Venues

Alpine Restaurant

Alpine Restaurant
Write a Review

Is this your venue?

Claim it now!

Please or signup in order for you to claim this venue.

Cost
R120 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Kids, Quick meals
Food
Modern, Steak
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R75

Critic's review

Rupesh Kassen

Food 
Alpine Restaurant is a casual eatery specialising in beef and pork dishes, with a butchery attached next door. The menu also includes pizza, pasta, burgers and some Bulgarian specialties. This unpretentious eatery offers generous portions and is ideal for a weeknight dinner or a delicious lunch.

The waiter’s convincing recommendation of the aged beef – specifically the rib-eye and the grilled pork chops – sealed the deal for our mains. To start we shared the beef carpaccio, a generous portion of paper-thin beef, served with cherry tomatoes, parmesan shavings and a cranberry compote with lashings of olive oil. To the eye this dish really excited; however, the subtle taste of the well-prepared beef was a touch overshadowed by the presence of garlic.

The star dish of pork chops with apple sauce and red cabbage coleslaw is a definite must: moist and perfectly cooked.

Drinks 
The ample wine list includes well-priced local wines, but also boasts unique international options – with a price tag to match.

Service 
The staff aims to please with keen service; however, it can be slightly lacking in terms of knowledge about their dishes and the origin of their produce.

Ambience 
The restaurant has a very relaxed vibe. Visitors have the option of being seated on the outdoor deck or inside the light, bright, glass-fronted interior, which is perfect for chilly winter days.

And... 
Make a stop at the family-run butchery next door, where you can buy some of their aged beef and a variety of other products to enjoy at home.

(July 2014)

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food
  • Great food, service and atmosphere and an impressive wine collection. The 300g rib-eye steak is a must. Expect a roasted marrow bone thrown in for extra juiciness. (EO mag 2014)
  • Food
    “We are known for our meat,” says co-owner, chef and wine curator, Daniel van Zyl. Considering the adjoining butchery, it’s clear that meat lovers know where to get their kicks. What is surprising, however, is that Alpine is by no means a steakhouse in the traditional sense of the word. The menu is extensive and inclusive, with an impressive variety of vegetarian options, chicken and fish dishes, pizzas, pastas, a lunch menu and a somewhat perplexing Bulgarian section.The baked camembert with fig preserve and crostini is served in a spotless tuna tin. Dipping the crunchy crostini into the gooey centre of melted goodness is something everyone should experience at least once. Don’t think you won’t finish a whole camembert wheel by yourself, or that you won’t be able to have a main meal afterwards. You will, and you won’t even mind it. If you’d rather share a starter, opt for the gorgonzola, red onion and truffle oil focaccia.Meat lovers are treated with a roasted marrow bone and can choose two of the incredible 13 side dishes with each meat dish. The 300g 21-day dry-aged rib-eye is a juicy and delectable affair big enough to satisfy even the most monstrous appetite. Vegetarians won’t be disappointed in the tagliolini with black truffle shavings, extra virgin olive oil and parmesan.The dessert menu includes the ultimate death-by-chocolate fondant, Eton mess, Amarula crème brûlée, cheesecake and berry crumble. You won’t leave hungry.

    Wine
    “We had to ask ourselves what would appeal to the middle-class, middle income residents in the area,” says Van Zyl about his impressive wine collection. Unafraid to get his hands dirty, Van Zyl and his team tasted over 7000 wines before putting together a selection that they wouldn’t mind calling their own. Instead of giving patrons a wine list, Van Zyl stops at each table to curate a wine experience based on their individual preferences and budget. The collection includes familiar favourites like Simonsig Sunbird and Leopard’s Leap Merlot, but is spiced up by French and Italian visitors. Imported wines cost between R50 and R55 per glass, which means you can try a new one every time you visit.

    Service
    The waiters know the menu well, are happy to recommend dishes and are attentive without hovering. They observe the little graces and subtleties that are sometimes so lacking in local restaurants. The vigilant eye of the owner and his willingness to accommodate and engage with patrons make the service at Alpine exceptional.

    Ambience
    It’s quite telling when a restaurant fills each table twice over on a regular weeknight before payday. The happy buzz of a full restaurant, the smell of quality food, the cheerful clink of wine glasses and the glow from the softly lit glass cellar makes for an extremely pleasant eating experience.

    And...
    Wine lovers should keep an eye on the restaurant’s Facebook page for wine tasting events.(Kristia van Heerden, July 2013)

User reviews

  • Food is fantastic, specialising in steaks, burgers, pizza and recently they introduced prawns and chicken. A small but cosy restaurant with great ambience. A wide range of fantastic wine to cater for everyone's needs. Excellent waiters who are always willing to please. Craig, the restaurant manager is the best. One would think he owns the place as he takes pride in what he does. Prices are reasonable. This restaurant is certainly a gem in the neighbourhood.
    • Ambience
    • Service
    • Food
  • Had Mother's day lunch at Alpine. What a waste - service very slow and food terrible and cold. As mentioned in other reviews, everybody is very friendly, but that does not compensate for bad food. Management should cut down on the quantity and rather concentrate on quality.
    • Ambience
    • Service
    • Food
  • This is a fantastic little gem in Randburg. The meat dishes are superb and come with a great choice of side dishes
    • Ambience
    • Service
    • Food
  • One of the best neighbourhood restaurants you would find. Food is great, waiters are friendly, and owners are great and make you feel welcome. My family and I have been eating at this restaurant ever since it’s opened and will always go back.

    Best wine you can find.
    • Ambience
    • Service
    • Food

Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Alfresco
  • Beer served
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Eat Out reviewed
  • Food
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Smoking
  • Vegetarian
  • Wheelchair

Write a review

Nearby Restaurants

Featured restaurants

Eatout