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Jozi’s landmark steakhouse, Wombles – reviewed

The hugely popular African lodge-style restaurant has relocated from Parktown North to the Bryanston side of town, but it hasn’t lost its warmth – nor that classic menu. Anna Montali reviews Wombles Steakhouse Restaurant.

Fast facts

Average price main course: R230 (minimum charge per head of R300)
Corkage: R100 (No BYO for large tables and functions)
Food type: Steakhouse
Star ratings: Food and drinks 5, service 5, ambience 5

The cosy interior at the new location. Photo supplied.

Food

The menu re-unites old fans with the famous beef stroganoff, steak tartare made with beef fillet and a touch of cognac, and gorgeous duck confit.

A salmon dish at Wombles. Photo supplied.

On arrival you are presented with a trio of butters, anchovy, garlic and plain, together with freshly baked home-made rolls. Start with marrow bones on toast, before progressing to the trio of partially deboned quails, which come lightly chargrilled with olive oil and lemon juice, and are really juicy.

The bar area at Wombles. Photo supplied.

The steak tartare is an entertaining spectacle and is made up for you at the table. Else opt for the roasted springbok shanks served in a savoury green peppercorn sauce with stewed fruit. The meat literally falls off the bone.

Finish your memorable meal with lemon meringue ice cream and the crepe Suzettes, simmered in fresh orange and Cointreau.

Drinks

There’s a very impressive wine selection, especially if you are in the mood to spoil yourself. There is also large selection of cigars paired with a delicious selection of imported cognacs.

The team will make you feel like royalty. Photo supplied.

Service

Silver service at its best. Banqueting waiters are very professional and traditional. They will only take your order once you have closed your menu.

The lounge area. Photo supplied.

Ambience

With its old-world grace and a touch of colonial style, this restaurant embraces the safari lodge look, complete with outdoor fires and lounges, trophy heads, ferns and other such memorabilia.

And…

It is important to note that there is a minimum charge of R300 per head and booking is essential.

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Safari regalia features heavily in the decor. Photo supplied.

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