The nationwide quest to identify the country’s best steakhouse has come to an exciting conclusion with the announcement of the inaugural winner on Wednesday, 8 May 2013. The Steakhouse Champion of South Africa is the Local Grill in Parktown North.
“The Top Three Steakhouses were all excellent in terms of selection, knowledge, maturation and preparation of their meats, but what gave The Local Grill an edge was the fantastic meat experience it offers in terms of range of cuts (including grass and grain fed) and even choice of bovine. The fact that you get a tour of the meat locker if you show the slightest bit of interest, is also fantastic and says it all about a place that truly “preaches” steak,” says Convenor JP Rossouw, founder and editor of Rossouw’s Restaurants guide to dining in South Africa.
Known as a carnivore’s paradise, Carne SA serves an exclusive selection of the finest cuts of Romagnola beef, Dorper lamb, game and more. Situated in Keerom Street, the wood-beamed lower level of the restaurant emanates a stylish yet simple ambiance, which compliments the dishes on the menu. As you walk upstairs you step into the open-plan lounge and kitchen, accompanied by a well stocked bar which is an ideal place to enjoy a drink before dinner. If you decide to visit Carne SA anytime soon, you cannot leave without trying the 1.2kg Florentine beef steak. It’s a must have for any red meat lover.
The awards were held at renowned chef Luke Dale-Roberts’ famed Pot Luck Club, where his innovative platters of excellent Chalmar Beef are accompanied by The Wolftrap wines. Very proud winner, Steve Maresch of The Local Grill and runners-up, Martin Lombard of Little Havana and Giorgio Nava of Carne SA, were all in attendance to receive their respective awards.
The Pot Luck Club is one of Cape Town’s sexiest new hot spots. Located in the Silo Building at the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock, Chef Luke offers a unique selection of ‘small plates’ of modern global dishes which include Asian-influenced pork belly served with XO dressing, Cumberland sausage and red onion rolls, red cabbage and apple slaw, duck spring roll, and steamed queen scallops in the shell with Asian-style grapefruit sauce vierge.
With its hip and happening ambiance and contemporary cool setting, the Pot Luck Club is the prerfect venue for small groups of people who love sharing each others food and trying as much as they can on the menu.
Do you know any other great steak houses in Cape Town? Please feel free to share them in the comment section below.
As part of their Miracle Tour the travelling dinner-cirque extravaganza, Madame Zingara is now on show at one of Cape Town’s premier tourist destinations, the V&A Waterfront until June 2013. When entering the theatre of dreams be prepared to experience an exhilarating journey with a tantalising three-course meal prepared by gourmet chefs accompanied by a world of magical performances by contortionists, aerial acts, singers, foot jugglers and fairy-tale characters all under one tent of wonders.
The Zingara group also own a chain of theatrical restaurants in the Mother City including the Don Pedro and all his Beautiful Wives in Woodstock. Chef Mark Milne has ruled the kitchen at Don Pedro for the past three months, where he is encouraged to explore his creativity and is challenged every day.
Mark Milne, 35, was born and raised in Scotland where he studied to become a chef at the Dundee College of technical arts. His love affair with all things culinary began at the tender age of 15 when he started to experiment with spices and flavouring. His first position was in a local hotel outside of Dundee where he worked many hours after school to learn and gain experience. His passion instilled instantly, he knew that this was the only career he would ever follow.
He travelled and worked in and around Scotland and England gathering a wealth of experience, and nine years later he found himself running his first kitchen. He did this so well, that the newfound popularity of the establishment prompted the owners to sell and this spurred Mark on to broaden his horizons.
After a holiday in Spain, Mark accepted a job at a fine dining restaurant called The Mariners in Cornwall for two and a half years. Mark has inherited his own unique style of cooking which is a fusion between classic French and Mediterranean using local and seasonal products and has brought it to Don Pedro.
Don Pedro and All His Beautiful Wives:
Known as a beloved Cape Town restaurant, Don Pedro has long been the heart of Woodstock and favourite hang-out for locals, tourists and art crowds for more than a decade. Don Pedro invites guests to step back to a time when the parlour was always the living area of a home and the verandah the place to unwind after a long day.
For more information about the restaurant or to make a booking, visit their website.
Source: Lina from Madame Zingara*
“A mother is she who can take the place of all others, but whose place no one else can take” – Cardinal Mermillod. We should shower our mom with love and spoil her 365 days a year, but sometimes we get caught up in our own lives we tend to forget about that special lady.
Receive a bottle of wine, dinner, bed and breakfast for two as well as two full body massages (massages subject to availability) at the Strand Tower Hotel for only R1300.00. Or treat your mom to a night at the Fountains Hotel including a buffet breakfast, dinner and a bottle of wine for only R990.00.
If you feel like heading out for the day during your stay, take advantage of these wonderful Mother’s Day special menues and treat your mom to a relaxing meal at one of these two charming restaurants.
If you think your mom will love traditional Greek food with a Mediterranean flair than you should definitely take her to Spiro’s in Hout Bay. Keeping with Greek traditions, their menu offers a delectable choice of Meze (savoury starter dish) and a great selection of mains. These include lamb shanks, chicken or lamb skewers basted and grilled, grilled pita wraps and grilled line fish. Baklava is their signature dessert.
Special: All moms will receive a mini bottle of J.C Le Roux with any main meal or minimum of 3 Meze starters. To make a booking call (021) 791 3897
The Eatery at Durbanville Hills Wine Estate
Situated in the lush Durbanville winelands, your mom will be surrounded by breathtaking views of the vineyards while savouring a contemporary, gourmet meal.
Special: Lunch buffet with a complimentary glass of Durbanville Hills Merlot Rosé and chocolates. A buffet with herb roasted leg of lamb, roasted garlic-and-thyme chicken, flash-fried seasonal vegetables and rustic potato wedges will be served along with a selection of sweet treats. R169 per adult and R80 for the kiddies menu.
Booking is essential. Contact The Eatery on 021 558 1337 or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org