Shucked – An Oyster Bar

2 Reviews
Modern, Seafood
Phone Number 0828830195 Opening Hours

Closed Sunday to Tuesday; Wednesday to Saturday 12.30pm to 11pm

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R100 avg main meal
Modern, Seafood
R100 avg main meal
Groups, Special occasions
Mastercard, Visa
Accepts credit cards, Dinner, Food, Licensed, Lunch, Parking, Serves food

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Kate Liquorish

Shucked’s oysters are flown in from Saldanha, shucked to order and served with a wide selection of dressings (14 for the fresh oysters and six for the grilled). The oysters themselves are absolutely delectable, though, so you won’t want to do too much to them. The classic mignonette dressing (shallots, white wine vinegar and white pepper) or the simple Maldon salt and lemon is all that’s needed. In the mood for something different? Try the Tabasco granita; the apple and cucumber granita; or the ponzu dressing.

Don’t like oysters? No problem. You’re still covered by Shucked’s great gastropub-style menu. The absolute winner is the kingklip fish and chips – a generous portion of succulent fish enrobed in crispy batter and served with chunky chips and mushy peas (imported from the UK). The rib-eye on the bone is another showstopper: served medium-rare with a marrow-bone butter, it’s a serious hunger-buster. The seasonal pie (in this case, braised chicken thighs with ham and leek) is comfort on a plate and as pretty as a peach, served in a pool of creamy sauce. The Hennessy barbeque wings, tuna crudo and beef tataki are all delicious, but would be better suited on a starters or bar menu, as their portions sizes aren’t comparable to the other items on the menu. Each main comes with the option of fries, dressed green beans and the most delicious rainbow carrot salad you’ve ever encountered.

If you’ve got room for dessert, the classic crème brûlée and the not-so-classic pear-and-fig Eton mess are both gorgeous – not too sweet and all kinds of flavourful.

The superb cocktail list celebrates all the classics: boulevardier, Manhattan, mule, Singapore sling, martinis… you name it, they’ve got it. The wine list is laidback and light-hearted, with most bottles costing around R200, but if you’re keen for something a bit more extravagant with your oysters, there’s a great selection of champagnes, plus some lovely MCCs and proseccos.

Service is swift and friendly. Waiters work the room as a team and the owners are sure to check in at each table to ensure you’re content. It’s a relaxed environment that’s conducive to good conversation and long lunches.

It’s pretty in pink: pink walls and pink suede seating are offset by classic dark wood furnishings, hanging plants and a plush bar that’s perfect for casual drinks. It’s on the second floor, so it offers great views over Joburg. There’s also outdoor seating against the railing, which will prove popular on summer evenings. It’s funky, fresh and vibrant.

Best for…
Celebrations, drinks with friends and work lunches.

(June 2019)

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User reviews

2 Reviews
    I'm going to regret leaving this review. I really am. The problem with leaving sterling reviews is, they have a tendency to get a lot more bums in seats for the restaurant and because of it, the original soul of the place gets compromised. I hope it doesn't happen here. This place is simply amazing. Why? Well, because it's simple. We arrived for a mates birthday, four of us. It's not a big place. Not at all. We were told all the tables were full but we could sit at the bar and if we wanted, the bar was full service so we could eat there also, or wait for a table to open up. We went to the bar. When a table did open up, we opted to stay at the bar. So is this place that it doesn't matter where you sit, you are in for a truly magical experience. Everything is right about this place. Being a classic mignonette fan, the thought of trying their multiple dressings was a bit daunting. Jesus, so glad I did. The tabasco granita and bloody Mary toppings ontop of those delicious Saldahna oysters was mind blowingly good. To our surprise they had quite a comprehensive mains menu also. The steak tartare was one of the best I've ever had. Overall, excellent service, mind blowing food. I will be back, most definitely.

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