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The Butcher Shop & Grill (Mouille Point)

The Butcher Shop & Grill (Mouille Point)
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Cost
R150
Ambience
Comfy & casual
Food
Seafood, Steak
Payment
Amex, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
No BYO

Critic's review

Clement Pedro

Food
This has become a go-to spot in Mouille Point for all meat lovers. The food is fuss-free but always delicious, with the meat always the focus. Start with deliciously flavourful beef carpaccio, or try the baby grilled calamari for something from the sea. Mains simply have to be meaty: Select the cut and size from the menu, or choose your own piece of meat from the butcher counter. With so many cuts available, it makes the eating experience a little more exciting. The sirloin on the bone is perfectly cooked and seasoned well. The classic fillet is an intense and juicy choice, with a surprising amount of flavour. The monkeygland sauce is a mouthwatering retro addition. Sides include comforting options such as pumpkin, creamed spinach and onion rings.

Drinks
The wine list is sure to please all wine drinkers with the massive and excellent choice. They even have their own label. Take a peek at the cellar to choose a bottle.

Service
The experience begins from the moment that you are greeted at the front door by smiling, welcoming faces and it doesn’t waver throughout the dining experience. Service is attentive and precise.

Ambience
A massive bull’s head adorns the bar area, and open butchery counters emphasise that this is a meat-eater’s heaven. With modern design and clean lines, the space is warm, thanks to the use of leather and good lighting.

And…
For quality meat at excellent prices, their in-house butchery is hard to beat. It keeps restaurant hours, too, so it’s ideal for a last-minute braai purchase.

(September 2016)

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  • Raphaella Frame-Tolmie

    Food
    If a meaty meal is what you’re after, the fare served at this upmarket restaurant will hit the spot. With the flagship branch of this establishment having been an institution in Johannesburg for more than 20 years, it’s no surprise that Capetonian carnivores have sharpened their incisors! The menu boasts a smorgasbord of choice, from local cuts of beef, lamb and game, to Argentinian ribeye steaks and Kobe-style Australian Wagyu… On the seafood side, exemplary specimens have been sourced, such as Scottish salmon, Portuguese sardines and Mozambican tiger prawns (served with a peri-peri sauce). Choice starters include the sticky Chinese-style pork riblets. The smoked salmon or prawns with avocado and cocktail sauce are also popular or, for steakhouse traditionalists, try the garlicky garlic snails. For a steak as mains, you can choose from grain or grass-fed mature-aged cuts. Portions are generous and cooked to prescriptive standards (though the menu recommends nothing beyond medium) and there is an array of sauces and side dishes, including morogo (wild African spinach with spring onion) to choose from.

    Drinks
    Proprietor Alan Pick prides himself on the extensive wine selection which includes both limited edition and specially selected varietals, many in a higher price bracket, but with some more affordable options too. There’s also a wide offering of spirits (including a great whisky list) as well as Cognacs, brandies and Port.

    Service
    Service is slick; professional waiters are unobtrusive and very knowledgeable when it comes to the menu.

    Ambience
    It’s clear that the sophisticated interior has been well considered to create a traditionally smart, yet quite contemporary feel. You won’t be able to miss the large Nguni cow displayed at the entrance, and a trip to the loo is worth it to giggle at the designations on the doors!

    And…
    If you’d like to try your hand at being master of the grill, pop into the adjoining deli to take home reasonably priced cuts of meat, as well as other delicacies such as poussin and langoustines.

    (August 2015)

  • Eat Out

    Cape carnivores watched with interest as The Butcher Shop and Grill’s slick new branch took shape on Beach Road. We visited Mouille Point’s newest steakhouse to put it through its paces.

    Food:
    Order off the menu, or visit the meat deli and select your cut on consultation with the butcher. You’ll find a wealth of options at the deli counter – wet- and dry-aged steak, marinated ribs, homemade boerewors. All the meats are marked with their suppliers, from esteemed international Waygu to local heroes such as Eat Out Zonnebloem Produce Awards Winners, Greenfields.
    The meal kicks off with complimentary bread made from a kitka-like dough, served with tasty chunks of homemade boerewors stewed in a piquant tomato sauce. It’s a challenge, but try your best to save room for the rest of the meal.
    You’ll find all the steakhouse classics on the starters menu: spicy chicken livers, garlic snails in a rich buttery sauce, and baked Camembert with cranberry sauce or stuffed with garlic and rosemary. If you’re after something simple, the Greek salad is large and fresh and comes with a lovely dressing.
    As mains go, the dry-aged sirloin on the bone is delicious and beautifully cooked – the flavourful fat nice and crispy. The prime rib is huge and also well executed – a crucial factor for good steakhouse fare, which relies on excellent meat, simply, but precisely cooked.
    Other signature dishes include steak tartare, oxtail in a rich red wine gravy and sweet, sticky, fall-off-the-bone beef ribs. For a South African twist, try the izimbambo zemvu (traditional African salted lamb riblets and neck), the venison of the day or the lamb boerewors.
    The dessert menu is filled with nostalgic childhood favourites. Think malva pudding with apricot jam and custard, dark and white chocolate mousse, or the real throwback: jelly and custard.

    Wine:
    The winelist is extensive, with classic options like Meerlust, La Motte and Rust en Vrede, along with some less well-known options, plus the Pick family’s own range. Each wine listing comes with a summary, to help to narrow things down. There’s also a good variety of hard tack, including a range of single malt whiskeys, cognac, brandy and South African ports.

    Service:
    As you would expect from a high-end steakhouse like this, the service is very professional. The butchers at the deli counter are knowledgeable and very helpful, so don’t be afraid to ask their advice.

    Ambience:
    The décor is glamorous and sophisticated. Think padded leather booths paired with white table linen, sheer drops of glass, and unrestricted views out towards the ocean across the road. A large wine bottle chandelier twinkles at one end of the venue.

    And…
    You can also buy meat to cook at home. Given the quality, it’s very reasonably priced.

User reviews

  • We were two. We paid R900 for lamb chops really bad and small side salad ( pre cut). The grass fed beef was burnt one one side and bloody on the other. How does anyone get to mess up a good piece of meat, easy you go to a place like The Butcher Shop and Grill. Staff don’t care the manager is and absolute unpleasant bombastic uneducated man. The place looks ok on the surface but ooi! There is NOTHING of quality or value for money. It is a rip off with bad food bad waiters exceptional bad manager. Dirty bathrooms. Sorry there is nothing positive about this place. Don’t waste your money. Cape Town has so much to offer! This place is not an example what Cape Town restaurants offer. If you feel like meat go to Don Armando, go to Carne SA, go to Primal eatery, go to Tasha’s go to Belthazar these place are more value for money and the best meat and experience. They like what they do and do it well. The Butcher Shop and Grill are people that hate what they do and don’t want to be there! Please close down give someone else a chance to run n restaurant not a money making machine.
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  • We had lunch on Sunday 30 July. We got the window table as requested, although the sun does become acute sometimes, but cleverly designed blinds sorts that out. The food was very good. My wife enjoyed the fish and chips, I had the champion sticky ribs and our guest was silent while devouring the lamb chops. All in all a good meal, except for the wine prices. I always have wine by the glass as I like to change and explore their offerings, but here it becomes a very expensive exercise. The service is good, but the waiters can smile a bit more.
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  • On the 25th February 2017, as in many other occasions, my wife, myself and our son went to the Butcher Grill to have an early great dinner with great food and great wine. All in order. We are regulars and we love the place. Not anymore, unfortunately, due to the aggressive and disturbing behavior of Neil, the so-called General Manager, who aggressively kicked me, my wife and my son out of the restaurant in the rudest way possible because, he said, our table was booked for 8pm (it was 8h30pm when the incident took place, and half the restaurant was empty). Considering we have been loyal patrons for 2 years, spending on a regular basis R1400, including tip, for 2 adults and a child, I find extremely disturbing that we are removed from our table in such an aggressive way, considering that, at 20h30, half the restaurant was empty, including the window tables where we were sitting (empty, all of them, what the hell!). Neil, the so-called general manager, after I pointed out how unnecessary his aggressive attitude was, threaten me to be literally kicked out of the restaurant, just like that, regardless of being regular clients, regardless of spending more than a R1000 each time in food and wine, regardless of trying to bring common sense to Neil, the Manager, who has no common sense. It is true that I said his attitude was bullshit. But after being pushed to the limits as patrons, I couldn´t find a better word to describe Neil's attitude. Neil's, the so-called General Manager, attitude is unacceptable and, therefore, after this shockingly unpleasant experience suffered by this character, we will make sure that we will never go back there again, and we will report this to all the expat community so that they are aware of such a disturbing character. I am happy to discuss this matter to any relevant person from the restaurant management, outside Neil, the so-called General Manager, who treated me and my family in such a way. Should we don´t get a formal response and apology for such an unprecedented and disturbing response and behavior from this Neil, I will make sure this incident spreads through the relevant business and personal channels we are involved in.
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  • I was quite disappointed in this restaurant. I eat my steak blue, but it came raw and burnt on the outside. I sent it back to have it cooked more, but it still came back raw. Friends of mine ordered their steak medium rare, however the steak was overdone. I expected much more.
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  • We had a delcious dinner at the Mouille Point branch tonight. Sceptic at first , after hearing a few bad reviews. A problem with a wine on the winelist that was out of stock, was sorted out in a jiffy by the manager in a friendly & professional manner. Being a fussy eater & not easily impressed ... Well, I'm impressed. From the first bite of beautifully presented, well prepared food till the last sip of a perfect cup of coffee. Excellent service from friendly attentive waiters. Well done you guys, full marks from us! :)
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  • After visiting this venue after it's opening last year, where we were disappointed in the food, we decided to give it another chance, as it is conveniently located opposite our home. What a disappointment! I ordered the oxtail, which was burnt. My partner ordered the lamb chops and guess what? He specified that it be cooked, medium, not burnt, it arrived, slapped on a plate with a sprig of rosemary, burnt at the edges! I returned my dish and was offered a replacement but by then I had lost my appetite. The waiter was non engaging, not once did he ask if we were enjoying our meal or ask if he should pour more wine! We felt like we were an inconvenience. By the time we left, I made it clear to him as to why I was giving him no tip. We are NEVER going back.
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  • We went for dinner as a family and it was excellent. Our kids are quite young and they were accommodated and enjoyed by the waiter and other staff. The food was great - hubby was much impressed with his rib-eye steak and the oysters were the best and most fresh I'd had in Cape Town. The atmosphere is buzzing so it's not like some restaurants where you have to talk in hushed tones. We had a really great time and will go back as often as possible!
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  • My husband and I went with our friends for lunch last Saturday. We were served by Dino who is the best kept secret in Cape Town, his service was excellent! He was the only positive on the day. No corkage and seriously over priced wines. We ordered the avocado ritz as our starters, disappointing as the prawns were overcooked and dry. We went on the recommendations of the day and our steaks were bland and overdone, as were the sauces! Be warned that at that price you are still paying extra for veg! We were very disappointed and won't be going back... Far better steaks and value at other steakhouses in town.
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  • My wife and I have visited this establishment a few times and been thoroughly impressed with their service. The waiters have been knowledgeable and made good recommendations. I've bought meat and spice from the butchery a few times and would recommend them to anyone.
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  • I took my grandparents, aunt and cousin to the Mouille Point branch last night to celebrate their arrival for a holiday in Cape Town. Being big fans of the Sandton branch we were looking forward to a great meal. I have to say, however, that it was poor. The wine list, while extensive, is extremely expensive and we ended up selecting the house red which at R170 was horribly over priced for the quality. Despite all having chosen meat of some kind - since the Butcher Shop prides themselves on "knowing our meat" - the food was over-cooked, over-sauced and bland. To pay R150 for 2 pork chops that I could have cooked better in my own oven at home, and to be charged extra for swapping out chips for uninspired (half cooked) vegetables was, needless to say, extremely grudging. While the waiter was attentive, we had to re-order drinks twice as well as to wait over 10 minutes to receive our bill. I was very excited when I saw that the Butcher Shop had arrived in Mouille Point, but the honest truth is I will not be going back and our experience last night was enough to taint an otherwise long patronage with the brand in Johannesburg.
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  • after stating THREE times to the waiter (who was, to be fair, very polite and seemed very knowledgeable) that I would like my lamb chops "medium to well done BUT NOT BURNED" - the chops arrived burned black. they were also covered in some kind of cheap tasting barbecue sauce. and they just arrived like that, slapped down on the plate - no vegetables or attempt to garnish them. pretentious place with awful food.
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  • Sadly this Butcher's did not impress with their bungled steaks, well done instead of medium, rare instead of medium rare and a big discrepancy in size of the rump portions. I had the roast lamb, which was perfectly good, just nothing exceptional. the only rave of the evening was from the person who ordered the beef kebab. That said, the service was good and I actually quite liked the decor.
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  • When will restuarant managers learn that cleaning tables with strong chemicals while dining is offensive Bad for the taste buds and allergy sufferers
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  • Dined at The Butcher Shop & Grill on 22 December; food was very tasty and everyone was happy with their choices, but special mention must be made of the incredibly attentive service we received, especially during (silly) season.
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  • October 26, 2014

    Enjoyed a wonderful Sunday lunch at The Butcher Shop.

    5* Quality food including amazing choice and ambience. We also liked the efficiency of the staff and service.

    Really glad we spend my son's birthday there.

    Thank You.
    Ruan Nakin
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  • The evening started well enough: nice welcome and tasty biltong bowl. We chose our cuts from the butcher and nestled into our booth with optimism. Then after a long delay the wrong order was delivered. Ours then came but the rump steak was overcooked and the rib eye was half the thickness when last seen on the Butcher's scales. The asparagus was gritty. Having sat for two hours already and watched others served ahead of us and even left we did not want a re-do, so ate what we could. The very apologetic waiter asked us not to tip him but we didn't feel right holding him accountable alone. No manager come to address the matter and there was no break on the bill from the house. Worse, diarrhea followed, possibly from the African spinach. Very disappointing from a place that should be - and has pretensions to be - far better. Caveat emptor.
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  • Overpriced and over-rated. Stick to Hussar Grill !
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  • Only tried the takeaway meat but all I can say its in a league of its own. Delicious succulent and tasty meat. Worth a try every time you need meat. Wishing them loads of success
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  • I dropped in for a relaxed mid week lunch break. The restaurant is beautiful. Love the wooden floors. And the deli looked very Enticing. My waiter was friendly, but I haven't seen him for ages, and the manager is stuck on one level... Very irritatingly loud. Why does he insist on screaming from one side of the restaurant to the other, and if you have an issue with your staff, address it quietly and professional out of site from customers. I really don't care to hear you giving them a piece of your mind.
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  • We went for a casual Monday evening supper last night wanting to try something new. The place is already pumping and this is only it's third week open. The staff were friendly and attentive and the decor reminded me of an American steak house/wine bar. While very family friendly, the multi-level layout will also provide for a date night. The wine list is excellent as well as the fact as you can go and pick from their cellar where you are completely surrounded by great wines. The menu is fairly extensive, but two of us opted for a steak and one for steak tartare. The only complaint about the tartare was that it wasn't mixed before it arrived at the table - so it kind of gave the customer some work to do. The meat was delicious though and the portion huge. The rib eye steak was amazing and very tastey. I had the T-Bone which was unfortunately over cooked when I received it. I told the waiter who briskly took it away followed by the manager who came to apologize and assured me another one was coming. Within several minutes another (even bigger) T-Bone appeared, perfectly cooked and extremely delicious. I was very happy with how the situation was dealt with. I will definitely be returning to The Butcher Shop & Grill for an overall really lovely dining experience.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Beer served
  • Booking required
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
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  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Vegetarian

Stores and Markets

Opening times: Monday to Sunday 8am to 11pm

Check out the deli at The Butcher Shop & Grill and stock up on beef, prawns, fish spices and wine. Their prices are very competitive.

Store categories
Delis and farm stalls, Fish, Meat and poultry

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