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A cut above the rest: South Africa’s best steakhouses

When a restaurant is listed as one of the Eat Out 500 – the top restaurants in South Africa as chosen by the Eat Out editorial panel – it’s kind of a big deal. A unique something, or many things, about these 500 eateries sets them apart from the rest. As for the restaurants below, it’s the magnificence of their red-blooded steaks that has secured them a place on the list.

These steakhouses really care about where their meat comes from, the age and diet of the animal, and the maturation process. While many diners won’t take too much notice of the steak’s journey from field to fork, all these factors do play a huge part in the taste and texture of their beloved T-bone, rib-eye or rump. We rounded up all the steakhouses listed in the 2014 Eat Out magazine and asked them to share their most popular cuts – and the sides to soak up the sauce.

Johannesburg

Alpine Restaurant
Crowd-pleasing cut: Rib-eye and prime-rib steaks.
Sides: All cuts are served with demi-glace and roasted marrow bone. Sides include baked potato served with sour cream, hand-cut chips, potato purée, grilled asparagus, gorgonzola broccoli au gratin, sautéed baby spinach, roasted butternut, caramelised beetroot, baked sweet potato, zucchini slivers, caramelised red onion florets, crushed green beans or a side salad.

 

Alpine Restaurant

Alpine Restaurant

Butcher Shop and Grill
Crowd-pleasing cut: The fillet steak.
Sides: Baked potato, chips, garlic bread, sautéed seasonal vegetables, asparagus, baked pumpkin or creamed spinach.

Butcher Shop and Grill

Butcher Shop and Grill

The Local Grill (Parktown North)
Crowd-pleasing cut: Order the beef sampler platter to try the different cuts – fillet, sirloin or rump – on one plate.
Sides: Pap, mashed potatoes and beef jus, fries, onion rings, vegetables, a side salad and sweetcorn on the cob.

The Local Grill (Parktown North)

The Local Grill (Parktown North)

Saxon Qunu Grill
Crowd-pleasing cut: Rib-eye steak.
Sides: Shoestring fries or creamed mashed potatoes, a salad or grilled vegetables, and pepper, mushroom or BBQ sauce.

Saxon Qunu Grill

Saxon Qunu Grill

The Squires Loft
Crowd-pleasing cut: Rump steak.
Sides: All steak dishes are served with chips and onion ring garnish.

Thunder Gun
Crowd-pleasing cut: Fillet and sirloin steaks.
Sides: Chips, baked potato or mash and gravy.

Turn ’n Tender (Bryanston and Illovo)
Crowd-pleasing cut: Argentinean-style steak (choose your cut), which is spiral cut and served with a refreshing and zingy chimichurri marinade.
Sides: Chips, rice, baked potato, mash, pap ’n gravy, vegetables or a side salad.

Turn ’n Tender (Bryanston and Illovo)

Turn ’n Tender (Bryanston and Illovo)

Wombles
Crowd-pleasing cut: Fillet on the bone.
Sides: Seasonal vegetables are served with each main and you can choose between chips, mashed potato, pap, roasted rosemary potato wedges or roasted sweet potato.

Wombles

Wombles

Pretoria

Eisbein and Co.
Crowd-pleasing cut: Eisbein and oxtail.
Sides: Sauerkraut (cabbage), spinach and carrots.

Karoo Cattle and Land (Irene)
Crowd-pleasing cut: Rump steak.
Sides: Patrons receive unlimited salad from the salad cart with every main course, as well as a choice of baked potato, pap and sauce, vegetables or seasoned chips.

Karoo Cattle and Land (Irene)

Karoo Cattle and Land (Irene)

Durban

Butcher Block (Umhlanga)
Crowd-pleasing cut: Prim rib.
Sides: All grill are served with a choice of chips or seasonal vegetables.

Havana Grill
Crowd-pleasing cut: Fillet on the bone.
Sides: All grills are served with a choice of shoestring fries, baked potato, mashed potato or basmati rice.

Havana Grill

Havana Grill

The Highland Fryer
Crowd-pleasing cut: Rump steak.
Sides: Choose between chips, baked potato or mashed potato. Some of the meals come standard with vegetables, too.

Little Havana
Crowd-pleasing cut: Fillet on the bone.
Sides: All grills are served with a choice of shoestring fries, baked potato, mashed potato or basmati rice.

Cape Town

Belthazar
Crowd-pleasing cut: T-bone and Chicago cuts.
Sides: French fries, sweet potato fries, baked potato or mash.

Carne SA – Winner of the 2013 Eat Out Jacobsdal Best Steakhouse Award
Crowd-pleasing cut: T-bone steak.
Sides: Thin-cut fries, carne-fried potatoes, mashed potato, steamed tenderstem broccoli, sautéed spinach with olive oil, chilli and garlic, or a side salad.

Carne SA

Carne SA

Cattle Baron (Tyger Waterfront)
Crowd-pleasing cut: Chateaubriand (fillet flambéed with brandy).
Sides: All main courses are served with creamed spinach and butternut and a choice of chips, baked potato or savoury rice.

HQ
Crowd-pleasing cut: Sirloin.
Sides: Chips and a salad (of cos and iceberg lettuce topped with toasted pine nuts and parmesan shavings and drizzled with a mustard vinaigrette) come standard.

HQ

HQ

Hussar Grill (Rondebosch)
Crowd-pleasing cut: Fillet steak.
Sides: Choose between traditional fries, rice, mash or new baby potatoes. A side of creamed spinach and cinnamon butternut is available for a nominal charge.

The rest of SA

Margarita’s (Bloemfontein)
Crowd-pleasing cut: matured beef steak, rump and fillet.
Sides: Seasonal vegetables.

New York Restaurant (Bloemfontein)
Crowd-pleasing cut: 350g rump
Sides: Two veg (creamy spinach and butternut), rice and chips (or potato).

Pioneers Butchery and Grill (Hazyview)
Crowd-pleasing cut: 400g aged rib-eye with the bone in.
Sides: French fries, baked potatoes, potato wedges, butter mash, savoury rice, side salad or vegetables.

The Zambezi Restaurant (St. Michael’s on Sea)
Crowd-pleasing cut: 300g Zambezi steak, flame-grilled and topped with creamy mushrooms and shredded biltong.
Sides: Starch (baked potato or chips), two hot veg of the day or salad.

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