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The Shop

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
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Critic's review

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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  • 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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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Beer served
  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
  • Dinner
  • Eat Out reviewed
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  • Licensed
  • Serves food
  • Vegetarian
  • Wheelchair

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