery
354 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 friends
Most incredible restaurant I’ve been to in a long time. Oku in Franschhoek is a must visit! (used to be the Marigold). Japanese cuisine at its very very finest and a truly wonderful dinning experience from start to finish. The service was 10/10 and the chef sent out all kinds of goodness our way. Prices are reasonable for the food, the location and interior. You can google their menu. We tried several dishes on the menu. It was a flavour filled journey. Left full, happy and we will definitely be back very soon.
Written 23 August 2021
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Curiosity65044278377
Good day, Thank you so much for joining us and for taking the time to share your comments on your dining experience with us. We are absolutely thrilled that you enjoyed your time with us. Your feedback and support are greatly appreciated. Thank you for being part of our journey and we hope to welcome you back in the future. Kind regards, Ōku Asian Eatery Management
Written 19 January 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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