The ethos behind this restaurant is a simple one – cook beautiful ingredients well and let them do the talking. Kyle and Gabi work closely with local farmers and producers, sourcing all their ingredients ethically and responsibly. Drawing on classic French techniques, they have a number of dishes they’ve become known for, such as the beef carpaccio that comes with parmesan and a soy dressing that’s good enough to drink; the pillow-like potato gnocchi with silky carrot purée; and the splendidly unfussy slow-cooked lamb with pommes mousseline and jus.
The specials board is also worth a gander. Here you’ll find dishes inspired by highly seasonal and exciting produce, like roasted bone marrow with gremolata and sourdough toast, or simply grilled fish of the day in a delicate white wine sauce, broad beans and a generous blob of aïoli.
Dessert could be anything from crêpes Suzette topped with homemade ice cream to apple crumble and a perfect crème brûlée. No one is trying to be clever or challenging, and the result is irresistible, hearty food that you always want to eat.
The wine list is excellently curated (and priced) and includes a pleasant mix of niche brands in amongst the usual suspects. Look out for everything from Marras to Secateurs and Gabriëlskloof, and as well as great local beers and spirits.
Eating at The Shop is reminiscent of eating at a close friend’s home. From the moment you walk in, you’re warmly acknowledged and welcomed. The waitstaff are friendly, efficient and well-versed in the menu, and are able to talk you through each dish.
The term neighbourhood gem comes to mind when trying to describe The Shop, and the overall vibe is pleasant and buzzy, with several regulars in attendance.
Simple, delicious food in a relaxed setting.
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