A return visit to Shio (and my updated thoughts)

by Karisa

If you missed my previous Shio feature, you can read my full review over here (which also features some great venue shots).  This is purely an update because at the time, there were a few dishes that missed the mark, but other dishes that were really great, hence my desire to go back and give them another bash…

Well I finally managed to do so about a week or so ago, and I must say, I’m very glad that I did.  First, let me take you through what we ordered…  It was two of us and the recommended number of dishes between 2 people is 6, but we were feeling adventurous so went for 7.  Also because dessert was a disappointment last time, we decided to skip dessert and only focus on the ocean, land & earth sections of the menu.

This is what we settled on:

Beef short-rib gyoza (R85)

Seared salmon (R90)

Spinach ohitashi (R55)

Crispy duck (R85)

Firecracker prawns (R90)

Duck fat fries (R65)

Nori tuna taco (R95)

That nori tuna taco was by far my favourite dish, on par with the yellowtail sashimi I had on my previous visit.  Those who dishes would definitely be top of my list the next time I pay them a visit.  The firecracker prawns was once again a winner, the crispy duck was tasty and the spinach although a bit plain looking, was surprisingly a lovely fresh item to have in the mix.  We also really enjoyed the duck fat fries as it’s a nice “filler” item.   The beef short-rib gyoza was a little bit dry, so we asked for more of the sauce it’s served with which remedied the problem.  The only dish I really didn’t enjoy was the seared salmon.  It had a bit of a slimy texture which I just couldn’t do, but I suspect that’s just a personal thing and that perhaps others would enjoy it.

Overall a much better food experience than my previous visit and for this reason I’m going to up my previous score from kiss3to kiss4 on my Miss K Kiss-o-Meter scale.

I also sent some Air BnB guests there this past weekend and they loved it.  So yeah, very happy that I went back and that I can now confidently recommend them to others.

To book your table (and you will need to book in advance as they’ve become very popular), take note of the following:

Opening Hours:  Mon – Sat  12 Noon to 3 PM, 6 PM to 10 PM, Closed on Sundays

Address: The Grey Hotel, 49 Napier Street, De Waterkant, Cape Town

Call them on 064 661 7474.


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