Butcher Boys (Umhlanga Rocks)

Butcher Boys (Umhlanga Rocks)
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R100 avg main meal
Groups, Kids, Local cuisine
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Critic's review

Wanda Hennig



No bones about it, you come here to eat meat. We’re talking six hundred grams of prime rib or a great big juicy T-bone cooked to perfection for those in hungry-as-a-hunter, carnivore mode.

This lively eatery arrived in Umhlanga with a reputation preceeding it, thanks to the long-time popularity of its Florida Road, counterpart. The drawcard here are the big tables that encourage large parties and long festive evenings.

The menu caters appropriately with several platter options perfect for sharing. The starter platter includes their delectable version of buffalo wings, their acclaimed boerie bites, a sampling of their light and tasty pan-braised chicken livers livened with chorizo sausage, other meaty bits – and for the vegetarian, their delicately chewy flash-fried haloumi cheese strips that come with a light lemon butter sauce.

Talking of vegetarians, Butcher Boys (and founding owners) Alan “Laz” Lazarus and Derryck Myers have been in the business long enough to know better than to ignore them. While “the boys” pride themselves on their perfectly wet or dry aged meat (depending on the cut), vegetarian options dot the menu. The provolone cheese and vegetable stack makes for a well-presented and tasty starter or main course (there are two size options). And there is a salad section.

But mostly, as the name suggests, you come here for the meat. Gourmet burgers (including one with chicken and one with lamb), choice game cuts (availability dependent) or their slow-roasted legendary lamb shank. Else there’s the 400g of sticky, chewy, fall-off-the-bone, finger-licking beef or pork spare ribs. Smaller appetites might like to bite into 200g of tender fillet. Or from the starter menu and irrisistible: the rich, melt-in-the-mouth roasted marrow bones served with crostini.

For afters, the melting chocolate lava pud with vanilla ice cream and the apple malva pud served with a bourbon and butterscotch sauce and fresh cream are stand-outs.

The wine list features a good range of South African varietals including many tried and trusted standards, with prices to suit all pockets. There’s a craft beer selection.

Helpful, informed, professional. Never intrusive.

An inviting upscale man-cave. There’s a designer bar that’s both a design feature and an attractive place to linger.

Ask about their “boys night” Wednesday and “date night” Thursday specials. For the under 13 set, there’s a “Little Butchers’” menu.

(July 2017)

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User reviews

  • Great Steak House Indeed. I had a Two Course Meal Lunch Special & it was sooo amazing, a real value for money. The steak was juicy & tender, chips were cripy on the outside & soft on the inside. I really enjoyed it and that Wolf Trap Complementary Glass of Wine was divine. I am definitely coming back for some more specials
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  • Accepts credit cards
  • Beer served
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
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  • Licensed
  • Lunch
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