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While a cut of meat is always the main event, it isn’t the same without the support of a side dish, whether it’s retro crumbed mushrooms or blooming onions. To kick things up a notch, here are five spots across SA that are serving anything-but-ordinary sidekicks for your steaks.
The food at this edgy eatery is big and ballsy, with more than a nod to nose-to-tail cooking. While the menu changes regularly, you can expect exciting meaty options like dry-aged beef or slow-cooked lamb shoulder. The sides could easily excite as much as the main event. Think pommes Anna with miso emulsion; bone-marrow mash with meaty gravy; braised carrots with carrot juice; and choucroute cabbage with white wine and bacon.
This is Latin-American cuisine at its finest. Order a succulent beef rib eye or prime rib and pair it with one of the tempting sides. You won’t find soggy chips here; instead, look to options of roasted zucchini and aubergines tossed with olive oil; roasted Hasselback potatoes cooked in white wine and butter with bacon; or a fresh and zingy option of red cabbage with orange segments, cashew nuts and sprouts.
This new shisa-nyama spot does not disappoint on the meat front, but it’s the sides we want to talk about. Order your cut of choice (think T-bone, Wagyu or sea-salt rump) and a wild side to go with it. They all have eclectic Durban flair: slaw with candied pecans and yoghurt; steamed mfino (African spinach) with roasted peanuts; Durban-style spicy pineapple; and bhatata (sweet potato) with chakalaka and pap. Craving fries? The chip bowls are sensational, too – order yours with hot sauce for an extra kick.
This buzzing barbecue pleases with its meaty menu of cuts sold by weight. Tuck into a beef brisket or pork spare ribs and pair them with one of the tempting sides. The veggie-friendly options include braaibroodjies with boerenkaas and onion; cut corn with smoked paprika butter; fire-coasted beets with babaghanoush; and mac ’n cheese with leeks and gruyère.
Potato sides shine at this grillhouse. Guests are encouraged to order their choice of meat, burger, ribs, or fire-pit skewer and mop up the juices with exciting spud sides like slashed-and-stuffed potato with truffle mozzarella; baked potato with beef scratchings; crispy skins with saffron mayo; or aloo pakora with mustard-mashed potato and atchar. If you’re going potato-free, there’s caper-butter corn with pap and chakalaka.
Tramontina’s Churrasco range is made with high-quality treated steel and Polywood – a shock- and heat-resistant wood that is dishwasher safe. The knives are long-lasting and feature a five-year warranty against manufacturer defects.
The Churrasco range also includes grills, tongs, serving dishes and carts to make your braai experience as effortless as possible.