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The Butcher Shop & Grill (Mouille Point)

The Butcher Shop & Grill (Mouille Point)
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Cost
R200 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Kids
Food
Burgers, Seafood, Steak, Vegetarian
Payment
Amex, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
No BYO

Critic's review

Greg Landman

Food
Obviously the name of the game here is meat. If it moos, oinks, bleats, or even clucks they have it. But, as this is Cape Town, there is a fabulous fish menu with some of the best in town right there, including Scottish salmon, langoustines, and flame-grilled Portuguese sardines.

Starters include superb steak tartare with cognac as an optional extra; steamed mussels in the shell with a heavenly white wine, cream and garlic sauce; very special lamb boerewors and lamb kidneys on a skewer; and baked camembert with a tart cranberry sauce. If you must have a salad there are ten from which to choose, including one with calamari and haloumi that is excellent.

Also available are fifteen different steak dishes done any way you would like them, with a great sauces and a starch. Or the serious carnivore can go for the kilogram of beef ribs, which are nice and sticky. Finish up with classic malva pudding or the excellent crème brûlée.

Drinks
They have a spectacular wine list that includes some of the best the country has to offer, all chosen to enhance the food they serve.

Service
Friendly, knowledgeable and professional — for what more can one ask?

Ambience
The large space is cleverly laid out with quiet corners, should you want them. The restaurant seems comfortable in its own skin. They know they are doing it right and it shows.

And…
The on-site deli and butchery carries the best of the best for you to take home.

(August 2017)

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  • 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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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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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Beer served
  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Takeaways
  • Vegetarian

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