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  • Location O646617474
  • Phone Number 49 Napier Street, Green Point, Cape Town
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  • Opening Hours

    Lunch: Wednesday to Saturday 10am to 3pm

    Dinner: Monday to Saturday 6pm to 10pm

R220 - R250
Contemporary cool
Asian, Modern
Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Nikita Buxton

The cleverly thought-out menu at SHIO has something for everyone. It’s all about tapas-style eating here, which means you can share with the table or order a few dishes for yourself.

The Earth section features many vegetable dishes with the likes of duck-fat fries and grilled tofu salad, but it’s the spinach ohitashi that hits the spot. This Japanese salad is made up of raw spinach leaves, a slightly spicy sesame dressing, and crushed roasted peanuts for crunch. It’s moreish, light and full of umami flavour.

In the Sea portion of the menu you’ll find melt-in-your-mouth yellowtail sashimi with crisp apple slices and yuzu grape gel, oven-roasted kingklip, and crispy soft-shell crab. The chilli-salt squid served with green-chilli caramel and a lime-and-ginger aioli has that popcorn effect – you keep going back for more. With West Coast rock lobster now on the SASSI red list, we’re happy to hear that they’ve replaced this on the menu with sweet and plump tempura prawns. Sadly, there were no tuna tacos available; we’ve heard they’re something special.

For something meaty, there’s everything from duck to pork belly chashu. We recommend the beef short rib gyoza, though. These golden half moons are filled with spicy, unctuous meat, Fuji apple, tamarind and chilli. Great for hungry diners.

End off with the tonka-bean dark chocolate. This ultimate dessert bowl is filled with thick, smooth ganache-like chocolate and topped off with coffee gel, black-sesame snap and a miso butterscotch that perfectly offsets the bitterness. It’s rich and definitely needs to be shared.

The wine list is small but has a few by-the-glass options as well as bottles ranging from reasonable to expensive. There is also a small selection of sake and good dessert wines.

Friendly, informative and swift.

SHIO is a perfect vibey night-time spot: moody, dark and edgy. Neon red signage adds a glow to the navy walls and a feature wall of Japanese graffiti adds drama. If it’s a lovely warm day, nab a table outside next to the cobbled street.

End your meal off with a kick and order the Kyoto coffee with double espresso, Nikka Pure Malt Black Whisky, and coconut cream.

(January 2017)

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User reviews

  • Enjoyed a lovely evening at Shio- perfect restaurant for pre- drinks or clubbing dinner- with upbeat atmosphere & trendy crowd. Food was sublime. It's tapas style but the portions are good enough for 2 people to share- we had 6 different dishes (4 would have been ok though), the standouts were the forbidden risotto and the short rib beef gyio (think that's what it's called), however all dishes were delicious. If you are used to city bowl prices it's pretty average from a cost perspective. Service was good- quick, perfunctory & otherwise they left you to get on with it (what we like). Recommended! Maybe go early and have a drink at the pooltop bar and then enjoy dinner downstairs.
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  • Shio was recommended by a friend and I was thankful for a last minute reservation a few days later. My friend and I loved the vibe of the small restaurant. It was a cooler evening so we sat inside but it looked like there were a few small tables outside. We ordered 6 of the tapas style plates to share, enjoyed a nice bottle of pinotage and of course had to give in to have dessert. All the dishes were unique and flavorful. While the truffle fries smelled delightful when they arrived, the taste did not match. The service was okay. Keep in mind, I'm from the US and likely evaluate service differently than you might. I enjoyed the fact that we were not rushed, but it did take quite a bit of time to flag down our waiter to order dessert. This might have also been due to a large party that required a fair amount of attention. Overall, I'd highly recommend a night out at Shio!
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  • I think we had high expectations. However the waiting time and price promoted this. We ordered 6 dishes (2 of us sharing). The spinach gomae was divine, the sashimi good! But then it sadly started to lack. We had to send back the chilli squid as was unpleasantly tough, tasteless & chewy. Lastly the Forbidden Risotto, made little sense, served with two scrumptious tempura prawns and a bowl of 'tom yum cream' and black rice. Was more like a 'dipping sauce' - with not much to be dipped. Lastly. R32 for purified, gassed tap water doesn't do it for me sadly. Will give it a 2nd go once they teething is over.
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  • We had a fantastic meal, Cheyne's food is always delicious and this was no exception. Hard to pick a winner (we tried 9 dishes) but the firecracker prawns were ordered again they were so good. We didn't order the forbidden risotto but having seen it at the table next to us we will definitely try it next time.
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