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The Shop
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Cost
R135 avg main meal
Ambience
Business meetings, Family friendly, Groups, Special occasions
Food
Bistro fare, French, Health food, International, Mediterranean, Modern, Seafood, South African, Steak, Vegetarian
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R60 per bottle, R80 per MCC

Critic's review

Zola Nene

The Shop is a quaint French-style bistro run by a husband-and-wife team. Kyle Knight, a qualified chef, takes care of the menu and food preparation, while Gabi Knight runs the front of house and prepares all the desserts on the menu.

Food
The food is simple yet hearty and flavourful. For starters, the crispy pulled beef croquettes served in a vegetable broth are deliciously comforting. The pan-fried calamari is wonderfully tender and served tossed in a fresh tomato and herb sauce. The starter of caramelised pork belly with bean purée is a flavour explosion – smoky, earthy and sweet at the same time, it makes for a definite must-try.

Main courses include a selection of free-range beef steaks served with your choice of traditional sides and sauces as well as options of fish, chicken and vegetarian dishes. There are also daily specials on offer. The current winter special comprises slow-braised springbok shank with quince and red wine, served with glazed carrots and mashed potato. It’s warming and perfectly accompanied by a complementary glass of red wine.

End the meal off with one of Gabi’s homemade desserts. The crème brûlée is decadently dense and creamy, topped with the thinnest caramel crackle. The vanilla poached apple crumble, served with thick Chantilly cream, is sublime. If you’re a chocolate lover, try the dark chocolate Valhrona mousse made with 70% cocoa chocolate.

Drinks
The menu has a small selection of reasonably priced local wines, some offered by the glass. There is also a small selection of beers and liquors. Corkage is offered at R40 per bottle.

Ambience
The restaurant is small and very simply decorated. Rose-gold touches and dark wooden tables form part of the décor, with the focal point being the copper backdrop of the open-plan kitchen. The atmosphere is relaxed and comfortable.

Service
Gabi and Kyle man the floor together and take care of all the tables – there’s no additional waitstaff, so service may be slow if the restaurant is busy. The service is efficient and friendly.

(May 2018)

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User reviews

  • Course for course and rand for rand, The Shop is amazing. We have been to places charging 4x for much worse and the lovely ambience, atmosphere and staff make it even better. The fish cakes and sirloin are out of this world but lots of places in Cape Town do well on mains. The Shop stands out on all sauces, the holistic nature of the 3 course menu and especially dessert. My wife loves creme brulee. I like it but it’s not my passion. This is the best we’ve ever had and the sticky toffee and macaroons are also amazing. We have come twice in one week and hope to be back soon.
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  • I will admit that I created my account specifically to write this review and that I am visiting from the States, but might I say this may be the best restaurant experience I have had in Cape Town. First, the ambiance. I came on a Saturday night for a relaxed dinner with family and the restaurant was quiet, and dimly lit by candles and soft overhead lights. I was quickly greeted and shown to my table. Drink orders were taken and delivered promptly and the server was exceptionally attentive, noticing our catching up and patiently waiting to cover the specials board. We were lucky enough to come just in time for the winter specials, an amazing value and better experience. I opted for the 3 course meal which was reasonably priced at R235. Though I was assured I could decide after the first and second courses whether I would be interested in dessert, and I’m very glad I opted in. I started with the fish croquettes which came with a small dressed salad, a delicious and creamy tomato sauce, as well as home made tartar sauce. The croquettes were both crispy and light. Next, my main was a petite 150 g sirloin with mash and a mix of roasted and glazed seasonal vegetables. Though it may sound like too small a portion, it was more than filling! The steak was perfectly cooked and seasoned, and the vegetables and mash were an excellent complement to the star of the dish. Lastly, I ended my meal with one of the best sticky toffee puddings I have ever had accompanied only by a remarkably creamy condensed milk ice cream. The most difficult decision of my night was deciding between the sticky toffee pudding and the alternative creme brûlée! Overall, my experience at The Shop was exceptional and I wouldn’t hesitate returning for another wonderful meal and experience. Come with friends, family, or someone special, but certainly don’t forget to add this restaurant to your list!
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  • My husband and I came here twice in a week! Really recommend this restaurant. It’s fantastic food for affordable rates!
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  • Great!!
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  • Excellent food with a homey and warm ambience, if you craving a home feeling vibe.
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  • I had the pleasure of dining at the The Shop on Wednesday evening. I wish that I had skipped lunch because everything (and i mean EVERYTHING) at The Shop is amazing. We had an early dinner and from when we walked in, we were met with the most amazing aromas from the kitchen. Gabi and Kyle welcomed us so graciously, and we were suprised with little espresso cups of mussel soup - we had an argument at the dinner table as to the contents of the soup because it was so rich and decadent, and were suprised to find it had no butter or cream in - just the most intense and incredible flavours of the sea. For main course we opted for the petite fillet for my colleague (cooked to absolute perfection) and I had the slow roasted lamb, and boy, was it impressive. I come from the Karoo, a descendant of lamb meat farmers, and I know a good piece of lamb when i see it but this one knocked my socks off. A solid, decent, more than enough portion, with the most incredible jus and mash. Dessert was creme brulee and again - wow. Creme brulee is the one thing i refuse to pass on in a restaurant, so i have had my fair share of creme brulees, good and bad, and this one has to rank in the top three. We were alone in the whole restaurant for our whole dinner, so it was empty but the music selection was great, the service from our waiter was honestly without fault and we felt like we were being waited on hand and foot without being made to feel that the service was overbearing. I cannot recommend them high enough. Thank you Kyle & Gabi!
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  • Kyle and Gabi are amazing hosts. So welcoming, warm and friendly. Enjoyed my meal - delicious, tasty food - some family favorites with a twist. Definitely a Sea Point favorite
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  • What an absolute pleasure! The food at this unassuming establishment was a whole level above any other food we sampled in Cape Town. The menu is very obviously crafted by highly experienced chefs, with locally sourced produce as the star of the show. The simple, classic flavours where second to none, matched only by the excellent service we received by the front of house staff. Highlights included the amazing matched wines, the creme brûlée (oh my god, the creme brûlée!), the pate and the melt-in-your-mouth beef fillet topped with their signature cafe de Paris butter. Although we live in Melbourne, the temptation of just one more mouthful will be enough to bring us back to Cape Town soon. Can’t recommend enough.
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  • Fantastic little spot run by a vibrant young couple who are welcoming and engaging. Service is prompt and their menu always delights. Whenever I eat here I feel like I'm part of the family and love the atmosphere of The Shop. Fantastic food served by amazing people leaves one eagerly awaiting one's next visit!
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  • After stalking their Instagram page for approximately the last two months, I finally had the pleasure of dining at their restaurant on my birthday last week-Thursday,6th of June 2019. I love everything about this place-the food that is seasonal,sustainably sourced and free range,the retro decor still taken over from the former Buzbey Grill,the history of how The Shop came to be and the incredibly down to earth owners Kyle and Gabi. The shop is currently running a winter special that offers a 2-course meal for R195.00 and a 3-course for R235.00.Both are extremely great options for value for money. My husband and I both opted for the 3-course meal. We both started with the mussels-steamed with bacon,leek and cream. They were so fresh and delicious. Mains- we both opted for the short rib with mash and brussel sprouts-we both ate our main dishes with a spoon-that's how incredibly soft the meat was-what a wholesome winter dish that warmed you from the inside and put a huge smile on both our faces. For dessert my husband had the sticky toffee pudding which he enjoyed and I opted for the creme brulee which had a crystal caramel burnt top that I had to crack open-the sound alone assured me that I had made the right choice. This was one of the best meals we have had in such a long time as you try to stay current and visit all the recommended restaurants but we feel that so many restaurants put a plate of food in front of you that has no thought or love behind it and then charge you a fortune. The Shop as its name,is simple,honest delicious food in an intimate space-a winning recipe for success. We cannot wait to go back.
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  • I had dinner at the shop last night with my friend and the service was awesome! For dinner I had the crispy octopus for starters which was the best ever and form Mains I had the duo of venison with roasted carrots and Brussel sprouts which was beautiful. All in all the best dinner ❤️
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  • Kyle and Gabi have the formula so well figured out - these two know how to make a restaurant work better than so many others. As a tour guide I eat around 800 restaurant meals a year (Im not joking! Breakfast lunch and dinner daily in restaurants is the norm for me) and one of the spots I love going to in my free time is The Shop. the whole thing is so brilliantly done - its just phenomenal! When my touring guests have free time, I encourage them to eat there - I know theyll be looked after properly and most importantly as valued guests and not just another number! Their menu - these two arent scared to try new things - if guests request something a few times, they figure out how to do it, do it better than others and then once they have it figured out, it goes on to the menu! Thats what makes a good Restaurant in my humble opinion. Kudo's to Kyle and Gabi!
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  • Affordable and classy food, paired with a welcoming atmosphere. Only the freshest produce from sustainable farming, fishing and butcher sources. It’s speaks volumes and shows just how much thought goes behind the running of this business. Although not a wine connoisseur, there are plenty of good wines where Gabi - with so much wine knowledge, could easily guide you through your choices on the evening. A new kid on the block, with a whole lot of goodness to offer!
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  • Great food and service, family business .
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  • I arrived without a booking and was warmly received and seated. I had a lovely meal with my favorite being the pork trotter. I was served by Alistair who was very friendly and knowledgeable. The space filled up within the 45 minutes I was there which was great to see, this is a little local gem that I wish I had visited sooner.
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  • I had dinner at The Shop last week with one of my girlfriends. The food was as good as always, love the new menu with a few more options to choose from. The slow cooked lamb was delicious!
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  • We had a wonderful evening last night. Honest food and great service with a lot of knowledge about what is being served. A true hidden gem. Can't wait to come back!
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  • We had dinner here on a Friday night. Service was really good. Our waiter knew what he was talking about and wasn't flustered by our joking and teasing. Food was really tasty, especially the rump. The only thing that is limiting is the size of the menu, if there isn't something that immediately jumps out at you. All in all, a great meal.
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  • I took my fiancé to The Shop to celebrate his birthday. All I can say is WOW and thank you !!!! Nothing was too much trouble for the owners and chefs. I had especially requested a favorite meal as a surprise for my hubby to be and it was just Amazing! Thank you for being so passionate about the food that you serve. Will be back for sure with more friends and family. A value for money and top class experience. Thanks again - the Schreier’s
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  • Had a great experience at The Shop in Seapoint near Glengarriff. The menu was well crafted with a delicious and generous risotto. The Cape Bream was a delight and i envied our friends who tried the lamb shank. The ambience is a quaint diner feel with personalised attention from the chefs. Seeing them prepare the food is a plus. I recommend this restaurant!
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  • Had an awesome time at The Shop the other night - great food, great service, nice chilled atmosphere. We pull in atleast once a month and never disappointed. Kyles steak tartar (if you’re lucky enough to catch it on the specials board) is amazing. Highly recommend a visit here if you’re looking for great unpretentious food or if you’re just in the area
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  • Visited The Shop last night and had an a amazing meal. The Tete du porc was incredible as I've never had it before. The sustainably sourced fish was cooked to perfection and we washed it down with a beautiful bottle of Tamboerskloof Syrah. Ended the meal with the chocolate and olive oil torte. Yum!!! The service was friendly and attentintive and the chefs/owners give it a really hands-on feel. To say we left more than impressed and satisfied would be an understatement. Will definitely be back.
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  • Wonderful restaurant with really good food! I love how the chefs know exact where all produce comes from...even down to the fisherman’s name! My favorites are the calamari (always tender and tasty), chicken liver parfait (very classically made), any fish dish and most of all the creme brûlée - THE BIG IN CAPE TOWN!!!
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  • Enjoyed an amazing meal last night with Gabi & Kyle! Wholesome & absolutely delicious food!! The open plan style gives you the opportunity to really connect with the team behind the grill - both owners are on the floor, hands on & perfect hosts. I loved the simple honest space - all focus goes into the food which is top-notch quality. Highly recommend the space - be sure to say hi to the chef's as you walk in.
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  • *Review Disclaimer - I know Kyle and Gabi personally and worked with Kyle as a chef a few years ago. They are doing a great job and deserve an unbiased review of the great job they are doing. I moved internationally from Cape Town about 2 years ago and went for a meal at The Shop on 5 July 2018 with 2 friends on a recent trip back to Cape Town. The restaurant space is intimate, unpretentious and modest - just like Kyle and Gabriella with simple but comfortable French bistro style seating. The service is friendly, knowledgeable and welcoming. Gabi is extremely knowledgeable about wine and keen to assist with choices from their small but very well thought out selection of wines. Kyle is a rare find in the kitchen - he truly cares about what he cooks and where it comes from. All his meat and fish come from free range and sustainable sources and as corny as it may sound it - the love and dedication he puts into his cooking shines through on the plate. Highlights were the roast head of cauliflower with buttermilk and brown butter sauce, the slow cooked free range beef shortrib from the black board of specials as well as the orange and almond torte. Do yourself a favour and get to The Shop before the winter cold goes away and try one of Kyle's slow cooked or braised dishes - he has a way to make them super comforting without being too heavy - perfect for a cold winter's night. I am sure they are going to be packed in the near future and wish Kyle and Gabi all the best with their new venture.
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  • Had a fantastic meal at "The Shop"! I had been coming past this location for years as I live just down the road. The BuzBey's tinted windows and 'closed off' type of vibe never enticed me to go in. The new owners Kyle and Gabi have opened things up and it looks a lot more inviting than what it used to be. The space is simple, yet elegant and unassuming. The main reason to visit The Shop if for the food - a small, but extremely well-executed bistro-style menu that has had a lot of thought go into every single aspect of the meal. I had a fantastic potato gnocchi starter, my partner had the fish croquettes. We were extremely impressed when we asked about the type of fish used for the croquette that Kyle popped out of the kitchen and told us not only about the sustainability of the fish he uses but also the traceability of his fish right up to the boat that it was caught on and that he supports small-scale fisheries. For main course, I had a perfectly grilled Sirloin Steak with the best Cafe de Paris butter that I have ever tasted and my partner had the slow cooked lamb shoulder with green sauce. The slightly acidic green herb sauce perfectly balanced the richness of the Lamb. We shared an apple crumble for dessert which was simple, classic and tasted great. After our meal, we had another chat with Kyle and Gabi as we were the last people around. They are a fantastic couple putting a lot of work into not only the cooking but also the provenance of all their ingredients and the result is a great value, no frills, high quality experience that I can recommend to everyone. The menu is limited but changes regularly and there are also specials available on a daily basis. Wishing Kyle and Gabi all the best and hopefully see you soon! -Henry Smith
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  • This place is real top class! I would really recommend it. I had a perfectly cooked steak, just the way I asked. The folk are super friendly and the space gives off an awesome vibe! I will be back!
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  • I have visited The Shop with the new owners twice. Sitting here now I am not impressed at all. My chicken schnitzel is paper thin, tiny, over cooked and tasteless. The veggies I requested be swooped with my partner for his chips and am oh so sorry I did. They are terrible. I am so disappointed I will never be back and never recommend this restaurant to anyone
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  • Child friendly
  • Dinner
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