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Fresh oysters and gastro pub fare at Jozi’s new Shucked

The team that brought us The Royale is back to bring us Shucked – Jozi’s chicest new oyster bar.

Saldanha oysters at Shucked. Photo by Kate Liquorish.

Fast facts

Food type: Oysters and gastro-pub fare
Cost: R150 average main meal
Parking: On the street
Star ratings: Food and drinks: 4; Service: 4; Ambience: 4

Food

Shucked’s oysters are flown in from Saldanha, shucked to order and served with a wide selection of dressings (14 for the fresh oysters and six for the grilled). The oysters themselves are absolutely delectable, though, so you won’t want to do too much to them. The classic mignonette dressing (shallots, white wine vinegar and white pepper) or the simple Maldon salt and lemon is all that’s needed. In the mood for something different? Try the Tabasco granita; the apple and cucumber granita; or the ponzu dressing.

Shucked oysters. Photo by Kate Liquorish.

Don’t like oysters? No problem. You’re still covered by Shucked’s great gastropub-style menu. The absolute winner is the kingklip fish and chips – a generous portion of succulent fish enrobed in crispy batter and served with chunky chips and mushy peas (imported from the UK). The rib-eye on the bone is another showstopper: served medium-rare with a marrow-bone butter, it’s a serious hunger-buster. The seasonal pie (in this case, braised chicken thighs with ham and leek) is comfort on a plate and as pretty as a peach, served in a pool of creamy sauce. The Hennessy barbeque wings, tuna crudo and beef tataki are all delicious, but would be better suited on a starters or bar menu, as their portions sizes aren’t comparable to the other items on the menu. Each main comes with the option of fries, dressed green beans and the most delicious rainbow carrot salad you’ve ever encountered.

Dish at shucked oyster bar. Photo supplied.

The beef tataki. Photo by Kate Liquorish.

If you’ve got room for dessert, the classic crème brûlée and the not-so-classic pear-and-fig Eton mess are both gorgeous – not too sweet and all kinds of flavourful.

Drinks

The superb cocktail list celebrates all the classics: boulevardier, Manhattan, mule, Singapore sling, martinis… you name it, they’ve got it. The wine list is laidback and light-hearted, with most bottles costing around R200, but if you’re keen for something a bit more extravagant with your oysters, there’s a great selection of champagnes, plus some lovely MCCs and proseccos.

One of the cocktails on offer at Shucked. Photo by Kate Liquorish.

Service

Service is swift and friendly. Waiters work the room as a team and the owners are sure to check in at each table to ensure you’re content. It’s a relaxed environment that’s conducive to good conversation and long lunches.

Ambience

It’s pretty in pink: pink walls and pink suede seating are offset by classic dark wood furnishings, hanging plants and a plush bar that’s perfect for casual drinks. It’s on the second floor, so it offers great views over Joburg. There’s also outdoor seating against the railing, which will prove popular on summer evenings. It’s funky, fresh and vibrant.

The chic Shucked interior. Photo by Kate Liquorish.

Best for…

Celebrations, drinks with friends and work lunches.

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