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The Shop

6 Reviews
Bistro fare, French, Health food, International, Mediterranean, Modern, Seafood, South African, Steak, Vegetarian
Phone Number 0837825240 Opening Hours Dinner

Dinner: Tuesday to Sunday (Bookings on weekends advisable) 6pm to 11pm

Details

Cost
R160 avg main meal
Food
Bistro fare, French, Health food, International, Mediterranean, Modern, Seafood, South African, Steak, Vegetarian
Corkage
R60 per bottle of wine, R80 per bottle Of MCC, 1 bottle per two people
Cost
R160 avg main meal
Ambience
Business meetings, Family friendly, Groups, Special occasions
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Facilities
Accepts credit cards, Beer served, Booking required, Child friendly, Dinner, Eat Out reviewed, Food, Licensed, Serves food, Vegetarian, Wheelchair

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Jess Spiro

Food

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.

Drinks

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.

Service

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.

Ambience

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.

Best for…

Simple, delicious food in a relaxed setting.

(August 2019)

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User reviews

6 Reviews
    The Shop embraces you with a warm generous welcome from the moment you step inside. This character shines even more so in the attention to detail and the care with which each meal is prepared. Ones of the most intimate evenings we’ve had in CT.
    I hosted my 50th birthday lunch party for 30 guests at The Shop last weekend and what an incredibly special, wonderful occasion it was. The food was outstanding ... and we ate A LOT! Everything was served on platters on the table, making for a very relaxed, sharing affair which is exactly what I wanted. We started with home-baked sourdough & ciabatta served with an outstanding Chicken Liver Paté, farm-fresh radishes with butter & salt, smashed Broad Beans with Pecorino and home-marinated olives. We then gobbled our way through some delicious Calamari, grilled with chilli & garlic, Roasted Bone Marrow with green sauce (my absolute favourite!) and beautiful bowls of dressed green beans & broccoli with almonds. We had 28-day dry-aged, grass-fed Sirloin on the bone, roasted and carved onto platters and served with possibly the most delicious Cauliflower cheese I've ever eaten, Cavalo Nero and roasted farm carrots. A cheese board of perfectly ripe Dalewood Brie and Healy's cheddar with Kyles home-made Quince preserves and finally a Lemon Tart - beautiful pastry & the lightest, tangiest, tartest, lemony filling. No mean feat to get all of that food perfect, which it was, so that was impressive. The service was slick, smooth and unobtrusive so that was impressive too. The fact that Kyle took the time to explain the provenance of everything on the menu was also impressive. But the thing that blew me away completely was the warmth and care lavished on both myself and all of my guests by Kyle and Gabi. They truly allowed us to feel that we were eating lunch in the home of someone we loved which is, ultimately, what made the day so incredibly special. I cannot recommend this restaurant highly enough.
    I just absolutely love this place! From the delicious food (all ingredients can be traced back to the origin.), the great atmosphere and the passionate owners and staff. The Shop is something truely special!
    Are you f#%^*= kidding me??? A 3-course meal... Starter West Coast mussels with cabbage, bacon, and white wine cream...better than we found anywhere in France...with a bonus slice of sourdough fresh out of the oven Main Broad bean risotto with brown butter, radishes, and parmesan...better than we found anywhere in Italy Dessert Baked lemon pot with chantilly cream...tangy and utterly delicious ALL FOR R235!!! The equivalent of... £13 €15 $17 What you will pay for a few cups of coffee overseas!!!

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