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Butcher Block (Umhlanga)

Butcher Block (Umhlanga)
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Cost
R135 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Kids, Quick meals
Food
Burgers, Light meals, Seafood, Steak
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R38

Critic's review

Nicola Ashe

Food
Catering to carnivores, this new branch located next to the Holiday Inn Express in Umhlanga make choice cuts the hero of their menu, with various iterations of flame grilled beef, wet-aged for a minimum of 21 days. Pick your cut and top with your selection of sauce, or go with the butcher’s recommendations and try one of their signature dishes.

A starter of camembert served with roasted almonds, rocket and cranberry sauce is oozy and delicious on melba toast, and panko-crumbed prawns are delicate and crisp, dipped in sweet chilli sauce. Other starter dishes include chicken livers (pan-fried in onion, garlic, lemon, peri-peri and Napoli sauce), garlic and herb or Roquefort snails, boerewors skewers, or grilled calamari.

The rib-eye steak served with bordelaise and bone marrow sauce is tasty and the pork ribs are tender and meaty, slathered in sticky barbeque sauce. Seafood options include lightly flour-dusted kingklip in lemon-and-herb butter, grilled calamari tubes, butterflied prawns and line fish, when available.

The offering is rounded out by crumbed chicken schnitzels, flame-grilled flatties, ostrich with cranberry-and-port jus, oxtail simmered in pinotage, plum tomatoes, carrots, haricot beans and garlic, and lamb and pork chops. Various combos will keep those wanting the best of both worlds happy.

Desserts are decadent, with the likes of deep-fried Oreo cookies, served with ice cream, a chocolate volcano (soufflé), or malva pudding to satisfy a sweet tooth, as well as milkshakes.

Drinks
A good selection of South African wines and MCCs are listed, with certain varietals available by the glass.

Service
Friendly, but could be more attentive and consistent.

Ambience
Sparsely decorated and located in quite a cavernous room, the restaurant lacks warmth, despite the addition of wooden bulkheads and room dividers. The location adjacent to a hotel means there are a few single diners, which adds to the lack of atmosphere, with not much conversation amongst patrons.

And…
Book a table with great views towards Umhlanga.

(September 2016)

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User reviews

  • Beautiful restaurant with eye popping artistic desserts and tender, melt in your mouth steaks which can only be described as heavenly. Along with fresh chips and a crunchy salad, its a home run for me. I like the vibe, décor and food. I know I'm in for a fabulous evening.
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  • The best food, service and ambience. Love it that I can choose my own steak and they sure know how to prepare it!!! Loving everything about Butcher Block Umhlanga
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  • A wonderful dining experience in a beautiful setting. Had a pleasant evening from start to finish with an attentive waiter who didn't bother us too much yet paid special attention and kept us satisfied. Steaks were done to perfection and that excited me! :) pretty plates of good food, that's hot! I will be back for more.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Accommodation
  • Child friendly
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Smoking
  • Takeaways
  • Wheelchair

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