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The Butcher Shop & Grill (Sandton)

The Butcher Shop & Grill (Sandton)
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Cost
avg main meal R150
Ambience
Groups, Local cuisine
Food
Seafood, Steak
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
No BYO

Critic's review

Mokgadi Itsweng

Food
This iconic grill house has been serving great steaks in Joburg since 1994. They are famous for the on-site butchery, which can cut any meat to your requirements. The extensive menu features seafood dishes, steaks, lamb cuts, venison, salads and hearty stews. Try the famous fall-off-the-bone oxtail stew, which is served in a small cast- iron potjie, or the venison pie, if you’re into game meat. All main dishes are served with choice sides like creamed spinach, sautéed seasonal vegetables or roast pumpkin, pap and tomato gravy. The dessert menu is small and features typical South African desserts like malva pudding and brandy pudding.

Drinks
This establishment is also famous for its wine selection. There are two wine cellars on site, featuring local and international wines and rare vintages. A sommelier is on hand to guide, advise and recommend wine to pair with your food. There’s also a full bar, with both local and imported beers, ciders, cocktails and soft drinks.

Service
The service is slow for such a busy restaurant, but waiters understand the menu and make good menu recommendations. The restaurant gets full on the weekends and booking ahead is essential.

Ambience
Warm and cosy, with very masculine décor elements. The private dining rooms and lounges make The Butcher Shop perfect for business meetings or private dinners.

And…
Do visit the adjoining butchery and deli, where you’ll find excellent meat cuts, biltong and condiments to take home with you.

(September 2016)

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User reviews

  • Save up for a while, because this upmarket steakery will cost you a monthly salary for some. The expansive restaurant is filled with men in suits sipping wine and talking business, while the waiters bustle around to try and get to every corner of the place. Service was slow, maybe for this reason, but food also took forever to come out of the kitchen. So be prepared to fill your wait with some decent conversation. Choosing your own cut of steak is the reason to come to this classic steakhouse, and we went big and decided to order their finest cuts of wagyu rib eye and rump. The rib eye comes in at around R2500 per kg, and you have to get a minimum of 350g. They don’t play around. The man behind the counter slices of a piece of marbled goodness and hands you a number, so they can keep track of your piece of gold. When the meat finally arrived, I tried a piece of the rib eye first, and it was quite spectacular. The fat melts in your mouth, and I found the thicker pieces to be juicy and delicious (they slice it quite thin, so the outside cuts were a bit chewier). I also sampled a piece of the rump, which wasn’t as tender but definitely had a bit more flavour. Overall, not the best steak I’ve ever had, but close to the top and definitely an experience worth having. We ordered some other dishes, like an overly expensive Calamari and Halloumi salad which was good, but not amazing. And the Springbok Carpaccio which was delicious, but could have done with a few slices of lemon instead of a sad looking lettuce and jalapeño garnish. To end, the cheesecake won out over the malva pudding and brownie.
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  • Oxtail and lambshank is very good. The sweetbread and sausages for starters are delicious. But the restaurant is extremely expensive!! You will pay on average R220 for a meal.
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  • Specifically for meat Very nice restaurant Biltong super fresh The shop is very good too
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  • When it comes to meat they are overwhelmingly average. Having a restaurant on Mandela square one would think they would be a bit "more". Decent food, good service and "okay" ambience at ridiculous prices.
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  • Overall; Scenery A Service A+ Food A Pricing: reasonable for the A+ quality We absolutely loved being there, the waiter and old gentlemen was so kind and informative. Our table of 6 on a celebratory outing had starters,main and dessert. Starters: I had the black mushroom au Gratin, this was not that overwhelming great, but it was tasty. (Reason for not getting the full 5.0 on my rating) main: game of the day, the venison of the day was Kudu, succulent, seasoned well and cooked to perfection, with a peppercorn sauce. I always order baked sweetpotato with my meat based main, I think its healthier as well as more refreshing than the usual boring chips, add a little butter, salt & pepper... Perfect. dessert: Cheesecake (One word) HEAVEN With every bite melting in your mouth and the vision of vanilla pod-seeds and fresh smell of the strawberry syrup, tantalizing your tastebuds
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Alfresco
  • Booking required
  • Dancing
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Smoking
  • Takeaways
  • Vegetarian
  • Wheelchair

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