Shimmy Beach Club

Cost
R120 avg main meal
Ambience
Classic elegance, Family friendly
Food
Mediterranean, Modern, Pizzas, Seafood, Sushi, Vegetarian
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
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Critic's review

Food
The menu runs to several pages – usually a bad sign – and it emerges that there are additional sushi and pizza menus. We ask our waitron’s advice to help narrow it down. The rock shrimp tempura is not too shabby: neat California rolls topped with prawns in a light, crispy tempura batter, dipped in a small amount of wasabi mayo. The lamb lollipops are also good: the South Indian chilli and lime sauce is perhaps an odd pairing with lamb, but the chops are succulent and juicy, and medium-rare as requested. The salmon, served with an Asian-influenced tagliata sauce with soy, ginger and a touch of chilli, as well as parmesan and rocket, is also a perfectly fresh and tasty rendition. For pud, the apple and buttermilk upside down cake is a winner with cardamon fudge, cinnamon and marula custard.

Wine
By-the-glass options are somewhat limited if you’re not after the house wines. The glassware is also a little clunky, and if you sit on the beach, be warned: you may be made to drink out of plastic. There is, however, a dedicated whisky room and vodka vault that’s chilled to minus two degrees – perfect for drinking fine vodka and nibbling caviar, apparently. The cocktail menu is a nice mix of classics and specialities.

Service
“We have three separate kitchens,” our waitress warns us, so ordering from more than one menu will result in food arriving at different times. This seems a little weak, but managing expectations is at least half of good service. There’s no hint of snobbery from the individuals who serve us, and food comes out briskly. (Though, at one point, our waitress does enquire whether my guest is a professional athlete. Perhaps his abs are skewing the odds.) The service charge of 11% is included in the bill.

Ambience
This is Shimmy’s undeniable strength. Located at the mouth of the Waterfront’s harbour, looking out over sparkling water, there’s no question that the setting is sublime. Outside, sun loungers rest on a pristine faux beach; there’s a turquoise plunge pool for paddling; and elegant white seating and decking. The double-volume dining room inside, complete with embossed wallpaper and shiny finishes, is not as cold or intimidating as one might expect.

And...
Phone ahead about the cover charge (which could be as much as R100 depending on the day/time), try your damnedest to get your party to stick to one menu for each of the courses, and take somebody with good abs along to ensure good service.(Katharine Jacobs, April 2013)
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User reviews

  • I would be lying if I say I will not visit Shimmy again... They have amazing views and a really chilled, and relaxed ambiance. It is really a beautifully decorated space and gives one a sense of calm... If there is anything that this establishment can get an A+ on is its location and décor. There service is okay nothing to write home about and I have been here more than 4 times and I never really got a stellar service (50%). On Saturday the 26th of August, I however got the best service from the hostess, it is unfortunate that I did not get her name but she really was top class...such attention to detail. We had a seafood platter, the portion was okay and the taste was good, nothing wow for R850. We created a meaty platter with rump, lamb and chicken - the rump, even though we requested it to be medium done it was overcooked, literally like chewing gum.. the lamp was okay and the chicken was good. I honestly think the mains on the menu are not winning. I have had you pizza and I love the thin base, it is tasty and awesome. I also think your sushi is relatively good. I will be doing more drinks at this place and their Bloemendal wines are good.
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  • The Long Wait@Shimmy Disastrous lunch at Shimmy Beach Club last Sunday, week – have delayed this review because I left my contact details with the front desk on the promise that “Management would contact me “. It’s now a fortnight after the fiasco, so I am assuming that this is not going to happen. Where does one start – starters I guess! Mixed sushi and dim sum platter for six, which took 1 hour 30 minutes to arrive, despite frequent requests, re- assurances and avoidance by the waiter and the ‘ Floor Manager ‘. When it did finally materialize it was apparent that the dim sum had been ready for a good 85 minutes of the 90 that we had been waiting. That was sent back as inedible and had to be redone. No explanation or apology ventured by ‘Management’, who continued to avoid our table with mixed success. Mains arrived reasonable promptly, post the devastation that was the first course - the only problem being that they arrived as a relay. The pizza eaters had finished their meal by the time the others in the party received their mains. Hardly conducive to a relaxed family lunch and compounded by the fact that the prawn / noodle salad was swimming in oil and pretty much inedible. The other delayed main of Mussels with accompanying “sweet potato crisps “, arrived with three unidentifiable pieces of charred matter that I think were the designated ‘crisps ‘. After further complaint both of these items were removed from the final bill. In fairness, we were offered complimentary desserts to ‘compensate’ for the misery that was lunch but we declined not wanting to prolong the agony any further. Apart from the substandard food, ambitious pricing and inordinate delay in providing the order, my biggest issue was the unwillingness of the ‘Management’ to take ownership of the problems and to provide feedback and a solution or intervention (other than an offer of free deserts).This coupled with their attempts to avoid all contact with the table whilst the farce was underway, made for a most unpleasant afternoon. Great venue, stunning view and décor. Worth a visit for a drink but avoid the food (and make sure you have plenty of time to kill ).
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  • 1. Our table was sticky and had not been completely set with cutlery. 2. Service was incredibly slow; drinks and food. 3. the cocktail menu is totally overpriced; the margarita cocktail is not nearly as good as many other place that charge R35.00 4. Main meal: one of the orders was incorrect and had to be remade. Food came when the rest of the party was almost finished eating. Another dish was already cold by the time it reached the table. 5. Desert: ordered desert only to be tole 15 minutes later that there was a problem with the order and a new order had to be placed. 6. After ordering 3 Irish coffees, we were told 15 minutes later that they were out of stock of Jameson's. 7. Not once did a manager come over to the table to ask if everything was satisfactory. 8. The unisex bathroom smelled like a urinal (not acceptable). It is also not comfortable for the "older generation" Ladies to be sharing facilities in this manner; the men's urinal wall is in full view and rather uncomfortable for us ladies, and no doubt for the men who are more private. In addition, the toilet seat in the one cubical was broken and the wall paper was mostly pealed of the one cubical wall. All in all I feel that Shimmy's Beach Club is completely over-priced and should seriously consider better staff training in kitchen, bar, and front of house (Waiters). Also, appropriate staffing numbers need to be considered, there was a feeling that they were understaffed behind the bar and therefore could not manage the incoming drinks orders fast enough.
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  • My wife surprised with lunch and tickets to see Goldfish perform at Shimmys beach club Sunday 3 May. Great location , sad that might be the only thing going for them. Radio said gates open at 12pm , we went in at 3:30pm Staff not very well organized , so many security , thought we might be receiving some members of parliament . R60 for a "glass" semi decent house wine , severed in plastic cup , 2014 sauvignon blanc , nearing its shelf-life end, R180 for the bottle ( think it can be picked-up around R40 a bottle ) . Getting near the bar to order later the evening became a mission itself....Been at Riebeek olive festival the previous day , where thousands of people enjoyed some of the best local food and wine this country has to offer. Goldfish was GREAT , made up for the rest of the evening
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  • I emailed my complaint a Week ago and have not received a response.

    On Friday 21 March I booked a table for 18 people, for a friend’s Birthday.
    The whole evening was spoilt by poor service.
    We waited 20 minutes for drinks that arrived warm – another 15 minutes before ice came to cool the wine down.
    The food took over an hour to arrive then the orders were mixed and a sirloin served when fillet was ordered, and another order only arrived when all were finished!
    The birthday surprise of a sparkler in the desert which I went to great pains to arrange with our waitress was totally messed up ruining the pleasure of the event.
    The waitress was so busy and her attitude all wrong to serve us, to the point that my friends were totally unimpressed with the whole venue.
    This was supposed to have been a birthday for my friend to look back upon and say wow, what a magnificent place to have spent my birthday and now all she can say is glad that night is over.
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  • Just tried to book a table for lunch on a Wednesday - horrified to be told that "in season" I must pay a R400 per person deposit in advance! For a mid-week lunch? What planet are these people from? Anyway, no problem, back to Granger Bay Grand.

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  • The chips that came with my meal were really well below par, they looked as if the were fried earlier the morning and then refried, very bad. Service was also not too great, had to wait very long for food (30min) and drinks (20min). The place was not even full, we were there at midday for lunch.

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  • Booked for a birthday. Had an awful time! They made an error with our booking, were highly impolite and the drinks took 45 minutes to arrive. The food was revolting and took 2 hours to arrive. As a chef myself I can honestly say I have had better steaks and sides at a Spur. My boyfriend had a pasta - also horrible and bland. Can't understand why such a place would spend millions on the venue and hire such clearly incompetent kitchen and front of house staff. I would specifically like to name and shame the older woman with blond hair managing the entrance. Rude, bad attitude, had no idea what was going on and acted like we should apologize for their booking error.

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  • Poor service, bad attitude, rude hostesses, poor restrooms, slow staff, plastic glasses for a R75 drink. Overpriced below standard food. Better service at a KFC.

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  • I recently attended a private birthday party at Shimmy's. My and my fellow guests' experience was nothing short of fantastic! The food, the service, the ambience and setting was out of this world! Thank you Shimmy, you will be my first choice for my birthday party next year.

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  • I went to Shimmy on Saturday. Was blown away by the decor and position, friendly staff but to be honest the food was overpriced and really not good. I had the prawn pasta with a tomoto cream sauce and it was really badly made and very little of it. If Shimmy wants to keep going it will have to have a drastic look at the kitchen!

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  • Oh come now Cape Town, clearly Shimmy is not so shimmering, but we all know what the venue is about and it's definitely not food, so go there for drinks and a good party and forget the food. Management have clearly no idea about guest interaction or restaurants, their junior management team behave like a nightclub, so let's treat it for what it is and stop trying to make it something else - at least then everyone will be happy, especially Shimmy management, as guests would no longer be confused about expectation.

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  • Never again! Pretty decor can't make up for mediocre food. Very overpriced and they charge R20-R30 extra for chips, veg etc. which most restaurants include. After we ordered we were told the food comes from 3 different kitchens and can't be co-ordinated - some of our friends had finished eating before others got their food. We were overcharged for our wine and told the menu price was a 'printing error'.

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  • We went to Shimmy on Saturday night and made a booking for 10 people. Our experience at Shimmy was disgusting to say the least. I have to start by saying that Rika from the reservations department was nothing but professional and the quality of the food was great. Our waitress Tara took our orders for drinks and meals. On the menu it is stated that the Shimmy House Rose (MCC sparkling) is R105 per bottle. When the waitress arrived she arrived with Pongrac Rose and when we queried she replied it is in fact their house label MCC. Tara took our food orders and other staff brought the food in sections and at varying different times. She never returned to ask if we would like anything else or more drinks even dessert. It took us some time to gain her attention to get the bill, which after our surprise we were charged R280 for the bottles of "Shimmy House Rose". After a snotty discussing with our waitress that she commented that clearly the rose on the menu is a wine not an MCC because how can you expect to get an MCC for R105? Even though the description says MCC? We then asked for a manager 4 times and eventually had the pleasure of dealing with the delightful JP who got upset with us because we told him it's bull, that they charged us how they did and the waitresses attitude stinks. He told us that obviously it was a printing error and he would have given it to us at R105 per bottle if we were not so rude. So his "professional" decision was then to walk away from the table and leave us to deal with the waitress. We then decided that we would pay the amount as stated on the menu for the MCC minus the included 12,5% service charge. The waitress then replied we are money short and we should still pay the service charge (for obvious service we did not receive) we finally got a manager who was both professional and polite and he apologized for the incident (I unfortunately did not get his name, but thank you to him for calming the situation). I asked what the name of the other manager was, JP walked up to me and was just about ready to slap me in the face. The other manager then told him to walk away, as he clearly knew this guy would do something stupid. I told JP after touching him lightly on the arm that I would give him some good advice to not treat his customers in the way he does and he then pushed me away and told me "don't touch me!" And if this all was not enough the waitress also proceeded to tell me and my friend that we we had too much to drink and that is why we are behaving the way we were! So Shimmy in Taylor Swifts words "We will never never never ever... see you again! Train your staff on how to deal with people. It is ridiculous that in a place that prides itself on service and quality that this is the type of attitude you allow your staff to walk around with!

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  • I very nearly cancelled my reservation after reading the below reviews. Really glad I didn't because I had an amazing night at Shimmy! The service was great - our waiter, Francous, was friendly and engaging and really did a great job of tending to our needs. The food was really good - Francous recommended the prawn curry and it was delicious. So was the tempura shrimp sushi that we had for starters. All in all a great experience!

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  • Terrible service, horrible food, obnoxious staff, and even when the orders were not other people's meals being brought to our table - most of the orders were wrong. Those that were not were lousy, over priced, pretentious and not worth it. Pity for such an amazing looking venue.

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  • All that glitters...picture perfect views and decor but that's where the beauty ends! I have never been that disappointed EVER in a meal than at Shimmy. Aside from the overpriced disappointing meals the 12.5% service charge added to every bill has resulted in poor service include. The delivery of wrong orders and this was when the restaurant was still quiet! The prices and menu attempts to mimic fine dining which is well reflected in the portion sizes (very fine almost invisible) but in quality it is anything but fine! Shimmy Beach Club is a complete rip-off! It is an insult to all their wealthy client tell a case of the Emperor's New Clothes nobody wants to admit that the restaurant fails to deliver where a restaurant needs to the most and that is to produce good quality food!

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  • The worst service, arrogant staff and over priced. Such a shame as a great venue...

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  • One of the best new hotspots in Cape Town!

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  • The worst service experience I have ever had. The 3 times we have been there, have involved horrific service, terrible good and lousy staff. A pity for such a great physical venue. Do not go here if you want food or service.

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  • What a pretentious place. The food was nothing to talk about - overpriced. Service was horrendous - there is an air of arrogance. Have not spoken to a single person who would go back.

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  • Ladies, you should know that if you arrive by taxi don't wear 6 inch heels. They don't allow taxis past the barrier and the ground is rough to the entrance. We booked for 8.30pm and reception insisted we booked for 6.30pm.The "greeter" managed to reluctantly find us a table after I suggested the time taken by the person taking the booking was wrong! We never book before 8pm. The Waiter brought us two menus and left. When returning asked for our drinks order - we asked if they had such a thing as a "wine list" which then appeared. Later we noticed the "sushi bar" but our menus showed none so we asked again if there was another menu we had not seen. The "Asian" menu together with a pizza menu appeared.
    The wine list is not the greatest but what is annoying is if one orders a good red then there are no "Claret" glasses, just standard thick rimmed from which to enjoy a good wine. The food was very average for the prices charged and you should note there is a 12.5% service charge added to the bill. They do not accept American Express so be prepared for that. The ambience and decor are excellant but compared to a European beach restaurants this lacks the finesse that should undoubtedly accompany the money spent on kitting it out.

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  • Poor service, mediocre food, lovelly location. Just go have drinks and enjoy the lovely outdoor area. Skp the rest.

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  • I have eaten there twice and both times we had to wait a long time for our food, and the food did not come out at the same time... I ordered tuna and salad (yes you don't get anything with the tuna) and the tuna was cold by the time I got my salad. By that time some of the guests food were finished and others got their food... Really poor. Portions of fish were ridiculous for the price.

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  • Ambience good, mains nice, desserts excellent, service patchy. We were told that they couldn't serve cocktails because they 'had only been open a couple of months' and were still setting everything up....a couple of months to organise a drinks menu? A bit pricey for the overall quality.

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  • One of the best new places I've been to in town. Service has improved tremendously since opening. New Year's Day hosted a fun party with great DJs. I love the signature sushi platter - comparable to the best international restaurants. I'll be returning for the world-class ambience and the gourmet food.

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  • Really enjoyed the the ambience at Shimmy. You really have to try the pizza - it's out of this world! Great location!

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  • We were in Cape Town over the December holidays. We couldn't get a booking to eat here so we just arrived to come for a few drinks. They wanted to charge us R100 just to walk through the door, and when we asked the bouncer if we could go in to have a few drinks, without paying a cover fee (R100 per person for nothing is a bit ridiculous) he was extremely rude and told us we were cheap skates. We were actually going there to celebrate, and would have probably clocked up a significant drinks bill, but because of their attitude we left, and will probably never return when back in Cape Town. There are so many nice places in CT. Who needs a pretentious place like this anyway?

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  • Terrible experience. Rude hostesses, each course took over an hour to arrive, mediocre food at fine dining prices. Not recommended.

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  • Disappointing experience. I ordered the Arugula salad with eggplant and artichokes and it arrived with avo and cucumber instead. With no explanation from the kitchen. The prices on menu didn't match those on the bill (actually ended up spending more!)
    Plastic glasses if you want to drink outside and with only 20 parking bays, this upmarket restaurant won't be seeing me anytime soon.

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  • Probably the worst dining experience I have had in a long time. Rude and unprofessional staff, and disappointing overly priced food. I also loved when we all good our orders arrived at different times. Oh yes, and the extra charge on our bill. Go to this restaurant if you like R580 prawns and bad service.

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  • Worst experience ever! The owner has serious anger issues and staff was below standard. You would think at a place where so much money went into they would make an effort to make their guest feel comfortable. They definately have not heard about customer service in any way! Cape Town is a small place, and with service like that I doubt a lot if people will go back if they had the same experience as us.

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  • TOTALLY UNPROFESSIONAL. Booked to eat at Shimmy 12,00 Saturday. They called 90 minutes before the time to say they were canceling the booking due to a private function. Guess the potential profit from a group booking made them think it was worth their while. Wrong.

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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Alfresco
  • Beer served
  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
  • Cocktails
  • Dancing
  • Dinner
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  • Food
  • Functions
  • Halaal friendly
  • Licensed
  • Live entertainment
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Smoking
  • Takeaways
  • Vegetarian
  • Wheelchair

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