6 Reviews
Asian, Modern
Phone Number 0646617474 Opening Hours Lunch Dinner

Lunch: Wednesday to Saturday 12noon to 3pm

Dinner: Monday to Saturday 6pm to 10pm


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Asian, Modern
R50 per bottle; R100 Magnum bottle
Family friendly, Groups, Special occasions
Mastercard, Visa
Accepts credit cards, Breakfast, Dinner, Food, Lunch, Parking, Serves food, Wheelchair, WiFi

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Katharine Pope


The extensive Japanese-inspired tapas menu makes deciding what to order a fiendishly difficult undertaking. In fact, it’s probably best to order some snacks to nibble on while you tackle the task. Edamame beans in a tangy dipping sauce and glorious, golden duck fat fries with truffle salt and ‘bull’s eye’ mayo make good candidates. Portion sizes vary depending on the dish, but the food is so full of flavour that two plates – or a maximum of three – should be more than enough per person.

Next, make sure you order at least one portion of the forbidden black rice risotto. Made with a gloriously fragrant tom yum coconut cream, it’d be thoroughly moreish even without the crayfish popcorn on top. From the tochi (land) section of the menu, the pork belly roast with red miso and nashi pear sauce is predictably good, as is the beef fillet tataki with miso aioli and coconut cream.

On the veg side, the tempura butternut with pickled butternut and ponzu mayo is a surprising triumph that’ll make you wonder why batter and deep-frying has been reserved for just onions all these years.

All of Morrisby’s dishes are full of punchy flavour, and the majority are well-resolved. Possibly the only dish that doesn’t get our vote is the yellowtail sashimi, which gets a little lost beneath a layer of fuji apple and sweet potato crisps.

Finish with a Kyoto coffee with Nikka black whiskey, coconut cream and a cinnamon doughnut, or a rather too-subtle banana cream pie with a good peanut butter ice cream.

Sip on a signature cocktail, sake, Japanese beer, or a bottle of wine from the well-curated list.

Staff are friendly and natural – but make sure to let them know if you’d like them to stagger your order. Else you’ll find some of your fellow diners hoarding three dishes at a time while you wait for one.

Although the interior is buzzy and edgy, the more relaxed terrace overlooking the street is the place to be on balmy evenings.

(August 2018)

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User reviews

6 Reviews
    I truly do love the food here. Everything is unbelievably fresh and super tasty. Can’t really ask for more than that. Really like the small intimate venue and it’s in one of my favorite areas in town. Great restaurant, can’t wait to go back.
    An absolutely incredible experience! The waiters were extremely accommodating and friendly. The food is an experience by its self and presents you with a variety of flavour that are beyond incredible. The atmosphere is lovely and was the perfect venue for an evening out with friends.
    Shio was very elegant and the best restaurant I have been to. The service was great and the food was delicious! Definitely a go to place. Looking forward to going again.
    This month Friends of the Vine were lucky enough to host their October Pinot Noir tasting at Shio Restaurant, in the heart of the popular, and very vibey De Waterkant. Shio Restaurant, at The Grey Hotel, is a Japanese-inspired fine-dining restaurant with a beautiful twist. Shio offers a selection of various Japanese dishes, with a tapas style, but my suggestion would definitely be to try their mouth-watering 10 Dish Kaiseki Experience for R350 p/p, only on the menu till the end of this week! It was unforgettable and unlike anything you will ever experience! A carefully crafted multi-course Japanese dinner experience, made up of beautifully plated dishes, is presented by restaurateur and chef, Cheyne Morrisby and his warm, pleasant and efficient waitrons, in a meticulously prepared, exquisite way that blows you away when each set of dishes (usually brought in a set of two or three) are presented. My personal favorite were definitely the Yellowtail sashimi served with a liquid kimchi, lime pickle wasabi oil coconut gel and crispy onions and the Tokyo beef with roasted shiitake, gochujang cream, black caviar and nori dust. The night ended off with a 50% dark chocolate, poached nashi pear gel, cashew praline with chocolate and toasted sesame ice-cream, all while enjoying beautifully paired South African Pinot Noir wines in the the low-lighted laid back atmosphere and listening to the latest trendy music in the back ground. Great, high quality food and excellent service that left us planning our next visit at the very first bite- I will definitely recommend this restaurant. This place is perfect for groups or a casual date night but gets filled up quite quickly so make sure you book in advance to avoid disappointment. Thank you Shio for hosting us and exceeding all our expectations! ​
    My favourite! Best vibe and food for a special evening out!

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