South Africans love their red meat and there’s no shortage of great steak restaurants in Cape Town. Here are a few local favourites worth a visit…
You’ll never struggle to find a great slab of red meat in South Africa and even though Cape Town is known for its cosmopolitan globetrotting cuisine, it is also home to a number of top-notch old-school steakhouses.
In Cape Town’s southern suburbs the locals speak of one particular steakhouse in reverential tones: The Hussar Grill.
The Hussar first fired up the grills in 1964 and today the service and offering is as dependable as the retro gilded doors that open on to Main Road in Rondebosch.
Consistency is the watchword here and you won’t find foams, jus or fancy cooking; only solid cuts of meat at decent prices. There’s a charming old-school feel to the décor, and the service is unfailingly friendly. A rump steak with chips and onion rings is the default order for most locals, but also look out for special cuts and game meats on the chalkboard.
For something a little more stylish, try the Butcher Shop & Grill opposite the Mouille Point lighthouse. This trendy Johannesburg-based brand has quickly built up a fan base thanks to its upmarket décor and wide-ranging menu. Prime cuts are aged for up to 40 days, ensuring top quality meat, and with two wine cellars on site you’re assured of a great wine to go with your meal.
Down the road the V&A Waterfront shopping and entertainment precinct is filled with great restaurants, but if you fancy a steak Belthazar is your best bet. With the feel of a New York grillroom it’s a distinctly upmarket experience – with prices to match. There’s a good range of seafood on offer as well, but it’s the steaks you should be looking at. Fillet, rump, sirloin and T-bone can all be ordered in portions to suit your appetite, but the daily selection of game meats is most popular.
Belthazar also impresses when it comes to wine. Aside from boasting one of the best wine lists in the city you’ll also find over 200 wines by the glass.
Take a load off your pocket with one of these good-value lunch specials in Cape Town…
Aaaah, lunch. That glorious excuse to put our feet up and forget about pounding the pavements for a while. Happily, it also doesn’t have to cost the earth, thanks to these wallet-saving lunch specials.
If you fancy a quick bite and ice-cold beer while exploring the city centre, pop in to the buzzy Beerhouse on Long Street. Their lunchtime special menu varies through the week, and could be sticky chicken kebabs or a bunnychow of curried chickpeas. But, the deal remains the same each day: R50 gets you a generous meal and a 350ml draft beer. Score!
Up the road, the ever-popular Rick’s Café Americain also offers superb deals between 11h00 and 17h00. For R65 there’s a choice of dishes each day, from gnocchi in blue cheese and cream sauce, to succulent West Coast mussels in spaghetti. There’s even a low-carb Banting option available daily.
With its stunning harbour views and retail outlets, the V&A Waterfront isn’t known for its restaurant bargains, but Balducci’s has a great deal come lunchtime. For R129 you can tuck into a bento box with 23 pieces of sushi, with a complimentary miso soup to start. Or, if you’d prefer something heartier, try the 250g sirloin with a choice of starch or vegetables. Yours for just R95. There are also pizza and pasta specials at R65 each. Offer valid from noon to 18h00 daily.
Fancy some more sushi? Active Sushi on Bree Street has the deal in town: their lunchtime platters range from R60-R90 for 10-20 pieces of sushi, which include California rolls, fashion sandwiches and salmon roses. There’s a decent selection of wines by the glass available too, so you can enjoy a decadent sushi lunch for less than 100 bucks. Of course, don’t forget to tip.
If you’re out in the southern suburbs, the old-school Barrister’s Grill is a good spot to stop at: while not overloaded with charm, their daily pub lunch special is a steal at just R55. Take your pick from the daily dishes on the special menu: expect pub-grub classics from the Barristers burger to pork chops or bangers and mash. Hearty fare at a great price.