Chef Ash Heeger has turned plenty of heads since this charcoal-fired eatery opened in 2016 as a partnership between herself, Frankie Fenner Meat Merchants and Publik Wine Bar. The menu is compact and to the point, but it’s worth letting the waiters talk you through it. They’ll no doubt recommend the Pig Head Scrumpet, where a crispy crust reveals slow-braised pig’s head and shoulder (no knees and toes, though). The tender pork works neatly with a sauce of apple and hanepoot. The Scrumpet falls under ‘Snackles’ –generous starters – while Mains are divided into ‘Colds’ and ‘Hots’. The Raw Beef is a tartare-lover’s dream: dry-aged flank roughly chopped (not minced, God forbid) and generously seasoned with capers and cornichons, and topped with a lustrous egg yolk. There’s toasted sourdough on the side, of course.
You won’t go wrong with anything meaty here, whether it’s the succulent prime rib aged for 30 days, or the suitably charred beef burger topped with all the trimmings and served on a sweet butter bun. Vegetarians won’t go hungry either, with a handful of meat-free options.
To finish, you’ll struggle to choose between the doughnuts in smoked sugar, or the quirky ice cream sandwich with a peanut butter cookie and chocolate milk-stout ice cream. The cheese plate from Kommetjie producer Pepe Charlot may also tempt.
ASH shares a space with Publik Wine Bar so it’s little wonder that the wine list here is brimming with interesting vinous discoveries. Prices are fair, and there’s a good selection by the glass too, so go ahead and experiment.
Top-notch service from passionate waiters who ably guide diners through Heeger’s adventurous menu.
A staircase leads down into this moody yet stylish eatery, featuring exposed brick floors and leather chairs. The eye-catching open kitchen stretches clear across one side of the restaurant, putting the chef’s brigade and charcoal oven on full display.
As the former home of artisan butcher Frankie Fenner Meat Merchants, you can purchase vacuum-packed cuts to take home. Browse the butchery fridge before you leave, and ask for it to be added to your bill.
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