On Friday night, I got the urge for some sushi and I found myself in Nelson Mandela Square doing a little shopping.  Right at the main entrance is ‘The Big Mouth’ and it ranks about number 1 or 2 on Tripadvisor for the area.  Sounded like an ideal dinner place!

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First off, it’s hard to work out who is in charge and where the host/hostess is situated as the restaurant is open to the front.  Some signage would make life easier!  When I tracked someone down, I chose to sit at the sushi bar so I could see what was going on – there were other solo travellers and some couples at the bar too and the atmosphere was rocking!

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Everything is branded and ALL of the staff speak in the same way (effective training?) – please come back, we know you’ll love it, here is my preferred sushi (why would I go with what someone else likes for sushi?!).

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I risked a local lager – Windhoek Lager – and it was pretty light and refreshing.

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I had a BIT of a wait for food (nothing terrible) but I got through my first beer and was about to start offering to help with the sushi!

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I was encouraged to order more than just a regular California roll so I included two ‘skewer’ starters – a chicken and spiced mayo version and a fillet beef and teriyaki.  Given the price and the description, I expected these to be much smaller than they were.  The chicken was pretty dry, to be honest.

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However, the beef was a winner!

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The star attraction really is the sushi.  I chose a ‘Rainbow Reloaded’ which had salmon and avocado in the centre wrapped in nori and rice, with salmon and tuna on the outside.  It was topped with a spicy sauce and caviar and was on a bed of tempura crumbs.  The added crunch was delicious!

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That was a lot of food so there was no room for dessert and I was in a mad dash to make it to the shuttle back to the hotel.   However, when the bill came, so did some delicious toffee popcorn. How is a guy to say ‘no’?!

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Back through Mandela Square to find the bus, full to the gills.

Verdict: 8 out of 10 (slow service marks it down).

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