If you’ve ever had the pleasure of eating at Cheyne’s, Lucky Bao and Ding Dong, you’ll know exactly what we mean when we say finger-licking delicious! So, when we heard that owner-chef Cheyne Morrisby had opened a third restaurant – at the Grey Boutique Hotel, no less – we had to share the secret. Drawing inspiration from Morocco for its eye-catching décor, the hotel has undergone a complete revamp and is a suitably chic home for Cheyne’s new spot, Shio, Modern Japanese Izakaya.
Nestled in the heart of De Waterkant Village, Shio offers modern Japanese cuisine in a very stylish setting, with seating inside and out, and a smooth interior to boot.
Shio is Cape Town’s very own modern izakaya. In Japanese food culture, an izakaya implies a relaxed dining experience, similar to a British pub, and with equal importance placed upon it too.
Shio’s decor tips its hat to the land of the rising sun, with a geisha wall mural (by Ukrainian model-turned-artist Ana Kuni), as well as an amusing neon sign, which reads “Drink Sake, Stay Soba”.
The restaurant looks set to follow closely in the footsteps of the much loved Cheyne’s and Lucky Bao and, with Cheyne at the helm again, it feels like quality is assured, especially as far as good food and friendly service goes. Like its predecessors, Shio is all about the Asian (though in this case it’s purely Japanese).
It’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a menu that offers a wonderful array of tapas dishes to share (if you’re willing to part with even one portion, that is!) and delicious desserts to round it all off. Try the oven-roasted kingklip, chilli-salt squid, duck-fat fries or nori-tuna taco, and end with the matcha cheesecake.
Location, location, location
What’s rather nice about Shio is its central location, unlike the Hout Bay-based Cheyne’s and Lucky Bao, both of which are certainly institutions in that neck of the woods.
Shio does Japanese just right, so it’s little wonder that it’s been causing quite a stir since its December 2016 opening. As they say in Japan: “Kanpai!” (Bottoms up).
Dinner: Monday – Saturday, 6pm – 10pm
Lunch: Wednesday – Saturday, 12pm – 3pm
Contact 064 661 7474, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it Shio, The Grey Boutique Hotel, 49 Napier Street, De Waterkant, Cape Town