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Japanese Restaurant Dining In Durban

As the first authentic Japanese restaurant on the continent, Daruma has a legacy of Japanese cuisine in South Africa. The menu draws from the classic training Seishi Shibuya received as a sushi chef in Japan.  The very special cuisine at Daruma is representative of classic Japanese and was created to celebrate the best local seafood and ingredients.

Join a shared table and watch your chef prepare your food in front of you. Each ingredient is presented for approval and then expertly cut, flipped, seasoned and cooked to perfection on a large table sized cooking plate in front of you. Uniquely Japanese, and unique in Durban, this is an experience to be savoured.  

The Daruma menu includes a range of delicious Japanese cuisine including sushi, sashimi, tempura as well as rice and noodle dishes. Dishes are prepared by trained sushi chefs who ensure meticulous attention to detail and beautiful presentation.

A comprehensive wine list is also available, which includes wine, champagne, spirits and a variety of Japanese liquor.  Daruma is the perfect setting for a business lunch or intimate dinner where diners can enjoy some of the best sushi in Durban along with innovative combinations like teriyaki steak, filet mignon, chicken, seafood, tempura and much more.

What is Teppan-Yaki?

Teppan means iron plate and Yaki means grill. You can choose to enjoy your teppanyaki creation come to life at the shared teppanyaki tables or order from a full Japanese menu at your own table.

Guests are guided through the experience so don’t worry if you don’t know your Nigiri from your Sakura.


  • Konnichiwa – How Are You?
  • Genki desu – I am fine
  • Hai – Yes
  • Iie – No
  • Aligato – Thank you
  • Sayounala, mata aimasho – goodbye and see you again
  • Ichi -1
  • Ni  - 2
  • San -3
  • Shi - 4
  • Go - 5
  • Roku - 6
  • Shichi - 7
  • Hachi - 8
  • Ku - 9
  • Jyu - 10

Open for:

Japanese cuisine from sushi to teppanyaki

Monday – Saturday 18h00 to 22h00

Menu highlights:

Take your seat at the teppanyaki table and watch as your meal is created

Sample Japanese sake served warm or cold, or a Japanese beer for the full experience.